Does Feminism Need to be Redefined?

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How would you define feminism as per the standards of society today? Has Feminism lost its true meaning? Bridget Law, published an article about the meaning of Feminism today (PLEASE GO READ IT!!!!). By far, this has been the most informational and useful article I have read on this topic by far. The following gave me goosebumps, and hold on tight, because it may give you goosebumps as well:

Question: Does feminism need redefinition?

Kahn: No, not redefinition. Rather, it needs to be reclaimed through education about what feminism really is. I teach an undergrad class in the psychology of women and gender. On the first day of class, almost nobody says they are a feminist. By the end of the course, they all say they are. If you have a group of right-wing commentators who claim feminists are braless lesbians who want to destroy the family, and who repeat that message for 40 years, lots of people will think that. It behooves women to stand up and say, “No.” The most powerful T-shirt from the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, worn by a very diverse crowd, was “This is What a Feminist Looks Like.”

Wow. Just. Wow. Feminism does not need to be redefined, rather, it needs to be reclaimed. How amazing is that? In other words, we never lost the core concept of feminism, rather many layers were added to it over the years. All we have to do now is, make sure the most relevant and accurate layer is being exposed at the moment.

Feminism is definitely a powerful term, and most definitely one to scare many people away. Some people are so put off by the term, that they themselves deny any association with the term itself. Historically, if it wasn’t for the work put in by the Feminists of the 60s and 70s, we would not have gotten as far as we have. Feminism is a global movement, not just one that is applicable to women, but to men as well. Feminism is not about putting anyone else down, rather it is about making sure everyone is lifted up to the same level…the same equal level. It is simple, not complicated, so let’s not make it as such.

Are you feminist? Were you feminist? What are your thoughts on feminism in the current times, and do you think it needs to be redefined or reclaimed? Thank you for reading, sending a lot of positive vibes your way!


Manisha Sareen

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