What 's The First Thing You Think Of When You Hear The Word

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What 's the first thing you think of when you hear the word, "feminism?" A hateful, misandrist ideology? A word that is inherently sexist in its spelling? Special treatment for women? Something that only women can believe in? Something that only "man-hating, bra-burning, unshaven, witchcraft-practicing, ugly, lesbians" believe in? Something to believe in when you "can 't get a boyfriend?" Unnecessary because sexism and inequality no longer exist? When it comes to feminism, I 've heard it all-- every misconception, misinterpretation, and myth imaginable.
Now why do I call the statements listed above misconceptions, misinterpretations, and myths? Because they are. Now you may not believe me at the moment, but by the end of this essay you
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Think of all the double standards, the slut-shaming, the rape culture, the hypersexualization of women in the media, the catcalling, and gender roles that are still prevailing today. Here are some double standards: men can boast about their sexual exploits and are dubbed as "players" or “studs” and their peers think highly of them, whereas if a woman did the same thing she would be labeled a "slut," "whore," "skank," etc. When a man takes charge he has “leadership ability,” whereas when a girl takes charge she’s “bossy.” When boys act loud and disorderly, adults will chuckle and say, “boys will be boys,” (an argument that carries the profoundly anti-male implication that we should expect bad behavior from boys and men and assumes that they are somehow incapable of acting appropriately, or treating girls and women with respect). Girls, on the other hand, are told that they need to act proper, quiet, docile, both manifestly by the adults around them and latently by their environment (particularly by the media). The media inconspicuously reinforces and creates a plethora of gender roles, in addition to hypersexualizing women and misrepresenting minorities. Think of the ads you see every day-- what does the body language of the men and women in the advertisements say? What does it subtly and unintentionally suggest? Think of how every single image of a woman you see in the media is photoshopped. Think of how unacceptable it is for a woman to be overweight, while

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