Feminism will always needed because even with laws to protect women, men have remained rapists and supporters of the hierarchy. Without feminism men will continue to think it is acceptable to rape women because this is what they are taught at birth.
As long as men are raised this way, feminism will be needed as well as anti-racism and LGBT advocates.
Any argument that liberation movement are no longer relevant is ridiculous. Even in an ideal world without discrimination liberation movements are still so useful, to ensure that this idealism does not slip.
However, this is not the case! Women are paid less than men, fewer than 10% of rape cases result in a conviction and the word 'woman' is used as an insult. Is my case not clear enough?
I assume that anyone who voted in any other way self-defines as a misogynist.
Feminism is not (and never has been) about female superiority or taking away the rights of men. Its about EQUALITY. Its not just about voting rights or getting jobs. Its about the way women are treated in everyday life. When GENDER itself is no longer a detriment to someone's ability to do something (i.E. Females can't handle leadership) then feminism will no longer be needed.
When women are no longer blamed for being raped, or automatically expected to want children, or actively discouraged from traditionally male fields (math, science, politics, etc) then feminism will no longer be needed. When women are treated the exact same way man would be in ANY situation, then feminism will no longer be needed.
And FYI, if you're someone who thinks feminism isn't necessary or that women have true equality, then you are part of the problem.
Feminism will be relevant for as long as there is inequality in this WORLD, not just in America. Fact of the matter is equality is far from being reached, that is obvious. Women in sports, the workplace, wages, opportunities, overall expectations ect. Women's worth is put into their appearance and body image other than their accomplishments.
Women still make less than men, on average, in every career field. Violence towards women gets worse with each passing day. The greatest insult to any man is to claim he is somehow effeminate. Prejudices against gay men are primarily so strong, because gay men are perceived as effeminate, or less than a man. It is still the ultimate goal to be as masculine as possible. Men are not the only ones that are culpable. Women are just as guilty of using the word "girly" as an insult to men. Feminism will always be relevant, especially when we still have so far to go.
Many believe that women have won the fight for equality. But in reality, women still earn about eighty percent of a man in the same position. A politician recently remarked that it was due to women being uneducated. The fact, however, is that women populate the vast majority of universities, especially grad schools. Women still have a lot to fight for, and feminism probably will never be irrelevant.
Feminism will always be relevant. For as long as men get paid more money than women. For as long as I provoke catcalls by wearing a skirt. For as long as my male cousins agree with the statement that women sometimes provoke rape. For as long as my male classmates think I'm crazy when I'm say I'm a feminist.
Feminism is a stance of empowerment for everyone. In a world where women still earn 77 on the dollar in comparison to men, it is of extreme importance that the feminist movement live on. There is still much work to be done as patriarchy dominates so many aspects of our society.
Yes, we have come a long way over the years in the form of woman’s rights, but this is not the end of the journey. We are super quick to jump on the wagon and say everything is o.K. That our world is equal and fair, but it still isn't. Currently it is women who make up 70% of the world’s poor population, and that isn't a coincidence. Due to the woman who are successful, who are standing up in parliament and speaking their opinions, we as a population tend to tarnish everyone with the same brush, that all woman have that same opportunity.
People who say woman don't deserve to be treated right have just disrespected 51% of our world’s population. How dare someone say woman don't 'deserve' to be treated equally, how dare you say that it's men who are not shown equal rights because woman are targeted more because of their looks! Woman are constantly, yes constantly being judged by their appearance, their weight, the colour of their hair. Yes it is extremely shallow and quite frankly shows how we live in a chauvinistic world.
I agree that sometimes woman are given certain privileges if they’re ‘pretty, but what would you like her to do? Not make an effort, not take pride in herself?
There are woman who are beaten because they are a woman. There are woman who are ignored because they are a woman. In some cases there are even woman who are killed because they are a woman. What would you like them to do? Change gender?
Men should put themselves into women’s shoes, quite literally. IF men thought about what it felt like to be a woman they’d think twice about ‘dissing’ feminism. Walking down the street they are verbally assault about their appearance. My 16 year old sister has had men come up and slap her bum because they thought they had the right! The things which women do for men are ridiculous.
