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Feminism. That's what this journal is about, and if that is not something you're interested in, or somehow offends you, you may want to close this journal now. However, for those of you willing to read about this, you might learn a little something, like the real meaning of the word.

Let me start off by saying that I, a white, heterosexual male, am a feminist, in it's truest definition. That definition being this, as defined by, agreed upon by wikipedia, and the Merriam-webster dictionary website. 

The belief that women are and should be treated as potential intellectual equals and social equals to men. These people can be either male or female human beings, although the ideology is commonly (and perhaps falsely) associated mainly with women.

The basic idea of Feminism revolves around the principle that just because human bodies are designed to perform certain procreative functions, biological elements need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities, and rights.

Feminism also, by its nature, embraces the belief that all people are entitled to freedom and liberty within reason--including equal civil rights--and that discrimination should not be made based on gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle."

It is NOT the idea that women should be superior to men. It is NOT the idea that men have screwed up the world, and women should come in and fix it, and it is NOT the idea that all women are victims, and should strike back at their male oppressors.

It is the idea that women, despite having different biological features than men, are intellectually and skillfully equal to men. Let me quote one of my favorite books, Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. 

"'What is a woman's place in this modern world?' Jasnah Kholin's words read. 'I rebel against this question though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are willing to challenge many of the assumptions of the past. They ignore the greater assumption- that a "place" for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a single conversation. No matter how broad that role is, it will be- by nature- a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood. I say that there is no role for women- there is, instead, a role for each woman, and that she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of scholar; for others, it will be the role of the wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither. Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman's role above another. My point is not to stratify our society - we have done that far too well already - my point is to diversify our discourse. A woman's strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation.'"

This more than any other quote that I have seen or heard, says how I feel on the subject, but not just about women. Men as well. Each man and each woman has their own strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and specialties, and they must make for themselves their niche in the world, their role to be played. No one can do what you do as well as you can do it, and you should be treated as such, be you male or female. This means, yes, females should be paid the same amount as men for the same job, the same work, and same responsibility.

But somehow, the word 'feminism' has become associated with "Female power!" and "Men suck!". Somehow, possibly media, has connected 'feminists' with the radical extreme of the idea that females aren't being given their due, and should be, dammit, to the exclusion, and degradation of males. And feminists role with this idea. Plenty of feminists yell and argue about how men suck, and are vile scum and misogynistic assholes. But they misuse the word feminist. They misuse and misconstrue the word feminism into this dark, hateful thing.

And feminism isn't hateful. Feminism is full of love, and understanding, that each and every person is their own person, to make their own role in the world, and to be treated as themselves. To be given the same rights, privileges, ideas, pay, and consideration as every other person. It's not that females should be treated above males, but that each person should be evaluated for their skills, and ideas, regardless of gender. In that regard, I am a feminist, in the truest sense of the word. 

And to the rest of you, the people who DO believe in that 'female power', the only problem, the ONLY problem I have with you as a whole, is that you are perverting the use of the word. Find a new word to use for your agenda, a new word for your ideals, because you aren't using the word right, and it's annoying to those of us who are TRUE feminists.


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