Meaning Of Feminism

What Really Is The Meaning Of Feminism? Are We Getting It Right?

Feminism, some get it right, some struggle with it while some downright hate it. Now, before we proceed, let’s just get the right meaning behind such a heavy word. Feminism means treating women as equal to men. That’s it. It doesn’t mean putting down men, or it doesn’t mean hating them. All it means is getting rid of the gender stereotype to ensure women are given their rightful place in the society without any bias. But, are we getting it correct? Let’s take a look meaning of feminism.

Homemakers Can Be Feminists Too 

Women putting other women down is a sad, sad thing to see. Only career or progressive women are not feminists. If her choice is to be a homemaker, it is a personal decision taken by that said woman. So, if that’s her choice, we must respect it, not degrade it. Let me give you an example. My grandmother is a strong woman who is opinionated and is most of the time right (grandmothers, you see!). For a while, in her youth, she had a career, which she quit to support my grandfather and take care of her children. No one forced her. It was her own choice. Today, there are some women who think a homemaker isn’t a feminist. That’s not the case. As long as it isn’t forced on her, she has the right to do as she pleases! Let’s get that right.

Feminism Isn’t Man-Hating 

The stigma surrounding feminism is that feminists hate men. Nope. All we want is equality in every sense and nothing more. Strong feminist women have loving husbands and a family. They are in no way trying to eradicate the male essence, but only struggling to find a place of their own. Once when I told my male friend that I am a feminist, he automatically assumed that I have an agenda to hate men. I had to go ahead and explain it word by word. That’s not the case.

Not Promoting Harmful Habits 

The last point that we get absolutely wrong is that we think feminism means asking women to smoke or drink. Nope. For instance, a man is drinking in a bar; people don’t even bother to look there because, for them, that’s something normal. Now, when a woman drinks or smokes, she is branded as characterless. Now, that’s where we get it wrong. Just like a man is allowed to do as he pleases, a woman should be too. Of course, if you are concerned about their health, you must tell them why it is harmful. But nothing more. Once while I was smoking a cigarette with a friend, a guy came up to me and said, “You do realize that you are a woman, don’t you,” why? Because I had a cigarette in hand. When I questioned him on how it concerns him, he went on to lecture me about how people will see me as a “bad girl,” and I must refrain from doing so. All the while, my male friend was not given any lecture. And no, this is in no way a promotion towards smoking or drinking. It really is dangerous to the health so stay away.

These were the three things we mostly get it wrong on a daily basis. What do you think? Let us know at



Nupur Awasthi

Writer. Feminist. Ambivert. Prefers animals and good books to humans!

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