How are you (yes, I am talking to the people who are reading, oh wait there aren’t any HAHA) so today, might be a little serious a little preachy, a little essay-typey but it’s a topic that is very close to my heart, feminism. So lesss gooo
Let me start by saying that feminism is not what A LOT of people think it is. It is DEFINITELY not the idea that women are greater than or superior to men. It is not about superiority at all, actually, as Marie Shear has said “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.”
Social media (yes, I am looking at you, tumblr) has made feminism seem like some man-hating movement which it is not. Feminism is not even all about women, it is actually equality for all races, castes, genders etc. It is simply believing that all people are equal.
Many people believe that feminism is not needed now. Sure thing, back in those days, it was much worse. Women were made to stay at home, forced to marry, they were even considered ‘impure’ in some parts of the world, it may not be as prominent now, but patriarchy is still there.
In villages, women who give birth to girls are being looked down upon, daughters are being murdered, young girls are not being provided with education and I could really keep going on… Just because we fail to see it, it does not mean it’s not there.
“In most parts of the world when a girl is born, her wings are clipped and she is not able to fly” -Ziauddin Yousafzai
(Go me, for just throwing a nice quote there, out of the purple)
I can already hear the arguments that are going to come, ‘This is all happening in parts of this world that are not even properly developed yet, how do you expect them to know?’ Sexism is not only there, take the gender pay gap for instance.
“The gender pay gap is the average difference between a man’s and a woman’s remuneration.”
And the pay gap had been made illegal in 1963 because of the equal pay act, however, there is still a difference. The gender pay gap (globally) is between 4.8% even after it has been made illegal.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in 2013, female full-time workers had median weekly earnings of $706, compared to men’s median weekly earnings of $860. Women aged 35 years and older earned 74 to 80% of the earnings of their male counterparts.
And this is in the United States of America, most of America knows about sexism…
However, it is important to know that it’s not only women who are being victimized. Society pouncing at men for showing emotion because that is not ‘manly’ is victimization. Men are expected to be ‘the strong ones’ and have at times been society’s punching bag.
Feminists are people (notice how I don’t say women) who stand up for their rights as well as for others’,and are strong believers that equality is deserved by all. Regardless of your race, gender, sexuality, caste etc.
Even if you are not keen on becoming a feminist, I implore you, stand up and get yourself heard. I request you don’t let society define you, don’t let society tell you where you stand, don’t let society treat you the way it pleases and don’t let society bully you into silence, because every word has consequences and every silence does too.
So here’s to strong women, strong men, strong people, may we encourage them, may we know them, may we be them and may we raise them.
Other amazing posts about feminism and/or equality
1. Lonelymemes: dear homophobes
2. Tanisha’s : what is feminism
And that is what I have for you! I am sorry for the lack of gifs in this but I didn’t feel the need to put them in!
Let me know how you liked this and comment your opinion!
Thank you so much for reading! I will see you next on the 16th of September (EXAMS UGHHH)