Has Feminism become a taboo?

The Tory leadership candidate Dominic Raab has recently publicly stated that he’s not a feminist, but does believe in equality; yet, doesn’t that very sentence seem to contradict itself? This seems to be a commonly found theme among our society, and particularly young people, who seem to be embarrassed to say that they are a feminist but still claim to strongly believe in equal rights. The word ‘feminist’ seems to particularly young people, who seem to be embarrassed to say that they are a feminist but still claim to strongly believe in equal rights. Has Feminism become a taboo? have become somewhat of a taboo word within society, and people even appear to use it negatively.

So, why is this happening? When feminism is the belief of equality among sexes, then why is it still considered such a bad thing by some to be a feminist? Perhaps it is the so-called ‘Nazi feminists’ which come to mind when people cower away from the word ‘feminist’.

Even among young women, ‘feminism’ seems to be somewhat of a taboo thing to say, but doesn’t this undermine the years and years of work that has brought women so much further forward in the fight for equality. It baffles me that some men and women can be all for female empowerment, but could never go so far as to say they were a feminist.

So what is the answer to it all? Should we find a new word to represent the belief of equality among the sexes? Or do people need to be better educated about what feminism really is?

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