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Feminism is detrimental to gender equality

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Started: 10/20/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."
It is because I agree with Dame Rebecca West, author of this quote, that we negate today"s resolution
For the purpose of clarification I offer the following definitions:
Feminism: any person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of all genders; regardless of race, ethnicity, class, religion, ability, and sexual orientation.
Gender Equality: the state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender.
Detrimental: to cause harm.
Misandrist: a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against men.
Misogyny: dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.

We would like to also state some of our observations about this resolution.
Our first observation is that the resolution states nothing about the belief of men OVER women, only the notion of feminism (Equality as opposed to complete domination of one gender).
Our second observation is that the ideal of feminism is not by any means fulfilled as proved by current laws and various personal views on women and their roles in the world.
Our third and final observation is that the resolution doesn"t refer in any way to only America but to the world in general. While in America we may be close to equal (In a lawful sense of the word) in other countries females are virtually sex slaves used for male entertainment and pleasure.
The value for today"s round revolves mainly around equality, which is defined as the state of being equal, especially in status, rights and opportunities. However, we feel that there many layers to this resolution and that another value that the resolution references would be dignity, which is defined as the ethics which make us human as opposed to slaves. In many countries (SUCH AS".) woman don't simply not have dignity, but are not ALLOWED to have dignity. Furthermore, in these locations women are viewed far lower than men, much less equal. They are not given the opportunities women in America are given, and are used for men's entertainment and pleasure, with or without the individual woman's consent.
The criterion for today"s round is by bringing equality to lawful and moral norms. We need to be teaching young boys that it"s ok to show an emotion other than anger. We need to be teaching young girls that they can want to do things other than raise a family. We need to be raising boys and girls the same way. And we need the laws to make sure that when a women is raped she didn"t "ask for it". That when a man is abused he isn"t "weak". The basic social normalities that we are raised on teach us that a boy can"t cry, and that a girl is only there for a man"s entertainment. These traditions need to change in order for us as a people to become a truly just society.

Contention 1: Unequal pay.
Women get on average 76 cents for every dollar a man makes. Even though there are many laws against this, the major loophole that many institutions use is that "if the employer feels that the male is "more qualified" they can pay him more".
Only 10 out of 50 states do not have tax on tampons and pads because according to the government they are a "luxury" and an "unneeded item"
This proves that sexism is still prominent and needs to be revised. The ideal of feminism will help fix these issues.

Contention 2: U33; women are raped. U31; are abused in some form. There are 12 girls in this class so who is it going to be? Which one of us will lose our virginity unwillingly? On the flip side 87% of men admit to raping someone at least once, 30% of which were in high school (we checked this with multiple reliable sources which we have cited if you would like to view them in your CX) Around 10% of these men are brought to court and only 3% are actually convicted and jailed. Whereas only 2% are falsely accused. These are only female stats (1/33 men are sexually assaulted) and it is estimated that only half of rapes are actually reported. Also 96.4% of rape accusations are true. The issue is that we teach girls to cover themselves and to protect themselves, we teach them shame for just being born a girl but we don"t teach guys to control themselves.
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Contention 3: Our final contention states that gender is essentially a social construct. Not only are females degraded by society but males are also brought down by these so called "morals". Have you ever seen a little boy crying because he was hurt and the father ignore them and say something along the lines of "Man up?" Men are told that they can"t show emotion. This displays the fact that we need feminism. Not only for girls but for guys as well. Everyone benefits from feminism no matter what the root word of the name is. Roughly 40 percent of the victims of severe physical violence are men (CDC).

For these reasons I negate.
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