Demolishing the notion that feminism poisons everything

Demolishing the notion that feminism poisons everything

Inspired by a series of videos on YouTube titled: “Why feminism poisons everything.”

First of all, I’d like to point out the irony of the statement, “feminism poisons everything”. The definition of feminism by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is: “a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes” – OH HOW VERY POISONOUS. The words “equality” and “poison” in the same sentence sound completely absurd. It is evident that the movement seeks to challenge and banish discrimination of women, yet it is the most discriminated movement. Odd, right? To be honest, I think that, in itself, says a lot more about the rest of the human race than it does about feminism.

Although the main concept of feminism is easy to comprehend once subjected to a one-sentence definition, I’m aware of the categorisation of types of feminists, the list is huge and I’m learning more things about this everyday. To generalise all feminists, regardless of what ‘type’ she/he is completely defeats the point of the concept of feminism and through my research I can conclude that the stereotype of those who identify as feminists and the ideologies and movements, no matter how liberal, all have negative media portrayal. It’s disheartening to say the least.

The video’s I watched on YouTube do not identify with the concept of feminism but rather with those who identify as feminists – it is a blatant attack towards the people who identify as feminists. Whoever created this attack against the whole of feminism based on the limited resources and no actual knowledge of feminism is obviously unaware that the underlying concept of feminism as a whole revolves around gender equality, the awareness of the oppressed and the fight against patriarchy to allow women the same rights as men. Therefore, it is not the concept of feminism that is poisonous, it is the creators problem with a select few who people who happen to identify as feminists – meaning the notion that feminism poisons everything is not the issue here, it is however, the creator of the video’s ignorance to feminism and his attack against the individuals – Am I right or am I right?

The main flaw is in the title of these videos, this flaw lies within the difference between one person who happens to identify as a feminist and the whole concept of feminism. It is irrelevant in regards to feminism and a complete portrayal of deceit, offence, and ignorance.The manipulation of the creator of these videos and ALL negative media revolving around the word “feminism” IS POISONOUS for the actual meaning and aim of feminism and feminists.   

As confused as I am myself, I hope this has aided my aim to demolish the misinterpretation of this concept and eradicate the constant interrogation of a person who identifies as a feminist.


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