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If you believe in gender equality, you’re a feminist: Tanmay Bhat’s viral rant on feminism

"If you believe men and women should have equal rights, that makes you a feminist. That's it. There's nothing else."

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 21, 2016 2:37:54 pm
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Over time, feminism has acquired different meanings. In fact, another word has been added to the vocabulary. They call it Feminazis, a term that’s used for ‘radical feminists’. But why complicate things? Feminism just means advocating for women’s rights on the grounds of equality between both the sexes.

Tanmay Bhat, comedian with the Indian comedy collective All India Bakchod, posted a video on Facebook explaining what he thinks feminism is all about and who feminists really are. He says it pains him when people portray feminists as those who constantly whine.

“If you believe men and women should have equal rights, that makes you a feminist. That’s it. There’s nothing else,” he says in the video.

He also points out “another argument” that calls for “real feminists” who talk about “real issues” like “infanticide and dowry”. Bhat says people like that should acknowledge the fact that feminists who talk about “sexism in movies” and “wage gap” are not talking superficial and it’s an important part of the discussion.


The video has gone viral with nearly 1000 shares and over 90,000 views. Not that he didn’t anticipate hate comments, many have sided with his point of view but many have denounced it as well.

“Same way, just because I share certain beliefs with ‘feminists’ doesn’t mean that I automatically am one, or would like to be identified as one. While I agree that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities, I disagree on a lot of other fronts like wage-gap, parental leave, democratic representation and so on. Feminism starts at equal rights and opportunities, but it doesn’t end there,” read a comment on the thread.

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