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What does feminism mean to you?

Recently, I was scrolling through my Instagram stories and I saw the word ‘Feminism’ used in the wrong context. After that, I was forced to write this. I don’t know if that person said it mockingly. However, there are still people out there who don’t comprehend the meaning of Feminism. They think it’s wrong or it’s a platform that women use for their benefits (which at some point true.) But it’s not reasonable to take away that one thing that helps millions of women around the globe.

Feminism simply means equality for both women and men. It means having greater access to education; more equitable pay with men; the right to initiate divorce proceedings; and the right to own property, etc.
Feminism isn’t just “women’s issues.” It helps fight racism, classism, ageism, patriarchy, etc. Everyone can be a feminist, regardless of race, gender, class, and religion.

I guess I can’t find easier words than this. When it comes to women, people have caged us in different stereotypes. They have made certain opinion of how a woman should be in a community. They laugh at us if we don’t fit in that picture. Women are being assaulted and humiliated. If using feminism as a platform, the world finally listens then why not use it? It empowers women in all stages of life. It’s an encouraging and dominant force for them.
All we want is to live peacefully, be able to have a choice and a voice. We need equal opportunities has men.

If you ask me what feminism means today its being who you are without fear of judgement or “what society will think” (log kya soche ge). It’s being successful not just in your profession, but in the way you want to. Being a feminist means that you fight for the equality of all people. Feminism allows people to look at the world not as it is, but how it could be. It shines a light on problems that the patriarchy perpetuates, but also comes up with ways to fix these problems. I am a feminist ever since I was a kid before, I even knew what feminism was. Because I hated when things were unfair. When we couldn’t speak the truth instead we were told to be quiet.

So, before criticising or ridiculing the movement do your research. Listen, read and understand before you judge.

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