Feminism and Humanism : What's the difference?

by B.Matthews on Février 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.

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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.