The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. In a 2016 poll on the Washington Post they were given three words and asked whether or not the words described feminism. The first word used was “angry”, where 43% agreed that it described feminism, while 54% felt it did not define it at all. The second word was “outdated”, where 30% believed it was a descriptor and 66% believed it was not. The last and final word they chose was “empowering”, where 70% believed it to be a descriptor, while only 26% believed it was not. This showed that most of the participants believe that feminism was not only empowering, but also relevent to our times. It showed that most people still believed that feminism was an issue currently. However, the issue was that those who participated believed it to be an angry issue. It was quite divided when asked whether or not the passion was too harsh and many believed that feminists needed to take it down a notch.

While looking for another source I found a  2016 YouGov poll containing opinions from men and women asking about their stance on feminism. When asked “Who Calls Themselves a Feminists?”, 61% of men believed they weren’t, and 45% of women chose not to be. When asked “Why Aren’t You a Feminist?” They either said that they did not believe men and women were equal, that feminists were to extreme, that feminists were anti-men, or none of these. For the women, the biggest percentage was for feminism being too extreme; for men, it was between feminism being too extreme, and none of these; and for the percentage of both male and female, 40% said that it was too extreme.

These two articles showed that much of those chosen to participate believed that feminism is “extreme” and “angry”. I think that we need to fully educate those around us to understand that it doesn’t always turn out to be extreme or angry, all we really want is equality. Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anti-men and it seems that many people believe these to be true.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/feminism-project/poll/

https://today.yougov.com/news/2016/02/23/less-than-third-women-feminists/

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50 Comments
  1. Amanpreet 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia, I am excited about your post because it talks about what other people think or view feminism. One thing you said that stands out for me is “…’empowering’ where 70% believed it to be a descriptor, while only 26% believed it was not.” I think this is sad because people see feminism is empowering yet they don’t even have that. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you included what other people think, you put polls in which is amazing.
    Regards,
    Amanpreet Dhillon

  2. Aiden 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am intrigued by your post because it honestly blew my mind that people thought feminism meant anger, outdated, and empowering. People still think feminism is a huge issue. One thing you said that stands out for me is, “The last and final word they chose was “empowering” where 70% believed it to be a descriptor, while only 26% believed it was not.” I think this is interesting that a huge percent believe this. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing your next post because you’re a good writer and this caught my attention.
    Regards,
    Aiden

  3. Payton 3 weeks ago

    One thing you said that stands out for me is ” the first word used was ” angry”, where 43% agreed that it described feminism, while 54% felt it did not define it at all,” i think this is interesting because many people think that feminists are angry and that’s not true, they are just passionate about their topic.
    Regards, Payton

  4. Sam 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am intrigued by your post because I agree that people see feminism as misandry when it’s not. Feminism is equality between sexes. One thing that you said that stands out to me is “being anti-men” I think this is benign because feminism is equality, misandry is the hate for men. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to reading your next piece.
    Regards,
    Samuel Foxworthy

  5. Robert 3 weeks ago

    I am interested by the fact that a poll was included in this article. This type of information is very helpful and also very clever. This shows what words are associated with the word feminism. This article also showed that feminism is still an issue currently and that it hasn’t gone away. One thing that stands out for me is, “Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anti-men…” I think this 100% true because I do believe that feminism is hating men whatsoever.

  6. Jasmine 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I was interested in your post because it was cool that you used statistics from a poll.It was also cool to see that people thought of feminism as an angry movement.One thing you said that stood out to was,”Why aren’t you a feminist… They either said they did not believe men and women were equal…” I was confused by this because what makes men and women so different? Men basically wouldn’t survive without women, they depend on them to do the cooking and cleaning. I look forward to seeing what you write next, I like the facts you used, how well written your post was, and how you were able to prove your point.

    Regards, Jasmine

  7. Sonia 3 weeks ago

    Thank you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I totally agree with how feminism is not about being better than men, its about equality for all genders.

  8. Cindy 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am satisfied with your post because you brought up somethings that people don’t understand or hasn’t been talked about talked about. One thing that you said that stands out for me is: “Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anit-men and it seems that many people believe these to be true”. I think this is important because most people shame feminists based on what they have heard before, like on the media they portray what people want to see (angry feminists).

