Being feminist doesn’t mean that you believe that women need to be babied or that women are better than men. That isn’t the least bit true at all. Being a feminist means that you believe that women should have the same social status, same pay, same rights as men. In my state in the US, Men get paid annually a little over $61,000 a year, while women get paid $50,000 a year (AAUW table for 2015 reports). Why is this a problem you ask yourself? It is a problem because women are just as capable of doing the work men do. Women should not have this social and intellectual standard. They shouldn’t be expected to clean the house and take after the kids and not have a job. In this day in age, it’s almost impossible to do that with the amount of money needed to support a family. But why must there be a page gap? If women are doing the same amount of work as men, shouldn’t they be paid the same?
I believe also, that all women have the right to contraception and birth control pills. Being on birth control doesn’t mean that you don’t want to have kids period. It means that you’re smart enough to know that the possibility of pregnancy isn’t a risk you’re willing to take at that point in your life. It’s called being RESPONSIBLE. Yes, you can always not have sex and reduce the risk all together, but for some, birth control is a safe, preferred form of protection.
Feminism isn’t about making women look like they’re attention seekers (although some are #sorrynotsorry). Feminism is about empowering women and making women feel like they have a voice. Here are some links to great TedX Talks, commercials and books that discuss feminism and explain what it’s really about.
Probably my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ilSeJ6B5ro
Emma Watson at the UN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9SUAcNlVQ4
Fem Talk (she’s awesome and this is perfect for anyone wanting to know more) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXW7viYI_ao
I really hope this helped you to understand feminism more and that you have a better understanding of it! If your opinions don’t match mine, that’s totally fine! Just be yourself and stay strong in your morals and that’s all that matters to me!