The definition of a feminist is someone who advocates for political, economic, social, and personal equality of BOTH genders. Or at least that’s the textbook definition for feminism. More recently it would be considered to be someone who believes that all women should be given more rights on the basis of achieving equality. At least, these are the political definitions.
I personally would not consider myself to be a feminist. And you would ask:
Well, Celeste, don’t you believe that everyone should have equal rights and opportunities?
Of course, but I believe that feminism has really evolved from equal everything for all people to just more rights for women while pushing the blame to the male gender.
My definition of a true feminist would be someone who not only advocates for women’s rights but also advocates for men’s rights as well. I think that modern ideas of feminism are rather extreme-that to give rights to women we need to take rights away from men-and while most people don’t believe that (I hope), the more outspoken feminists talk about male privilege and how society, government, whatever it is-has to take away these privileges so that women can gain equal footing.
It can be hypocritical to expect to gain rights based on genders and many actually become disillusioned by what they see feminists are actually advocating for. This exaggerated oppression that women seem to face isn’t as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. Yes, wage inequality exists-that is a something worth fighting. Yes, rape culture exists to some extent-but not all victims are female. And yes, women in general are discriminated against-but isn’t feminism (currently) a pretty name for the sexist treatment of men?
If the cause didn’t seem so self-righteous, I might label myself lightly as a feminist in that broad spectrum, as someone who does believe in equal opportunities for both genders. But the main problem I see, is that there is a deviation from feminism’s original aims-and while the official definition remains the same and the unofficial but popular message has become somewhat hypocritical-I cannot in good conscience bash another gender and promote my own because of what society has decided to do in terms of these genders-all based on circumstances of birth.
So. no I would not consider myself a feminist until such a time its aims return to what it once was.
Hmm.. I feel like I restated a few points a couple times-but oh well, all the better to emphasize it.