Feminism confuses me!! Truly!! The more I try to understand the theory the more it confuses me! Does feminism mean hating men? Does it mean doing away with marital bliss? Forgoing the joys of motherhood? Does it mean creating a new world with gender based halves? Will one half survive without the other?Can we not understand a simple equation that masculinity exists because of femininity and the vice-versa? Recently I read an interview of the presidential candidate of the US,Hillary Clinton,where she stated,” Feminism doesn’t mean you have to separate out the world.So you`re not a part of ordinary life- that`s not what it means at all. It means that we believe that women have the same rights as the men,politically,culturally, socially,economically”.I find her views quite agreeable.
Feminism must not mean hatred for men.I understand feminism as a fight against the patriarchal system,which has been engraved in human mind for ages.Not only men, but women also feel obligated to adhere to the norms laid out by this system. It is true in most cases that men forcibly resist any change that challenges their power over women, but women too are highly reluctant and hesitate to come out of their shells. Most women are entirely ignorant of their rights and privileges. They need to be persuaded and convinced that it is rightful of them to fight for their rights and they are entitled to all the freedom,rights and privileges that the men enjoy. Changing this patriarchal mindset is going to be a long, hard,and a brutal fight.There are various grave issues to deal with. Female feticide, female infanticides, eve teasing, prostitution, dowry, bride burning, domestic violence,acid attacks, rapes, wage discrimination,sexual harassment, and so on.The task seems herculean but not unattainable.So let us not beg for emancipation but strive for it..Let us pioneer the change that we want for ourselves.To bring about the change, we will have to bring about a revolution. A revolution to change mindsets. And for the beginning, and till the end,let us first strive to change ourselves. To know and believe that we can think for ourselves and that we have the power and freedom to make our own choices.To realize that we too are entitled to a life of freedom, dignity, love, caring and respect.Let us as women first also stop judging other women, for their choice of careers or clothes, marital status, domestic interests or capabilities etc.Let us from this moment itself, believe that we are capable and strong,and powerful to fight and win our own battle.