This may seem petty, and considering I haven’t even started to mention the woman in poorer countries who aren’t allowed to drive, or the woman who are forbidden for getting an education. Any man who is told that they can’t drive, that they can’t have an education would be mad. So why should woman not be allowed to?
I don’t think there are sides to this, there aren’t those that believe in feminism and those who don’t. I just think there are those who have experienced or witnessed it, and those who haven’t yet or are blind to it.
I am not some middle aged, men hating, lonely lady sitting at home ranting. I believe that the world is improving, that more and more woman are given the freedom to express themselves. However I do get irritated at people who deny the facts and what they see every single day.
In places like the Middle East, India, and Africa, women still don't have basic rights that all humans should be entitled to. I would think outside these places, as in places in the first world, don't need feminism as much seeing as how men and women have equal rights here. I absolutely think feminism is a necessary in places that I listed above.
Women have too many rights as it is - the right to vote (which most of them don't), the right to drive (which was obviously a bad decision), and the right to be employed under affirmative action. Next they are going to want to be president. Feminism is a bunch of nonsense.
It's about as equal as things can get. I don't believe any more should be given to women until they can show that they deserve it.
I see plenty of women complain about there being under-representation of women in politics, but I also noticed how under-represented they are in the street cleaning industry but I hear no complaints about that.
Women want equality...but only the good parts of it. (See how the Minister for women and equalities reacted when the car insurance prices for women was finally brought up to the same level as men).
Personally, I don't think feminism was a movement that should ever have formed, women should not be in any positions of power simply because I don't believe they are capable of handling it.
For the record, I have never had bad experiences with women. I have a loving mother and sister, what I said is based from simple logic and fact. Can't argue with that...though I'm sure "butthurt" feminists will try.
Its clearly irrelevant at this point in time. I mean what can't a woman do that a man can other than stand while peeing. Now turn that question backwards, What can't a man that a woman can?
Women get favor in everything, everytime I turn on the TV, something being advertised for women. Look at it this way, my friend was once grabbed in the crotch by this girl, he didn't say anything (surprise, right?) When he tried to grab her breast all of a sudden all hell broke loose. After explaining the situation, she fessed up about doing it. We both wondered, why can't he touch your breast? She says because I'm a Girl. Oh, ok. What no.
How about the Girls who take advantage of the no hitting rule? Who will always get in your face, and constantly be on you like your the scum of the earth? Happens to me in algebra sometimes, I get really close, but I don't hit her. I just completely deflect her everytime she tries to hit me. What about the girl's that fool you into getting them things, and then trick you later leaving you?
I cannot believe you still think women cannot have the same opportunities as men! My mom is single, and she has been the Principle of over 4 schools, she provided well for us and I am very grateful to her. She has had the same education chance as any male! Paid less, get out with that crap, at one point in time she was making more than my Uncle who was also a Principle, IN THE SAME SCHOOL DISTRICT!
Your upset about the negative image of women in the media? Girls that get raped? Or the way women get depicted?
NEWSFLASH, women who are strippers, CHOOSE to be that. Granted, it may be a last resort, but you know that something else happened that involved that, and it IS NOT ALWAYS A MAN'S FAULT.
Women in media are PAID to do those things and act that way TV, they are actors. Those ladies, chose to be depicted that way since they are on there! If they really didn't want to be on TV that way, THEY WOULDN'T DO IT!! Take that media argument up with the actors that do it.
Rape, is something that no one can really ever stop. Its like trying to stop a 2 yr old from crying. They are always going to do it, its going to happen. What you could do is to stop yelling at all men. Even though I am not fully grown, I have never done anything like that to a girl. The worst I've done is maybe felt her hair without permission.
The abortion thing I do agree with though. Won't even argue there.
If your fighting for women's rights in other countries you take it up with them. I just don't wanna get yelled at for something that hardly ever occurs here in the States anymore.
