Feminists do not believe women are better than men. The exact definition of feminism is ‘the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.’ Both men and women can be feminists as long as they believe in equality. But, some feminists can take this definition to an extreme and alter it to make it seem like the goal of feminists is to bring women to be more superior than men. They create a negative image for feminism by degrading men and portraying them as extremely sexist. Extreme feminists, or ‘femenazis’ make women seem like innocent angels and victims to everything. But, this is not the goal of feminism. Media usually depicts the negative and radical side of feminism as the standard. There are many women who are against feminism, because they view feminists as people who think all women are weak and oppressed, and people who judge stay-at-home-moms. People are still misguided about what the point of feminism is. Women do not deserve special treatment; they just deserve equal treatment.

I’ve heard people say men and women are already equal, and that feminism is not needed. Just because women can vote and have basic rights, it doesn’t mean they are completely being treated equally to men. Women today are still not equal in terms of government and job positions, and social treatment. An example of inequality is the fact that women hold an amount of only 4.2 percent of CEO positions in America’s 500 biggest companies. An average of a 20 percent wage gap still exists in the US. Also, girls are usually told that they shouldn’t go out by themselves and that they need a man to protect them. People expect women to act a certain way all the time. Feminism gives women the ability to choose what they want to do without being judged. Just because many women feel as if they are already equal to men, it doesn’t mean all of them feel this way. We will continue to need feminism until everyone feels equal to one another. Ultimately, a feminist is someone who believes all humans, male or female, should have equal political, economic, and social rights.

By Shahd ElNaggar