  9. Samantha 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I was really intrigued with your post because I feel like most people don’t see the good side in feminism they confuse it as a bad thing and misunderstand what feminism really is. One thing you said that stood out for me is that “Feminism is extreme and angry.” I think this is sad because that isn’t what feminism is truly about it is about believing in equal rights. Thanks for sharing your post.

  10. Sara 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am intrigued by your post because it was unclear on your stance of feminism in the beginning due to the lack of explaining your stance on feminism, but your use of stats was good, One thing that you said that stood out to me was, “When asked “Why Aren’t You a Feminist?” They either said that they did not believe men and women were equal, that feminists were to extreme, that feminists were anti-men, or none of these. For the women, the biggest percentage was for feminism being too extreme; for men, it was between feminism being too extreme, and none of these; and for the percentage of both male and female, 40% said that it was too extreme.” I think this interesting because I wonder what makes them believe feminism is too extreme. It’s also interesting to see that people’s responses were; they did not believe men and women were equal, that feminists are too extreme or that feminist were anti-men. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you did a good job at incorporating stats into your point.

  11. Simon 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am interested in your post because of the amount of people that gave their personal feelings on feminism. Many people don’t know the real reason of feminism and what the cause of the movement is for. Woman want to be equal to men whether of how it’s we think on a daily basis or how we handle tough situations. Men some how gave women a title that makes them “fragile” and “weak” when it’s total sexist saying a women can’t perform a specific task. Feminism is supposed to be taken seriously, and is a movement many either support or don’t. One thing you said that stood out was “most of the participants believe that feminism was not only empowering, but also relevent to our times” and that’s the most important part about it. We should give them more power since we lack of it. Maybe soon in the future, feminism wont be taken for granted anymore.
    Regards,
    Simon Seltene

  12. simon seltene 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am interested in your post because of the amount of people that gave their personal feelings on feminism. Many people don’t know the real reason of feminism and what the cause of the movement is for. Woman want to be equal to men whether of how it’s we think on a daily basis or how we handle tough situations. Men some how gave women a title that makes them “fragile” and “weak” when it’s total sexist saying a women can’t perform a specific task. Feminism is supposed to be taken seriously, and is a movement many either support or don’t. One thing you said that stood out was “most of the participants believe that feminism was not only empowering, but also relevent to our times” and that’s the most important part about it. We should give them more power since we lack of it. Maybe soon in the future, feminism wont be taken for granted anymore.
    Regards,
    Simon Seltene

  13. lezly 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am interested in your post because you used legit polls on feminism to support your claim. It’s good to see men’s opinions too, but maybe a little more on the statistics would help see the difference on the percentages. One thing that you said that stands out for me is, “..much of those chosen to participate believed feminism is “extreme and angry”. I think it’s quite melancholy how that’s how 54% of however many people asked, agreed w that statement., Thank you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your opinions are argued well with valid reasoning

  14. Lonnell Tyars 3 weeks ago

    I like how you put the ending because it talks about how we need to educate our young into knowing that feminism isn’t about not liking men or being better but is about equality for each other. One standout point is your evidence. I like how you put the actual percents for your data. I look forward to seeing what you think about the classes next topic because i like how you put your info and discuss both side of the argument.

  15. James 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I after seeing how feminism has a negative representation via media I could understand why you would think this. The media just for ratings really only shows the feminists who as most are called, “feminazis.” This would of course be a major reason why the results of these surveys are the way they are. Media nearly only presents anti men and rise of the women (only).
    Regards, James

  16. Huong 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am satisfied with your post because you used logos in your argument. The use of polls as evidence strengthens your claim and persuades the audience that feminism has lost its original public interpretation. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anti-men and it seems that many people believe these to be true.” I think that this is significant because you are exposing the true meaning of the feminism movement. You are also clearing up misconceptions that surrounds the word and movement. Thanks for sharing you post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because feminism is sensitive subject in today’s society and I want to see how you approach others’ opinions on it. Also, I want to see you using evidence regard feminism within your posts.
    Regards,
    Huong

  17. Sydney 3 weeks ago

    Dead Malia,

    I am intrigued by your essay because you explained that people do not to change the perspective of how a women should be advertise, some also though feminism is not worth the time. One thing you said for me is:
    ” The first word used “angry” where 43% agreed that it describe feminism, while 54% felt it did not define it at all.” Society think feminism is just a word for angry women who envy men. This shows that feminism is still a problem to get society to change because people still thinks its male dominated world.

