It is in the destiny of every great revolution / concept / change to face resistance and often sheer hatred. In my lifetime however, I have yet to see a word face as much aversion as: Feminism. There is nothing quite as scary as half-knowledge and that is probably what has happened to Feminism.
We live in a twisted world, where if a girl says no to marrying you it’s okay to throw acid on her face. Where, a practice as barbaric and horrifying as female genital mutilation is still practiced quite openly under the name of religion and preservation of honour. Amidst all this brutality all we seem to care about is being branded a feminist for the fear of coming across as a fanatic. I have always believed that there are 3 kinds of people in the world: ones that follow the crowd to be accepted, the ones that go against the crowd to be different and the ones that actually make sense. The initiation of Feminism as a taboo solely lies on the shoulders of the first kind, the ones who brand it unmentionable because if you believe in female rights you are either crazy or a dyke. And the world follows it for lack of knowledge or effort.
Take a minute and answer this: Do you believe that women should be treated equally and with the same “respect” as men? Do you believe that women are not the “weaker” sex just because they lack an appendage? If the answer to either of these is YES then I hate to break it to you, you are a feminist.
Something, somewhere, needs to change. Imagine a world where being a feminist is a matter of pride. Where men proudly say that they strongly believe in women equality. Where we can bring kids into this world knowing fully well that they are safe wherever they go. This is the kind of world I want to give my future kids.
So, grow the F up! Educate yourselves and get over words. If you don’t, it won’t be long before women are just shadows of our society, an entity to help produce the next generation of men. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.