Feminism vs. Radical Feminism

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Feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.”

Radical Feminism is defined as “a perspective within feminism that calls for a radical reordering of society in which male supremacy is eliminated in all social and economic contexts.”

First off, if we’re going to talk about this topic, some terms need to be defined.

Advocacy means “public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.”

Supremacy is “the state or condition of being superior to all others in authority, power, or status.”

In short, Feminism is wanting the basic equality of men and women as human beings. Radical Feminism is wanting equality on all levels in society.

So why is it okay for people to want equal rights, but not equal pay, job opportunities, etc.?

I do consider myself to be a feminist (a person who supports feminism.) I believe that everyone should consider themselves to be a feminist, and I don’t understand why it’s become such a “dirty word.”

 Now, to be fair, being a feminist isn’t all that bad, but it’s still “embarrassing” according to some people.
But let’s talk about Radical Feminists. Why are they called “feminazis” simply because they want to have the same jobs and pay as men?
It’s true, some feminists give the rest of us a bad rep. i.e. the ones who scream sexual harassment when a man is trying to be friendly and says hello. (No, this is not an exaggeration, I’ve seen it happen.) But that doesn’t define all feminists.
I’m going to be honest and say that there are some jobs that I believe should be left to men, but if another woman wants to do it, then by all means, do it. Just in my opinion, I wouldn’t. But again, that’s only my opinion.
Feminist-shaming needs to stop. It is not a ridiculous notion to want equality, so why treat it like it is?
I think it is a great idea to protest for equality, but a lot of people think it’s ridiculous and think women should keep their mouths shut. What astonishes me is that some of these people are women themselves.
It is okay to be content with being a housewife or not caring if you have equal rights. But that doesn’t mean you should shame others for wanting more. We should all be more supportive of feminism because it is a great thing for future life.
-Raine
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2 thoughts on “Feminism vs. Radical Feminism

  1. Most feminists have issues with radfems because they often argue that trans women aren’t really women who can speak about the female experience. I agree that feminists are often ridiculed or mislabeled (when people use the word “radical” in a derogatory way) and it’s always great to find another feminist out there!

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