WHO NEEDS FEMINISM?




Feminism, by definition, is all about the advocacy of women's rights. That's something that most people, whether they agree with it or not, are aware of. Many people, men especially, choose to disregard feminism because of this definition, suggesting that they don't want to involve themselves in a movement which places women above men. Why should women see themselves as superior to men? Honestly, if you're asking yourself this question, then you're missing the point completely. Yes, feminism is about the advocacy of women's rights, but it is more about a right to be equal than a right to make men inferior.

The main problem many people seem to have with feminism is its name. Despite the fact that all through society words are tinged with masculinity (see: workman, policeman, chairman, mankind), the idea of femininity being attached to the feminist movement makes many men hesitant to associate themselves with it. In reality, feminism is simply equality. The two go hand in hand, and this works in the favour of both genders. If you think that women deserve everything that men deserve, you are a feminist. If you think that men deserve everything that women deserve, you are a feminist.

Society has so many rules so deeply rooted into it which are continually perceived as normal. Although women's rights have come unbelievably far in the last 100 years, equality between the two sexes has still in no way been reached. Women are still behind men in many aspects of society, with women typically earning 90% of what men earn until they reach the age of thirty and an even more significant gap appearing after this due to the assumptions surrounding maternity leave. Where men are seen as well rounded individuals if they are both a father and a worker, women with children are shrugged off as being less able. 70% of people working in minimum wage jobs are women. Only three countries in the world have more female bosses in large corporations than male ones. Women are also underrepresented in politics, film and the media, with only 23% of reporters for national newspapers being female, and only 24% of news subjects. It shouldn't seem unusual that we're still fighting for equality. Women make up half of the population, perform 66% of the worlds work, produce 50% of the food, but earn 10% of the income and own 1% of the property. But youre right. Women have it great these days. Whats left to fight for?

From a very young age, males and females are encouraged to embody certain characteristics based on their perceived genders. Girls are expected to be quiet, tidy, nurturing, shy and emotional, while boys are encouraged to embrace their masculinity, be boisterous, aggressive and competitive. Gender roles are increasingly detrimental. The stereotypical view of all women as natural care givers hinders and lowers their status in the workplace, helping to cement inequality in this environment. However, with statistics showing that suicide rates are four times higher among men than women, the idea that a man should be strong and tough is just as damaging as female gender roles. These expectations imposed upon both girls and boys are capable of causing so much pain and suffering, yet are continually enforced. In order to strip away these strict gender roles that have become so dangerous for boys, gender equality is also something that men should be paying attention to. As Emma Watson has suggested in her HeForShe campaign, it is in a mans favour to become an ally in the fight for gender equality.

Feminism is a movement made by women, for women, but it's beliefs and practices are beneficial to both genders. It is not only women who need feminism, but men too, and it is in all of our best interests to embrace it. In order to strip away gender norms and create a level of equality for both sexes, feminism is necessary. Regardless of gender, every person deserves the exact same opportunities in life, and their physical sex should not in any way hinder this. As Aziz Ansari suggests, "You're a feminist if you go to a Jay Z and Beyonce concert and you're not like, hmm I feel like Beyonce should be making 23% less money than Jay Z here."

Who needs feminism? We all do.

4 comments :

  1. This is the best post I've read all day! I hate the misconceptions that feminism has and you have written about them so wonderfully. I hope that people read this and take away the true meaning of what it is to be a feminist!
    Maisie xx
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    1. Thank you Maisie, so glad you enjoyed it! It's definitely a subject which receives a lot of negativity purely because people don't fully understand it!xx

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  2. This is amazing Lauren! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk about something so important xoxo

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    1. Thank you Kitty! So glad it gets your approval!xx

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