It has only been rather recently, but feminism has become a prevalent issue around the world thanks to the support and sharing via social media.
Before people start jumping down my throat, let me explain what feminism actually means.
Feminism = Equality
Like everything, the meaning of feminism has evolved. Once it was a movement focused on getting more rights for women.
Now, though, it is about fighting for equality for women and men.
The definition of feminism, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”
Feminism is NOT man hating.
Feminism is NOT solely focussed on women.
And feminism is NOT just a movement of women.
A few male feminists…
Feminism is a movement that involves anyone who believes in the equality of the sexes, female or male. These a just a few male celebrities that identify as feminist…
- Patrick Stewart (actor)
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (actor)
- John Legend (singer)
- Ashton Kutcher (actor)
- Joss Whedon (filmmaker)
- Dustin Hoffman (actor)
- Barack Obama (President of the USA)
- Ian Somerhalder (actor)
- And there are many others…
Why is feminism important?
Because in Australia, on average women earn 83 cents for every $1 a man earns.
Currently 1 in every 2 mothers reported discrimination from their workplace when pregnant, on parental leave or coming back to work.
Stay-at-home dads still lack the same support stay-at-home mums have.
Domestic violence continues with women and men victimised.
These are only a few of the issues society currently faces, Australian and worldwide.
How is feminism becoming such a big movement via social media?
Because people with power are recognising this problem and getting involved. They talk about and their fans will hear; it gets aired on TV, put on YouTube, and shared on media sites.
When someone with power in society has something to say, people listen.
When it’s about something that effects everyone, people act.
They like it or comment or share to their own social media pages… and so it continues as others see it in their newsfeed.
Powerful women who inspire feminism…
Of course there is also many women who are feminists, however these two are the most influential for me.
She writes songs about the pressures people feel to conform to stereotypes and the double standards in society.
“Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever’s worse; Perfection is a disease of a nation…” from Beyoncé’s 2013 song Pretty Hurts, which on YouTube alone received over 154 million views and over 1 million likes.
She also speaks for people to embrace themselves for who they are, to be strong, and to be empowered.
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling them who you are.” – Beyoncé.
Or otherwise known as Hermione from the Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson is an avid feminist.
Emma is continuously going to events that encourage equality and posting about them on her social media networks.
With 15 million followers on her Instagram and over 33 million on her Facebook, Emma reaches worldwide.
Feminism is about men and women having equal rights among all playing fields, and right now we don’t have that.
Do you think we ever will?
Are we getting closer to achieving gender equality or going no where?
Feel free to let me know below.