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You know, I think it’s not the fact that so many say we don’t need feminism, that really disappoints me every time, but it’s the simple notion that (a sadly large amount) of men don’t believe in equality. Now, if you ask a man, in say…a poll this question: Do you think all people are equal”, I bet that the vast majority would say yes…without a doubt. However, when asked if they identified as a feminist, they would deny the idea as a silly inclination, saying only women can be feminists, almost…offended, to hear the word “feminism” as if it were some radical idea. I don’t know…I guess it’s just so disappointing that by this age, as much as we have accomplished, there is still a long way to go.
So, why do we need feminism?
Because in every occupational field, women are still being payed much less than men…for the same labor.
Because although women make up half of the worlds population, only 20% of the Congress represents us.
Because, feminism encourages a woman to be in control of her own life, make her own choices: whether it’s the workforce or homemaking: because it recognized a woman’s power to do both.
Because 70% of women in the U.S. workforce are mothers, and yet we have no national paid leave child care policy. The U.S is the only major industrialized nation without paid family leave. Why is this?
Because, worldwide, more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century.
Because feminism encourages you-not as a woman-but as a human being-to look and behave in a way you feel comfortable. To not be restricted in a stereotype.
Because the stereotype is causing women to form unhealthy ideals they think they should meet, only because the media portrays them as ” not good enough”
Because in only about four minutes, 100 women will be victims of domestic violence.
Because in only the last five years, more girls were killed than all men in all wars combined…simply because they were women.
Because women in all countries should have the freedom to pursue an education, and not be threatened with violence for doing so.
Because patriarchy is alive an in our society today…it’s everywhere.
Because women should be respected and not treated as a man’s property…like giving up your last name in marriage. First your fathers, then husbands property…now does that seem right?
Because we don’t want to lose our rights we worked so hard to finally receive.
Because women with dreams and ambitions should not be looked down upon as simply a hopeless dreamer.
Because we shouldn’t feel obligated to achieve a certain beauty standard, men don’t have to worry about.
Because only 29% of women identify as a feminist: now explain to me: how are we subordinate to men? Really?
Because people have a negative image the media portrays of feminists as man-hating and masculine-looking: there is no “look”
Because when a woman is a victim of rape, she is seen as the one at fault. That they…should have been more careful.
Because our society is leaving a bleak future for women in generations to come.
Because why should we allow our gender to determine our futures?
This is why I need feminism. Why women all over the world need feminism. How about you? Feel free to comment below.
It’s 2015: It’s time we realize gender equality.