10 THINGS ABOUT FEMINISM GENTLEMEN NEED TO KNOW

IN TODAYS SOCIETY IT’S SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE THAT THIS IS STILL AN ISSUE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THE WORLD WE LIVE IN IS SELDOM AS WE WOULD LIKE IT. EVERYDAY, FROM SMALL ACTIONS AND INTERACTIONS TO THE GLOBAL STATE OF FEMALE EMPLOYMENT AND CULTURAL INCLINATION, WOMEN ARE STILL NOT HELD TO BE EQUAL WITH MEN. THEREFORE, DESPITE WHAT MANY MEN THINK, FEMINISM IS STILL NECESSARY AND THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT A GENTLEMAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT.

THE DEFINITION

Men very rarely actually know what feminism is, and probably have their own idea about what a ’feminist’ is, either way, the official definition, especially the presence of the word ‘equal’, usually surprises most men.

FEMINISM

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The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.

GENTLEMEN ARE FEMINISTS

Now you know the definition, you are not a Gentlemen if you cannot call yourself a feminist, because if you believe that women should have equal rights with men, then by definition, that is what you are. Regardless of how aggressive you find the word, a Gentleman has the moral backbone and realisation to proudly state that he is a feminist.

If you believe that men and women should have equal rights and then someone asks you if you’re a feminist, you have to yes. Because that’s how words work. You can’t be like, “yeah, I’m a doctor who primarily does diseases of the skin.”“oh, so you’re a dermatologist?” “Oh that’s way too aggressive of a word, not at all, not at all.”

-Aziz Ansari, Comedian and Feminist

FEMINISM IS NOT ‘MAN-HATING’

Regardless of how many women hate men, and may use feminism as an excuse to vocalise this emotion, Feminism is not the vocation of hating men or hating anybody. Feminism takes the world as it is, not who made it that way, or the years or practices that made women suffer the injustice of in-equality. Feminism is worldwide re-education not masculine damnation.

FEMINISM IS NOT IT’S ADVOCATES

Look beyond the woman shouting and hating men, and realise than Feminism is not its’ feminists. If you have a degree of intelligence you will forgive the women who latch their hate onto feminism and still call yourself a feminist. Feminism is not the women who advocate it, just as Islam is not ISIS.

FEMINISTS ARE SEXY

As any gentleman knows, the two sexiest things a woman can be is confident and proud. If you can’t handle that kind of woman, you don’t deserve that level of beauty. Feminists are the sexiest thing a woman can be.

FOCUS ON THE MESSAGE, NOT THE ‘FACTS’

As with any movement or campaign, facts get twisted, misconstrued or don’t get updated. Weak people hide behind mythical facts to get the simple message across using shock tactics. The message is clear, no matter how many women it is, one woman facing inequality is one to many. Whatever the ‘facts’ may be, you either agree or disagree, you either are, or you are not.

IT’S TIME

Because it is simply ridiculous that this is till an issue. That 50% of the planet does not enjoy the same equalities. In hundreds of years, people are going to look back and be astonished that in the year 2015, women were still fighting for equal rites against man, that some men didn’t care and that ‘feminism’ still had such a stigma attached to it.

FEMINISTS STILL WANT RELATIONSHIPS

Laying aside the totally crass ideology that feminism breeds homosexuality, feminists still want the same things as gentlemen when it comes to a relationship. Marriage, children, love, we all want the same things, because the reality is, we are the two halves that make the whole.

When it comes to taking the grooms name, if she is a traditionalist she will, it she doesn’t want to she wont. Would you take her name?

But by the time you get to either one of these issues, you love her enough to know exactly what she wants to do and you’ll love her because of them, not in spite of them. No self-respecting gentleman will marry anything other than a feminist.

YOU CAN STILL BE A GENTLEMAN WITH/AND A FEMINIST

Many gentlemen are afraid to act like a gentleman should around a lady who has proclaimed her feminist status, as they feel that many of the manners and much of the etiquette they have been taught, maybe misconstrued as sexist; in that such actions have be born from the masculine perspective than women must be protected and helped. While the origin of such manners maybe partly or wholly true, today it is born much more from a place of tradition and definition as a gentleman. Feminist Ladies still want to have doors opened for them and be walked on the right side of the pavement, it shows respect, not only for her, but for yourself as a proud gentleman. Bare in mind, it is much harder for a woman to define herself as a lady and a feminist in the eyes of society, than it is for a gentleman. So take this example to heart; a gentleman buys a lady a drink, a lady buys the second.

YOU CAN DO MORE

The greatest threat to the advocation of people’s rights in this world, regardless of whether it is feminism, racism or charity of any kind, is the apathy of the modern world. Stand up, be heard, and do more. Doing nothing, when faced with the extraordinary fact that women still do not have equal rights along side men, is tantamount to accepting that that is the way the world is supposed to be.

Gentlemen for Ladies. He for She. The New Gentry for Feminism.

#HEFORSHE

About the Author

Luke Fussell

Editor-In-Chief, seeker of the peace, part time chandelier cleaner, a legend in his own time, oppressor of champions, soldier of fortune, world traveller, bonvivant, all round good guy, international lover, casual hero, philosopher, wars fought, bears wrestled, equations solved, virgins enlightened, revolutions quelled, tigers castrated, orgies organised, bars quaffed dry, governments run, test rockets flown, life president of the Liquidarian Society of Great Britain and Ireland (apply to website for membership).

Comments

  1. Effimia

    I like your article! It is aweful when people think feminism is about women trying to be superior than men. Feminism is about equality. However I am not a big fan of gentlemen opening doors etc. It is confusing. Why do they act like I am superior to them? Because to act like a servant to another person you either think of them as superior or you take pity on them. Or is there another reason I fail to understand? Well, I guess “gentlemen” is not my type of men as I do not think myself as a “lady”. I do not think it is a bad expression of masculinity. It is just not my type. As our dear Emma said we should rather think of sex as a spectrum and each one of us can take the place they like in that spectrum. There are many good ways to be a man and many good ways to be a woman.

  2. Mark Burlington

    Very rarely do women remember what feminism means. I agree with your article. However feminism is just an excuse for some women to have an over inflated sense of entitlement with the deck stacked in their favour.

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