A Look at the History and Definition of the Controversial Term


Courtesy of https://www.metro.us/topics/feminism

Echo Diffenderfer, Staff Writer

Feminism, to a woman, means the equality between a man and woman on an everyday basis. The actual definition is the advocacy of women’s rights on the equality of the sexes. That definition can be lost in translation.

There have been three waves of feminism. The first wave was in the 1830s when women were able to vote and be a part of the political system. The second wave was in 1960-1980s, after World War II, women were focused on the workplace, sexuality, family and reproductive rights. The third wave of feminism took place in the 1990s to the early 2000s,  women were focused on the wage gap between men and women in the workplace. These waves have given women the chance to change the world, inspired women today to fight against any inequal conditions.

Now the translation of feminist has been lost for years, some people don’t understand that a feminist is not a femenazi. What is a femenazi? A feminist who thinks they are better than men in any way. A feminist is a woman who wants to be equal to a man. A woman has the right to her voice but does not give her the right to hurt a man emotionally or physically just because he’s a man. Women are not better than men and men are not better than women in any way shape or form. (Edge.ua.edu)

Women fight for their rights in protest due to the past because it will not stay in the past, it still has an impact today, especially with the younger generations. Women’s jobs used to be, housewives, in the kitchen, taking care of the children, supporting her husband no matter what even if he abuses her. Women have made it a long way from then, but the reason women fight today is to have the same equal pay, to wear what they want and not be afraid of being assaulted, and if she was assaulted, she has a chance of being blamed for it.

Why do people dislike feminist? (Forbes.com)

  • Feminism has been associated with strong, forceful, and angry women, and our society punishes them.
  • Many people fear that feminism will mean that men will eventually lose out of power, influence, impact, authority, and control, and economic opportunities.
  • Many people believe that feminist want to control the world and put men down.
  • Many people fear that feminism will overturn time-honored traditions, religious beliefs and establish gender roles, and that feels scary and wrong.
  • Many people fear that feminism will bring about negative shifts in relationships, marriage, society, culture, power, and authority dynamics, business, job and economic opportunities if and when women are on an equal footing with men.

Women have made their mark on this earth and will keep leaving them with every new generation to come.