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“I don’t need feminism because I love men and a women-only world would be a nightmare.”

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By Vanessa Broadbent (The Cascade) – Email

Print Edition: November 12, 2014

Do anti-feminists understand what feminism encompasses?  (Image:  Women Against Feminism/ Facebook)

Do anti-feminists understand what feminism encompasses? (Image: Women Against Feminism/ Facebook)

“I don’t need feminism because I love men and a women-only world would be a nightmare.”

“I don’t need feminism because I am not a delusional, disgusting, hypocritical man-hater!”

“I don’t need feminism because I love my boyfriend and respect him, I make my own decisions without being pressured, I enjoy makeup and like feeling pretty, [and] also don’t need to be superior to men.”

These are a few of the posts from the Women Against Feminism social media campaign, a project dedicated to belittling feminism and those identifying themselves as feminists. This campaign started in July 2013 and is still going strong. Females are encouraged to write down why they feel they don’t need feminism on a sheet of paper and post a picture of themselves holding it with the hashtag #womenagainstfeminism.

What most of these women don’t know is the real definition of a feminist: someone who supports the rights and equality of women. I am proud to call myself a feminist, and last time I checked, I am not a man-hater trying to achieve a women-only world. I don’t hate makeup and feeling pretty, and I definitely don’t feel a need to be superior to men. All I want is equality for women. That’s it.

Most women don’t realize how much feminism has actually accomplished. Thanks to feminism, women can now vote, own land, run for public office, and be educated. These things we often take for granted.

One of the arguments that anti-feminists are making is that we don’t need feminism anymore because our society does not oppress women. If you feel that you don’t need feminism because you’re not an oppressed woman, good for you. You are clearly not one of the one in four women who have been sexually abused; you probably don’t live in one of the 10 countries where women are legally bound to obey their husbands; you must be unaware 80 per cent of all slaves in the world are female.

Many of us have had the privilege of growing up in a country where we are lucky enough not to face gender discrimination on such a high level. There is the ever-present wage gap where Canadian women on average earn 26 per cent less than men, and you can’t open a magazine or watch a sports game on TV without seeing multiple ads using women’s bodies to sell their product. But for most of us, sexism is nothing more than being catcalled at or sarcastically told to get back in the kitchen and make a sandwich. If you don’t mind living with that, and don’t see a need for feminism in your day-to-day life, that’s okay.

Though you may never personally face sexism or gender discrimination, the majority of women in the world do. So rather than sharing your hatred for feminism, think of what it has and is continuing to accomplish[ed]. Most of all, be thankful that you live in a society where you don’t feel discriminated against. Think twice before using the hashtag #womenagainstfeminism, because you are belittling those who still need it.

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  1. Philipa

    November 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Well anti-feminists are more often than not only against tumblr feminism and the extremists in the movement. On top of that it fully recognizes the great changes and benefits that have come from the past forms of it but the actions of parts the movement as of late are absolutely ridiculous. Another thing I should mention that you have probably heard of are anti-feminist egalitarians. We share a lot of our views with moderate feminists and support full equality, but we get angry at the frequent hypocrisy that goes on in feminism. One of the most maddening things is when they brutally hate on women who don’t say they like feminism. I have seen feminists tell OTHEr WoMEN they deserve to be raped because they arent feminist. They blatantly post things on the internet and say all these things that they don’t realize they would be infuriated with had they been flipped against women. That brings me to the popular meninist pages on social media. They bait feminists with many of the same arguments and statements just flipped against women in a massive display of satire. Of course this enrages many feminists and they go full on psycho in the comment sections of those pages giving a bit of a display of the bad sides of feminists, you should check it out. Another thing that quite frankly pisses me off is the support the movement gives to anything anti-man. They supported a domestic abuse hotline after it refused to talk to a man who had been abused. This is why i support egalitarianism so much, it works on many of the same things feminism does, and at the same time extracts itself from the man-hating section of feminism. Sorry for a bit of an essay here but everyone likes to explain their beliefs. I think to sum it all up anti-feminists can be really really similar to any sane feminist and all that. Also one last note, check you facts somewhere other than a feminist website, many of them are pretty flawed.

  2. Philipa

    November 2, 2015 at 8:36 pm

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