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Feminism is the belief that women should be treated equally as well as men. This belief of equality can take on different forms as men and women clearly differ physically. This can lead to wanting women to be treated differently than men in instances where different treatment would be more fair.

Usually the philosophical definition of feminism is accurate for the everyday use of the word as well. However the label of ‘feminist’ is often used as a derogatory word for a woman (or man) by someone who thinks that women either shouldn’t be or are already treated equally as well as men.

As a follower of Christ, I am very adamant in the pursuit of social justice, of which I believe feminism is a part of. I believe no one should be treated worse than anyone else based on race and/or gender, which makes me a feminist.

There are a lot of people who believe that the process of giving women equal treatment really gives them unfair advantages. To them, feminism means the belief that women should be treated better than men, which I disagree with completely.

Clearly, whether someone agrees that women are equals of men or not determines their stance on Feminism. This relates to Truth. There are many people who believe that women are not equals of men (sadly) and that this is just an anatomical/physiological truth. Others believe that their god has given then divine truth that women are inferior, and while maybe they wish that women could be treated as equals, to do so would be going against their god’s orders. For most Feminists, the truth is that treating everyone equally as well is natural truth of life, regardless of gender, race, or religion. It has a very postmodern perspective; as long as you are not infringing on anyone else, you can believe what you want. It makes Feminism a very difficult subject to come to a consensus on when the platforms of truth that different groups are operating on are so different from each other.

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Posted by on April 26th, 2010 at 6:09 am