Feminism is the advocacy against dominance hierarchies that have overshadowed global culture throughout history. Fundamentally, it has been (and will probably remain) at the forefront of most civil liberties reform.
Sadly, the idea behind feminism is often misunderstood. Women’s Rights News explains that ‘feminism is not the belief that one gender should be raised in power above another. The very definition of feminism shows a complete opposition to this belief. So when people comment against feminism, they are supporting sexism.’ Another way to put it – feminism is all about gender equality.
Feminist movements have constantly campaigned and continue to campaign for women's rights, including the right to vote, to hold public office, to work, to earn fair wages, to own property, to receive education, to have equal rights within marriage, and to have maternity leave.
The causes that feminist movements are a tall order. Some people’s passions lean toward supporting its caues. And one way they achieve this is through blogging, acknowledging the very notion that these two are intimately intertwined.
With the increasing popularity of blogs, they have become effective platforms in reaching a global audience. Hence, it makes sense that blogs should be adapted in order to improve the way people think and act more positively about feminism. The good news is that across the world, people use blogs as a venue to share experiences, to increase awareness and understanding, and to offer comfort and support. It is comforting to know that feminism blogs are now being given recognition similar to that of the mainstream blogging niche.
It might sound surprising to most people but there is a psychology behind blogging. An emerging subfield in psychology that focuses on the application of psychological principles and research in order to optimise the benefits that readers can derive from consuming blogs is known as blog psychology. A published article in the Psychreg Journal of Psychology explored the theoretical underpinnings of blog psychology such as readers’ perception, cognition, and humanistic components in regards to their experience of reading blogs.
Despite the popularity of blogs, its psychology is still in its infancy. However, as a blog psychologist, I think that there is a huge potential to this emerging subfield towards contributing to the discipline of psychology. Indeed, with the continued popularity of blogs, it is crucial that a specialised discipline be developed to encompass all forms of internet-mediated communication, specifically in blogs, such as the use, design, and its impact on mental health and well-being of its readers.
Conversations about feminism, mental health, and well-being play a vital role in helping people feel better about themselves. Blogging gives people a chance to create these conversations. It allows people to feel more connected to the world outside their home through the internet.
I will talk more on the emerging field of blog psychology and how it can benefit causes such as feminist movements during the upcoming International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education (ICPCE 2018) which will be held in the Philippines from the 3rd to the 5th of August 2018.
Dennis Relojo is the Founder of Psychreg and is also the Editor-in-Chief of Psychreg Journal of Psychology. Aside from PJP, he sits on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals, and is a Commissioning Editor for the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. A Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Dennis holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. His research interest lies in the intersection of psychology and blogging. You can connect with him through Twitter @DennisRelojo and his website.