Feminism: what it really stands for

WARNING: CONTAINS ACCOUNTS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Feminism, according to Webster’s dictionary, is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”. It does not say, “the theory of the political, economic, and social dominance of men over women”. Most people often confuse feminism with blatant sexism. Feminism is not females trying to overcome males, but trying to become their equals. Of course, some women bash the feminism culture by trying to state women are superior to men. This is not the case. Feminism is the equality of the sexes, meaning men and women are equal.

For thousands of years women have been a minority with their views, opinions and ideas squandered by the over-dominating males of such times.

In fact, only in 1875, were women officially and legally acknowledged as persons. Up until that point, you were only alive if you were not married (which was considered extremely taboo and was looked down upon). Once married “the husband and wife are one person in law; that is the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage”. Basically, you either didn’t get married and be shunned for the rest of your life or you get married and cease to exist as a legal person.

Feminism is a movement that must be addressed as a human/civil rights movement. Feminism includes the rights of all women including LGBTQ women (yes, that includes transgender women), women of any race, ethnicity, or religion, women of all size and shape, and women in the sex workers industry.

Men are also included in this movement as male discrimination (such as pressure to be more masculine, receiving lesser custody of his children, violence targeted specifically at males, and rape) is, while not as common, still an issue in today’s society.

Today, despite what many people believe, women are still considered a minority. Women tend to have less power and fewer privileges against men, and misogyny is still an issue. Legally, women have complete equality compared to men, and are recognized as equals. Yet the law is often disregarded.

According to a National Violence Against Women survey, 1 in 6 women have experienced an attempted or completed rape within their lifetime. This survey was taken in 1998.

In 2010, the CDC counted 1.3 million rapes that have occurred, not counting illegal immigrants. Only 6% of rapists ever spend a single day in jail.

These men have abused women, invaded their privacy, humiliated them, and traumatized them, and yet our criminal justice system believes that women are doing it for “attention”.

This is an extremely important feminist issue due to the fact that rape would still be a common practice if it were not for the feminists that stood against it.

 

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