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A Male Perspective on Feminism

A Male Perspective on Feminism

By Sai Vikrant Deshpande

Firstly, feminism is equality. Feminism is empowerment. Feminism is creating a voice for a group that was traditionally silenced. Feminism is creating change. Feminism is what every woman should strive to be a part of. Feminism is helping all women and all the women that will follow to live in a society filled with equal opportunity and empty of discrimination of all forms. Making the claim that women are better than feminism is just not possible. In my brain, I cannot depict what it looks like for a woman to be better than feminism. There are women who claim to not believe in feminism because they do not experience any type of discrimination, but this is clearly not the situation for the majority of the female population. Potentially, this what is meant by the author the article when saying that their sisters do not need feminism because they simply do not experience discrimination. For me, if you are in a position of privilege where you do not experience inequity, you need to use your position to better the women around you who are voiceless. You should never be above feminism because they are always women around who need a voice, who need to be represented, who need to experience equality.

Feminism does not teach you to be entitled. It teaches you to be confident, to be powerful, to be loud, to not take shit from anyone. I will agree with the author (partially, twisting the words a little bit) in saying that feminism teaches you to be empowered because empowered women could possibly be the most damn powerful force on the face of the Earth when determined and united. Empowered women to some men is threatening because I think that they’re finally starting to realize the strength and ferocity of a mobilized and strong minded group of tenacious women.  

Unfortunately, the word “feminist” has a certain negative connotation about it. I believe that this is why there is such a discrepancy between the statistics mentioned in friend’s article taken from a Huffington Post article. Our society has taught us that when we hear the term “feminist”, to picture God-hating, liberal women with multicolored-colored hair prancing around denouncing everything that is manhood. It is society’s fault for the stigma around being a feminism. The statistics presented by Huffington Post are not representative of the entire population because they influenced by the fact that society tells women not to be feminists out of fear, fear that women will challenge the systematic discrimination that has been in place for a long time. Feminism should be celebrated, defended, protected, followed, practiced, and most importantly, accepted.

Claiming that men will not respect women because they’re a feminist is so far from the truth. Men who do not respect feminists are ignorant and probably a little bit intimidated. Being a feminist to me means that you are determined, you are aware, you’re strong, you are confident, you are brave. It means that you are to be respected. Being a feminist means you’re a “strong, intelligent, and wholehearted person” who deserves the utmost admiration because you’re actively changing and bettering society by calling out its faults.

Feminism is not an idea that should be feared or forced back against. Feminism simply seeks equality, equality for all. I’m a man and I’m a feminist. You’d be surprised by how many male feminists there are. If we are all equals—act like it

Men are in retreat. In the western world, the high water mark of male dominance was probably 120 years ago. While women had already begun to gain property rights decades earlier, it was the arrival of universal suffrage that heralded a dramatic new age of gender equality. Universities slowly started to open up, followed naturally by professions which began to employ newly graduated law and medical students. The labour shortages of the Second World War added momentum to the social shift, and the mid-century emergence of the women’s liberation movement accelerated the change.

The re-balancing of gender roles is moving even swifter now, with the arrival of the #MeToo movement. Steve Bannon, perhaps one of the greatest champions of the patriarchy, claims it will “undo ten thousand years of recorded history” and that women are now destined to “take charge of society.”

Across the English-speaking world women now outnumber men in higher education. Yesterday the chairman of a Toronto law firm told me about their affirmative action program: trying (and failing) to find more capable male articling students. In every field, at every level, women are making progress. The other side of this coin is that male influence, power and prestige are all in decline.

Objectively, this is good. Men continue to enjoy unearned advantages. Women are still paid less than men. The career impact of child rearing is also much harder for them. Our political and corporate leaders remain mostly male. True equality is still a long way off.

Gender equality in the family reduces divorce and depression, making them happier and improving the living standard of the individual. It is crucial that men stay as part of the feminist action. For feminism to achieve the goal of women's liberation, men must participate in the struggle. Indeed, men bear greater responsibility for ending the oppression of women because they are the patriarchs of the main perpetrators of that oppression. But can men do so to become feminists?

Feminism is a socio-thinking movement that emerged as a response to oppression against women as indicated by discrimination, marginalization, and violence. The awareness on gender inequality arose

from the perspective of patriarchy, that has led to gender-based violence among the greatest victims, the women, who are an important part of the feminist movement agenda. Therefore, feminism seeks to free women from all forms of oppression, injustice and gender-based violence that factually more women become victims in today's world. Therefore, I also call the movement of feminism as a women's movement or gender justice movement.

