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Session: Why Feminism Is Still Important In 21st Century

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Friday April 24 2020 20:12:12

Surf spot: Tobay beach, United States of America



In the 21st century, where all women have the right to vote and where 47% of the labor force is made up of women, a lot of men and women believe the struggle for gender equality was won but they could not be further from the truth. The intention of this essay on feminism is to concentrate on problems such as the sexualization of young women, domestic violence against men, the gender pay gap, birth control, and also the school playground, to address feminism remains a useful and essential lens by which to watch and review the world.

Many consider feminism a woman's problem, a struggle to be fought with bra burners and placard holders however a lot of people forget the simple fact that feminism is a fight to be fought for children who are socialised to a patriarchal society. From a young age, women are educated to understand their bodies aren't just bodies, but sensual entities which ought to be hidden away. This can be viewed through the abhorrent sexualisation of young women, that are sent home from college for revealing prepubescent knee caps and shoulders. This sexualisation dilemma is partly caused by the omnipresence of ideas relayed by mass media and pornography, which contributes women as young as nine that frequently have not started their first period and haven't left primary school to ask their GP for decorative vaginal reconstructive operation. They wish to change their own bodies from such a young age because they despise their genital appearance, which does not match unrealistic expectations put forth by the media and broader society (The Independent, 2017). This demonstrates the objectification of girls is an all too real and undeniable issue, and in a universe where real children are requesting cosmetic vaginal surgery to feel prettier and worthier we need feminism.

Many reasons offered for the struggle for gender equality focuses on the plight of women within a patriarchal system, but what about guys? Within a patriarchal society, men are taught that they must be strong and assertive breadwinners. But this patriarchal definition of masculinity means that the 18% of boys who suffer abuse at the hands of their wives as well as the 119,000 guys who report abuse (Mankind, 2017) are advised to put up with it, which effectively makes the situation far worse and a lot more hazardous for the sufferers. When guys are in abusive relationships, they often have a limited range of alternatives available to them to get escape. For instance, within the united kingdom, just 11 safe homes exist for male victims, making the option to flee bothersome, impractical or even virtually impossible. The feminist struggle to conjure the patriarchal structures within our society and achieve gender equality is not only a female problem, but just one for many individuals of all sexes to face up against.

Oftentimes the feminist issue of this pay gap is considered a problem included within a pre-2010 Equality Act age, as we supposedly reside in a time where such quandaries simply don't arise. However, the pay gap is still a notable issue in 21st century Britain, as demonstrated by the present dispute within the BBC, which emerged when the network's China Editor Carrie Gracie stepped down from her position to protest unequal pay. The pay gap should not just be considered creating fiscal inequality, but also as a limitation on female independence. Girls who undeservingly earn less than guys are not just economically struggling, they're also forced to be determined by another person, often a man, as their own wage won't support their loved ones. In a similar vein, the dependency issue created by the gender pay gap often compels women to become stay-at-home mothers, when a few of them would rather be working. In a world where women's work isn't valued as much as men's, we want feminism.

In the united states, Congress has been taking the issue of female reproductive rights into their own unqualified hands, by debating if birth control should be provided under the Affordable Care Act. The rationale behind limiting access to contraception would be to make sure that less premarital sexual activity would occur. But, it is all but guaranteed that this wouldn't be the outcome. In addition to this, women would have reduced access to prenatal care, which means that a 31 percent higher risk of low-weight births, and maternal mortality levels could triple. More generally, women would be refused the right to safe sex. Many arguments against repealing the Affordable Care Act mention the several dangers to women's health, an issue which does not seem to concern the administration. It is important to recognise that a number of the most important superpowers in the world is aiming to limit women's freedom of choice, in the title of outdated traditional values. In a world where a predominantly elitist government is undermining women's reproductive rights, we need feminism.

For example, when a little girl gets pushed over or stung with a man classmate, the girl is told the boy fancies her, and that she needs to take and even love this attention. Whilst this instance of park behavior may seem harmless, it is in fact teaching girls from a young age that boys and hence guys display attachment through violent and often controlling behaviour, and that women should welcome these as loving acts. This'boys will be boys' attitude leads women to take degrading and interrogate behavior from spouses, lovers, husbands, and co-workers, thus placing said women into vulnerable and dangerous places. In a world where girls are instructed to submit to the violent behavior of boys we still want feminism.

The notion that feminism is just a woman's issue, an issue for mad, man-hating women has to be abolished. Feminism is a fight for the heterosexual guys and sexualised women, a fight for women forced into dependency through unjust and discriminatory paychecks, a struggle for everybody. From the world we are living in now, where the president of the United States alleges that it is fine to"catch [girls by the pussy", in which Olympic athletes are being sexually assaulted under the pretence of therapy, where rapists aren't charged sufficiently simply to ensure that their standing stays intact we still need feminism.


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