Feminism and Humanism : What's the difference?

by B.Matthews on February 4, 2017 - 2:48pm

Feminism and Humanism: What’s the difference?

 

Equal rights, self-determination, and integrity are all forms of rights feminists prove to highlight, but just how is this possible if society is so against regulating all of these controversies? Many people may have never thought about the similarities that go hand-in-hand between two terms that everyone is familiar about; humanism and feminism.  

 

One would say feminism and humanism relatively have the same meaning; however, these two terms are significantly different. Feminism is defined as illustrating the encouragement of women’s privileges to the norm of equality between all sexes. Whereas humanists extensively believe in understanding how the world operates through the scientific method. This article states, the lack of research done to further explain how both feminists and humanists are important to each other. “The suffragette movement in both the UK and the USA” was to illustrate the protection of male privileges by sacred grounds we call, church. The article states a claim suggesting that god created women to always be inferior to men, and to show that it will never change. The BHA also known as the British Humanist Association and other dynamic humanist institutes are campaigning around the world in hopes to revoke the superiority of male privileges over women’s rights. What is the difference between humanists and feminists? Humanists are the type of people to criticize the ban against abortion because they view it as a form of beliefs that all non- religious people share, whereas feminists view abortion is fundamentally important for gender equality, and the right to chose what they do with their bodies. Even though feminism and humanism isn’t defined as the same, their moral values are quite similar. Both of these aspects view human autonomy as important to one living a good life in society. As a result, humanists view abortion, to respect someone’s beliefs; however, they also view it as regarding to one’s true identity. Correspondingly, feminists inquire both male and female rights with the aptitude of seeking individuality.

In conclusion, the only difference between humanism and feminism is the belief that god doesn’t and or never has existed. Thus, illustrating the similarities between these two terms – they both believe in equality, independence and justice.

Primary source:

http://humanistlife.org.uk/2015/03/07/why-humanism-and-feminism-go-hand-in-hand/

Other source(s):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/mother/for_1.shtml

https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanism-today/humanists-talking/humanist-discussion-on-abortion/

Comments

You chose a really interesting topic who differs from the other topics posted on this website lately. A lot of people talk about Trump lately, but you took another choice and it was a good one. I never really knew much about humanism and it was interesting to know more about it.

I also feel many people don't really understand the purpose of Feminism anymore and I was happy to see someone chose and wrote about an article that understood what Feminism really meant. I am a feminist and a lot of people believe Feminism is about women being superior to men, because of the Radical Feminism. Women who promote Radical Feminism often make it in the big news instead of regular feminists since they have more controversial words. Feminism is not about being superior to men, but equal rights just like stated in your article.

I actually think a lot of women are feminist since it is natural for women to want to have equal rights, but because of today's complex about Feminism, some of us are too afraid to claim they are. I don't deny the existence of women who really don't promote equality.

I remember when someone recorded a feminist removing anti-feminism posters and the recorder was harassing the girl. The person recording was following the feminist, purposely trying to provoke her by saying feminism is cancer. This shows how many young people don't honestly understand what Feminism is about. In the end, the feminist recorded stayed calm and simply continued her task of removing the posters, not answering to the non-sense from the girl recording.

Your post helped me understand better what Humanism is and just like how people should try to understand Feminism better. It was a bit confusing at the beginning, I was not sure if Humanism was about men supremacy or not and if they did believe in god or not. I had to read a few times and the primary source as well to understand they do not promote men supremacy at all and honestly believe in scientific method. The confusing sentence was “Humanists are the type of people to criticize the ban against abortion because they view it as a form of beliefs that all non- religious people share [...]". Otherwise, it was great.

Link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFUrIVPhM84
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Truthfully and honestly, I really thought there was a difference between feminism and humanism. I thought there was more to both wanting the world to be equal, whether it is women being equal to men or just humans sharing the same equality. Reading this article helped me better understand that there isn't much difference.

Reading this article, the philosophical approach used to write this article was from a Utilitarianism approach. Utilitarianism because the outcome of an action outweighs the action taken to get the outcome. Like you mentioned in your piece, both feminists and humanists both want equality, justice and independence, these are all outcome. It was a good approach for understanding the article.

I also feel a virtue ethics approach would have been another good way to go about this topic. Virtue ethics deals with what you should be and not what you should do, it deals with being a virtuous person and any virtuous person would want the same justice and equality for everyone else. You are not obliged to want equality, independence and justice for everyone else, but instead you wake up every morning wanting to make sure everyone has those.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this article and your sources were very helpful.

Considering I have a general knowledge on this topic, I can agree with your arguments raised. Feminism and humanism are indeed different in relation to their ideologies and motives. Although, they are similar in a sense that they both encourage human evolution in the best of ways. It is considered to be a controversial topic because many people have opposing views on the comparison of these two worldviews. I for one agree that both have different concentrations because one is dealing with just woman and the other focuses on self improvement as a whole.

Considering I have a general knowledge on this topic, I can agree with your arguments raised. Feminism and humanism are indeed different in relation to their ideologies and motives. Although, they are similar in a sense that they both encourage human evolution in the best of ways. It is considered to be a controversial topic because many people have opposing views on the comparison of these two worldviews. I for one agree that both have different concentrations because one is dealing with just woman and the other focuses on self improvement as a whole.

Firstly, I gotta say your topic is a really nice choice because feminism is one of the top subjects in 2017 and your article basically resumed my way of thinking concerning the topic. Great job on the article.

It is absolutely true; as you mentioned in your text, that feminism is similar to humanism since they have the same objectives I would personally say that feminism is a part of humanism. In fact, humanism promotes all kind of equality, freedom and human rights including the rights of women. In that sense, I would say that feminism is integrant part of what humanism is. Humanism is the mixture of all the movements that works for the individual freedom and rights. Therefore, the civil right movement, feminism, religious freedom movement and all other pacifist movements could be considered humanistic.

This article is brilliantly explaining the readers about the difference between Feminism and Humanism. This post is demonstrating the contrasting differences between Humanism and Feminism. I feel that somewhere or the other if we say that humanism is better than feminism, then we are wrong. There is a strong need for separate movement for women, and that is where feminism plays a big role. Feminism acknowledges the fact that equality and empowerment for women are as important as they are for men. A separate movement does not mean that feminists believe women are superior. But it is necessary because women are generally the underprivileged sex. Feminism recognizes that women are less privileged than men in today’s world, it does not say that women deserve more rights because they are superior to men. The basic idea of feminism is that all the sexes should have equal rights. Some people argue that feminism should be replaced by humanism just because humanism sounds less offensive.

A key concept that will perfectly elaborate my argument is Intersectionality.
Intersectionality describes how different systems of inequality, discrimination, or oppression – such as racism, sexism, or homophobia – overlap and reinforce one another.
Intersectionality is a concept often used in critical theories to describe the ways in which oppressive institutions (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, etc.) are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another.[1]

According to me, feminism and humanism, are battling with a problem of intersectionality because in someway or the other they are related to each other in terms of the goals they are trying to achieve.

Link-http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10572435/Intersectional-fem...
[1]"Intersectionality." Geek Feminism Wiki. Web. 05 Apr. 2017. .

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I'm Brianne, this is my final semester at Champlain College and I am currently studying social science: education option. On my past time, I enjoy learning musical instruments, and practicing the ones that I currently study.