By Victória Oliveira
There’s been a misconception going on lately about what the feminist movement is all about. Being a feminist doesn’t mean you hate men, you never shave, you don’t wear a bra, you never wear makeup or any other misconceptions a lot of people seem to be believing. The feminist movement is all about women’s empowerment, is all about women being able to do whatever they want whenever they want physically and mentally.
For some reason nowadays when people hear the phrase: “Feminist defends a world where woman are just like men”, they wrongly associate it with looks and habits when in reality feminists defend a world where people appreciate women and men equally, a world where a woman is free to live her life without being judged for the way she looks, thinks and acts, without being seen as a the inferior species or the “fragile gender”.
Every woman is different, mentally and physically, so to expect each of us to live the exact same way and like the exact same things and have a patronized lifestyle should not be encouraged. Every woman has the right to choose what to do with the right and freedom she is given.
Everyone can be a feminist and feminists also have the right to choose how to live their lives since feminism is a movement, not a patronized lifestyle. For instance, a man who thinks women should have the same rights as men possesses feminist thought, and if he has thoughts about the appreciation of women as a human being in today’s society that makes him a feminist.
Feminists don’t want men to be depreciated by society. The feminist movement defends the appreciation of women, it defends that we are all people and no one should be depreciated based on gender or lifestyle choices.
About the author
Living in Brazil, Victória Oliveira has worked for influential brands, blogs and magazines like Dormify, Potterish, Blogócios, Rock Revolt Magazine, Inspiring Women Magazine, Conscious Magazine, myEstilo, Elegant Magazine and now The Culture-ist. She is a passionate feminist and is interested in everything art-related. Make sure to check out her blog and follow her on twitter: @VOliveiraTweets
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