What is Feminism?

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Feminism is theory that men and women should be equal politically, economically and socially. This is known as the "core theory" this theory does not state any differences between men and women or similarities between men and women, nor does it refer to excluding men or only furthering women's causes. If you believe that women and men should be politically, economically and socially equal for your own reasons and have your own ideas of how it could happen you can be considered a feminist. You don't necessarily have to be a female in order to be a feminist; a male is also a feminist if they agree with this theory. Feminism is separated into many different branches. The main branches include Amazon feminism, cultural feminism, separatists, Pop feminism, and material feminism.

Amazon feminism is an image of a female hero in Greek mythology. This theory focuses on physical equality of both genders and it goes against the stereotype of women is physically weaker and the assumption that women are supposed to be, look, or behave as if they are passive, weak and physically helpless.

There are two theories that are often mistaken to be the same. Pop feminist and separatists are also often wrongly depicted as lesbians. This is in fact a very wrong idea. Pop feminist is a simple theory of women hating men in everyway. They degrade men in all manner and always put women above men. Separatist is the theory of women not having anything to deal with men. The key idea is to separate. So they can think their own way with no men to pollute their thinking. It is true there can be feminist that are lesbians and belong to these two categories but it is inaccurate to say all of them are...