Feminists say that that the average working woman doesn't make enough money, and that is due to the fact that a good portion of women don't work as hard as most men! Employers have to give women workers 9 or more months of maternity leave, and still leave the position they had in that job open so they can get it back. And don't get me started on how the law greatly benefits woman, in most cases who gets custody of the children, Women. Who gets alimony when a couple gets divorced, Women. Who I ask, acts sneaky and pokes holes in condoms to get pregnant and charge the male/shemale(because they are technically dudes) of rape or makes them pay child support... Women
Women have the same rights as men. I do not see women being discriminated against anywhere. Women already have equal rights so it is irrelavent.
Feminism is no longer relevant in America because, while it helped women gain equal rights to men in our country, those rights are now standard. Women now can choose careers and motherhood without condemnation from the business world and society. Women now get equal education and business opportunities as men and even run some of America's top businesses. While feminism was needed many decades ago, its goal has been accomplished.
Modern feminists have never seen real oppression and don't even know what equality means. It's just a whole lot of whining and misandry at this point. They got their rights while managing to escape certain responsibilities (e.G. Selective service). They're in many ways the preferred gender, especially in divorces and domestic violence cases. They still cling to concepts like chivalry, "never hit a woman", etc. Without holding themselves to the same standards.
Firstly, the main problem with feminism and the social sciences in general, is that they are characterized by a distinct lack scientific evidence and proof and, instead, they heavily rely on theoretical basis that may or may not find an accurate reflection in what really happens in reality.
What I mean by that is that feminism not only ignores but downright denies the impact of BIOLOGICAL effect on gender and race even if there are many studies to prove them wrong.
Instead, they interpret the various social phenomena based on their own experiences and ideologies.
The fact that such a scientifically inaccurate movement has thrived in the academic space makes wonder: Why has the patriarchy allowed this? Does the patriarchy really exist?
So if feminism does not rely on science to reinforce its positions, then what does it rely on?
Feminism is no longer just about gender equality (if it ever was).
It has expanded to race,class, age, religion etc with the same feeling of self righteousness and bitterness it had when it started. However, if this kind of suspicion was once a strength of feminism, now it is its weakness.
The need of feminism to constantly find enemies has led it to deplecity and ideological narrowness.
It is no longer about truth but advancing an ideological agenda which is not powered by cold hard evidence but theorems and opinions as well as clearly biased interpretations of reality.
On another note, feminists claim that feminism is about equality.
That is not really the case.
Feminism, as long as gender is concerned, is about granting more privilege to women. A noble cause, since women are known to be oppressed throughout history.
But does it end there?
In areas where women are underprivileged, supporting and giving them more power will indeed lead to equality and is something that is greatly needed but also majorly achieved in most countries of western culture.
However, in areas where women are not underprivileged or even equally privileged, doing so causes just another imbalance which immediately leads to discrimination, this time against males.
The kind of one sided and absolute view of oppression is distinct in feminism and not only in gender:
The opinion that if a specific group is in average more privileged than another, that means that members of the same group CANNOT be oppressed or treated unfairly by the latter is quite popular with feminists, especially in the academic space.
They demonise masculinity and have come up with the term "hegemonic masulinity" to reinforce this idea.
Since feminism has never ACTED in support of underprivileged straight, white males against overprivileged females in cases where male discrimination is a really serious and prevalent, this alone tells me that feminism is really, really far from egalitarian.
These three reasons (lost of focus, bias and scientific neglect) is why feminism isn't only irrelevant but also harmful to the western culture.
According to a recent pewresearch.Org poll the average American female is inferior at understanding the world. (http://www.Pewresearch.Org/quiz/science-knowledge/) --you must take the pole to see the results. The pole shows that females lack, comparatively to their male counterparts, the ability to understand science and the world around us. In some form or another they should be stripped of some rights. Women need to be barred from holding position of power(congress). They have poor decision making skills and should not be able to vote or own property. I'm extremely disappointed in how we have made it to this point. Feminism has only harmed us.
Women are clearly not as intelligent as men. Women should only exist to serve the sexual needs of men and to look after children. This is what biology intended for women and it is ridiculous of feminists to argue with centuries of biological fact. Feminism is a joke. Everybody knows this.