What IS Feminism, anyway?
Is it a philosophy that only women can have? Does feminism say that women are superior to men? Can men also be feminists? What does feminism really mean, and does it mean different things to different people??
What is feminism, anyway?
We like this short definition: Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. ~Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler
The links on this page explore what feminism really is and what it is NOT, what feminism as an ideology means for the world at large, and why Maya for Women thinks feminism is important.
After all, Maya for Women’s mission statement reads:
M4W is dedicated to building community through supporting the empowerment, visibility and choices of women.
Our vision statement too, alludes to some kind of equality:
Equality for women means equality for all.
You may have also noticed that when feminists get together and start really talking, there are lots of other terms and concepts they use with which you may not be familiar. Here’s a starter list to get you thinking:
- male privilege
- examples of male privilege
- slut shaming
- internalized sexism
- intersectional feminism
- male gaze