To kick off this new ‘redirection’ I wanted to give everyone a basis of what I believe and why. So to do that I felt we should discuss what feminism really is and some examples of feminism.
The definition of feminism according to Webster is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” I really like the definition from Bell Hooks’, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism: “to be ‘feminist’ in any authentic sense of the term is to want for all people, liberation from sexist role patterns, domination, and oppression.”
However, it doesn’t just end there. There are 4 recognized types of feminism:
- Radical Feminism: Believe sexism is part of the fabric of our society and radical change is needed to ensure true equality.
- Radical feminists organized the demonstrations against the Miss America pageant in 1968.
- Key issues for radical feminists include reproductive rights for women, abortion, breaking down traditional gender roles in both public policies and private relationships, as well as opposing patriarchy but not men.
- Liberal Feminism: Focus on right and opportunities for women.
- The liberal feminists’ helped organize the National Organization for Women.
- Key issues for liberal feminists include affirmative action legislation, the equal rights amendment, and gender equality in the public sphere.
- Socialist/Marxist Feminism: Believe capitalism benefits from the oppression of women.
- The key issue for socialist feminists is to work with men to achieve a level playing field for both genders.
- Intersectional (Women-of-Color) Feminism: Believe sometimes gender is overemphasized by other approaches. Introduced intersectionality and the equality of women across all ages, sexual preferences, races, etc.
- Intersectional feminism was a term first introduced in 1989 by Kimberle Crenshaw.
- A key issue for intersectional feminists is to have everyone’s voice heard.
I consider myself a radical/intersectional feminist. I believe everyone is equal in all spaces of life no matter your gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, etc. and I also believe our society needs to be completely remade if we ever want to get rid of sexism and racism. Now let me be clear before anyone says this, I don’t hate men. I just want to be seen as your equal. I want to be treated as your equal.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?