Feminism, Women Empowerment and Our Misconception

Unfortunately, there are a great number of people who do not understand the true definition of feminism & women empowerment. In many instances it’s been turned into a dirty word, an unpopular word. I’m sure anyone who’s had as many heated discussions with friends as I have on the issue, would agree that it can be pretty frustrating!

Feminism and women empowerment are the most used word in a particular arena. So what is it? Is it all about proving women are better than men or is it about proving our superiority over anyone and anything? Feminism, no where involve proving of superiority of one gender over another.

English Oxford Living Dictionaries defines Feminism — “The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of equality of the sexes.”

Definition of Feminism

Feminism is basically the equality of women in all respect, be it politically, economically or socially.

After feminism, comes “Women Empowerment”. Women Empowerment deals with the fact that previously a girl child was treated as a curse from the very first day on earth. A girl was always given a lesser priority in the society. Basically the so called stronger part of the society suppressed “as termed” weaker gender in all fields, “Women Empowerment’, is a concept of leaving that old domination behind on the rise of deserving ladies in the society to a position where they can be equally respected.

“Feminism” and “Women Empowerment” these both terms are in favour of the women but our society decodes it as something against men. The society misuses the concept of feminism. The idea is equality; society understands superiority of women. The idea is respect for women; society gets it as disrespecting man. Being a citizen of the country I want to say that please people get your concept clear. Only men or only women cannot survive alone, both are equally necessary for development.

Feminism and Society

It’s not that feminists hate men, we also don’t believe that women are better than them either. Feminism is about equality between men and women, something that is yet to exist in the world. Some people seem to think, perhaps because of the ‘fem’ prefix, that feminism seeks to bring men down from their positions of power, when in reality it’s about correcting the power imbalance and affording women the same opportunities as their male peers.

Probably the most common misconception about feminism; so often I hear ‘I wouldn’t call myself a feminist, I’m a man!’ But if you believe in equal rights for both men and women, regardless of your gender, you’re a feminist.

There are so many NGOs and other organization who works for the rights of woman. I want to ask where are they when a girl is raped in open street, there are people clearing renowned entrance examination writing a ten page essay on “dowry” but again they are the same one to charge one crore for marriage.

Where are those social activities when there is sex determination and abortion of a female foetus?

This question always goes unanswered. Only protest after a gang rape or a murder cannot make a country safe for girls. In today’s date people judge a girl looking at her dress, her time of work, her personal habits etc. so how can a country empowered by its women if the society itself not ready to accept “her”.

A girl today is an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, an actor, a journalist, a soldier, a painter, a singer, a homemaker and what not, so why and where is the discrimination?

Who are those people who only can discriminate even if they themselves are not that capable?

Change must be brought. It will definitely take time, but not forever “feminism” does not cry out for superiority, it asks equality for the mass not only the ruling class.

Only by forming organisation and giving speech on women days does not make of feminist. Feminism itself is avocation of gender equality. Women empowerment not only means a lady at high post than men, it involves safety for all girls and ladies around and everywhere. It involves the progression of the whole section.

Women Empowerment and Feminism

No longer have we wanted to be treated as a less powerful part of society. We want an equal recognition, we pledge for empowerment not over man but the inhuman practices and tortures on us. We want a world where we are not neglected only because we are women, we do not want domination anymore we want peaceful life and a safer society.

Atlast I want to end this with Mark Ruffalo’s (our own Hulk) speech —

“My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock Laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (Poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

You know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

Namrata Bhattacharjee

Namrata Bhattacharjee

Engineer | Avid Reader | Traveler | Interested in Social Works
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7 thoughts on “Feminism, Women Empowerment and Our Misconception

  • May 23, 2017 at 7:12 am
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    I am sorry to disagree.. I believe that feminism is individual’s call … and no where i did mention that anti-feminist are bad. I appreciate the fact that you have something on your part to say and will definitely learn something new from the lnked video. Thankyou. And i am sorry if by any means the sentiments have been hurt .

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    • May 23, 2017 at 4:32 am
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      I personally do agree that “individualism” should be preferred over “feminism”.

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  • April 4, 2017 at 12:29 am
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    When people will understand the actual meaning of “feminism” . It doesn’t mean women will reign over men by using the word of women empowerment or by feminism , then we will see a change in our society. …..

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    • April 4, 2017 at 6:49 am
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      We’re glad that you reacted. Strongly agreed by your thoughts.
      Thanks a lot.

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  • April 1, 2017 at 6:07 pm
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    The day when we will judge people based only by their work ,not by gender,then there will not be any need to use the word ‘Feminism’.

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