Feminism: Why You Shouldn’t Just Dismiss It Nor Just Pick It Up

Spark: Igniting Global Change

By Anna Nti-Asare

“Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression”
~bell hooks

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As a student pursuing a master’s in Gender Studies, I often find myself in conversations surrounding feminism and feminist theory. Most people seem to begin the dialogue with a challenge in attempts to show what is wrong with feminism and feminists. I’ve heard that feminists are crazy and that all they want is either to be like men or to destroy them, I’ve heard that people who study feminist theory are simply emotional and take things too personally to pose factual and objective information.

I also encounter those who quickly proclaim they are feminists yet don’t really know what that means to them, nor can they acknowledge that their feminism may be very different than another person’s. These people might say something like – “oh men, they have no place in feminist conversations because they…

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