What is Real Feminism?

Feminism is the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, also known as ~gender equality~. It is a simple notion that women are people, and they are equal. It isn’t asking for anything but equal rights and opportunities. However, more often than not, its meaning gets manipulated by male chauvinists to indicate that it’s a moment meant to demean men, which is so not the case.

In no way does it mean that we hate our men. Men of quality support equality. Both conscious and unconscious gender bias is rampant within us, and to get rid of it, we need to come to terms with the fact that we are the problem, but we are the solution.

Thousands believe in equal rights but find “feminism” a word and a movement that doesn’t align with their personal believes or values. May I ask them why is that? Don’t we have a word for everything in this world? In what way could a word that is just conveying its meaning be offending to someone? You believe in equality but not in feminism is a catastrophe because they aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s common sense. It just asks women to be placed on the same level as men, neither higher nor lower, and get the same treatment in both positive and negative situations.

It strives to shine a light on the deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny embedded in our society and provides ways to fix it. It is essential that your feminism is intersectional and doesn’t exclude people based on their religion, race, and socio-economic status. It needs to be for everyone and not categorically for the people you like or dislike. A big part of feminism is letting women do whatever the hell they want to. This includes supporting them when they want to become the president and supporting them when they don’t want to work and stay home. Personally, it means not giving the reigns of my life to a male simply because I’m a woman and he’s a man; To get disrespected and not have my opinion heard because of my gender; to not have a seat at the table because of my gender. All of this doesn’t make any sense, especially in the 21st century, because any given woman possesses as much power and potential as any man does. And to that section of people at the back who couldn’t care any less about this because they simply don’t see the discrimination and injustice going around, you must either have buttons for eyes or are simply blinded by the amazing combination of your extreme faux notion and idea of equality on the outside and your inner male superiority complex. Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.

As the glorious Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s rightly said, “When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy, but when women are oppressed, its tradition”. And in my humble opinion dumping that tradition out of the park is exactly what feminism is about.

Written by – Radhika Ahuja

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EQUALITY AND ITS IMPORTAnCE

Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents. Here we will focus on equal pay at work, i.e., women and men should be paid equally for the same result.

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Unfortunately, equal pay at work is not seen very often; here, women are subjected to many obligations and yet paid less than their male colleagues for the same job.

But have you ever wondered why this concept of equal pay at work is not in force very actively? The answer is that most of us don’t think of it, and if few people think of it, they find it as a law of nature where women are always treated subordinate to men.
Today we live in a patriarchal society, where male dominance is always in prevalence, so equal pay at work is not finding its way and hence not implemented. But this patriarchal mentality needs to be changed as we are living in the 21st century.

The phrase ‘equal work’ means an individual who has been employed for the work is allotted to him should be given sufficient pay. Equal pay is governed under the Equality Act of 2010, which offers a right to equal compensation between women and men for similar work.

Roughly half of the men (46%) say that men and women are generally treated equally by society, while only 34% agree. Nearly half (53%) of women say society favors men over women, compared with 36% of men who say the same.

Equal pay at work creates a fair working atmosphere at the workplace as if you are paid significantly less than your workmate, you will become quite frustrated over time and will not consider this to be fair. Not paying equal leads you to a state where you will only work the minimum and may no longer have any ambition in your job.

Paying equally also motivates women to work to their best as they know that they will be spent if they work hard.
If they are paid equally, they will succeed the same as men; there will be more opportunities for women to work and prosper and serve a lot in women empowerment.

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Equal pay also leads to gender equality in the nation. A nation where both men and women are treated equally goes far in the long road to success than a country where women are always treated less than men. These happen because both men and women collectively contribute to a nation’s wealth and prosperity if treated equally and given equal opportunities.

So could you give it a thought and change your mind?
Equal pay at work to men and women has a lot of benefits not only to women but to the nation and the organization also in which they are working.

Written by Ankita Singh.