Why Feminism Matters
There has always been something that bothered me about the sense of entitlement that many people have; particularly when that entitlement affects others. I’ve noticed in Vietnam, much like I’ve noticed in Canada, Ethiopia, and India and as others have probably noticed in many other countries, that many men say women and men are equal, and then act differently. Because of this feminism matters.
Every day after I work I walk roughly 10 minutes to a bus stop; on this walk I usually pass by a police officer who has said hi to me every day for a few weeks. This week, he forcibly pulled me to closer and told me that he wanted to have sex with me and seemed genuinely shocked when I said no. I have the power to say no, every woman has the power to say no, but not every woman is heard. Sexual assault and sexual abuse from people in authority positions or not happen all too frequently and the vast majority of victims are women. Because of this feminism matters.
In the workplace (in multiple countries) I have heard men openly discuss which female coworkers they find ‘hottest’ and assume that they are paying a compliment. They have no regard for how this can make the workplace uncomfortable, how it’s a display of power, or how sexualizing women undermines their professional ability and professional achievements. It shows that all they value is an hourglass figure, or a pretty face, or appearance and devalues anything else that those women have accomplished. Because of this feminism matters.
Yet despite this, feminism is ignored, criticized, and vehemently fought against. Do these people even know what feminism means? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines feminism as ‘the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.’ Feminism aims for equality, human rights for all, and it does not call for women or men to be treated differently – it calls for all people to be treated the same, regardless of who they are or what their gender is.
Feminism is not a radical or irrational thought, it is not a dirty word; it is common sense and it matters.
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