It would be generally good for the world if there was more feminists.
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We are using Google's definition of feminism.
Anyways, the first thing I quickly want to point out is that many people seem to prefer the term "humanist" or "equalist" to "feminist". I myself am one of these people, but since we are using Google's definition which is:
Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.
This means that feminists fight for equality. So although I prefer those terms I will be using feminist in this debate.
Now, on to why I believe it would be generally good for the world if there was more feminists. I'm going to break this into three parts since that makes it easier to follow. Also the term "world" also refers to society, not really the actual stone planet.
1. First world gender equality
Although this may not be true for all first world countries I believe that they do not have that much inequality to go on about. In most first world countries men and women are both equal in their problems being gender stereotyping and sexism both ways. In some first world countries it seems that men are being the ones oppressed, though. All in all, though, sexism is not institutionalized and it does not weigh too heavily to one gender.
2. Third world gender equality
Here, although its is not all rainbows and sunshine for men, it is mostly women that are oppressed. Especially in war torn countries like Afghanistan or Iraq. Here we see the oppression of women actually being institutionalized. We also see certain religions portraying women as "inferior" than men. In first world a lot of these religions are present, but they are regulated and do not really affect other citizens. In many third world countries, though, these religions (Islam for example) are taken very seriously and cause problems for third world women more than men. I don't believe my opponent will be able to factually base any argument against the fact that women are treated worse than men in a lot of less developed third world countries.
3. "Radical Feminists"
There are also certain "feminists" (*cough* Anita Sarkeesian *cough*) who make silly arguments portraying first world women as the "victims" and going on about how hard it is, seemingly forgetting about women being physically abused in other third world countries as they are speaking. "Feminists" like these are not what feminism is about. They are most of the time privileged women who moan about first world problems for women completely forgetting about men's problems. I know many people will say that it is true "feminism", but since we are using Google's definition of feminism for the sake of this argument that is not what it is.
Although first world countries have gender inequality problems, third world countries have got it a lot worse. I think we need more real feminists who will go out and raise awareness about things like that and help those people. We also need feminists to point out that in first world men are sometimes the more oppressed ones. Real feminists may also be able to help first world teenage girls since right now (speaking as one myself) we are getting a mixed message that ranges from "Be strong and hate men and pink" to "Become a housewife or else".
We need more people willing to sort these issues out and fight for true equality.
Note: I just want to add that although I like the term "equalist" better than "feminist" I don't understand why we make such a big deal about it. I mean women were the ones oppressed and it is when they stood up that people began to really think about gender equality. I mean we refer to humans as "mankind" all the time. Why should we change a word like "feminism"?
Thank you for reading my argument!
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And to my opponent: Hope, you're okay and the reason you could not reply is nothing serious.
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