In yesterday’s class, we talked in depth about feminism and the true meaning behind the controversial word. We talked about how the word itself is a controversial one because many different people, and subsequently, many different groups of people, have interpreted the meaning of the word in many different ways. For me personally, the meaning of the world is simple: total and equal rights for women in regards to politics, social issues, and economic status as men are afforded. However, because of the media and powerful public figures, the interpretation of being a feminist has categorized such individuals as being haters of men or traditional values and beliefs. The misconception is that only women can be feminist being that the whole idea is to fight for equal rights for women. However, as we saw with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a number of other MALE celebrities and public figures, men can also be feminists. I definitely consider myself a feminist. I genuinely believe that women should be afforded the same rights as men. I am a man and being a feminist does not mean I hate men in any way. It just means that we are living in a time period where women are able and capable of doing so much more than just sit at home, cook, clean, watch children, etc. Women are college educated, business owners, and politicians, just like men. However, it is unfortunate that we continue to live in a period where women are doing the same amount of work as men, even at better quality in many cases, but are still being paid less than men. I believe, that as one of the richest and most democratically free nations on the planet, we can afford to allow women the exact same rights as men. There should be no division. My question is: how do you feel about the word feminism and why do you think it is such a controversial word? Do you agree with me that the media is to blame for this or is it an entirely different force that is affecting the way society is viewing and interpreting the word?