‘Feminism’ is over: Can women lead a revolution?
Feminism, it seems, is over.
It was a movement that promised women would be the ones to decide how they lived their lives.
But today, as women in all walks of life struggle to make ends meet and pay bills, feminism is increasingly viewed as an outdated, uninspiring social movement.
The women’s march is not going away.
It’s just being put on hold until after the 2020 elections.
That’s because women have been increasingly hesitant to participate in the movement in part because it is being used to demonize them.
Some feminists believe that their movement is being demonized because it’s being used as a way to undermine women’s voices and bodies.
“We are being used,” says Marcy Lewis, co-founder of the non-profit group Women Speak Out, which aims to promote gender equality in academia.
“Women are being attacked because we’re being used by the left to make a political point.
We are being painted as sexist.”
The Left’s demonization of feminists comes not only from within academia, but also from within media.
It has a history of being used against women and minorities, and its tactics are used to discredit them and discredit their ideas.
“There is a huge amount of misinformation about feminism and about gender and identity and women and gender-based violence,” says Anne Marie Slaughter, a sociology professor at the University of Chicago who has written extensively about how the media has demonized women.
She says many feminists believe the media is intentionally misconstruing the meaning of feminism, and that there is a backlash against the movement.
“The media has done a great job of trying to demonise the movement,” she says.
“It’s the biggest hoax of them all.”
In response, the Women Speak out movement is now working to combat the misinformation.
It started with a hashtag, #WomenSpeakOut, and has been using the hashtag in social media and in its own videos.
“In order to combat this, we’re using the language of feminism to communicate that it’s not just about women,” Slaughter says.
That has not only made it easier for women to speak out, it has also led to more visibility.
“This is not a movement of marginalization.
It is a movement for all women to be heard,” says Slaughter.
“When women are visible, people start to notice and they start to understand.”
A recent study of American university campuses found that the number of students who were participating in the Women’s March increased by more than 50 percent after the march.
“If we want to have a true conversation about feminism, it will not be about women as a whole,” says Lewis.
“Men will be silenced.
Men will be told that feminism is not for them.
Men who don’t fit the mold of what they’re told are being silenced.”
Women speak out because they don’t feel safe at home, or at work, or in their own communities.
In fact, one in three women in America have experienced sexual violence, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
And while the WomenSpeakout movement is working to create a safer space for women, there is also an ongoing struggle for men to understand the meaning and value of feminism.
“I think it’s very important for men and boys to understand that the feminist movement is a woman’s movement,” says Elizabeth Ochsner, a professor at Indiana University.
“That feminism is for all people, women, men, trans people, people of color, people with disabilities, people from all walks.”
When I ask Lewis about how men can learn more about feminism so they can join it, she responds that the message is to work together to make this movement more inclusive.
“To be in solidarity with women is not just for women,” she said.
“And it’s for men, too.
It doesn’t matter if you’re straight or gay or transgender.
It really doesn’t.”