    Regard, Sydney

  18. Isaiah 3 weeks ago

    I am intrigued by your post because I learned that the wage gap is one of the most widely known issues that relate to sexism. This intrigued me because this isn’t right that women aren’t getting the same respect economically. They can do what men can do if not better.

  19. Taylor 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia, I am satisified with your post because it shows many good evidence and proof of how men and some women think feminism is “extreme” or “angry” when its not close to being that way. When you mentioned 40% being female and men saying it to “extreme”, is it really? When all we want is equality?

  20. Ivy 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,

    I am intrigued by your post because it talks about the people who think about the most extreme versions of feminism which is a huge reason that so many people do not think of themselves as feminists. One thing that you said that stands out for me was “The last word they chose was empowering…” I think this is interesting because I believe that is a very fitting word to describe feminism, not angry , or man hating, just empowering. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you chose a very strong topic and shut down the misconceptions about it which is a bold move.
    Regards, Ivy.

  21. Chloe 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am interested and satisfied with your post because you show the difference of what people view feminism as. It shows the difference of how many men are feminist and how many women are. Your post had solid quotes. I love that you aren’t afraid to be honest and to put yourself out there. Keep up the good work!

    Regards,
    Chloe Cubbison

  22. Jade 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am satisfied with your post because you state facts and have evidence to prove the thinking and opinions that you believe in. One thing you said that stands out to me for me is when you said ” I think that we need to fully educate those around us to understand that it doesn’t always to turn out to be extreme or angry.” I believe this is interesting because some people need to understand that not all “feminist” are angry and take everything to the extreme and out of proportion. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write in the future because you make a very compelling argument and you use factual evidence to make your statements.
    Regards, Jade

  23. cheyenne 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I found your post to be very interesting, this is because it is very true that people see feminism as a form of anger. They also see feminism as being anti-men, I agree that it is not. A lot of feminists are indeed mad, but it is rare for them to act in that way. A lot of people tend to take a woman who is passionate about something, as someone who is angry. A lot of feminists aren’t angry, just passionate; though it seems people seem to mistake one for the other.

  24. Therese 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,

    I am satisfied with your post because it has sufficient evidences that supports and proves your claims. You clearly made your point that people have different perceptions on the word ‘feminism’

    One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men.” I think this is interesting because I have noticed how people portray women as the only feminists because they ‘want to be seen as stronger than men.’ I agree that it is not about domination. It is about equal opportunities and rights. Women are already strong, through feminism changes how the world sees that strength.

    Regards,
    Therese

  25. MiShia 3 weeks ago

    In this article, I was intrigued by how much attention that’s is positive from what males do and how females could do the same and not get as much attention. Feminism is not as big of a deal in the world to the point that 43% are angry 54% feel like its not a big thing. In the article it states that “participants believe that feminism was not only empowering, but also relevant to our times.

  26. Alexandria 3 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am very interested in the topic you’re writing about.We too are writing essays about this topic.

    One thing that stands out is when you say,”it was quite divided when asked whether or not the passion was too harsh and many believed that feminists needed to take it down a notch.” I thought this was interesting because people should not be worried about if they’re “too harsh” they should be worried about giving women equal rights.

    Thanks for sharing your post.I look forward to reading more things from you.

    Regards, Alexandria

  27. Malachi 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am satisfied with your work “it’s a man’s world” because it was very thought out. I liked it because of how much effort was put into it.
    One thing you said that stands out for me is “The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” I think this is intelligent because it pulled my attention to the essay more than before in a strong way. Thanks for sharing your post.
    Regards,
    Malachi Sanchez.

  28. Nealani 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,

    I am intrigued by your opinion because I’d say feminism does have angry followers but that anger is what fuels feminist to continue to fight for equality. I am angry because whether I’m more or equally as hard working as my male peers I’ll be seen as less because I’m a woman, that pushes me to succeed and prove I’m more. One thing you said that stood out to me was “I think we need to fully educate those around us to understand that it doesn’t always turn out to be extreme or angry, all we really want is equality.” because I agree with you, feminism isn’t an angry movement but it stems from anger, anger of not being seen as equal.