I was born as a male and the automatic roles, identities, and myths embedded in patriarchal culture have not completely disappeared from me. Although I wanted to train myself to be a fair feminist, it turned out that the misogynous spell has left its footprint on my brain. But when the superior pretense seems to arise, I always try my best to deconstruct the thought so that it does not come into being. Feminist practice for men seeking gender-consciousness is a very clear challenge; he must always be ready to defeat the possibility of the birth of patriarchal culture to set on his mind and his misogynous behavior. This practice must continue until the doctrine of misogyny has completely lost its essence.

Gender equality in the family reduces divorce and depression, making them happier and improving the living standard of the individual. It is crucial that men stay as part of the feminist action. For feminism to achieve the goal of women's liberation, men must participate in the struggle. Indeed, men bear greater responsibility for ending the oppression of women because they are the patriarchs of the main perpetrators of that oppression. But can men do so to become feminists?

Men in the patriarchal system cannot distance themselves from their power and privileges over women. To be a feminist, a person must be a member of a given group (of women), not only because of classification but also considering their direct experience in theory and practice. Feminists are no longer just women who do not shave their armpits and put their bras on fire. As a contemporary feminist, you can be a woman, a man or someone in between. Yet, men still shy away from speaking much about this subject.

Imagine someone asking you the question: Are you a feminist? How do you respond to it? And would you add that being a feminist means you believe in gender social, political and economic equality?

Certainly, men can be feminists, and more and more people share the feminist ideals. If we look at the feminist label, which is complemented by the definition, it is not that surprising, since every man is somehow bound to a woman, as their mother, wife, girlfriend, daughter or co-worker. In the mirror of a personal relationship, we often see things in a different light.

Building a feminist coalition with both female and male activists is crucial to strengthen men's involvement in eliminating discrimination against women. A gender-sensitive male coalition will be significant in binding their commitment to consistency and commitment in the effort to eliminate all forms of gender discrimination and injustice.

Nowadays, anything is viral. The one who looks, sells, and everyone follows him. But sadly, some institutions and people have used the word feminine as a weapon for their interests. In almost every advertisement or film, women are presented as a sex symbol, and these symbols become the prototype for the female population, who unknowingly, take them as the embodiment of womanhood.

Feminism does not mean that you threaten men, hate them or compete with them. Femininity, without men, is incomplete and man has to renounce the ego of his masculinity and move forward, not in front or behind the free woman, but together, matching each other's pace.

Men are half a part of human society and we cannot expect them to be respectful towards the opposite sex by showing them unrestrained propaganda. You have to evaluate each person separately and avoid abnormal gender perceptions. You have to understand that every person has a separate stanza, whether it be a man or a woman, and everyone is important and beautiful in its singularity. Thus, all people around you are duly potent.

Nobody should be the master of another person, should have the right to beat another person or to identify his own gender or sexual orientation, And no-one should have right to special privileges on the basis of his gender configuration. How many feminists do you think are fighting for equality? How many men prefer to define themselves as egalitarian rather than feminist? That feminism is defined by equality is something universally recognized. However, the term 'equality' has never received an adequate analysis.

I am a feminist and I do not fight for equality, I fight for liberation. Those people who consider themselves to be the champions of equality are shielded by rather tepid feminist principles such as equal pay, equal opportunities without unequal treatment or positive discrimination, the individual as the sole responsible person for the failure and, above all, the adaptation of women to the current labor hierarchy, where the job comes first. Equality takes the male status quo as a standard that women must attain.

Men control the balance of power and this power is distributed in a harmful way and is used for even worse purposes. Change can only come when we redefine and redistribute this power, eliminate these hierarchies and reevaluate the standards that men have predefined. Feminism did not arise, nor does it serve today to claim rights for all. Feminism is a movement that was created to fight the inequalities that women suffered from with respect to the privileged dominant sex- men!

This assertion, that feminism should not be called feminism, but equaliism, humanism, or any other -ism , is used by those who consider that to claim the rights of women is discriminatory with respect to men. Those who say this think that a movement that claims only the rights of women is to give an advantage to women, or is giving way to men when it comes to claiming rights for people.

Gentlemen, the goal is to avoid violence towards the two genders, to allow sons and daughters to dream, struggle and give them the right to be ambitious, to be happy, without fear of being judged, for wanting to make this world a better place to live in. We want equality, neither more nor less.

This is a Hindu society where women are worshiped like goddesses while they feel helpless. In the Vedas, the woman is said to be a mother, which means that the person who gives birth also brings nourishment. Definition of women's empowerment is wrong.

As long as one man marries many women, as long as the capable woman continue to consider their right to ask for a sick person to leave the seat in bus or trains, as long as a man will continue to look for beauty in a woman, as long as a girl chooses her life partner based on his income, as long as hostility breathes between a daughter-in-law and her mother-in-law, feminism will exist.

I consider myself a feminist because as a feminist, I consider equality in all spheres of life. I am a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It is equality, it is fairness, and I think it is a great thing to be a part of

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