In Berry College's student resource center, they discuss why feminism is still an important topic, and why others need to know it is still an on-going problem. People need to throw away the stereotypes that they think they know about people who are feminists, and get to know others on an individual level. Feminism is just not for females, but males are also involved in the fight for females and equal rights across the board. Just because you are a man, it does not mean it does not effect you at all. Fighting for equal rights is a job for all not just for the few. "While huge strides have been made towards complete gender equality, a great deal of work remains to be done, both in the US and abroad, including the gender pay gap, access to reproductive healthcare, protection against sexual assault and violence and gender representation in media, among other issues."
In Megan Grant's essay, she discuss what she went through to hide herself from being known as "one of those feminist". She eventually learned that no matter what, people will continue to judge her for speaking up or not speaking up, and she stopped hiding herself. She explains in this essay the misconceptions of feminists and how the stereotypes should be demolished. "Feminism got such a bad reputation that discussions and debates popped up of changing the word to equalism or humanism. I'm sure we can all appreciate the goal in doing this; but there's a large group of people who believe feminism needs to be called feminism, and for a number of good reasons. Perhaps more importantly than anything, we do not need to change the word feminist, but rather, we need to change feminism itself, and the way we view it."
This study done by Robin E. Roy, Kristin S. Weibust, and Carol T. Miller at the University of Vermont, discusses the repercussions of when feminism is continued to be viewed in a bad light. How it affects the females who feel that they are feminists, but when they read the ugly things that are said about being a feminist, they will minimize their voice to stay a wall flower. The control group was those who did not know if they were or were not feminists, and the other two groups: one read good things about being a feminist, while the other group read bad things that have been said about being a feminist. "This study examined whether negative stereotypes about feminists serve as a barrier to self-identifying as a feminist. College women were exposed to positive stereotypes about feminists, negative stereotypes about feminists, or were not exposed to stereotypes about feminists (control condition) in a between-participants design. Women who read a paragraph containing positive stereotypes about feminists were twice as likely to self-identify as feminists as women in the control condition or the condition in which they read a paragraph containing negative stereotypes about feminists. Women exposed to positive feminist stereotypes had greater nontraditional gender-role attitudes and performance self-esteem compared to the no-stereotype-control condition."
One place where feminism is starting to rise slightly, but the patriarchy still has a strong hold is in India. In Suneera Tandon essay, she talks about a woman named Kamla Bhasin who wanted to find a story for her daughter. In all the books, it talked about how the men went to work while the mother stayed home to do the chores. Little girls were not allowed to go out on adventures, but little boys were always out doing things with their friends and having different adventures. Kamla Bhasin wanted something different for her daughter. She wanted to show her a world where anything was possible, so she did what she could do for her daughter and wrote a book. “While laws have changed to favour women at a faster pace, at the level of the society and us (as individuals), we are far behind our laws,” Bhasin, who’s now an advisor with the feminist network Sangat, told Quartz, emphasising the need for India’s society to accept shifting gender roles."
We teach our girls to fight back against the stereotypes. We teach them that it is time for them to kick butt and do what they can for equal rights. They are not sex objects, and they are in control of what they want to do with their bodies. In Claire Miller's essay, she knows this is great, but what society is leaving behind are the boys who are still being told that they are not allowed to cry, and not allowed to show emotions but anger. They should be allowed to be themselves without being oppressed, if they want to wear a dress let them, or if they prefer ballet, don't stifle that dream. Feminism is about rights for all, not just a selective few. "I asked neuroscientists, economists, psychologists and others to answer that question, based on the latest research and data we have about gender. I defined feminist simply, as someone who believes in the full equality of men and women. Their advice applied broadly: to anyone who wants to raise children who are kind, confident and free to pursue their dreams."