- Stoicism already includes feminism but feminism doesn’t necessarily include Stoicism. The ancient Stoics were similar to Plato in believing that women were just as equal to men in the ability to use reason and be virtuous. Stoicism is a big tent philosophy that include feminism and many other elements. Feminists aren’t always Stoics though. Stoicism is larger in scope than feminism.
- Feminism mainly cares about power relationships between men and women. Stoicism believes that the only thing in your power is your own opinions, desires, and goals, and everything else is indifferent. But Stoicism does care about the virtue justice which means caring about a whole host of issues like wealth inequality, gender inequality, the environment, economic greed, and mental health issues.
- Feminism has several waves. 1st through 4th through I don’t know what but Stoicism is just Stoicism and always has been. You don’t have to be a 3rd wave Stoic, you’re just a Stoic. Being a Stoic means you believe in virtue as the end goal, which amazingly leads to eudaimonia. And that’s that. It’s easier to be a Stoic.
- While it’s good to be a feminist now (depending on your definition), it’s always good to be a Stoic (which is much more easily defined). Stoicism is timeless and ahistorical. It doesn’t depend on the history of the patriarchy and the historical changing dynamics of powers of one sex or gender over the other. Stoicism is always about being virtuous which means helping the downtrodden no matter who they are or who they will be in the future.
- To be a proper academic Stoic you don’t need any college, you just need books by three main writers, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca. To be an academic feminist though, you need a 4 year degree in feminism and gender studies and that can be quite expensive, you also need to know a whole host of writers (way more than 3) to comprehend feminism and be well versed in it. Stoicism requires very little cognitive investment.