Why Feminism Matters

Why Feminism Matters

I’m often asked on social media why I advocate for feminism rather than being an “equalist.” This question usually comes from White men. First, “equalist” is not a scientific concept, while feminism is; there is theory, methods and empirical data behind the concept of feminism, as well as a framework for social transformation. Second, human rights are about the civil liberties of all people, as outlined by the United Nations charter. Feminism is specifically concerned with gender issues, calling attention to the imbalance of power, resources and representation of women relative to men.

Nigerian feminist and writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie eloquently articulates why feminism is not just about general ideals about human equality.

“Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” “Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.”

Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s quote in context of her TEDx Talk, where she discusses feminism in relation to gender, culture & race: http://buff.ly/1zpGpYD

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