Cancel 0 Perhaps one of the first -and most frustrating- arguments one might encounter when entering into the gender equality debate, especially in criticism of feminism, is that the feminist movement is one that is dedicated to equality in our society. Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it can be difficult to respond effectively to such a stubborn and misguided claim. Why do feminists believe the movement is the fight for equality?
History[ edit ] Parker Pillsbury and other abolitionist men held feminist views and openly identified as feminist, using their influence to promote the rights of women and slaves respectively. Liberals, such as the utilitarian Jeremy Benthamdemanded equal rights for women in every sense, as people increasingly came to believe that women were treated unfairly under the law.
Although his efforts focused on the problems of married women, it was an acknowledgment that marriage for Victorian women was predicated upon a sacrifice of liberty, rights, and property. Supporters of the women attending argued that it was hypocritical to forbid women and men from sitting together at this convention to end slavery; they cited similar segregationist arguments in the United States that were used to separate whites and blacks.
When women were still denied to join in the proceedings, abolitionists William Lloyd GarrisonCharles Lenox RemondNathaniel Peabody Rogersand Henry Stantonall elected to sit silently with the women.
Abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson argued against this, stating: I do not see how any woman can avoid a thrill of indignation when she first opens her eyes to the fact that it is really contempt, not reverence, that has so long kept her sex from an equal share of legal, political, and educational rights She needs them, not as an angel, but as a fraction of humanity.
Most significantly, this movement intended to make it acceptable for men to be open about their emotions while maintaining their masculinity.
This sharply contrasted with sex role theory which viewed gender as something determined by biological differences between the sexes.
Thus, second-wave profeminist writers  were able to explore the interactions between social practices and institutions, and ideas of gender. This argument was also echoed in religious circles with the Muscular Christianity movement.
The campaign has generally had the most success achieving legal reform in family law, particularly regarding child custody. Activists argue that the American judicial system discriminates against fathers in child custody hearings since mothers are typically viewed as the main caregivers.
They claim that the economic burden of the breadwinner role has made it more difficult for men to take part in child rearing, and that court decisions rarely account for this obstacle.
For instance, this group argues that custody rights in favor of women discriminate against men because they are based on the belief that women are naturally more nurturing and better caregivers than men.
Thus, groups such as NCFM promote awareness, resources, support, and openings for discussion for these issues. Some feminists, like Simone de Beauvoir in her seminal text The Second Sexargue that men cannot be feminists because of the intrinsic differences between the sexes,  Separatist feminists also hold this view, arguing that only by rejecting the masculine perspective entirely can feminism allow women to define themselves on their own terms, and that the involvement of men in the feminist movement will inculcate the values of patriarchy into any social change.
A number of feminist writers maintain that identifying as a feminist is the strongest stand men can take in the struggle against sexism against women.
They have argued that men should be allowed, or even encouraged, to participate in the feminist movement. One example of this is that some African American men have been unable to carry over the fundamental principles and lessons of the struggle for civil rights into a meaningful contribution to the struggle to end sexist oppression.
However, at a more primary level, the bonds formed in the civil rights movement established valuable solidarity among African American women and men. Making these important connections understood by women and men might greatly benefit feminism.
As described in the theory of strategic intersectionality,  utilizing the experiences of one part of our identity that intersects with another provides insightful tools to further improve the available tactics of the feminist movement.
They assert that men are granted inherent privileges that prevent them from fundamentally identifying with feminist struggles and thus make it impossible for them to identify with feminists.Disclaimer: Feminism is a very disjointed movement with only one central unifier — we believe in gender equality.
I identify as a feminist, but here I critique some aspects of the movement. - Feminism Throughout history, women around the globe have been struggling to gain rights that are equal to men in the society. Women have been struggling to obtain respect, equality, and the same rights men have in the society.
The feminist movement (also known as the women's movement, or simply feminism) refers to a series of political campaigns for reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women's suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, all of which fall under the label of feminism and the feminist movement.
Does feminism seek equality of opportunity or equality of outcome? Update Cancel. Answer Wiki. 17 Answers. For people who genuinely strive for gender equality, there are at least 3 problematic consequences that follow from advocating for gender quotas.
equality of opportunity or equality of outcome? Is equal opportunities ethical? What is the difference between feminism and seeking gender equality? Update Cancel. Answer Wiki This is why I am a feminist, not a seeker of gender heartoftexashop.comte Gender Equality in today's terms is I’m only trying to answer the question: What is the difference between feminism and seeking gender equality?
For whatever it’s worth. Equality is a right given to all the citizens of the United States of America, and the quote “all men are created equal” was a central idea in the Declaration of Independence, one of the most influential documents in our country’s history.