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Do we still need feminism?

With a dozen of stories on women entrepreneurs being aired on the news channels on a regular basis, large number of women employees flooding the white-collar jobs, and equally large number of bold women coming out and raising their voices for their rights, it is easy to think that we have achieved a great deal of socio-economic gender equality, if not political yet, and do not need feminism any more.

The question is, is it so?

I beg to differ.

Let’s start from the roots. What does feminism mean, first of all? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of sexual equality. Now, leaving aside my opinion that I’m intending to pen down through this article, if feminism is really the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of sexual equality, that naturally implies that it’d never get old.

Revolutions must never rest, and the fight for rights must never end, if we want a balanced society, as observed by countless political philosophers. And via analogy, feminism also must never end, but some well-organized masculism must also be there. That said, I’d reiterate with emphasis that this is not my opinion, and just a seemingly logical deduction.

Talking about my opinion, which is the primary tone of this article, I really could never come across a single largely accepted definition of feminism independent and unaltered by masculine intervention. All of the existing definitions are at some point or the other affected, intervened, altered as to suit their needs, or interpreted as per their understanding, by male thinkers/advocates who just care for the cause of feminism.

Now, the question is, should a definition shaped, explained, and interpreted by a male human rights advocate/activist for whom feminism is just a cause to care about in his leisure time, shape and dictate the life trajectory of the majority of females on the planet? ‘Yes’ as an answer seems logically heinous.

Going back further, in an attempt to start our discussion preceding the origin of feminism, should we expect to settle for the illusion of gender equality while still living in a social system designed, time-tested, and led mostly by men throughout the history? ‘Yes’ as an answer seems heinous again.

Let’s look back further. The social arrangement of men going out to hunt and women staying back for home-making was sort of a mutual arrangement based upon the theory of division of labour, some five thousand years back. Now, five thousand years later in the 21st century, while pondering over an approach (read ‘feminism’) for sexual equality and gender justice, should we still try to fit in the approach (read ‘feminism’, again) into this age-old arrangement? ‘Yes’ as an answer seems absurd, but this is what almost all of us are trying.


Let’s look back to the earliest instance possible; maybe then only we’ll solve this riddle of what is feminism and whether we still need it. Let’s look back to the very beginning when humans started communicating expressly: let’s look back to the starting point of language itself.

It’s an established theory in Sociology that language tells us a lot about a culture up to a large extent. By the words being used, and the range of meaning that those words hold, we can know a lot about the social, emotional, and philosophical depth and width that particular society has traversed. Consequently, different languages have different depths, and different sets of values and philosophy. That’s the reason it is difficult for persons from one society to express himself or herself completely in a language that’s not been developed in his or her own social setting.

That said, can we expect a completely impartial and quality discussion on women rights, feminism, and sexual equality in a language that has for the most of the time been designed by male members of the species primarily to convey masculine feelings and values? 'No', maybe.

Concluding, what’s the solution then?


Maybe the males aren’t supposed to propose any solution, for now.

The males have for so long utilized their logic and brains to propose solutions and design social settings, and the resultant gender inequality is in front of us. It’s time the males leave this to the females, to decide, shape, plan, and answer every question related to feminism, the need for feminism, and the importance of feminism. Organizational and structural support from the male members of the species may be highly appreciated, but ideological and policy support would be completely undesirable.

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