Feminism is in my opinion, the number 1 most misunderstood word in the dictionary. In college, I remember doing the Vagina Monologues with my theatre group which was one of my most brilliant on-stage experiences. But the performance was followed by a flood of concerned male friends asking if I was now 'a man-hating, bra-burning feminist?'. What I fail to understand is how when the whole point of feminism was to break the stereo-types stapled onto my fellow X-Chromosomians, we ended up being stereo-typed ourselves! Fighting for equality does not mean we 'demonize' men. It does not mean we're all going to roam around using hairy armpits as symbols of protest. It does not necessarily mean we have been victimized. It means we want justice, equality and respect. That's it.
And I don't believe, as a feminist, we should stereotype men either. I don't hate men. Some of my best friends are men. My dad is probably my favourite person and greatest source of inspiration. Feminism needs to break away from the negative connotation that has manifested around it by being strong, opinionated yet unbiased.
So, I hope you appreciate the shock-value of the content highlighted by Laci Green in her video that gives feminists pretty strong grounds for their retaliation against a world of injustice!
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, feminism is "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities." That's it. That's all it is. Some of you might be saying to yourselves, "But don't feminists want to destroy us all and hate men and eat babies and stuff?" I think you are confusing feminism with Dr. Evil. They aren't really the same. So here to explain what feminism is really about is the brilliant Laci Green. We had our fact-checkers check the hell out of this, and yes, the math at 2:20 is real. And horrifying.