Feminism: Views Of A Teenager

Feminism. It's a myth for a lot of people.
A gazillions of why's and what's have been aroused for this topic. I used to avoid it as much as possible because it's been assumed as a topic for adults, not suitable for people under 18. But the question is that, why not?
According to Google, feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. This simple looking definition, does have a lot of extensive influence. When both men and women are entitled their rights equally, why it doesn't actually happen in our overly modern world?

In the past few years, I've learned about the destructive nature of injustice. It's like a time bomb you're willingly planting without knowing the consequences. It does get activated, without letting you know, and the damage done by it can't be avoided. For me, Feminism appeared to be the bittersweet product of injustice. It's in the nature of human beings to seek a refuge under a platform. No matter which sort of problem is that. So under the flag of feminism, the injustice of patriarchy & male dominance was supposed to get diminished.

M Y  P E R S O N A L  V I E W S :
I am not out in the professional world yet, I don't know how things work in executive offices, but I do know about the lack of equality found there, already. I would be pretty devastated if I were rejected for a job just because my opponent was chosen on the gender basis. But, I am also sure how a dude would get angry on being rejected if I were chosen on the same basis.
A lot of people facetiously claim how feminists want to kill all the men and rule the world. Excuse me, I find it pretty offensive. It's like, you're challenging the balance forces that actually rule the world (as it's described by philosophy) and normality of a certain foundation.

Am I a feminist? Yes.

Why? Because :
1. I don't want to oppress my voice against the typical social injustice.
2. I don't want gender discrimination.
3. I would like to see more empowered women in my society. If I am one, it might inspire some of them to actually work on themselves.

It's no longer a taboo to discuss it. I'm getting pretty open about sharing my nearly conflicted views, prudently. There must be a lot of things I need to learn along the way and I am hoping to work on that. Human rights have always been a priority for me. I am not always able to help others, but whenever I can, I don't back off.

I'd like to know everybody's opinion on feminism. Whether you're one or not. What matters the most, is your outlook on the subject.
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  1. What an amazing, and insightful post! I totally agree with you on this. I call myself a feminist because I believe everyone should be treated equally and paid equally. In general, just be equal!

    natalie @ findingmyownvoice7.blogspot.com

  2. So, first I thought feminists were man-haters, then I identified with feminism and sought to redeem the wrong/man-hating parts I saw of the movement, then I stopped labeling myself a feminist because I see that it's a very highly charged word that actually means different things to different people. I could call myself a feminist to five different people, and they could have five different ideas of what I mean, and probably half of them wouldn't be true.

    I've seen my best friend/husband belittled by his feminist professor because he's a white male. I know that's not a large offense compared to the historic oppression of women through time and around the world (and plenty of other terrible things happening to women in less progressive environments). If that's part of what feminism is to some, though, then I want to make sure I get to have a conversation with someone about gender equality before tacking on a label that may mean something negative to them and shutting down the conversation before it's even started. I've seen many feminists lean in the direction of pushing down boys to raise up girls or joke about how stupid men are and that we don't need them, and I think that's the main reason why I prefer to stay away from the label.

    So, I still stand for gender equality and for raising up girls and boys to respect each other and appreciate their differences. I am, however, nervous about speaking my mind about these things and about the term "feminist," because I know that feminists are also often very dogmatic about how everyone should be under that umbrella. (Add that anger and pressure as another reason why I keep away from the label.) Thankfully, I know that having conversations about these things is more valuable than tacking a feminist button on my chest, anyway. I'm glad that I can still be on the side of justice for all without having to sign my name to the formal movement.

  3. I love this post so much
    I was very politically/socially unaware up until last year and learning about feminism and developing my own beliefs has been empowering. Gender equality is one of the most important things in the world: I just can't understand how someone could even see one gender as superior to the other. While in most of the first world, the sexism occurring happens in the workforce, politics, or in the form of slut shaming/victim blaming, women in the less developed parts of the world barely have a chance in life. It's terrible and heart breaking and thankfully, there's a lot of amazing organizations working towards resolving those issues.
    Before meeting my supportive friends, I got the impression from my parents that feminists were semi radical and man haters, which is not the case. It means leveling the playing field for women, not surpassing men to become the superior gender.
    This perception causes people to shy away from labeling themselves as "Feminists" because they think it makes them extremists.
    Thankfully, there are people like you out there that are willing to speak up about their beliefs.

  4. Spoken like a boss, love! I am a hardcore feminist. I do not want to kill ALL men, just the ones that try to harass me and attempt to make me feel any less because I am born a Venus. I mean, I know I need a man to change a tire but that is because I am a lazy ass and haven't learned to jack up my ride and change the wheel. I can do it if I want to, and one of these days, I will.
    I am also a feminist because I celebrate the birth of a girl first-born while Desi folk say: "Chalein next time, inshaAllah beta hoga" as if God made a mistake by sending a girl instead of the routine male child.
    I am also a feminist because I understand that men are often suppressed in areas of work where women are natural roost rulers. Sales and marketing, for instance, is being ruled over by women because they're just so beautiful. I know we are *winks* but for all the gentlemen who wear a tux and tie to those interviews and can easily override any female sales and marketing tactic - I feel for them (specially when they wear an Armani suit - *winks* and look like Ian Somerhalder).

  5. There's no such thing as being too young to stand for &/or believe in something, esp. if you're open & willing to learn more.

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