Feminism is a favorite word of plenty of GaG users. Many I take it, are trolling, but others seem to think that every debate, every reply anyone makes, or every subject has to do with the word Feminism, especially if it is a woman doing the asking or the talking.
I'm all for making a salient argument about something in reference to feminism, but I'd say 90% of the time someone lobs the word Feminism into the air, they do so without any understanding of the meaning of the word or how to apply it to an argument or they definitely don't need to apply it to an argument because they have none on the basis of something being feminism, because it's not. It's the equivalent to the kid using a Thesaurus to try to make him or her sound smarter, but really s/he is just saying words to say them. Understanding the words correct usage and simply saying it to say it, are two very different things.
What do the dictionaries of the world have to say about what Feminism is exactly?
Feminism is a sociopolitical movement with the central goal of ending sexism and dismantling gender-based oppression. It is a definition which implies that all sexist thinking and action is the problem, whether those who perpetuate it are FEMALE OR MALE, child or adult. It is also broad enough to include an understanding of systemic institutionalized sexism. Sexism is prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.
A vast majority of men and women actually believe and put into practice a lot of feminist teaching. If you ask a father if he thinks his daughter, who does the same exact job he does deserves equal pay, and he agrees with that statement, that's feminism at work whether he says the word or not in the same way a woman believing that men should not have to be the sole bread winners for their households simply because they're men, is feminism.
Feminism has nothing to do with whether someone is gay or straight, only men or only women, or who they are or aren't sleeping with, or some concerted effort to be sexist, or the mere fact that the person speaking is a woman. To argue the point of feminism whether for or against, you have to understand the definition in order to grasp intelligently when someone claiming to be a feminist is actually anything but or if the conversation being had is just a conversation and not stressing a point of equality for the sexes or the take down of sexist attitudes and practices, or yes, whether something being said is feminist and why you particularly don't like that.
Simply put, if someone brings up that word, and it comes up quite often, and they can't define it, can't point out where exactly you said something feminist, or you can point out that what they are saying is actually feminist, its either time to try to educate them, assume they are trolling, or simply ignore most of what comes out next. Feel free to argue your point that something is feminist and you dislike equality but be prepared to back it up first and foremost, with your actual understanding of the word Feminism rather than doing what a lot of people do which is simply parrot the word on repeat for every argument and conversation they have with anyone on GaG, particularly if that anyone is a woman.