To connote feminism as something ‘negative’ is to imply that women striving for the same opportunities and benefits as their male counterparts as wrong. To admit this in my opinion is more embarrassing, then for one to admit that they are a feminist. To be a feminist isn’t something to keep to yourself in spite of others in society reflecting on it badly. As those that reflect on it in pure spite, are in my opinion not educated enough to understand what the term actually represents and identifies with. To silence and belittle your opinions to accord with what society deems appropriate and comfortable, is to do the same harm as those that regard it as an ideology that reflects badly of men. For both actions still result in the vicious perpetuation of gender inequality in our society, that many of us wish to put an end to.
All women deserve equality, opportunities and recognition. And one thing I can not stand more than males putting females down, is when females criticise other females for things that are so inappropriate to our time. Whether it be criticising other womens looks, intelligence, choices or attitude, by discrediting other women, YOU discredit that we deserve better as a gender.
To be a realist on a matter as important as gender equality to me is another failure of our generation. To accept things the way they are out of convenience and stating that change is improbable, is adhering to failure before the cause has even been given a chance. I’d rather women rise to the occasion and still be unequal in the results, then to accept the system because its easier that way. So to conclude, I pledge a world where women support women, a world where feminism is a healthy concept and a world where both men and women can be themselves without the restraints of sexist ideals lingering over them. We are in control of how this ends, so will you take this pledge with me?