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  • Writer's pictureRajveer Singh

Feminism- ‘equality’, not ‘superiority’

Gender inequality is defined as prejudice or discrimination based on one’s gender. It can be practiced against anyone, but it is primarily practiced against women and girls. Stereotypes and gender roles play a big role in who shows discriminatory behaviour against whom.

“Gender equality is a human fight, not a female fight”

Instances of confronting gender inequality are lower because women are sometimes afraid to confront gender inequality publicly. This is mostly because they are fearful of the fact that they will be discriminated against and be treated like outcasts. Women also fear confronting gender inequality publicly as they are unable to deal with the label of impolite or rude that will stick with them after they retaliate to a misogynist comment. This undermines their confidence as they are forced to accept the discriminatory remarks because they come across those so often. The multitude by which these comments are passed many times influence the girl into believing that there must be a truth to what they have heard.

“Before God we are all equally wise or equally foolish” --regardless of our gender.

This is where feminism comes in. Feminism is a social and political movement, which I am sure most of you have heard of. Feminists advocate for equality of opportunities between men and women. Many people tend to misunderstand feminism as the want of feminists to be superior to men. In reality, it focuses on the equality between genders.

I feel gender inequality is unfair at any level. Be it at a small scale or at a big scale like job opportunities etc. Education about this is vital as the kids are the ones who grow up to become the future. Education of the present will lead to flourishing in the future. We need to make sure future generations don’t carry forward this rather unnecessary behavior. In conclusion, children need to be taught that boys are not superior to girls and are equal to them in a physical and even emotional way. Men and women are becoming different from the “traditional” roles they are supposed to play.

“A Feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men” -

Gloria Steinem

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