Monday, 25 May 2015

Why I Am A Feminist

I do not own this photo.

Let's just clear a few things up. The official definition of 'Feminism' is ''The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes'', you hear that? EQUALITY OF THE SEXES. The word 'feminism' has been sadly tainted by the perception that feminists believe that women are better than men and are often shamed as 'man haters'. This is a completely misconstrued idea that does not represent the true meaning of feminism. For the record, men can be feminists too and I want to use this opportunity to share with you a few of my reasons, as to why I am a feminist.  

I am a feminist because...

1. 1 in 4 women get sexually assaulted and the response is ''But what was she wearing?'' News flash! it doesn't matter what she was wearing.  

2. Women are sexualised in all aspects of the media because 'sex sells' but breast feed in public and you should be ashamed of yourself! 

3. Men occupy the top ranks of every industry in the world.

4. We should have 'gender equality' NOT 'gender roles' duh. 

5. Legally a man cannot be raped by a woman (wtf?)

6.  In Nigeria, violence "by a husband for the purpose of correcting his wife" is just fine.

7. In China hundreds of baby girls are aborted or abandoned because families want boys. There are now 30 million more men than women in China. 

8.  Men suffering from mental illness can be too ashamed to ask for help, in fear that it will make them 'less of a man'

9. Women in Saudi Arabia still can't vote or drive.

10. In the playground, as a boy, comments like 'you throw like a girl' are the worst insults. Really? Infusing the idea that the worst thing you can be called is a 'girl' is not ok. 

11. In the UK, on average, 2 women a week are killed by a violent partner or ex. 

12. The worst swear word is 'C**t' meaning vagina. 

13. Men only get 2 weeks paternity leave.

14. 78% of suicides are men.

15. Both men and women should feel free to be strong or sensitive.

16. Strong women are 'bossy' strong men are 'respected'.

17. In India legally a man cannot rape his wife. 

18. In Yemen hundreds of young girls are married off to older men without choice. Some of these girls can be as young as 8 years old. 

19. Men should be able to wear whatever they want without fear of abuse. This includes so called 'female items' like dresses, nail polish and make-up.

20.  Men are commended for having sex with lots of women whilst woman are slut shamed.

21. No country in the world can say they've achieved full gender equality.

22. Wearing a strappy top in the work place (even on a scorching hot day) is 'distracting' and 'attention seeking'. Sorry I didn't realise bare shoulders had such an effect. 

23. Why should I shave every inch of my body and wear a bra every day?

24. The saying 'man up' implies the strongest sex is male. 

25. Men and women are not paid equally, even if they are doing the same job.

26. Hundreds of girls across the globe are denied the opportunity to have an education. 

28. Cat calling/ wolf whistling is socially acceptable and something women just have to put up with. 

29. Genital mutilation. 

30. More people would listen if a man wrote this. 


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