Skip to main content

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.

Popular posts

Citing Legal Materials Using Bluebook - A Short Guide

© Anshuman Sahoo 2017.  Free for mass distribution till the source is properly mentioned. So, you collected the relevant materials for your research, went through them carefully, and evaluated the available materials. Now, what remains is to carefully dot down your arguments in your own words while supporting those arguments and ideas by citing relevant materials in the footnotes. It is necessary to cite relevant legal material that you have referred to because it reflects your research and in-depth study that you have undertaken to write that paper. Apart from that, while quoting the work of someone else, citation is necessary to avoid possible allegations of plagiarism. However, while citing the materials in the footnotes section, you cannot cite them as per your wish. For example, while citing page no. 99 of ‘The Start-up of You’ book written by Reid Hoffman, you cannot cite it as ‘page 99, The Start-up of You, Reid Hoffmann’ just because that seems convenient. There is

A journey called Law School: Few words for the newcomers

Law school has its own ways to teach us the needed, regardless of our consent or interest thereto! However, gradually, through the ups and downs of our journey, it seems that while there are some things that we can change, there also exist some things that need to be accepted. I have had my fair share of ‘law school experiences’ to enable me to write this piece. However, I cannot guarantee that you’ll be having the same experiences through your journey. Therefore, inapplicability regretted. So, shall we start? 1. You’ll be facing tough competitions. Yes, cutthroat competition. You’ll compete with unfaithful friends and sincere enemies. Be prepared to be betrayed, used, and knocked out. However, don’t let this affect you. Everyone you meet in Law School isn’t your competition, but a potential ally. Learn to build meaningful relationships. Remember, legends don’t compete, they collaborate! 2. You’ll be having not-so-competent teachers teach you. We all face it. And not just

Legal Issues Surrounding Cloud Computing

With the explosive growth of innovations in the Information Technology industry, the Legal provisions are currently lagging behind and desperately looking for ways to cope up with the never-seen-before advancements. Cloud computing, being one of such recent advancements, have raised a number of legal issues including privacy and data security, contracting issues, issues relating to the location of the data, and business considerations. The abovementioned issues are the primary ones faced by almost all the nations across the globe. However, when it comes to the Indian scenario, a number of additional complicated issues are faced by India owing to lack of awareness and lack of resources. With the ‘Digital India’ initiative in the news, it is obvious that more and more individuals and organisations will be using online services and infrastructure via the Cloud in the near future; and it is therefore necessary to analyse our position thereon and discuss whether our legal system is r
Creative Commons License

All these articles are written by me and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License