The word “feminist” too often has a negative connotation, and many are wary to label themselves as a feminist. People view feminists as women who blame men for all injustices against them. The Merriam-Webster definition of the word feminism, however, is simply “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” The word may have a bad reputation, but it is a call to treat everyone with respect and to look beyond the physical attributions and societal limitations placed on both sexes. What would our world look like if both boys and girls were raised to respect the other as equal?

 

It is important that parents encourage both their young boys and girls to see each other as equal, as a result we could see a trend of less misogynistic images in our media, behavior in the workplace, and overall discrimination. In school, interaction between boys and girls is usually discouraged. This is partly due to the the school system itself, but also the fear of being made fun of or treated differently. As the social constructs of what is typically cast as feminine or masculine blur and fade, there would be less of a divide between what men and women are restricted to do.

 

Several organizations have formed to promote the equality of men and women in sports, social interaction, and end domestic violence. Some of them include A Call To Men and Bro Models, both encourage a different standard of what it means to be a man, and the respectful interaction between men and women.

 

What would a world of feminist men look like? It would be a world where all genders are free to do what they love without fear of being shunned or harmed. It would be a place where ideas of one group of people would be accepted more openly. Although ideal worlds are never entirely possible, as more women and men recognize the importance of equality for all sexes we will continue to see more freedom of expression, acceptance, and less violence against both men and women.

 

What are your thoughts on feminism? Could we see a world where men and women are viewed as equal? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or find me on Twitter @whatsthesich