Feminism is a political movement that aims for equal rights between men and women. Meanwhile, egalitarianism is a concept in political philosophy that advocates that all people should be treated as equals. Therefore, a fundamental question arises – could feminism and egalitarianism be described as advocating for the same ideals? Thus, the purpose of this essay is to critically discuss whether feminism is a branch of egalitarianism. In particular, I will discuss what feminism and egalitarianism as concepts and political movements entail. In essence, this essay will interrogate whether we should abandon the term feminism and replace it with egalitarianism, due to the name of feminism being somewhat ‘tarnished’. Through a balanced evaluation of the similarities and differences between the two movements, I will ultimately conclude that feminism is one of the many divisions of egalitarianism.
Hello! So, I am aware that my past few posts have been based on feminism and have been rather heavily opinionated. However, this post is going to simply be an education, a sort of wiki page if you like. It is an explanation of the feminist movement that I have only recently learned myself. This semester I took a module on Religion, Gender and Sexuality in which one theme was ‘Feminism and the Rise of the Feminist Movement’. I thoroughly enjoyed this module and I wish to share what I learned (and also so that my revision didn’t go to waste hahaha).
- The feminist movement spans a couple of hundred years.
- The feminist movement is divided into three ‘waves’ – an appropriate term to use as some periods of the movement was strong, and other times weak (i.e. peaks and troughs).
- The first wave begins in the 1800’s and continued through till the late 1940’s (although this is unclear) – its successfulness is measured by which countries allowed women to vote.
- The second wave begins in early 1950’s (although again, this is unclear) and continued through till the 1990’s – had some success (such as the Sex Discrimination Act 1975).
- The third wave began in the 1990’s and is what we reside in today.
Now, lets go into a tad more detail (if you’re still reading)…
Yes, I’m a feminist, your point being? I don’t understand the big deal. To say you’re a feminist, means you believe that men and women should be treated equally, WHAT IS SO HARD TO GRASP? IT MAKES YOU A DECENT HUMAN BEING TO SAY, “oh yes, I believe that men and women should be treated the same on a social, political, economic, personal level”.
Just like with anything, people take things one step too far. The term “feminazi” refers to radical feminists who preach that women should have superiority over men, that bras symbolises oppression, that if women shave their body hair, they’re letting down the feminists. Well, no. What being a feminist actually means is that you believe that men and women should be treated equally, no ifs, ands or buts.
Okay, so I wanted to write a post on feminism and this video seemed like a good place to start. You may have seen the above video circling around Facebook, which is captioned “This is what happens if you ask the Prime Minister if they are a feminist in Britain and Canada”. My dad viewed this video and he pointed out that, to him, it seemed as if the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was just trying to be “popular” and how David Cameron is right in justifying his reason to call himself a feminist.