You may have heard rumblings about a Tumblr page which has been causing all sorts of viral controversies this week. It’s called ‘WomenAgainstFeminism’ and it is filled with all sorts of wrong, misguided and confusing information. We’d like to announce that this Tumblr page is clearly on its period. Why? Because let’s face it ladies, when most of us have our monthly visitor, things can get a bit out of whack with our hormones and we often act in ways that are out of character.
That’s how we’d like to describe the women taking part in this negative and destructive page. With reason such as “I am not a victim” and “I don’t hate men” it’s clear these women have no idea what feminism actually is.
According to the Webster dictionary, the definition of feminism is the “ideology of the social, political and economical equality of the sexes”. Sounds kinda awesome to us! Anything beyond that definition is personal choice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be identified as a feminist.
The ironic thing is that most of these women have the freedoms they have today BECAUSE of the feminism movement. They can vote, be elected to public office, drive cars, become CEO’s, have babies AND work, and many more things because of the women who so valiantly fought for equality starting in the late 1800s.
The accusation that feminists don’t take responsibility for being raped is akin to asking “what was she wearing?” or “how drunk was she?” insinuating that a man who decides to commit a criminal act upon a woman (yes, let’s not forget that rape is a crime!) can be absolved of any blame because in reality it is a woman’s fault.
Sadly, most of these women have clearly not seen the plight of women around the world in 2014. In some countries women are not recognized as equal beings, cannot drive, or cannot be seen in public without a man. In some countries women are beaten to death by their own families for falling in love with a man not chosen for her. Does that sound like equality?
Sure, most women in America and other western countries have it easy, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be aware of the tragedies going on elsewhere in the world and stand in solidarity with their sisters. If we care about 2 planes flying into the World Trade Center in New York, killing thousands of innocent people, why shouldn’t women care about other women in the world who are being killed simply for making their own choices or being who they are?
Here our editor-in-chief Asha Dahya gives some pretty damn good reasons why feminism IS important, IS still relevant and why some of the women on this Tumblr page should do a little more research before agreeing to be part of a movement that only serves to divide women.
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