  29. Jiovanni 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,

    I am very satisfied with your article about feminism because it sounds like you asked for people’s opinion of feminism. You state very good evidence about the polls casted votes on what people really think. One thing you said that stood out to me was “all we want is equality. Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anti-men. I think this is very agree-able because it seems as if you want nothing but peace. & i understand that equality will make peace. Your article reminds me of when i wanted world peace. No one would listen due to my age. It’s hard for a lot of people to understand especially about world peace. It would not really happen but that’s what i wanted.Thank you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, your topics are very interesting. Also you use very good word choice and nice explanation.

    Regards,

    Jiovanni Valdez

  30. Jennifer 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am intrigued by your post because not only did you contribute multiple views on how feminism may be portrayed from back then to now but you were not biased about the topic either.
    One thing that you said that stands out for me is: “The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” I think this is an intelligent definition of feminism because many people would define it as a group women who hate men.
    Thank you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because, there were a lot of good points made here.
    Regards,
    Jennifer Lopez

  31. Dometrius Porter 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,

    I am interested in your post because it showed me what people really think about feminism. I used to think feminism was to extreme and angry too. It’s what I was taught as a child. One thing you said that stands out for me is “These two articles showed that much of those chosen to participate believed that feminism is ‘extreme’ and ‘angry’.” I think this is interesting because I think its funny how many people thought that feminism was too extreme and angry. Especially since some of the the people chosen were women. Thank you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write in the future, because you have great thoughts.

    Regards,
    Dometrius Porter

  32. Kaitlyn 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am intrigued by your post because of how you used an event to base your decision/own mindset about feminism. The way you used evidence from the polls taken in the past to compare two different types people’s opinion on feminism was helpful. Something that you said that stood out to me was, “Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anti-men and it seems that many people believe these to be true.” This statement stood out to me because I agree with it in the sense that many people believe feminists motive it to get rid of men and hate men, but in reality they just want to be seen as equal to a man.

  33. essencetiane15 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia, I am interested in your post because you’re sharing why you believe it’s a mans world. You’re sharing out what you know and what you believe is true. Your post reminds me of of something that happened to me. One time I was about boys with a friend and my dad told me I was not allowed to have a boyfriend, but my brothers were, and to me that was not fair. I think that it should be equal , if someone likes it or not. Girls are just as equal as boys. As I get older I still do not think that is fair and do not understand why that is. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because others to read and think hard on this. People need to have a different look on society and understand how girls feel, so your post is good, I like it.
    ~Regards ,
    Ajanai H.

  34. Emily 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am satisfied with your post because it brings up the issues surrounding feminism, Many people when they hear the word “feminism” they think if the extreme feminist. Not all feminist are this extremist but are just peaceful protesters who want equality for all.
    One thing that you said that stood out to me is: “These two articles showed that much of the chosen to participate believed that feminism is “extreme” and “angry”. I think it is upsetting that the word feminism and the entire movement have been tainted by the extremist. It is sad to know that all these people could help in the fight are being driven away because of how the media is portraying feminism.

  35. Nyelle 4 weeks ago

    i am intrigued with your post because you told me a lot of facts. you told me a lot of people’s opinions on feminism. i feel like you should’ve used different word to describe it to other people because majority of them agreed to the bad parts, and of course men are going to agree that they because they’ll say they not .

  36. Andrew 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,

    I agree with a lot of what you said in the last paragraph. I actually wrote an essay about feminism and pointed out similar problems with the way people view feminism. It is misrepresented and people need to learn what it actually mean.

    Something that stood out to me was the fact you actually did research on polls and what people said.

    Sincerely, Andrew

  37. Ariel 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am interested in your article because it talks about feminism and there view about it.Another reason that it gives me another perspective of how feminism is viewed.One thing you said that stands out for me it “The first word was “angry.” where 43% agreed that it described Feminism,while 54% felt it did not define it at all.”I think this is interesting because people use words to describe a gender, but everyone gets angry, it doesn’t mean its feminism.Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me.One time I was seeing the comments on a basketball team that was all females.This reminded me that there are people in society,that don’t care about female rights.Another reason is people believe that feminism is “extreme” and “angry.”Thanks for sharing your post.I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to know about how feminism has nothing to do with with being better than a man or being anti-men and it seems that many people belive this is true.
    Regards,Ariel

  38. Zulema 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am intrigued and fascinated by this article because feminism is not a competition of being better than a man nor being anti-man, wanting equal rights is not “angry” or “extreme” it’s just the fact people don’t find it relevant, if it came down to skin color and the equal rights given to this issue the reactions and polls would be different.

