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Tweet It can be confusing when people use the word feminism to refer to two different things. In this video, I want to discuss the ways that people use the same term feminism to refer to two actually different movements and scopes.
One way that the term feminism is used is to describe a woman focused movement, focusing on sexism and sexist oppression against women.
Feminism might also refer to what we do here at Everyday Feminism, the fight to end Feminism is the movement that fights kinds of oppression. This may or may not be directly regarding women. Women will certainly gain freedom if oppressive systems are dismantled, as women are still oppressed in many ways due to their identity as women, however feminism as a broader movement is interested in freeing all genders and agender people from all oppressions.
Feminism evokes this women focused movement which fights for the liberation of women from patriarchal oppression. There are valid reasons, I think, for wanting our feminism to be women focused. It began with a study in activism of woman against oppressors.
Women focused feminism, I think, does have the ability to recognize that patriarchal systems constrain more than just women, but remain focused on creating spaces for women to be safe, and working against societal pressures and constraints still placed on women.
However, this kind of feminism is also hurtful, and potentially harmful. It hurts gender minorities and trans women, by focusing mainly on the oppression, or only on the oppression and experiences of cis women.
It does nothing to account for the ways those oppressions affect people who are not women.
That leads me to the second, I think more modern version of what feminism is, and that is feminism as a broader, anti-oppression movement.
Often, people just call this intersectional feminism. These institutions include racism, sexism, homo antagonism, trans antagonism, ableism, classism and more. These are all related.
To look at only sexism, the plight of women, rather than looking at other oppressions which intersect with sexism for many women, so racism will intersect with sexism for a woman of color. Ableism will intersect with trans antagonism for a trans person with disabilities.
Think of it like this. If you have an infection and you want to cure that infection, you could try certain techniques for cleaning it or trying to eat differently, something like that. Treating your condition might be more complicated than you might think.
It might be more than just taking a pill and they all go away. To best treat, that is, get rid of sexism, we have to look at racism, ableism, et cetera. We need to examine oppression more widely and cure the entire concept from our society. It can be confusing when some people use the term feminism to refer to women focused feminism and others are using it to refer to intersectional anti oppression feminism, and this tension can make it hard to know exactly who is being addressed.
For instance, non-binary people are oppressed because of their gender, so they ought to find a place in feminism. Feminism is ultimately a collection of movements that recognize oppression of all sorts affecting a wide range of people. The meaning of terms can change over time, while still holding on to their history.
I hope that that explains and helps pull apart those two usages of the same term, and I will see you in my next video.
To learn more about this topic, check out:But the diverse array of women’s issues, highlighted in the past year, indicates the modern movement’s more inclusive feminist and anti-racist agenda. For a more detailed list of what happened in the s feminist movement, check out the s feminist timeline.
And for some of the ideology and ideas of the so-called second wave of feminism, check out the s and s feminist beliefs. Feminism is a movement to address/end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression (bell hooks).
These are things that effect marginalized groups, namely women. Things get confusing within the movement when individuals start calling themselves feminist; feminism is not an identity.
Feminism evokes this women focused movement which fights for the liberation of women from patriarchal oppression. The movement has been going on for many decades and has focused on legal inequalities, women’s suffrage, educational reform, cultural inequalities, gender norms, femininity, et cetera. But the diverse array of women’s issues, highlighted in the past year, indicates the modern movement’s more inclusive feminist and anti-racist agenda. The Feminist Movement led way for many equality fights, such as gay marriage. Now thirty-six states in the U.S. legally allow gay marriage. We have come a long way, and for the first time in American history three women are sitting on the highest bench.
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Jan 10, · Feminism is a vague term, and at the moment saying you are feminist will often in today's society make people see you as a man-hater. But in its truest form, feminism was a fight for women to be seen as being equal to men, and doing able to do the same thing s men could do, without being discriminated against based on their benjaminpohle.com: Resolved.
The feminist movement in America began as a fight for political suffrage, economic independence, and personal autonomy.
Now, almost a century after the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, many so.