Women have fought for equal rights for as long as I can remember. This year even started out with giant women’s marches across the world. However, I believe that the term feminism is misconstrued a lot of times. Feminism is supposed to mean equality of the sexes but instead it seems as if some have taken it too far and made it seem as if women are asking for special treatment.
This became apparent when actress Emma Watson posed for a Vanity Fair photo shoot virtually topless. After being attacked and told she couldn’t be a feminist and pose virtually topless at the same time Watson answered back. Her strong response was noted by Huffington Posts’ Graeme Demianyk and exclaimed, “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.”
If a male athlete can pose nude and be labeled as strong and masculine then why can’t a female pose nude and be labeled as strong and feminine. This is a double standard that I think women and men need to be aware of. We need to fight for each other’s choices not tear them down when we don’t agree with them.