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June 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

fem·i·nism

\ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm\

noun

: the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

So when I hear “I don’t like feminism, I just want everyone to be equal,” they’re showing ignorance of what the word even means. Which isn’t inherently a bad thing, there are lots of things I don’t know, we’re all human. But insisting on clinging to ignorance something else. It’s OK to learn and change. After all, there was a time that I didn’t understand what feminism was, and thought I was against it, when the truth was I actually *was* a feminist, I just had a messed up idea of what that was.

mar·gin·al·ize

\ˈmärj-nə-ˌlīz, ˈmär-jə-nəl-ˌīz\

verb

: to put or keep (someone) in a powerless or unimportant position within a society or group

Whenever a member of the one group in our society who is in no way marginalized, a straight white cis male, accuses me of marginalizing him because I’m “not listening to” (read: not agreeing with) him, again it tells me he doesn’t understand what the words he’s using mean. Even if, in any of these circumstances, I *had* actually been behaving like the ball busting man hating straw feminist I was being ridiculously accused of being, I *still* couldn’t have marginalized any of these men if I’d tried. And I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with being a straight white cis male, not at all, it’s who some folks happen to be. But if you happen to  be one, in this society, you’ve *never* been marginalized, and almost certainly never will be in my lifetime.

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