The Feminist Propaganda

I’m unapologetically a feminist. Therefore, I’ve always been inundated with questions ranging from “How did you become a feminist?” To “Are you anti-men?”

So, clearing the air and giving rest to all the brouhaha surrounding this issue, here’s my two cents.

Firstly, let me clarify that when I say feminism, I do not speak of it as the ‘trend’ or ‘fad’ that is taking over the world. It is neither a fashion statement nor an attempt to be “in” or considered “cool”. It’s also not a ringing endorsement to celebrities who call themselves feminists without even knowing what it means.

Feminism, simply put, is the understanding that every person deserves to be treated equally and fairly, based on his worth and not his gender, colour, caste, creed or race. Arguably, this should be common sense and the norm, rather than something to be advocated for. However, we’re far from living in a utopian society. Thus, the need for feminism. It’s a call to abolish inequality. It’s a call to acknowledge basic human rights. It’s a call to recognise talent, value and worth, not how or where you were born. It’s that simple.

Coming to the pressing issue of how or why I became a feminist – Let me tell you that it is not a religion that I converted to, not an agenda that I discussed tabled over a conference, nor a propoganda I signed up and subscribed for.

I’m a lawyer by education and a writer by disposition. Both of these happened long before feminism caught on as the next big thing. Maybe even before I knew there was a word with a meaning like that. Yet, I chose professions and vocations that did not discriminate by gender. I’m not a lawyeress or a writeress. I find it degrading that we need to segregate actors into actors/actresses and the like. Why does one’s profession need such a delineation if it weren’t for the purpose of according an unequal treatment in some sense or the other? It’s not as if the non classification of a lady artist as an actress would have led to believe she were a man when I see her on the big screen? Does it even matter if a character is played by a man or a woman as long as it is portrayed impeccably?

So, I guess it is sufficient to say I did not become a feminist. I was born one. I was raised as one and I will continue to live as one till feminism is no longer needed. Till all people are, indeed, considered equal. I’m a feminist by nature and by intent. If only the world knew better, they’d be feminists too and systematically abolish all biases that make one man consider himself to be more entitled than his brother.

I apologise for the long ranting but I do firmly believe this needed to be said. Thank you for reading.

Love,

Varnika.

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17 thoughts on “The Feminist Propaganda

  1. Given your level headed approch and not feeling you need to burn effergies of men in streets to challenge the cis white male patriarchy. What is your take on women and men who i suppise popular culture deem as a ‘feminazi’ i think you can understand the ones im referring to.

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  2. I normally hate feminists with a passion because most make ridiculous claims and make something out of nothing. I’m also glad you don’t think all men should die. But the thing is I don’t think it should be called feminist because men won’t do it because they don’t want to be known as one and the same goes for women because it has a bad rep. Also a lot of claims are actually false (the wage gap, it’s only true in tiny majorities and mostly doesn’t apply)

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  3. An excellent share Varnika. Completely agree with your thoughts here especially the ending paragraph.
    I am just wondering why you chose the word ‘Propaganda’ for your title. Doesn’t it have negative connotations apart from the fact that Feminism isn’t about propaganda but simply about equality in its most natural form .

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    1. Hi, thank you for reading. I am so very glad you agree with the thoughts and emotions portrayed in the post.
      I’ve used the word “Propoganda” because that is what opposers of feminism claim it to be. So the post is titled as such in order to dispel the rumours and myth surrounding the notion and to clarify its basic tenets for the benefit of the initiated. An attempt has been made to embrace the critics and change their view through the soft power of words and persuasion. I hope this makes sense 🙂 (you could also take it to be in an ironical or, to an extent, satirical take.)

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  4. I support your definition of feminism, except for the part about basing equal and fair treatment on a person’s worth. I think that all people deserve equal and fair treatment, based on the fact that they exist.

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    1. Hey, as you’ll see in other parts of the post, equality is a birth right, is what I’ve always maintained. When I said to see a person’s worth, it was about workplaces and courthouses, etc., Where promotions, standing should be based on sheer hard work and capability rather than gender, race, caste, class, etc.

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      1. thank YOU … and yes I do think likewise. a more equitable society and world is needed desperately and the shackles of hetero-male patriarchy has to be challenged at every level if we are to ever undo all the ‘entitlement’ that men feel is their almost divine right.

        the struggle continues ✊

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