What is feminism? I believe feminism is more than believing women and men are equals. It has to also deal with having an understanding that not only can women do anything that men can do, but they also have the choice to not do it as well. If a women decides that she wants to be a stay at home mom, I don’t think she needs to be scolded for her choices, she should be praised for making her own choice rather than just doing what society tells her to do. According to Webster’s dictionary, feminism “is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” That is by far my favorite definition because of the word opportunities. Feminism is about women having opportunities. I believe that everyone understands that women want equal rights but I think that opportunities implies that you have a choice. When something presents itself you have the choice to accept or decline. With that being said I feel like the feminist movement should be a little bit clearer keeping the conversation on the opportunities women deserve and steering away from the conversations that put our purpose on the back burner.
Feminist comes in all shapes and sizes. No two people are the exact same, so why would anyone including feminist themselves scold another for not being an “ideal” feminist. I am not even sure how to exactly paint a picture of the what the ideal feminist would look like nor do I even want to entertain the idea (I am pretty sure you can picture it on your own), but I do know one thing for sure, she is not real. So ladies and gentlemen (yes men can be feminist too), let’s be a little bit nicer to our fellow feminists and instead of scolding them for having a different outlook on the movement, let’s praise each other for standing united.