I’m only going to say this once … aka my abridged thoughts on feminism

I’m only going to say this once.

Feminism is NOT about women being more valuable or more powerful than men or putting men down.

Feminism is NOT about shaming women who choose to work in the home.

Feminism is NOT about proving that women don’t need men or marriage or children.

And yet, there’s a lot of people out there who seem to think that’s what feminism is. They say “well, I’m not a feminist because I believe women are empowered and should be able to choose their lives, to be moms, to be wives, to work or not.”

Well congratulations, you’re a feminist.

I know, I know, you’ve had some bad experiences with people who seem to just hate men.

But that doesn’t mean you hate feminism. That’s kind of like saying “I’m not a Christian because I really hate what Westboro Baptist is doing”

Some of you just don’t like the label.

Here’s why it’s called feminism.

For THOUSANDS of years women were considered property.

Property. Like cattle or a house or a stable of horses.

This is not some imagined slight. It happened (and still happens in some families, cultures, and countries). And the female property was valued by things like marrying and having children. No marriage? no Children? no value.

So it’s called feminism because of the need to bring attention to issues related to women. To bring their rights (voting, owning property, choosing who to marry, choosing to work or not, choosing to have children or not) up at the same level as men.

It’s not about saying that the sexes are the same or that women who take on traditional roles are ruining it for the rest of us (not true).

Feminism is just about women not being property.

I mean, it’s about more than that, sure, but can we all agree that women are not property? And that they should get the same choices in life that men do?

If so, then congratulations, you’re a feminist.

Women: Did you vote? Do you own property? Did you choose your own job? Do you choose who you’re dating or did you choose who you married? Did you decide along with your husband to work at home? Did you decide along with your husband to continue working outside the home after having kids? Do you express your opinions in public? If you’re not married or don’t have kids, do you believe you still have value as a woman? Do you think you have the right  not to be raped or coerced into sex that’s not consensual? Do you think you have the right to an education?

Men: Do you think of your wife or girlfriend as a human, not as property? Do you believe she should be valued on her merit and spirit rather than her fertility or sexuality? Are you willing to work for a female boss? Do you believe that women should have the same opportunities as men for career and education? Do you listen and make decisions for your family along with your wife? Do you believe women should be able to vote, work, raise a family if they choose, marry whom they choose, and own property?

Yes? Then I think you might like feminism.

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