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Here are the five absurd things you can surely expect to hear as a feminist, and a guide on how to handle them.
I was 15 when I first learned what feminism was. It was written in the tiniest font on my social science textbook. Never did I know that the tiny font word would redefine who I am as a person and as a woman.
Surely my journey to being a feminist wasn’t an easy one painted with sunshine and rainbows. Mostly because no one really told me what I should expect when I embraced feminism into my life. But I’d like to do my part and write a guide on what to expect when you walk down the feminist road.
The number one thing that I believe every feminist has had to hear at least once is the assumption that they hate all men. No, we do not hate men! In fact, feminism helps men too.
When feminists pinpoint out the imbalances in society and how it’s always women at the damaged end, they are just stating facts. If some men feel offended by it, then there’s nothing to explain since the glass slipper fits. Following this, you’ll definitely hear the ‘Not All Men’ statement, to which you can reply ‘But All Women’ and that’ll probably ring a bell!
Now I don’t mean all jokes but you get the gist. The jokes that float on the internet, forwarded WhatsApp jokes– they all have a bit of sexism laced in between the words.
Whether it’s marriage jokes, the workplace banter, the bad driver jokes it’s always the women being degraded. And because of the internalised misogyny, we often find women themselves laughing at these jokes.
But once you start taking a feminist approach , you don’t find such things funny anymore and you may have to remain the poker face in a group of people laughing. Or you might want to point out that the joke, well, wasn’t exactly a joke.
You may come off as stuck-up and serious but trust me, there are other funnier jokes that can make you laugh your heart out. Don’t be disheartened just because you couldn’t laugh at a meagre joke written by someone who clearly had a lot of time on their hands.
Now I think this is the funniest thing that can come your way. Some people are going to be so bothered by the fact that the term ‘fem’ is in the word, although feminism implies the fight for gender equality.
And if someone approaches you with such an absurd doubt, the answer is simple and harmless – ‘it’s because women vouched for something that men hadn’t.’ That ought to convince them, and if not then they’re just lazy and comfortable with the kind of society we live in.
Oh, and maybe such people may even say they’d rather be a humanist or an equalist. In such a case, ask them to go through a dictionary and look up the meaning of feminism again.
If a feminist ever falls in the radar of a man who clearly isn’t a feminist, they have to be ready to face some absurd doubts. For starters, certain people would like to know what exactly do women want in such a modern society when they are already in such ‘better’ positions than their ancestors.
For such queries, a simple turn of the newspaper pages or a scroll down your social media feed is enough to provide evidence as to why we need feminism. There’s not a single day you wouldn’t find news of women around the world going through atrocities- whether its physical, verbal or situational.
As quoted from Tumblr user soultired, and widely spread across the internet: “Men who want to be feminists do not need to be given a space in feminism. They need to take the space they have in society and make it feminist.”
Quite importantly, for gender equality to happen, it isn’t that men are to be welcomed into the movement but it is essential for men to be a part of the movement. And don’t assume only women can be feminists, men too can be feminists.
It’s not all prejudice that you’re going to experience once you become a feminist. If you mingle with the right kind of people who share the same values and opinions as yourself, you’re sure to find yourself a part of a badass friend group. Like they say, the more the merrier.
But sometimes you will have people call you terms like ‘pseudo-feminist.’ My own classmate called me that.
To my classmate who asked me to fix my description of myself as a growing feminist into a ‘pseudo feminist’– I would suggest them to go search the meaning of these words on the internet and put two and two together.
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Some time ago, Imtiaz Ali and Hansal Mehta respectively spoke of biopics of Madhubala and Meena Kumari. But do these biopics do justice to these women?
I recently came across a Reddit thread that discussed the fact that filmmaker Imtiaz Ali had announced making a biopic of Madhubala, and I wanted to explore this a little.
Of late, biopics based on the lives of beautiful but fatefully tragic women such as Lady Diana and Marilyn Monroe have created waves. Closer at home, we hear about the possibilities of biopics being made on the lives of Meena Kumari and Madhubala as well. These were hugely famous, stunningly beautiful women who were the heartthrobs of millions; who died tragically young.
I am glad that the Orange Flower Awards seek self-nomination. High achieving women often suffer from self-doubt, and this is a good way to remind us that we are good enough.
A few days ago, I saw an Instagram post announcing the Orange Flower Awards which recognise the power of women’s voices. I read about it with curiosity, but didn’t give it a second thought.
I received an e mail from Women’s Web seeking self-nominations for the Orange Flower Awards, and I ignored it. Yes, I write occasionally, but I didn’t think my work was good enough for me to nominate myself in any of the categories.
A past winner especially tagged me and asked me to look at nominating myself, and I told her that I was not ready yet. “That is up to you”, she said, “but I think you should nominate yourself.”
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