She said: Views on Feminism

Francheska Vicents

Many issues involving women have been brought up and solved or left unsolved throughout the years.

Feminism is an uprising topic on women’s rights in today’s society. Feminism is believing in equality for women and believing that women are capable of anything men can do.

Many people, the majority being men, scoff at the idea of women’s rights. Women’s rights comes forward to them as a type of joke, since us women have not had our fair share of rights. Sure, we can do everything men can do, but it hasn’t always been that way. For example, women working in certain areas of occupation that were meant for men are Feminism bubbleautomatically stereotyped.

Not too long ago, women weren’t allowed to vote. It was sort of like racism, just with genders: Sexism. In today’s society, men still think that women are incapable to do certain things. That obviously makes most women at the least question why men think that way.

Feminists are known to voice their opinions very creatively and efficiently. One method of sharing opinions is social media. Many feminists have social media profiles, including Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. A very popular feminist organization, “Yes All Women” has almost 56,000 followers on Twitter. They even have their own hashtag, #YesAllWomen, which normally trends every other day on Twitter. 

There’s more ways to spreading awareness about feminism aside from popular organizations on social media. There are celebrities that are feminists, such as Emma Watson. In September, Emma Watson gave a speech titled ‘He for She’ at the United Nations. While watching her give her speech to the audience, there was a certain sentence she said that stuck with me. It was that to have equality, you have to make everything equal. You can’t have certain aspects of equality and then for other things have no equality and only have men do it.

Many people who think of feminism often relate it to hating the male gender. This opinion is totally untrue. Feminism is just the idea of equality between women and men. During her speech. Watson had a specific quote directly towards people who have the opinion of feminism having a link to men-hatred.

“I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop,” Watson said.

Although feminism is almost always trending on Twitter, it hasn’t always been relevant. The topic first started when World War II started and only men were wanted to help with war production. There was a small amount of women who wanted to help with something during the war. Most women did not even think of going into war production.

It was sort of like racism, just with genders: Sexism

This brought forward the famous painting of Rosie the Riveter by J. Howard Miller where a woman is flexing her arm and winking with a speech bubble saying ‘We Can Do It!’ The purpose of the painting was to inspire more women to join the workforce. Most people ignored the painting. But in 1980, the painting was rediscovered and viewed as a strong productive woman who had self-empowerment written all over her.

Before this, I assume either women were too afraid to say something about it and humiliate themselves or just didn’t care. But now, in the 21st century, feminism has made a huge comeback. In the past, women have been viewed as weak, useless and other horrible insults that you would get slapped for if you said it in front of a woman in today’s society. Now, we are finally spreading our opinions more productively and making slight differences day by day. Womens’ rights matter just as much as anything else does, and I’m glad people, especially feminists, realize that.