By: Vibhuti Nagar
Feminism is defined as the belief in social, economic, and political equality of the sexes that include men, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. The movement feminism is manifested worldwide by various institutions committed to initiating activity on behalf of women's rights and interests. The women's rights movement touched on every aspect of their experience on various topics like politics, work, family, reproductive health and sexuality. Many misconceptions are afloat about the feminist movement, which has misled many people and hence, diverted them into not believing in the movement. Feminists have a goal to attain equal rights for all. Many laws and lawmakers do not allow women to make their own decisions about themselves. Women are considered weak due to cultural pasts and we haven't been able to fix this.
Women are scared to call out men who catcall at them because they might get stalked or followed home. Questions rush into our heads before taking the next step- should I yell at him ?, should I run or should I look down, ignore, and walk away?
We worry about how society would perceive us if we wore short skirts and crop tops or if we go out to drink and party with our male friends. We’re scared of walking down the streets alone after 6 pm not because something could happen to us rather if something does the reason, people would question our actions, “why were you out so late if you would’ve been home earlier it wouldn’t have occurred.” Students and daughters are scared to be alone with a male teacher or a male relative, the phrase “will anyone believe me constantly runs through our heads.” Being in crowded places, the chance of getting groped brings stress because society would justify their actions with ‘it wasn’t his fault, it was crowded he probably didn’t even realize’. I’m scared that we are living in a century when five-year-old girls are learning how to protect themselves from adult men. I’m scared to accept a drink from my male friends, you never know if he drugged it. I’m scared for every woman around me because we have to be cautious about our each and every move, each and every step, and each and every word. Feminism will make sure I don’t have to protect myself, I don’t have to curtail my words and actions, I don’t have to do something I don’t want to just to get a promotion.
For me, feminism isn't just a trend that I can exploit to get more followers on Instagram or to get more retweets on Twitter. It isn't some silly movement to help teenagers get clout, unlike how they are treating it. Feminism is more than that; it's the movement that will help make sure I don't grow up in a world where one step up a man takes is equal to 100 steps a woman has to take to reach the same position. It ensures that in the future, I get paid fairly in comparison to my future male colleagues for doing the same job. It promises that I will get the same opportunities or few even better than a man gets which he most likely doesn’t even deserve. It makes sure no one questions my integrity or my ability to do a certain skill/job just because of my gender or my identity.