By: Megan Graves, Columnist
Hey there, Towerlight reader! My name is Megan Graves. I’m an English major entering my junior year here at Towson University. I enjoy romantic walks to my refrigerator, singing loudly in my shower and being a feminist.
Now, before you pin me as a penis-hating monster, allow me to explain the real definition of feminism. Feminism is a movement that actively works to help women gain equality with men. We don’t want to be, or think we are, any better than men, we just want to have the same type of basic rights that men have. For example: equal pay, rights to our uteruses, and for the love of all that is good, no more slut-shaming. Women like sex too, you know.
Those are just a few of the “lighter” issues that feminists are working on. Some of the more serious problems that the movement addresses include objectification, sexual assault and violence toward women. These things are unfair and frightening, to say the least, and feminists want to put an end to them.
The second term I’m going to define is “misandry.” Misandry is the belief that women are better than men. Some people share this belief, but call themselves feminists. That isn’t cool. There is a large difference between a misandrist and a feminist. The two words are not interchangeable. If someone hates men, then they are not a feminist, despite what their Tumblr page might say.
In this column, I’ll be discussing many different issues and expressing my opinions on them through a feminist lens. Basically, this column is your weekly dose of lady-power. I’ll also be discussing stigmas that harm men as well, so stay with me gentlemen. Young adulthood can be some shit, man, especially when it comes to harmful gender stereo-types. We all have a bunch of issues that we need to overcome and I hope this column makes that process a little more enjoyable. After all, everything’s better deep-fried.