Gender Equality

Hey Guys:

How are you? I’m good thank you, although it’s a little bit early for a Saturday… 05:30 to be precise. I’m here with my cat, who keeps waking up, meowing and then promptly drifting back off to sleep… Ah bless.

I want to talk about gender equality, feminism, and ideas relating to them. It’s a sensitive topic which I’m having to write with care, to prevent any backlash.

Feminism, to me, is the idea of equal rights for women and girls, creating gender equality. Feminism is the idea that women should have equal pay, equal rights and an equal place within modern-day society. And yet, after so many years of feminism, why have we STILL not achieved gender equality? Why is the feminism movement still necessary?

Personally, I feel that some [I dare not say most, but I mean most] boys and men feel threatened by femanism.
There, I said it.
I think that men feel that their rights, their authority and their power is threatened by women and girls. Boys feel that they are the dominant sex, because that’s what their fathers have taught them, and their Fathers’ fathers before them. And so the idea of femanism – this scary movement of women who want equal rights for all – suddenly threatens this male dominance, which is frightening. It’s frightening because it’s different, and we as humans are very much stuck in the past.

I don’t see it as scary. Everyone deserves equal rights, regardless, quite frankly, of their hormone balance. Why does an uncontrollable biological difference divide our race so brutally? What is so different between a son and a daughter? Every day, we see women in positions where they can demonstrate their intelligence, and that in itself is something we can be proud of, because 100 years ago, there would never be a woman in any kind of power.

In the 2016 US Presidential Elections, there is a woman, Hilary Clinton, running for president, and she’s the leading candidate as I understand it. That is something that, as a race, we can be proud of, because things have developed and improved in the last century alone. But, across the globe, there are millions of people – millions Of men and boys – who will write hateful, cruel things about Clinton. They will say that she’s “just a woman”, a powerless, incapable woman.
These are the men who are bringing down femanism. It’s not because feminists aren’t trying hard enough, because I think we can all say that that is most certainly not the case. Instead, it’s the woman-haters, as I shall refer to them, who are using the power of social media to spread a socially wrong message.

Maybe it’s the word femanism – the fact that it is so female. Maybe, secretly, more men and boys are femanists, but feel demasculated by claiming this label. Perhaps they feel that they’d be ridiculed not only by fellow men with opposing, more traditional masculine views, but by other women, who would say that a male’s involvement in the femanism campaign is just another example of men wanting power and dominance.
I feel that there will never be gender equality until all men, women, boys and girls can stand together and openly say: “I believe in gender equality”, in all societies, all cultures and all countries across the world. There are countries today – and not just third World countries – who have nowhere near as many rights for women as, for example, we do in the UK, or in the US. Until that happens, we’ll continue living without gender equality: women will have unequal pay, unequal rights and an unequal place in modern-day society.
And that is sad.

Personally, I’ve always labelled myself as a femanist. I believe that women should have equal rights to men, no questions asked, no exceptions. But, for the sake of trying to get other men and boys involved in femanism, I’m going to say this: “I believe in gender equality”. As I said, I think many males are frightened of the word femanism, and so gender equality is less feminine.

I believe in gender equality, and I hope you do too.

L XX

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22 thoughts on “Gender Equality

  1. You know, this actually makes sense. I’ve often wondered why many boys who I know are so against feminism, and I’ve thought of this as a possibility, but… you know. Women accusing [I don’t mean accusing per se… just can’t find the right word] men of having this idea and men actually admitting these feelings have quite a different ring to them, if you know what I mean.

    Again, I’m not speaking as an overexcited and obsessive-compulsive feminist, but thank you so much for writing this. 🙂 It’s only when people like you — men, if I may, and boys — speak their views on the subject that true equality can be achieved.

    (Sorry for the overlong comment lol XD )

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      1. I’m glad. Because if ever girls tried to talk to boys, even gently, about sensitive stuff like this, they’d immediately get on the defensive, even the nicest of them. I just wish more guys would express their feelings this way. But there, I’m repeating myself. 😛

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  2. I think you’re right about guys being kind of scared of the word feminist, because it makes it sound like something that mostly women support. I really hope more men can see how this concerns all of us. Great post!

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  3. I totally agree that perhaps men see feminism as a threat to their dominance, whether it is intentional or not. To me, feminism isn’t only about women but about promoting gender equality and just equality in general and it is perfectly acceptable for men to want to be a part of that. 🙂

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  4. I don’t like how people think all feminists hate men and think women are better than men. I don’t, I think everyone is equal and should be addressed equal. I’m a feminist but I hate it when people judge me for it.

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  5. Too true, well said. To be honest, it’s quite offensive that some boys and men in society are learning and believing that females are weak. Gender equality is a hope that every person should hold dear, but instead, people only care about dominating others, and that’s what brings about corruption. There are anti-feminists all over the world, and it will be a while, with a very slim chance, for the whole world to accept gender equality, which is truly disappointing.

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