Feminism And The Social, Political, And Economic Equality Of The Sexes

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“Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” This definition comes from the dictionary, has been used in the now famous ted talk “We Should All be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and even sampled in a Beyoncé song. Despite an increase of feminist discourse in the mainstream media, American society continues to view feminism as a dirty word and feminists as radicals. These stereotypes have caused negative perceptions of women who identify as feminists. The man-hating, bra burning, angry feminist stereotype is seen as the default of feminism. This is completely contrary to the reality of feminism and furthers the oppression of women by continuing to disregard their voices. Many different ideologies fall under the umbrella of feminism but at its root, the movement is an equalizer created to bring women to the social, political, and economic level of men in our society. The media and sadly even predominant female celebrities continue to spread misinformation regarding feminism thus perpetuating the pre-existing negative stereotypes of feminists and the feminist movement. Strong female celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley, Demi Moore, and Madonna have all echoed that they are not feminists because while they support women feminism is too strong of a word, they do not hate men, they do not want to overpower men, or call themselves a humanist because they find the term to be less alienating. Since the
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