Newsy Monday: Views on Feminism

scrabble-feminismIn the coming weeks, the Elm plans to write an opinion article on the idea of feminism and what it means. But what is the definition of feminism?

Dictionary.com lists the definition of feminism as:

“the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights ofwomen equal to those of men.”

However, urbandictionary.com lists a more complex definition of feminism as:

“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.Feminists–and all persons interested in civil equality and intellectuality–are dedicated to fighting the ignorance that says people are controlled by and limited to their biology.

Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can beintellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect or politeness and need have nothing whatever to do with gender discrimination.”

With this in mind, we wanted to reach out and ask you lovely readers what you think feminism means. So tell us what you think in our poll below and if you have a different idea of feminism than what is listed, then tell us your thoughts in the “other” blank.

Thy Humble Leaf,

Kayla Kyle

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