I’m curious where you got that definition of Feminism?
According to Merriam-Webster Online, Feminism has 2 definitions at this point in time.
As an aside that’s not really an aside - It’d be interesting to see an ACTUAL dictionary once in a while.
A MetaDictionary where EVERYONE goes to get their definitions;
one that doesn’t change the meanings of the words every so often.
Online dictionary definitions can be changed at the drop of a hat, so there use kind of begs the question:
“Which particular definition of ‘x’ do you subscribe to?”
or perhaps more accurately
“Which particular definition of ‘x’ did you subscribe to at the point you formed the foundation of your thinking about ‘x’?)
X of course in this context stands for Feminism.
So for convenience sake (because convenience is
almost ALL we truly care about these days it seems)
I’m going with Merriam-Websters definitions.
I know, I know, they are part of the Patriarchal power structure & have been for some time according to Wikipedia.
George and Charles started MW in 1843
using Noah Websters dictionary as a starting point. 3 Men. Sheesh.
Maybe you could provide me and all the other men you plan on conversing with on Medium a link to the feminist dictionary you use?
More than likely researched, written, and published by women, for women no doubt. If you don’t have one, then your arguments are going to be biased against women. That damn Patriarchy has it’s tendrils in EVERYTHING.
But I digress.
So here again is(are) the definitions of Feminism from MW online dictionary: (Since I know you might not have followed the above link, but it’s there just in case you want to check the accuracy of what I quote below)
Full Definition of feminism
1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2 : organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests
See, this is where things get tricky.
The 2 definitions describe 2 completely different concepts.
In THEORY, the first definition is a definition I support fully.
However in PRACTICE, in my experience
9 times out of 10
when someone talks about Feminism and supporting ‘Feminists’
they are advocating for the 2nd definition
after opening the conversation using the 1st definition.
It’s like a bait and switch - “lets talk about gender equality”, and we end up talking about advocating for women.
To me this wouldn’t be such a big deal
if we talked about advocating for men every once in a while,
but that never happens.
So basically, ‘Feminism’ as it is used these days, in my experience - is a lie. You want to talk to me about ‘organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests’ while I’m trying to talk to you about how to put into practice ‘the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes’.
So it’s no wonder we can’t seem to have an intelligent conversation, we keep using the same word, but approaching the discussion from a different perspective based on which definition of the word we subscribe to.
If you want to know what my MAJOR disagreement with ‘Feminism’ as it is practiced today by the majority of ‘Feminists’ in my experience is,
it’s the insistence that the only way to put into practice the theory of Feminism is to advocate organized activity on behalf of women only.
That would more correctly be the REAL definition of Feminism.
Because of this I have a huge beef with the word Feminism in the first place.
How is it that a theory which espouses equality of the sexes was named after the female sex? In a funny way, Feminism has become an ironic parody of itself. Just not in a HAHA way, more like in an angry/sad & disillusioned way.
Advocacy for organized activity on behalf of BOTH men and women should be called something else - Equalityism? Sexism? Genderism? GenderEqualism? Sexqualism? I don’t know, those are just some ideas off the top of my head.