Feminism : An Unpopular Word

Feminism has become the most misinterpreted term: Here is why?

When we talk about women’s rights, there are many issues that come into the picture. For example, the horrific Delhi gang-rape case, the Chandigarh case, Kathua, and Unnao case, the list is endless. Here it is important to understand that why do these heinous crimes happen again and again in our country. Apart from this, feminism has also become the most misinterpreted term.


 The judiciary and police

No doubt, there is a need to improve the judicial process and the conviction by the police of the criminals. Fast action must be taken by the government as well. As of now, most of the criminals know that they would get away with their crimes as they will probably die before the court passes verdict beyond all appeals. Besides these, there are societal issues also around women’s rights which we cannot ignore.

So, the biggest issue which the women are facing is actually the right to live. Female foeticide is the biggest crime happening in India. Figures are highly disturbing. Unfortunately, the way in which the entire debate around women has been framed in modern India seems like those who fight for women rights are in some way being westernized, portrayed that the traditional Indian culture was patriarchal and anti-women.

Feminism:  An unpopular word

The word feminism, you must hear it often but it has now become the most unpopular word, I would say. Today, fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. But this has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that all genders should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of sexes. Girls are often called ‘bossy’ whenever they try to direct or control something but the boys were not.  Still, few Girls drop out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear muscly. Males are generally failing to express their feelings openly. They all become the victim of social stigmas.


Nowadays, the misconception in the mind of people regarding the word feminism is making it even complicated. Today, women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one? It is a right that women are being paid equal to their male counterparts. It is a right that women should be able to make decisions regarding their own body.

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