Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal – to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. There are many negative connotations behind being a Feminist. Uninformed or misinformed people often think that feminists are “man-haters” and are often mocked and called “Feminazi’s”. People often get this idea from the radical feminist views which can often be seen on mainstream media on television and through news on the radio.
There is a common misconception that only females can be called “feminists”. There are many groups of men who also strive for equality between the sexes. Todd Leussink is a male who calls himself a feminist with pride. Although he does not believe in the radical or “backward feminism”, he understands the main ideology that feminism is a concept surrounding equality. For Jane Aubourg, feminism is a concept that people can label themselves with. She believes that to be a feminist, you must “do” feminism, meaning participating and making a difference to minority groups, whether it be through social media or through participating in FemSoc (Feminist Society at UOW).
At the University of Wollongong (UOW) , the FemSoc group have their own designated area in building 19 where everyone can come together to share their experiences and open up about themselves. This is considered a “safe space” for those who feel like they need an area to unwind and where there will be no sexist, racist or other offensive language used. It is commonly used for meetings for the feminist society and for people to hang around while they are at uni. This space is very popular among students and if you are ever feeling down or something has happened, there are always people in there with open arms to help you out.
Both Todd and Jane believe that feminism is an important concept for the younger generations to understand. The act of equality between genders, ethnicity and all aspects of life is important for the generation to move forward and to take a stand. It is time for equality to be a part of our lives and not have to live in an unfair society.
Feminism definition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism
Feminist quote: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/feminism