FYI: This article is a work in progress. Right now, it’s very link-heavy and I haven’t properly found my voice for it (like I have with many other posts), but this is important to me, and I wanted to include it on here.
Feminism is something rather complicated to explain, since often it’s very unique to each individual who experiences it, and identifies with it. At it’s core, feminism is the belief that all genders are equal and deserve equal treatment. Period. This single issue has so many aspects and so many things associated with it, that it becomes difficult to summarize in a single post, but I’m going to attempt to do that. Here we go:
This article goes into depth why women need feminism. At the end of the day, feminists care about women. Feminism is a gentleman’s thing. It’s OK to be an imperfect feminist. Often times people fall down and need to be reminded to get back up again, just like when we were infants learning how to walk. The concept of “women against feminism” scares me. But I don’t judge people for their choices and beliefs. That’s part of what makes me an ally to whoever needs it. Often, when someone is being misogynistic, they tend to have homophobic and racist beliefs as well. Here’s an example.
I saw the following on Tumblr and it really struck a chord with me:
“My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
– Libby Anne (via newwavenova)
Feminist issues I fight for:
There are many aspects to feminism and being a feminist. This article begins the discussion on what feminism hopes to change for the better in the world.
Being Treated With Respect
Broadly speaking, women aren’t treated with the same respect that men are treated with. I’ll start with the example of the harassment that takes place on OkCupid. Sometimes it’s obvious disrespect, other times it’s more subtle. Furthermore, there is the “Madonna-Whore Complex” thing that needs to be broken down.
Defeating Rape Culture
In the workforce, women are less represented and paid roughly three-quarters of what men are paid.
Here’s one example of under-representation of women in the tech workforce.
Here’s an example of the gender wage gap.
The most mainstream issue in women’s healthcare is abortion, though women face other hurdles in getting proper treatment. Body image & acceptance, and reproductive rights are also problems today.
Women have complex and interesting sexual dynamics. The issue is that society needs to recognize that, and allow women to learn about themselves.
This is a good news piece about a woman who is running workshops for women.
In short, feminism is a complex subject, with many aspects and it’s constantly evolving. But at the end of the day, it’s something I believe in.