The level of sexism women face everyday is simply appalling. Trust me, I am one. But I’m not writing this to complain. I just want to show you, why certain movements will change our world for better. Feminist campaigns are becoming viral nowadays. The negative side of this is that those movements are becoming a ‘trendy’ thing. More and more people are claiming themselves to be feminists only because their Instagram gurus are doing the same.
According to Cambridge Dictionary, feminism is:
the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state.
So next time some senseless woman tells you, – “I’m not a feminist, because I like men” – you’ll know what to answer. And remind her that hatred toward men is called misandry, and is something no one should ever practice. In reality, true feminism never been a principle against men, but a battle against stereotypes formed in completely different time compared to the world we are living now.
Feminist movements started in the 19th century. One of the most important goals at the time was to give women the right to vote. And the famous suffragette movement was born out of that. The ladies who stood up for that sacrificed a lot: their positions in society, their wealth,their family lives and sometimes even their life. When this painful battle started to bring results, women started to demand for other things that would give them equal value as men. As a result, nowadays, women can reach unimaginable heights compared to their grandmothers. But those were just first steps. The work is far from over. It painful to think that to this day women have to prove their worthiness.
Amidst all that noise that activists are creating now, it easy to form an illusion that they’re only bothered about global issues. For example, why there are very few female leaders in the world? Or why there is no a single country in the world where women earn as much as men? These questions are really relevant, but that’s just a tip of the iceberg.
That continuous fight is, and will go on for all those girls, who are forced to get married instead of going to school, for women who feel ashamed after being sexually harassed, for wives who get beaten by their loved ones; for mothers who will be raising an unwanted child; for a housewife that gave up her career dreams; for a little girl who is growing up with a thought that the quality of her life will be defined by her attractiveness and for every single female who has already given up to a male-dominated reality.
Those are actual problems that require immediate solution. If more than half of the world’s population is unhappy about something, we’re going to feel it in every aspect of our lives. There is absolutely no point in criticizing and ignoring feminism. Instead, we need to cooperate. Giving women power on paper was an inevitable act. The real issue is changing the way people think about female population. In the end the problem lies in our brains (as always).