Feminism is grounded in historical precedents, but it is simultaneously variegated and dynamic, with both personal and political effects. Despite the inevitability of change, the feminist movement’s fundamental values are concrete: no matter the current state, the basis of feminism is equality between the sexes: equal rights, equal status and equal expectations.
Feminism has received ample internet attention, but the fashionable nature of offhandedly identifying as a feminist has unfortunately disregarded many important aspects of the movement, namely its implications in public policy and long history. Feminism is not one-sided; reasonable meninist arguments ought to be acknowledged just as much as their opposing feminist arguments. But the bottom line is that feminism must not be condemned to a man-hating reputation, and it does not merely embody a Twitter hashtag. It may be considered “trendy” to identify as feminist, but it is imperative that we do not overlook the complexities and multifaceted entirety of the feminist movement.