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Want to know if you're feminist or not? Answer this simple question.

Memo to all humans:

Feminists just want equal rights for men and women.

Feminists don’t hate men.

Feminists don’t hate make up.

Feminists don’t think marriage is wrong or that women shouldn’t shave their legs.

Feminists don’t make any rules about how any woman should behave.

Feminists just want equal rights for men and women.

That’s it.

But, although it sounds like a relatively simple concept, a lot of women are confused about what it means to be a feminist. They reject feminism because they mistakenly believe that it has something to do with bra-burning and man-hating. And although having equal rights sounds like something every woman should root for, a lot of very confused ladies have found a community in the Women Against Feminism movement:

It’s easy to feel frustrated with these women. A lot of people have even called for the word ‘feminism’ to be changed to something with less ‘aggression’ and ‘stigma’ behind it, so that women like this won’t feel so alienated that they reject the movement altogether.

But we don’t need to change the word. Feminism is a great fucking word. Feminism got women the vote. Feminism made it legal for women to own their own homes. Feminism is the reason women can now order their own drink in a bar.

What needs to change are the people who don’t understand what feminism is and why we still need it. Because as far as feminism has pushed women forward, there is still a long way to go.

Australian women still earn approximately 80 cents for every 1 dollar earned by a man. Australian women only hold 8 per cent of board director positions despite making up over 50% of the population. Nearly one in five female Australians will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. And there is currently only one woman representing the country in the Australian cabinet. One. Woman.

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WE. STILL. NEED. FEMINISM.

So answer this question:

Do you believe that men and women should have equal rights?

Yes? Congratulations, you are a feminist.

That’s all it takes. Because guess what? That’s all that feminism is. Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men.

So no, we’re not going to change the word to something less aggressive. We’re not going to pretend that we aren’t feminists because it puts people off.

We should be proud to be feminists because of all that feminism has achieved, and excited to be feminists because of all that it will achieve.

So, to the women who are proud to be part of Women Against Feminism, we’re sorry you’re confused. We’re sorry you feel alienated and we hope one day you realise that the only reason you can hold those signs on the internet is because feminism gave you the right to do so. In the meantime, the rest of us will keep fighting for equality. For you, and every other woman you know.

Because feminism rocks. And we desperately need it.

Here’s why the Mamamia Team are feminists.

Only question left is, why do you need feminism? 

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