The Definition Of Modern Day Feminism

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Megan Thompson
Ms. Butters
AP Language
13 November 2014
The Definition of Modern Day Feminism
“Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” This is what Beyonce, one of the most famous and influential Women of Color in the past decade, claims in her 2014 VMA performance, with a large, shining backdrop of the word ‘feminist’ behind her. This quickly became one of the most direct and most widely-known displays of her feminist beliefs, and Beyonce is far from the only celebrity who has shown the modern world that identifying with the word ‘feminist’ is no longer something to be ashamed of. The feminist movement has been evolving since the late 1800s,[1] (Rompton) and throughout these 100+ years society’s view on feminism has also evolved, for better or for worse. Where did this come from? Negative connotations and misconceptions towards the word are not at all hidden in today’s society, many unquestionably calling feminists “Man-haters”, or even “Fem-nazis.” So, what is feminism? Why does it have so many misconceptions? And most importantly, why is it so significant to our society to have feminism properly defined? You should answer these questions in your thesis statement.
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.” ― Cheris Kramarae. Feminism, as defined by merriam-webster’s collegiate dictionary,[2] is “the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” A ‘Feminist’ is someone who
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