“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.” ― Rebecca West, Young Rebecca: Writings, 1911-1917
Amongst the 10000+ articles on Feminism, I thought it’s about time, I add my drop in the bucket!
My reason to write this post is just to merely point out on how the introduction of Feminism, or the growth of it rather, has actually helped not just in the empowerment of women but also how it is slowly helping in making the world a better place to live in for every individual regardless of their label (ex : Man, Lesbian, Millionaire etc).
It’s because of the Power of Feminism, that many women, young & old, stand up against the thousands of year old traditions of child marriage and shaming widows . It is because of this Power that many women are able to protect their Girl-child & raise them to be strong & independent individuals.
But the best part is that it doesn’t stop just there. As Brigham Young rightly puts it, “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
When these same young women become mothers, they teach their children on how to respect other human beings no matter the gender, religion or caste. They don’t tell their sons to “Be a Man” or daughters to “Be good i.e. Look pretty & talk dumb”. Instead, they encourage them to do what it is that they enjoy. If their sons want to wear Tiaras and play with dolls and if their daughters want to dress up as Superheroes, then they support them instead of telling them it’s wrong because they don’t see anything immoral in it.
Because of these women, most parents these days understand the value of education for their daughters & motivate them to be independent. They inspire them to chase their dreams, make their own decisions & not let anyone have do it for them. These daughters learn to stick to their ideals no matter which part of the society they live in. They get married when they think it is the right time & when they meet the right person or maybe even decide they never want to. It is these women & parents who raise their sons to respect women & not look at them as possessions of any kind that they can show power over. These are the men that stand up against other men who sexually or physically abuse others.
This tiny portion of men & women are the ones who work against the major problems in our society like, Child Abuse & Poverty. They educate children (not necessarily their own) on always standing up for themselves, being honorable & on having a strong sense of personal integrity.
They don’t reprimand children on their choice of sexuality* & education. Instead they teach them that education or learning new things, in whichever field they have an interest in, is an important factor to help them stand on their own two feet.
(* Click here to read a poem about a Father raising a Gay Child…)
Eventually, these kids, the ones who are given the freedom to choose, tend to do what they think would beneficial not just for themselves but also their family, friends & their own country. They are generally broad-minded & try to look for the best qualities in every individual they interact with and they don’t judge them for who they are.
It’s due to Feminism that the general stereotypes of Men & Women are now shattering. Soon there will come a time when a man wouldn’t get shamed by being called a “girl” or a “fag” just because he cried watching Bambi or a woman wouldn’t be called selfish or a bitch just because she chose not to have children.
Feminism shouldn’t be considered as a movement that makes women choose not to be housewives and not cook & clean anymore or that men should now choose to be stay-at-home dads, but rather something that inspires each individual to choose to have a life of their own making. They should be able to do the things they want to do without being publicly judged by another for doing them.
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” ― Gloria Steinem
May the “Power of Feminism” be with you…