Gina Barreca: Everybody is a feminist | Gina Barreca: Everybody is a feminist

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people – courtesy The Crunk Feminist Collective

Rather, in my opinion, we all should be trying to be feminists. There is no denying that there are men and women who firmly believe that a woman’s place is in the home and “who believe women’s only place is in the home, with her mouth shut, looking up adoringly at her man while he earns the income and tells her what to do” – Lisa Allen-Agostini.  Many people also belive that women cannot and should not presume to compete with men in any sphere where men are traditionally considered dominant.

From my (admittedly limited so far) reading, feminism is about striving for equality for both genders while acknowlegding the strengths and weaknesses of both. Feminism, to me, means acknowledging that both genders make up our society and one should not be treated as lesser, even if this means breaking with tradition.

Contrary to what most people seem to believe, feminism doesn’t mean emasculating men to make women strong.  It  does mean acknowledging that women are human beings with their own rights, feelings, desires and needs.  It means acknowledging that following these needs is just as important for women as it is for men to follow theirs.  Feminism means that no woman should feel guilty for wanting or doing something that makes a better person, even if it goes against current societal norms.

Being feminists means that we need to take a serious look at the sexism, racism, classism and patriarchy that is embedded in our society and work together as a society to change it.

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