What is Feminism?

Meabh breaks down what feminism means to her

Written by Meabh Nugent


Feminism is defined as 'the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes'. Well that's a dictionary definition. In reality feminism is so much more. However, there are so many negative misconceptions about feminism.

What Feminism is NOT

  • Contrary to common beliefs feminism is not;
  • The hatred of males
  • The belief that females are superior to males
  • Females getting privileges over males
  • Females having more of a say than males.

These types of beliefs are associated with Misandry. Misandry is defined as 'The dislike and hatred of men, and males in general. Example: It is MISANDRY to believe that only males are capable of abuse.' Again, this is NOT what feminism is favour of.

What Feminism IS

  • Some of the actions which people may not know are associated with feminism are;
  • Empowering women.
  • Fighting for equal rights for women AND men.
  • Fighting hate crimes against women
  • Breaking through what society says females AND makes can/cannot do because they're females/males
  • Moving away from gender stereotyping.
  • Trying to ensure that women get the same chances and opportunities as men
  • Standing up to Misogyny (the hatred of women)

These are just some examples of what feminism is but it may mean slightly different things to different people.

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