I thought the discussion in class was very interesting today. The topic that struck me was what it means to be a feminist and who feels as if they fit into that category. The term feminist can mean very different things and can have very different severities. To me, a feminist is someone who believes that men and women should have equal rights and that they should be seen on the same playing field instead of in some sort of hierarchy. Men can be feminists and advocate for the rights of women. Women can be everyday people and still be feminists. Our society has come to seen feminism as something that is bad. The media portrays feminists as crazy, out spoken, man hating individuals. When in actuality being a feminist just means standing up for women and trying to break the many barriers that still stand between men and women. Like in the workforce, as professor Brewer said today, when men make $1 an hour women will only make $0.77. This gap continues to grow when speaking of Black, Asian, or Latino individuals.
Is Black feminism different from â€śnormalâ€? feminism? According to Gender Talk, Black feminism emphasizes the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality. Black feminism examines the deep interplay with one another and how these intersections affect the lives of Black women. I donâ€™t believe that Black feminism is much different from â€śnormalâ€? feminism. Both look at society and try to figure out how they fit. Both types of feminism strive to dismantle the societal and patriarchal levels that have been created. Feminism is a social construct that has been created and recreated overtime. It carries a total different meaning today than it did in the 1920â€™s. It also carries different meanings for different cultures. The definition of feminism in the Western world is very different than the definition you would find in Africa. However, all definitions of feminism carry the same underlying purpose and meaning: to allow women more rights.