What is Feminism?

Feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality.

Gender binary:  the social constructions and artificial division of the world into things that are considered “masculine” or “for men” and things that are “feminine” or “for women”.

The division is artificial in several ways:

  • much of it is socially constructed. For example, the association of pink with girls and blue with boys is of comparatively recent origin and is purely a fashion, albeit a very pervasive one.
  • the division of people into two genders is also artificial. Most individuals of any gender have a mix of traits and preferences that are associated with both sides of the gender binary

The gender binary creates a number of gender-based men’s issues that need to be addressed also.  For example, men today are less likely to graduate from college, attain a high GPA, be active in extracurricular organizations or seek leadership roles; or why men in general have always been more likely to be caught up in the criminal justice system or be homeless.  These are real issues, and things our society should work to correct.

 

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