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Let’s start with the quote:
“No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance.”
Now for my input.
People are up in arms…because she misunderstood the definition of feminism? The point gathered from this is the reputation feminism has: as anti-man. Now, I know plenty of men and women who both like and dislike feminism, yet none of them have argued genders shouldn’t be equal.
Personally, I think feminism is a misnomer. The structure of the word itself rings of focus on raising women up to the stature of men. Point taken, since women have often been called the weaker sex and they had to work at getting the right to vote, etc. However, the word and culture seems to create an issue, which is that it turns gender equality into an equation rather than addressing a spectrum of issues. There are some issues men need help with, such as the level of homelessness and a lack of shelter/emotional support because of being seen as the “privileged sex.” Women need help with plenty of issues related to wages, prostitution, and the like.
In short, don’t hate on Woodley for her statement. She’s simply pointed out the fact feminism needs a facelift. How about we retire the word altogether and call it gender equality or “equalism” so we don’t need to hear the same old arguments about what feminism is and isn’t. There are different waves to the movement, and plenty of women disown 3rd-wave feminism, which is criticized for lacking a clear political goal or structure, claiming being a “slut” is empowering, and putting down traditionally feminine interests (wearing makeup, dresses, etc).
Feel free to start the war below. I’ll be reading comments, but not replying, because I know the shit this will stir up.