eSOANEM wrote:My university is doing a campaign at the moment where they get people to write "I need feminism because..." along with a reason on a whiteboard, they take a photo and put it on their website. I've already done one, but I'm very tempted to do another with today's comic drawn on it.
I fail to come up with any reason why anyone, anywhere, needs any kind of "-ism".
Well, feminism is a bit of a misnomer.
Most -isms are named after a group they discriminate against (or the grounds on which they discriminate). Feminism does not discriminate. In fact, the whole point of it is to fight discrimination. Feminism is named after the group it was initially meant to protect. Since then, it has (apart from a few of the old guard who are stuck in many *ist ways and the odd misandrist) broadened to become a movement to promote gender (in as much as it means anything) equality, freedom to choose how people express whatever gender they identify with and to ensure that people are not persecuted for deviating from society's ideas of gender roles.
Feminism, whilst it does end in "ism", is not
an -ism (just as there are things which don't end in "ism" which arguably are (e.g. homophobia, transphobia etc.)).
Feminism is the enemy of -isms (primarily sexism, but also (in its broadened form) transphobia amongst many others) and it is because those -isms still exist that feminism still has a place.