  39. Paola 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia, your title was sort of misleading but I am happy w what I read. I feel like people need to see the good side of feminism because far too often it’s the bad side that represents feminism. It’s also sad to see that such big percentages of people have a negative understanding of what it is to be a feminist.

  40. Firan 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malila,
    One thing you said thatstands out for me is: “i think that we need to fully educate those aroundus to understand that it doesn’t always turn out to be exterme or angry, all we really want is equality.” I think this is interesting because some people in the world dont know what the actual definition of feminism, they just go by the things they hear. Educating the world will give people more knowledge about this issue and hopefully make a change to it.
    Regards, Firan.

    • Paola 4 weeks ago

      yes firan, i totally agree with your comment here

  41. Zaire 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I really liked your post because you tried to keep it neutral so that you don’t offend either side. As well you backed up everything that you said with data and that is important when trying to prove a point.
    -Zaire

  42. Jessica 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am interested by your article, “It’s a Man’s world”, because I was only able to understand your viewpoint when I reached the end. While reading, it seemed as if it was only going to be an objective article considering the only ideas written were facts and statistics. One thing that stands out to me is: “I think that we need to fully educate those around us to understand that it doesn’t always turn out to be extreme or angry…”. I think it is confusing because throughout the text, there was no opinion. With all the facts, it almost appeared that you were going to be against feminism rather than for. Putting your claim at the beginning would have clarified your perspective more. Overall, I appreciated the article and think your piece was good. 🙂
    Regards, Jessica F

  43. Sami 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am interested in your post because I want to see how other women/ people view feminism as . I am interested in how someones view can be similar or different to my view. One thing that stands out for me is : ” The last and final word they chose was “empowering ” , which 70% believed it to be a descriptor , while 26% believed it was not . This showed that most of the participants believe feminism was not only empowering , but also relevant to our times . ” I think this is interesting because it shows how most people view feminism as just based on a poll. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next , because I want to see more of your opinion on feminism .
    Regards , Sami P

  44. Kamren 4 weeks ago

    Dear malia,
    i am excited about your post because you bought up some intresting facts and it shocked me how the numbers look like that and that men say feminism id to extreme and that women and men aren’t equal. one thing that stood out to me is your quote when they asked “why aren’t you a feminst” and people said that its either men and women aren’t equal or its to extreme and i think its sad because everyone should be equal and not different in our world
    Regards,kamren

  45. Noah 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I am appreciative about your honesty on what what feminism is truly and fundamentally. “The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” This is intelligent because it defends what feminism is.
    Regards,
    Noah

  46. Karina 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia ,
    I am satisfied with your post because the way you talked about the article that asked men and females what they thought about the 3 words showing how men and women reacted to it. Not only that, but how you explained how people see feminism. One thing you said that stands out to me is when you said,”These two articles showed that much of those chosen to participate believed that feminism is “extreme” and “angry.” I think this is interesting because feminism is a woman standing up for her rights but people have different definitions that aren’t really close to the real definition.
    Regards,
    Karina Marilu Tasejo Galdamez

  47. Jadakiss 4 weeks ago

    Dear malia,
    i am intrigued by your article because it gives stats about not only just one gender but for both .one thing that stood out to me is when you stated that 45% of women choose not to be a feminist and when the article said that some women believe that women and men are not equal because it was a bigger percentage then i thought it would be and that some women still think that they are unequal to men and are okay with it

  48. RIcky 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia, I am interested by your article because it matches what I think about feminism. One thing you said that interested me was “I think we need to fully educate those.” This is almost an insult towards non-feminist , which suggest that you yourself are an angry feminist; ultimately contradicting your whole argument.

  49. Shelby 4 weeks ago

    Dear Malia,
    I appreciate your honesty and upbringing of your post because you practically said what has never been spoken before. What a large percentage of the population doesn’t understand is where feminism comes from. The media chooses to portray the angry, men-hating feminists, but not the peaceful protests that actually care for the equality of men and women. I like when you said, “The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” I loved this specific quote because it is so brutally true. Majority of people believe that feminism is this complicated movement that requires so much. In reality, the goal is simple; to no longer be inferior to the male species, but not superior. We just want equality among the people in general.
    Regards, Shelby

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