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Myths About Feminism

myth_reality.jpgMYTH:  All feminists are lesbians.

TRUTH:  Being feminist has nothing to do with sexual orientation.  A feminist is anyone who supports the rights and equality of women.

 

MYTH:  Feminism only liberates women at the expense of men.

TRUTH:  Feminism is mainly focused on women’s issues, but feminism focuses on gender equality, therefore men can benefit from the work that is being done in breaking down sexism and gender roles.

 

MYTH:  Men can’t be feminists.

TRUTH:  Being feminist has nothing to do with gender.  A feminist is anyone who supports the rights and equality of women.  Men included!

 

MYTH:  All feminists hate men.

TRUTH:  Feminism is about gender equality.  It’s not about one sex being better than the other or about blaming men for all the problem’s that women face due to gender inequality.

 

MYTH:  Feminism was necessary in the past but is not necessary now.

TRUTH:  Feminism and feminist movements have provided many benefits including the right to vote, equal pay for women, and reproductive rights like access to contraception and abortions.  But women continue to be marginalized on the basis of their gender in many parts of the world.  Here in the Cowichan Valley, women continue to face domestic violence and physical and sexual assault.

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