University, student accommodation and the debates that parliament would be proud of.
If university teaches you one thing it is how to debate. It teaches you how to hold on to your beliefs when all your friends doubt you. Debates are inevitable especially when it comes to trivial subjects like politics or ethics.
Living in student accommodation is no different. My flat have debates on the regular, sometimes it doesn’t end well but in our own way I suppose we respect each other (even if at times we want to refute every statement being tossed at us and scream that they are wrong). Living in close proximity to people who are all geographically and socially different from me is hard. It’s hard when your beliefs are challenged and your opinions over-ruled. But I firmly believe that the only way to make them stronger is to have someone to refute them. I write this post after a recent debate that happened this morning.
The fight for gender equality, derived from the word female as it is the female gender that is undervalued and deprived. Coined by philosopher Charles Fourier in 1837. And now in the modern age, a term used to attack those who stand up for its movement.
My flatmate argued that the term feminist should be changed in order to gain the sense of gender equality that they support. In order to allow naive men to understand the movement instead of believing the media’s interpretation of men haters. This inevitably started debate.
The fight for equality in both genders.
The belief that all humans are equal and should be treated so.
A term used in the Renaissance to describe a philosophical movement that believed in rationality rather than supernatural matters.
I incorporate the definitions above because equality and humanism are two terms that come up frequently in this debate. I want to show that these terms are very different from feminism.
Feminism is a movement for everyone. It deals with the oppression of women in all cultures, race and religion, as well as men’s issues. Hence the confusion to why it is not called equality or humanistic. Due to this people argue that the name should be changed to encompass a broad range of people. But this is not how feminism came about. It has developed with society and we must understand this.
Feminism was bought about because women were being oppressed. If it were the other way round I’m sure the term menism would have been coined (which recently it has). History is how the term was derived. From Mary Ward to the Suffragettes, women’s rights has been a huge part of society for a long time. So if you want to shake up feminism, market the media involved, shake up the movement. Don’t change the name.
To change the term feminism in order to please naive men (or even women for that matter) is absurd. We should educate these people on feminism, not rename it. People should be educated, not subject to the portrayal of the media, but via real people.