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Feminism: 2020

Being a “feminist” or identifying with any of the various definitions of the word “feminism”, is stigmatized in society, as an extreme. The questions I’m proposing, in hopes to untangle this generalizations are : Does it have to be an extreme? Why does that word/ idea in particular spark a conversation of extremism? Personally, I believe that when the movement first emerged, the concept of equality was so foreign that the division became severe, from those who agreed with these women and those who quite frankly were scared of change. As decades went by, the assumption that the divide would close, and the gap would slowly minimize was there, however I’m not sure it did. Of course, individuals in society became more comfortable with feminism, and now in 2020 we see changes being made to reflect the protests and all the fight so many women had to go through. On the other hand, words such as “liberal”, “man hater” , “lesbian” etc. are still attached to this movement. The ignorance is still very much present, and unfortunately, its a conversation not enough people are having. A quick google search, on the definition of feminism, suggests “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” Without any further research, the short yet effective definition reflects on the root of this word. Equality, is what women were fighting for, equality is what people ARE fighting for. When you are born into this life, especially in this country, you are promised a certain extent of rights. Why blame someone for putting leaders in the predicament of trying to fulfill their promises?