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Feminism is not the opposite of machismo

Feminism is not the opposite of machismo

It is very common to see people believing that feminism is the opposite of machismo. I even receive a lot of questions and postures in this respect from both men and women of different ages and cultures who often confuse the terms and end up relying on superficial or misguided ideas or ideas.

I always say that it is necessary to seek to know more, to study more about it and then to understand what each term says and means, because so much will surely become clearer. It is even important to do this independently whether you are for it or not, the point here is only to clarify the confusion so common around this subject and that end up generating more conflicts, taboos and resistances. And this happens both on the part of men and women, is deceived and many people think that men are the most resist, because there are many, but many women who ends up being the great cause of confusion, exaggeration and misconception on the subject.


is a historical, religious, cultural and hierarchical system (it is enough to read in the history books of humanity) that is based on the regime patriarchal. This regime says that the social environment in the world was (and still is) separated from: what is feminine, this is for women, and what is masculine, that is, for men. Machismo is the refusal of equality rights and duties and the term exists because in the history of mankind we know that men were exalted and regarded as superior to women solely by their gender. Meanwhile, women were limited, subdued and repressed in their existence. In machismo there are patterns to follow, it does not mean just being male or male, you have to act, speak and preach sexist ideals that in general involve many acts and intense movements of repudiation, contempt and aggression, not only with women but also with men themselves. That is to say, men who do not act in that certain way end up being harassed and even excluded by men and even by sexist women.

Therefore, being a man does not mean being macho and that this is very clear.

. of machismo is not feminism , as many believe, but rather femism

. Pay attention to the words and terms: machismo and femism, the same basis of terms, just changing the genres. Femism preaches and dictates the superiority of the woman over the man. It seeks to say and create an idea that men are inferior, are dangerous and a risk to society and that women must deny them, exclude them and despise them, as they do not possess the feminine abilities and qualities. In this case, everything that is feminine is exalted and placed as superior to masculine, doing exactly the opposite point with machismo. Also preaching and dictating rules and commandments of what it is like to be a woman, for example not depilating, makeup and etc ... and end up despising and being pejorative with women who do not follow such rules and as with machismo, have aggressive orders of repudiation and hate against the other gender. Machismo and femism are exactly the same thing, just changing the side defense of genres. They are systems that preach superiority over the other gender and exclude the possibility of equality and respect. And what is feminism then?


is not a system or social regime, but yes

a social, political and philosophical movement that raises the possibility of equality between the genres . If one is extolling the feminine over the masculine, this person is a feminist who is the same as a macho and not a feminist. Feminism does not at any time speak about the superiority of women over men, speaks only about equality and chances of the same social, professional and political opportunities, in the freedom to come and go, to wear clothes without prejudice and fears, to be single or married at their own option, to be entitled to equal wages, opportunities to higher positions without maternity being a impedance and so many other searches. In recent centuries many women's movements have been gaining strength and thanks to them we have been able to conquer many things like: the right to divorce, vows, work and other diverse choices. But whoever thinks that women and men already live on equality is deceiving. To do this, just look at the streets, read newspapers, watch news, films, novels and realize how women are still sexualized and unable to come and go as they want, when they want to travel alone, they should hear "sung" and should have as purpose of life to be mother above your profession and have the happiness of the family above your wishes. There is still a lot to be done and so the movement remains and grows. So why is the movement called feminism and not humanism or egalitarianism?

The term feminism arose in France and by a man, around the years 1800, to be able to talk about the movements of women who were in search of their rights. And yes, the prefix "Fem" of feminism comes from Femme / Feminine. But since its inception, the movement has always had as its main motive the deconstruction of the macho discourse rooted in global society and nowadays also against the feminist system and seeks to make people aware of the possibility of equality and common respect between genders. Using the prefix "fem" is not to say that women are more than men. The term really stands out in its name for the feminine, that is, precisely because women were (and are) the cause of the movement, because they were and are targets of exclusion, harassment and devaluation against societies that always understood men as superiors. It is a movement that must show the importance, the competence and the capacity of the woman, who until then and without this movement was always erased and despised, by men and women. The femme needs to appear in order to have the chance to exist.

Indeed, the implication with the feminine term is already a great show that machismo still reigns in society. Why does it bother you so much? (Remembering that there is a difference between femism and feminism, do not confuse). It is always worth emphasizing that there have been many feminist men for a long time in society and this does not mean that they are less men or find women more than men, they only understand the great need to give space, respect and equality to women that has not yet happened. > There are also Humanist or Equalitarian movements, which seek to carry forward the idea of ​​human equality

, regardless of gender, race and culture. And this movement also still generates a lot of confusion, despite good intentions. For there are still those who understand that to be equal is to be standardized and excludes that we are different. Let's remember here: we are different by genres, races and cultures, but this does not have to be a problem, in fact this is humanism, it is to live with the differences of each being in an egalitarian way, with respect and space for everyone to be who they are and

Humanism, egalitarianism and feminism go hand in hand, in fact we can even say that they are ramifications of the same idea: the search for respect and equality among human beings.

But feminism speaks more clearly of this gender score, so if you say yourself humanist or egalitarian, you too are a feminist, there is no way to separate


And probably if men and women ever live in equality and respect for existence, it is possible that the term feminism is only in history as a point that has been conquered by humanism and this term is then the term used for movements from there on. Will we get there? I confess I still have not the slightest idea! For now, it is good to understand the importance of feminism as a possibility for a healthier and more equitable society.

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