Right off the bat, let me clear something up – feminism is not women over men. Most people seem to have this concoction. Nothing could be further from the truth. Feminism is equality of sexes. Not women over men, not men over women. Feminists want equality.
The general view on this is that women are oppressed, and women get the worse end of everything. I’m going to prove this wrong.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not against women. All I’m saying is, in some cases, men get the worse end too.
We Should All be Feminists
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Today, there is more awareness on this topic than ever before. There are campaigns all around the world being planned and executed to try and bring this vision to a reality. But things don’t seem to be going so well. Over 60% of India’s population resides in rural areas, where backward believes reign. Girls are denied a proper education, and instead, are ‘taught’ how to run a house and manage a family.
Women are taught that they should be careful when they go out – especially at night – and that they should dress appropriately. They shouldn’t wear ‘tantalizing’ clothes, and that if they do, it’s their fault if they get raped. Why aren’t men taught to respect women, instead of teaching women to be careful?
Women are also subject to objectification, something that seldom happens to men. Besides the outright exploitation of their body and figure, they are objectified in other, less body oriented, but bad nonetheless, circumstances. Adverts relating to household products, more often than not, feature a mother, or some other woman. Why not the male, or the whole family?
A while back, a post went viral on social media. It read,
She’s someone’s sister/mother/daughter/wife
It didn’t take long for the internet to correct this image and get the corrected version circulating the cyberspace:
Why does a woman need to be tied in with someone else, in order to have any value? Why can’t she be worth something without being affiliated with another?
Around the world, women still earn 70% less than men for the same job. Why? They are considered inferior. They are considered weak – both physically, and mentally.
This article I wrote about juvenile shows how discriminatory the process is. The offender’s gender is taken into account.
But the federal offences don’t end there. In April 2012, ABC news reported that “a male employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is suing the agency for gender discrimination, claiming that a physical fitness test to become an FBI agent is biased against men.”
Ventura Corporation, a wholesaler of beauty products, was sued by the EEOC for discriminating against men. The company refused to hire men as sales reps.
Men are also more likey to be jailed for longer, for the same crime. Prof. Sonja Starr looked at federal criminal sentencing, she found that men received, on average, 63% longer sentences than women for the same crimes, and women were twice as likely to not even be jailed when convicted. Gives a whole new meaning to,
Men commit the most crimes.
But nowhere does it state that men should face harsher punishments.
Death due to duty tends to occur with men a lot more than with women. No law states that women can only work in cushion-y, air conditioned offices, with a comfortable seat and proper ammenities, or that only men are to work in dangerous factories, coal mines, etc. But the reality is that very few women work in any occupation that will lead to death, while lots of men do.
Why don’t women ask for quotas in these kinds of jobs the way they do with large corperates like Google, Amazon, or the film industry?
And so you have it. It’s not just women being discriminated against, it’s women too – in more ways than you think. Really, we should all be feminists. (Tweet that. You read the entire article, why not?)
For evidence, go here