Sometimes I hear people, even some women, say “I don’t think I’m a feminist” and it takes everything in me not to take them by the shoulders and shake some sense into them. I think that recently we have seen media strew the word “feminist” into meaning “man hater” which is just not true. Feminism is simply wanting equal opportunities and treatment for women and men. You might be thinking “well shouldn’t you call yourself an ‘egalitarian’ or something, then?” Well to actually obtain equality, we need to be increasing the opportunities for women, not just finding a happy medium between the gap that already exists. This makes it feminism.
Many of the arguments I hear against feminism include the idea that they don’t personally see women being treated as less than men. Now, I am THRILLED that you and/or the women in your life are getting the treatment they deserve as humans, but that does not mean that women elsewhere are not suffering. Last April the White House released a document about the Gender Pay Gap that explained that the average woman working a full time job received 78% as much compensation as her male counterpart. For those of you who don’t like to think in terms of percentages, women earn $0.78 for every $1.00 a man makes. That statistic alone should make you want to be a feminist. But that statistic is just for the US. In other countries women are facing much, much worse conditions, and feminism is for them too. Women need to support other women. Men need to support other women (#HeForShe am I right??).
Another argument I hear from women who think they aren’t feminists is that the feminist movement doesn’t support their choice to start a family and stay home with them. Wrong again! As long as you are choosing this for yourself, and no one is forcing it onto you, that’s perfectly okay- encouraged even (go you!). The issue here arrises when your husband, your community or your peers tell you that your only value as a woman is to push out babies. News flash, you’re worth so much more than just your uterus. You have value in your thoughts, your opinions, your humor, your smile, your intelligence and your work. Why women’s values seem to be less than men’s will never make sense, and that’s why we need feminism.
Now here’s a video of some of my fave celebs rapping about gender equality, enjoy!