Feminism, over the years has become a rather controversial and conflict inflicting term. As a result, it is found that we all have different opinions and interpretations about its meaning and real life implementations. Women, all over the world have fought hard and long for equal recognition and to ensure; that their long-suppressed voices are heard by the patriarchal society. They have constantly agitated for equal rights in terms of life, liberty and property and to lead a life full of dignity and not indulge in practices like that of sati. This idea marks the chronological narrative of Feminism, which talks about equal rights for both men and women. But is this the definition which is being followed or people have molded it to suit their own terms? Has over the years the very ideology of Feminism shifted to Femi-Nazism? And more importantly is this very ideology accepted and significant to today’s world?
Feminism being the delicate term it is and the emotionally sensitive topic it covers has faced sever criticisms which point out some of the major fallacies in its very implementation. There is a very thin line of difference between feminism and feminazism, and if this is overstepped it leads to devastating effects upon the civil society. Feminists talk about equal rights for both men as well as women, which means that if necessary they would go against either of the genders to ensure that the flag of justice is withheld. However, to the contrary, Feminazis support the domination of one sex over the other. They talk about one particular gender being superior to the other and act as a symbol of oppression over the other. This line of distinction however minor, has to be kept in mind as they both have varying and rather opposite meanings. It is observed that in the recent present the idea of Feminazism has taken over the idea of Feminism, which has resulted in zero benefits and feminism losing its very roots.
Recently there have been issues of men rights violation which has even resulted in the formation of “men’s’ rights movement” in India, signifying abuse and false accusations claimed against them. The movement has noted several issues with the bias against men in India. Men’s rights activists claim that anti-dowry laws prevalent in India are frequently being misused to harass and extort husbands, and attributed this to the high suicide rate among married men in India, which is almost twice as that of women. There have even been cases of molestation and rape against men which are most of the times not registered due to shame and a defined social role that men are supposed to play and that they are always regarded as the stronger sex. This should not be an attribute of feminism. It has to ensure that equality of one gender must not come at the cost of the other.
It is our responsibility as citizens to ensure that this particular ideology does not become harmful for the society and that it upholds the true nature of equality and social justice. It is eventually in our hands to ensure that feminism does not turn into a veil which provides shelter to the oppressor and encourage them to go about with their injustices on the weaker sex. We must also ensure that no particular section of the society becomes so powerful that it gains an indomitable domination over the others, be it male or female.