Why I Am A Feminist

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All feminists share a common goal: to achieve the social, economic and political equality of the sexes. Being a feminist is simple actually. All it entails is believing in gender equality and act on injustice.

I’m a feminist because when I told this guy that I was a feminist, he tugged on my pant leg to see if my legs were hairy.

I’m a feminist because one fourth of women in our society are sexually assaulted and after, the topic of what she was wearing always seems to creep its way up.

I’m a feminist because people think harassment and cat-calling is an acceptable way to compliment someone.

I’m a feminist because we are taught from the beginning that burping and sitting with our knees too far apart is “unladylike.”

I’m a feminist because the idea that women are on this earth solely to reproduce and satisfy a man is still being subconsciously knocked into our heads.

I’m a feminist because my male cousin got a motorized car for Christmas and his sister got a “Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep, and Mop” set.

I’m a feminist because of that sneaky little pay gap that gives men more money for doing the exact same job as women.

I’m a feminist because only five percent of mainstream movies in 2013 starred a leading woman of color.

I’m a feminist because in Saudi Arabia, women only just recently got the right to vote but they still can not drive.

I’m a feminist because the political body that makes decisions about women’s health is eighty percent male.

Feminism is one of those topics that makes people really uncomfortable, like racism. Because people know that there is a problem to fix, but they ignore it and use the media to do everything in their power to undermine the problem. In this case, that problem is gender equality.

First, they deny that gender inequality exists. Then they paint feminists out to be these hairy, angry, man-hating stereotypes. They show the extremists to give people a preconceived image of what a feminist is.

This is because of this negative image, people may have feminist views but they do not want to identify with the label of a feminist because they do not want to be associated with those stereotypes.

“If you still hate the word, it is not the word that is important,” Emma Watson said. “It is the idea and the ambition behind it.”

Feminists are not these stereotypes. Just like race, gender and sexuality, a stereotype does not define the person.

Feminists do not hate men. Feminists hate the sexism that is often carried out by men and women alike.

“Guys get offended because we benefit from sexism, we are used to being validated by women, so when a woman challenges our view of the world it’s easy to take it personally.”

Men need feminism as well. The father’s roles in a family is valued less than the mother’s even though both parents are equally needed.

In the United Kingdom, suicide is the biggest killer of men between the ages of 20 to 49, next to vehicle accidents, cancer and heart disease. Too many men are afraid to ask for help with their mental illnesses, because mental illness is viewed as weak, womanly and less than a man.

You don’t normally think of men also being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but they are. Eliminating male gender roles also eliminates women’s gender roles naturally.

“If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t be compelled to be submissive,” Watson said. “If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.”

By calling yourself a feminist, you are joining forces with the women and men throughout history who fought to get us where we are today. Whether you call yourself a feminist or not, men and women alike share the need for gender equality.

One last reason why I’m a feminist, is because I know that some people would take this more seriously if this was written by a man.

Some information courtesy of Laci Green’s Youtube Channel

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