It seems to me that feminism has a slightly better reputation in Finland than it did a decade ago, but still I sometimes hear the phrase “I’m not a feminist but…” followed with something like, “I think it’s wrong that women earn less than men” or “isn’t it strange that the majority of university students are female but almost all the professors are male.”
It makes me wonder what do people think feminism is, if not the belief that men and women are equal, and they should be on an equal footing in the society. As someone said, “Feminism is the radical idea that women are human beings.” Or something to that effect. The point is, I can’t believe we are still struggling with something as self-evident as that. I would have thought the idea would have permeated the Western world by now, but no, feminism still bears the brand of some extremist ideology, and feminists are commonly laughed at, vilified and even demonized. So it’s no wonder that there are many people who believe in gender equality, yet would rather not call themselves feminists.
Feminists are not man-haters. Feminists are not trying oppress men. Feminists are not denying the obvious differences between the genders. We are simply trying to say that it doesn’t matter which reproductive organs we have, we are all people.
That’s basically it.
- Guys, Let’s Have a Talk About Feminism (schyzm.wordpress.com)