Feminism: Advantages and Disadvantages

by lalo on September 11, 2014 - 6:28pm

 According to Merriam-webster, “Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights of women”. Feminism seems to be a good idea, but not everything has been fine. Some feminism advantages are:

  • The women have gain equality.
  • The women are able to participate in elections.
  • The women are able to speak in public.
  • The women are able to demand their rights.


However, some women, mainly the ones who had had problems in their families, have exaggerated the situation, therefore the feminism have had some disadvantages:

  • Genital difference. Some women think that a man and a woman should be equal in everything. And everything includes their physics. Therefore, to also have the same body, some women have preferred to live with a lesbian and forget the men.
  • Anti-male. Many women want to have children, but some of them think that a sexual relation is a violent action. To avoid this “violence” they chose for inseminate.
  • Readings. According to the feminism, everything should be equal in sex. Therefore, an author should have two protagonists: a man and a woman. What about the orders in the writings? Could we write: A man and a woman? Or should we write: A woman and a man?
  • Harassment. In some countries such as Mexico, it is dangerous when a man sees a woman, because she is able to consider it as harassment. Also, it is dangerous to travel in metro, because if a man rubs a woman as an accident, the woman is able to sue the man for a sexual harassment.


The feminism has had advantages and disadvantages. Equilibrium would be the only way to get a correct feminism.




It is extremely important not to confuse feminism with radical feminism. I believe that some of the things you briefly touched upon are either unclear or incorrect, and I'd like to offer you my take on feminism and everything it implies. And you're actually trivializing issues that feminism is actually fighting for.

First of all, although women have gained many rights over the past few decades, to assume that women are equal to men is false. For instance, according to a survey by Catalyst, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion", only 4,2% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies are held by women. In a nutshell, S&P 500 companies is a list which includes large American corporations like McDonald's, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, MasterCard, etc (just to give you a quick idea). Moreover, because women are the ones carrying the baby (therefore having to leave their job for a little while), they have less chances of getting employed or getting a promotion because employers see the maternity leave as cumbersome (having to find someone to replace their employee, or whatsoever).

Now that we have established that women are NOT yet equal to men, I'd like to address your other points, the "disadvantages of feminism".

1. Sexual orientation is completely unrelated to one's views on social issues. In other words, feminism does not change who you're attracted to.

2. Let's make something clear, here. Feminism is NOT an anti-male movement. Here's a paragraph from "So, If It’s For Everyone, Why Is It Called “Feminism”?", an article written by Katherine Rendon that you should really read.

"Many people have trouble accepting the name “feminism” because they are afraid that if they support a movement primarily lead by women, they will be targeted as enemies of the patriarchy, or the social norm. But, contrary to popular belief, feminism does actually benefit men as well, as it does all genders. Feminism is centered on equality, not to create a matriarchy. The purpose of the movement should be more important than the grammatical side to the name. Feminism originally was primarily focused around advancing the status of women in society, giving it its name centered on females."

Moreover, sex is not a violent action as long as both parties consent to it. If one doesn't, then it is classified as RAPE.

3. Two protagonists, really? Where does that come from?

4. I believe that you’re focusing on issues that deal with very extreme reactions, which in no way are encouraged by feminism.

I do not mean to be rude or arrogant (don’t get me wrong), but I really think that you should figure out what feminism really is about. I’ll provide you with a quick explanation and some links. 

Feminism is a movement that fights for equality, not only for men and women but also for people of all genders, races, sexual orientations, religions, social classes, etc. In other words, feminism fights for everyone. You might ask: “How does feminism fight for men?”. Well, it aims to free men from social expectations like having to hide one’s emotions, provide for one’s family, and more. For instance, many men with depression do not talk about it and seek the help they need because it is seen as a weakness. This is why there are organizations like HeForShe.

Here are the links:

Survey on women CEOs: http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-ceos-sp-500
Maternity leave: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/blogs-and-comment/the-subtle-ways-taking...
Katherine Rendon’s article: http://fembotmag.com/2015/02/06/so-if-its-for-everyone-why-is-it-called-...
HeForShe: http://www.heforshe.org/en

The points made in the section of the feminism advantages are good because they depict the advancement in women rights over the last 20 or 30 years. However, I feel like the disadvantage section illustrates more of a radical point of view on feminism. Maybe it would have been more accurate to talk about more recent issues about women's right like equal pays, abortion or the right to work even while being a mother. Here is a link about an article informing us that California has a new law obligation companies to justify any differences between a man and a woman (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/12/california-fair-pay-...).
It would be interesting to try and figure out how come this kind of law appears in the modern world this late when it been years since the women try to be equal as men.
The source mentioned in this comment is reliable because it comes from the magazine The Atlantic. This magazine is based in Washington and has grown to achieve a national reputation as a high-quality review with a moderate worldview. This magazine publishes about major issues in contemporary political affairs.

Hi Lalo, you do bring up some very good points in regards to all of the steps that have been taken to make the role of gender division weaker. However, some of your findings are somewhat problematic. The advantages section is properly articulated with factual information and historical accuracy. It should not be overlooked that the progress made towards a more equal world has been monumental; conversely, many of the claims made in the disadvantages section are problematic and highly debatable. Just because men and women don’t share every single body characteristic, does not imply that men are superior to women solely because of their penis. Also, natural insemination is typically for women desperate to become mothers. More often than not, they just cannot find the right man.
Moreover, if so many women were deterred by sexual relations with men (not including lesbians), there would be no healthy marriages left. In contrast to my statement, I absolutely do acknowledge the severity of rapes in less developed areas of the world. For example, rape in Bangladesh has been so widespread that authorities do not even bother to investigate. Women are blamed for dressing ‘provocatively’ and that they had it coming to them. A growing number of youth are admitting to gang raping women, feeling pleasure in the moment, but “remorse” thereafter. There is a stigma placed on rape because many people cannot comprehend the emotional state the victim is left in for a good portion of their life. Many shrug at the word rape as if it were not a real thing, and argue that the women wanted it.
In conclusion, I do believe that you have a more radical feminist approach in your outlook. In addition, it is evident that you strongly reject the patriarchal worldview; even in it’s most basic form.



I completely agree with you when you say that feminism is women gaining equality and getting more rights however,I believe that there is a difference between feminism and radical feminism. Feminism is women wanting to work in an industry that was initially for men, women who want “equal pay for equal work”. As it is quoted by Cnn (http://www.cnn.com).A worldwide known News Network.It is also gaining rights and have the right to vote as you stated.
Where I disagree with you is when you say that feminism is women who can sue the men for rubbing her by accident.I also disagree with you when you say that feminism is considered women being “anti-male” or women wanting no genital differences. These examples are not defining feminism but radical feminism. I encourage you to go read this article written by Caroline Wright, a University student on December 15 2016. https://www.quora.com/Whats-the-difference-between-Liberal-feminism-radi... it will clearly explain the differences between radical and liberal feminism. You should also look at this article written by Katherine Rendon a University student studying in English and Environmental Studies.It explains that “feminism is to create equality,not matriarchy”.

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