Feminism – the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
It’s sounds pretty simple to be honest, and it’s something we should all be for. So why is the word itself so polarizing?
As a teen/young adult, my thoughts on Feminism were similar to Zig and Tiny’s in #ButThatsNoneOfMyBusiness: not hostile, just dismissive. Recently Degrassi’s lifestyle channel The Dot TV talked about feminism, and I wrote up a lengthy post about how my views on it have shifted over the years. An excerpt:
It took finding myself in a TV show fandom, surrounded by female friends who identify as Feminists, to fully realize and experience that there’s more to this movement than complaining and hating every male in existence. These are women I admire and respect. They convey their beliefs and opinions in a sensible, intelligent matter, and over the years they’ve forced me to challenge not only what I think, but how I think. That isn’t to say hateful, destructive voices within the Feminist community don’t exist. Every group, and every side of every topic in existence has that loud, irrational type who wants to shut down opposing viewpoints while beating us over the head with their own opinion. Their nonsense tends to dominate the spotlight, but they don’t speak for everyone.
There was never a light-bulb moment for me, instead it was a gradual shift in thinking that should come with growing as an adult. Whether it’s dealing with the distraction of a hostile opposing viewpoint or trying to present your own, your mindset always matters.
Can’t see the video? Watch it here.
On the next Degrassi TV…
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