When we speak of Feminism we seem to always get into a debate which extents to usually someone asking to Define what feminism really is?

Feminism is more of a perception than a definition and each person seems to perceive it in a different way.

However, most times, feminism is misunderstood in many ways and it is not uncommon to see people with a diagonally opposite opinion about feminism calling themselves a feminist.

10 Ways in Which Feminism is Misunderstood

There are many ways Feminism is misunderstood by men and women equally. Here are the ways the term is misunderstood universally

  1. The Macho – Feminists

Some women/men think feminism means to behave like men. Talk, walk and behave like men.

Social scientist think women behaving like men is more a semantic trick than a true scientific explanation. In fact these women seem to have a higher regard to men and hence feel inferior from inside as a woman- and hence the man like behavior.

  from Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, however reports that such behaviors can also be due to hormonal changes.

2. The Misandrist behavior – Hatred Toward Men

Some women go a step ahead and try to overpower men. They want to earn more than men, they want to become more powerful in office than their counterparts.

There are cases where women try not to have any association with men and try to avoid them totally.

3. The Shy Feminists

Who is a feminist? Is there a woman who does not support her own self? However there still seem some women who feel calling themselves a feminist is to say she is arrogant.

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10 ways feminism is misunderstood


4. Feminists Should Always Raise Their Voices

This is something like a unsaid rule to some who call themselves feminists. They always need to raise their voice where ever they are, that seems to them that they are some superpower.

They keep repeating “I am feminist in every forum”

Oops! I am really sorry, but every women is powerful in a lot of ways and the ones who know that, keep quite, enjoy the power. Shouting does not actually bring the power to you!

5. You Need to Join Women Clubs

This is another seemingly affluent group of feminists, who want to speak about feminism in high teas and over cups of coffees.

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10 ways feminism is misunderstood

They actually do not know the ground reality of women in the society. They enjoy great sophistication, and feel women are tortured with too much burden of not having freedom of spending much.

6. The Fighters

These are women who are ready to pick fight the moment men mention the word ‘ woman’

In fact these are women who think all men are offenders.

7. Women Against Feminism

I know you are as surprised as me, yes! there are some women who are against feminism!

These women feel that feminism means to hate men, so they do not want to hate men and hence are against feminism.

There are numerous facebook and twitter groups for these women too!

8. Only Women Can Be Feminists

There are many men who look at women equal to men and give equal respect. However there are women who think men can never be feminists.

9. The Doormat Tendency

There are women who think that if they show that their support to feminism they would be misunderstood to be misandrists and accept to be bullied and mistreated.

Such doormat behavior in fact makes them an easy prey to be ruled by men.

10. The Shamers

Finally the shamers – these are feminists who make every other woman in her vicinity like a fly on the wall. belittling other women seems to be her hobby and makes it a rule to join men and make fun of other women.

These women think to shame other women who do not think as her is feminism.

So what do you think feminism really is? Have you understood feminism.




33 Comments on 10 Ways Feminism Is Misunderstood

  1. True Nadaan! the initial days were hell for those who had to stand against the huge force. Feminism is rightly understood can bring about the right changes

  2. Sid! It is not that I am against feminism, only that, in the name of feminism some people have gone a step further or have lagged behind, that balancing point needs to be identified and stuck to

  3. Well done on putting together an enlightening piece on the ‘real feminism’ ; I think somewhere along the line, the meaning of Feminism got diluted. Posts like these should help ‘enlighten’ the ones who are lost.

  4. Detailed post about different feminists. Sadly many people do not understand the real meaning if it. It is not about superiority ..It’s about equality.

  5. Interesting post. My facebook feed has been flooded with images about the woman’s marches, both for and against. As a daughter to girls, I wish I had been able to go

  6. True Ramya! It has to be understood that though both are humans, there lays difference between us and we need to strive to better our capabilities and hone them for a common good.

  7. Sometime back… Someone told me how much the term feminism ia misunderstood. It’s like we are am jg to compare horses and cows. Both are similar in certain ways yet different in many other. However under no circumstances should we understate the usefulness of any one of these animals. The same things apies to men and women. We are different in some ways yet the same in many other. And feminism recognises the differences and acknowledges the similarities. Your post encompassed this thought.

  8. Great post and I completely agree. I’m a feminist and no it’s not about male bashing or any clubs. It’s about equality.

  9. I’ve seen some of those kinds of people who’ve misunderstood the entire concept of feminism. I love how you’ve got it all together.

  10. very well explained post , with true aspects about Feminism & yes even women is against feminist thanks for linking up 🙂

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