Feminism in today’s society

Melany Dominguez, Managing Editor

SHE is only a thirteen year old girl, just now stepping out of the world of childhood and into unknown territory – her teen years. Adjusting to being a teenage girl in today’s society, she begins to notice the issues that lie ahead of her just for being a female.

“Probably around 7th grade,” junior Emma Socey said. “Around that time, I was introduced to a variety of issues in our society. I became much more aware of issues regarding gender, sex, and sexuality and that made me want to learn more.”

Feminism has many different definitions but almost all definitions involve equality.

“To me, when I hear or think of feminism, equality, is the first thing that pops in my head,” junior Kyleeanne Wood said. “The definition of feminism is equality between both men and women, and I feel like a lot of people don’t realize that feminism is trying to obtain equality for both genders, instead they think feminism is women superiority, but it’s not.”

Senior Alex Eastman believes there can and are misconceptions when it comes to defining what feminism is and what feminists do.

“I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what feminism is,” Eastman said. “As a feminist myself, I see feminism as promoting equality between the genders when it comes to things like the pay gap, household chores, and other places in which there are serious discrimination issues.  Also, feminists fight for women to be believed and taken seriously.”

Through the influence of his feminist mother, Eastman was taught about the problems that females face everyday. This is one of the reasons he now considers himself a feminist.

“Only recently did I really adopt the title, but I’ve pretty much always held the ideals of equality,” Eastman said. “My mom is a big feminist. She wrote her dissertation of gender in rural schools, and through all the time she was getting her Ph.D., she would tell us about all kinds of discrimination that girls face in the classroom. She opened my eyes to this massive problem, and she made me a feminist.”

Wood’s mother also influenced her from a young age to be the proud feminist she is today.

“My mother, growing up she taught me to be the strong independent woman I am today,” Wood said. “She was and still is a great role model who constantly taught me that women can do amazing and wonderful things.”

Socey didn’t have a certain person who influenced her, instead she felt society’s pressure on her.

“It wasn’t any one person, but I guess I was just feeling the pressure of ‘becoming a woman’ and seeing how unbalanced things were around me,” she said.

Although junior Summer Miller does see how much inequality there is between the two genders and wishes for that to change, she does not consider herself a feminist.

“I would not consider myself a feminist,” Miller said. “I feel as if I would rather not care about such equality with men, rather focus on just having respect from society.”

Wood believes that society’s standards for women play a role in feminism.

“It’s very important to advocate for equality especially in a world where women are viewed as less and where men have to fit certain ‘standards’ in society, like have to be masculine or not being allowed to be sensitive,” Wood said. “Feminism is about getting rid of these things and that’s why I’m happy to consider myself a feminist.”

Miller’s reason behind putting more importance on receiving respect rather than equal rights is because she believes it is more obtainable.

“Respect from society seems to me to be much more appealing,” Miller said. “I have much bigger things I feel to do than try to prove something that may never happen, society is just cruel like that but if I can get the respect then that’s all I need.”

When most people think of feminist they think of a group of females and no males but Socey believes that males can for sure be feminists as long as you believe in equality for both genders.

“Feminism isn’t some club where you have to bleed to get in,” Socey said. “It’s a belief that women should have the same opportunities as men. Unless a guy is against women being his equal, there’s no reason why he can’t be a feminist.”