I am confused, what does it mean by Feminism or Womanism…!!!

Posted: January 13, 2014 in NaBloPoMo
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While coming in train, I had a long chat with one of my close friend and by birth she is a lady and still continued to be of the same sex. Actually we were pretty good friends before my marriage and then after marriage, as usual our communication decreased and thus whenever we talk, even being a guy I talk for almost one hour. We were worried about one our common childhood friend, who turned out to be a gay. Initially he was so scared to declare the fact thinking his family, society will not allow him to live in the society happily but after a very few days he is now proudly announcing the marriage with his male, partner and as its not legal yet in my country India, so he decided not to make it legal but to arrange a get together. I have already expressed my love for both of them and promised to join the ceremony. My friend, named Lisa, with whom I was talking in the morning also decided to join us there in Bangalore in the coming month. There we started our chatting and then only I noticed a lady wearing red tank top and semitransparent white ‘T’ on it. she was good looking and so I was checking her out and found, she wore a red colored panty too and that was covered with another a lesser semitransparent leggings. I was over the phone and couldn’t control appreciating the sexy beauty by saying, “what a goddamn fucking sexy appealing goddess”. Though it was not loud enough to reach the girls ear but was enough clear to reach the microphone point of my cellphone. My friend immediately got pissed off by hearing such nasty words from me and asked what happened and actually what’s the thing I saw, which made me to comment like that. I kept on telling her, convincing her that there was no bad intention or in anyway, I didn’t try to dishonor the lady. Even I didn’t mean to say that the lady wore the dress to look sexy in the eyes of gents, if she is not a lesbian. But again the old proverb, u can’t expect a lady to understand you unless it’s important to her or something related to sex, and I said that too. Thus the topic of ‘Womanism’ came.

I am dividing my discussion into three paragraphs.

  1. The definitions and meanings of Feminism and Womanism, and the bridge between these two words.
  2. Actually what general public think of it
  3. Conclusion and my views with some suggestion for the society


According to Wikipedia, The feminist movement (also known as the women’s movement, women’s liberation, or feminism) refers to a series of campaigns for reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, all of which fall under the label of feminism. The movement’s priorities vary among nations and communities and range from opposition to female genital mutilation in one country to opposition to the glass ceiling in another.

The movement began in late nineties and gone through three stages:

  1. First Wave Feminism was oriented around the station of middle- or upper-class white women and involved suffrage and political equality.
  2. Second-wave feminism attempted to further combat social and cultural inequalities.
  3. Third-wave feminism includes renewed campaigning for women’s greater influence in politics.

The movement of feminism turned into womanism when skin color was added to it. It is a feminism that is “stronger in color”, nearly identical to “Black Feminism”. However, Womanism does not need to be prefaced by the word “Black”, the word automatically concerns black women. A Womanist is a woman who loves women and appreciates women’s culture and power as something that is incorporated into the world as a whole. Womanism addresses the racist and classist aspects of white feminism and actively opposes separatist ideologies. It includes the word “man”, recognizing that Black men are an integral part of Black women’s lives as their children, lovers, and family members. Womanism accounts for the ways in which black women support and empower black men, and serves as a tool for understanding the Black woman’s relationship to men as different from the white woman’s. It seeks to acknowledge and praise the sexual power of Black women while recognizing a history of sexual violence. This perspective is often used as a means for analyzing Black Women’s literature, as it marks the place where race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect. Womanism is unique because it does not necessarily imply any political position or value system other than the honoring of Black women’s strength and experiences. Because it recognizes that women are survivors in a world that is oppressive on multiple platforms, it seeks to celebrate the ways in which women negotiate these oppressions in their individual lives.

But a general public like me doesn’t bother about this meaning. For we people, it’s something like a caste. Like, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, womanism is also a caste according to general people like me. Our understanding with this fact or strange word is not clear at all. Where there are actually two kinds of people in the world (yes, She males are also there), male and female. My understanding from all the movements is, as the society has become male dominating, so Females are also in a need of equality. They are trying to prove that actually Males are not superior; either they are inferior than female or atleast of same level. Again the old nurtured topic of Superiority Complex and Inferiority complex comes. The more movements or actions will take place, the more the Feminism or womanism will come under scanner, and the more it will come under scanner, the more public will become aware. The more the awareness, the more criticism and most of the time criticism means negative feedback.

Yes in a country like India, where Rape cases are increasing day by day and there are many reasons to blame like poverty, illiteracy, greed but still humanity is there. If there is some reservation for the female in everywhere, from school to bus, train even in participation in elections also, then the first and foremost outcome is rage against them. Position can’t be offered but to be given.

Thus the root of feminism/womanism needs to be revised again. Feeding baby or doing household work doesn’t make them dependent or make them less civilized. It’s better to advertise about what they are doing and let’s make people aware of how much respect do those work deserve. Forcefully enforcement of laws and some mere phenomenon of showing how great woman are, is actually wastage of time, money and in real dishonoring the great job they have done. Let’s stop thinking of respecting female or woman and start respecting their jobs/works. We guys don’t want to feel threatened of the movement named Feminism or womanism. We want to put ourselves in a single word named humanity along with females also.

Let’s see a world, when people will be more interested in respecting other’s value, rather than indulging themselves in inventing new words to name some movement.




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