Feminism : A Social Movement

899 WordsMar 28, 20164 Pages
As the world advances further into the twenty first century a new modernized form of feminism becomes more and more prominent. Referred to as third wave feminism, it is a social movement focused on equality of the sexes. At the core this idea is simple but when applied to modern day societies it becomes increasingly complex and even, at times, convoluted. For the most part, this particular wave of feminism is primarily concerned with first world countries and their accompanying issues as patriarchal societies. This aspect alone elicits criticism of the movement and grounds on which some try to use to dismiss its points. The critics of modern feminism call themselves antifeminists and aim to discredit what they believe to be an unjust movement. Both the feminists and the antifeminists raise good arguments for the reasons behind their opinions on the issue, but both have their flaws as well. The most commonly cited argument of the antifeminists is that modern feminism is actually not in support of gender equality, but instead promotes the demonization of the entire male gender as oppressors and abusers of women. To be summed up in the most basic way antifeminism is the belief that modern feminism’s arguments are incorrect or exaggerated and purposely encourage misandry. Many women don’t want to openly identify as a “feminist” because of the stigma the word comes with of being a radical man hater. Antifeminists see feminism as an attempt to paint women as victims of society; a
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