I found an article this morning about a side of feminism we haven’t looked at too much in class. On the opposite end of the spectrum from Joanna Russ’s strong views of feminism expressed in The Female Man, this article from thedailybeast.com entitled “You Don’t Hate Feminism. You Just don’t Understand It.” recognizes a group of women who are against feminism. There’s a group on both Tumblr and Facebook called “Women Against Feminism,” where the women involved seemed to be completely uneducated about what feminism really means. Their posts include quotes such as “I don’t need feminism because I like masculine men like Christian Grey.” and “I don’t need feminism because I like when men give compliments about my body.” or “I don’t need feminism because I believe that men and women are equal, not that women should belittle men.” It’s interesting to me that these women don’t realize that this isn’t what the core of feminism is about. It’s not about trying to advance women over men or even belittling men. It’s about equality, fair treatment, equal opportunity, and mutual respect between both genders. The author of the article also points out that mocking this “Women Against Feminism” group isn’t the right thing to do because it would only further prove these women’s points: that in their minds, feminists are a bunch of women victimizers and blamers as well as men haters and blamers. While we shouldn’t hate on this group, I definitely think these women need some serious Reading Literature in Context education on what feminism really is and how it has evolved and functions in our society.
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