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By: Lillie E.
A recent debate I have recently taken part in has led me to define and clarify what a feminist really is. A feminist is someone who believes in equal rights between men and women – nothing else! In NO way is a feminist someone who hates men, let alone want power over men. ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN EQUAL RIGHTS BETWEEN GENDERS IS A FEMINIST. Both the term and the noun feminism is used in situations to bring out gender inequality. Feminists, also, are in no way saying that oppression of men doesn’t exist, that the sexual assault of men doesn’t exist or that men always are in power. By being a feminist, you are simply supporting women’s rights, as well as saying that women are, and should be, as powerful as men. The reason it is called feminism, as opposed to “gender equality,” is because currently, and unfortunately, women are, as a common notion, less powerful than men in society. This doesn’t mean that all men are powerful; it means that when you break down the numbers, women are going to be paid less and be more likely to be attacked, even though it does also happen to men. Men should respect women, women should respect men, but at this point in time men tend to disrespect women more than women disrespect men.
What do you think about JMS’s student dress code movement? What about feminism?