Essay on Feminism And The Feminist Movement

808 Words Jun 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Feminism in the dictionary is defined as an “advocacy of equality of the sexes and the establishment of the political, social, and economic rights of the female sex.” (Oxford English Dictionary) Today however, feminism has been misconstrued to be seen as something negative, rather than a means to establish equality. Many people have taken the values of feminism and distorted them to extremes so that there is a negative impact on and the image of the movement. Today, feminism is met with a lot negative reactions, and calling oneself a feminist can lead to some people to perceive you in a negative manner. Many women have taken feminism too far. Over the years, “feminists” have gotten the stereotype that women are extreme liberals, evolving from the bra burners of the 60’s, to women who don’t ever shave, to women who are anti-men. This negative perception of the feminist movement has also been fueled by the media. Many reports of feminist rallies show these “extremists” who have tainted what could have been a noble cause. People like Pat Robertson, a former Southern Baptist minister and media mogul, has appeared on television at a GOP convention and stated, “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” (VOMNCK The Witch Library) Thoughts and beliefs such as these have some…

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