“Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women”.*
THE REASONS FEMINISM FOCUSES ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HISTORICAL AS WELL AS CULTURAL: As the largest class of oppressed people, the oppression of women has necessarily been more pervasive and more deeply ingrained in our social fabric. This oppression is continuously reaffirmed in our culture and is a large component of our individual and shared identities. This in turn necessitates stronger focus on issues concerning women’s rights, because these issues also permeate all other spheres of oppression.
IT SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING that most people who consider themselves FEMINIST are also HUMANISTS. Denial of this fact is just another subtle way the people who benefit most from the oppression of women have successfully shaped how we see ourselves into a form that really suits no one. If you are still caught up on the name “feminist” but consider yourself a “humanist”, then remember that all humanists are, by virtue of definition, necessarily feminists. Shunning feminism for its name merely detracts from any humanist cause, perpetuating oppression.
equal rights for women
equal rights for all people, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender, skin colour, ability or creed.