Feminism : A Social, Economic, And Social Equality Of The Sexes

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This seemingly harmless word can ruin or heighten a person’s reputation, it can give someone new views on the world, it can destroy relationships, it can build new ones; this single word can change lives. Most people categorize “feminism” as a code for women that tells them to hate men, not shave, burn bras, be vegan, and if there is any time left over maybe, just maybe, to fight for women’s rights. Now, there are definitely feminists that fulfill this stereotype but the vast majority of women and men do not. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, feminism is defined as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” This does not mean that women are better than men, or that they deserve more money or respect. Nowhere in this definition does it mention that all feminists are lesbians and all men are rapists and abusers. These ridiculous generalities are simply social constructs that were created back when women were fighting for basic rights and somehow morphed into absurd and unrealistic stereotypes. In a poll done by the Huffington Post of one thousand adults, they found that although only one fifth of participants identify themselves as feminists, about eighty-two percent of both men and women agreed that "men and women should be social, political, and economic equals.” Broken down even more, the study reports that only nine percent of Republicans, versus the thirty-two percent of Democrats, willingly referred to themselves as
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