The Flaw and Flare of Flamboyant Feminism: An analyzation and critique of feminist goals, habits, and truths
Take a look at [Simple] Wikipedia’s definition of “feminism”:
“Some feminists believe that all genders should always be treated in exactly the same way. They think that people should not think that a person’s gender is important.” (s.wiki)
When you hear the word, “feminism”, does it come to mind the same way the writing above presents it? Does it roll off the tongue quite the same way after reading that as before? If so, then you are a bonafide, genuine, grade-A “feminist”; which is not in any way a bad thing. In fact, feminism is quite progressive and a positive movement. It’s when men and women alike stave from the true feministic path and falsely represent their own suffering that it begins to generate trouble.
One big problem concerning gender equality includes the widely controversial pay gap. Early studies by one of the more prominent pro-feminist groups AAUW (American Association of University Women) publish that the rate at which women are paid yearly is 21% less than men. Going by this percentage, this means that it would take a woman 469 days (almost 100 more days than a full year) to make the same salary as a man for the same work. This is simply not true. AAUW studies have been proven to be misleading and unconcerning many times before. This study reflects the overall pay gap throughout all fields and levels of education without being even somewhat concise. Fields where men dominate, such as sciences and engineering, are largely overrepresented while nursing and education, all of which women dominate, are never listed individually, and instead mentioned under “other white collar”. Also, instead of comparing every occupation directly in their most well known article, The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2016), they instead compare entire state’s worth of gender income. This means higher paying job fields like law and medical industries get directly compared to lower paying fields like education and even public services, which results in an overall wonky translation of the final results. (Note the repetition of medical and education in that last sentence.) It’s like discovering a fossil and instead of excavating and cleaning off all of the rubble and exposing the skeleton of this great beast, instead they go and dust off a bit of dirt with a thin brush, and hang it in the museum anyways. It’s just a big friggin’ rock! You can’t tell what it’s supposed to be, or what it’s supposed to say. But because you feel like something is supposed to be there, you accept it for what it is rather than looking deeper. The same goes for the pay gap.
Staving away from the economic spectrum, comes the topic of oversexualization and objectification of women. Objectification is the idea of looking at a person, of any gender, and seeing or interacting with them in a sexual manner rather than in a formal; which women say is dehumanizing. While I agree that objectification is, as its definition implies, a bad thing, I simply within my mind cannot explain how women feel about it. /r/pussypassdenied (pardon my French, and for the uninitiated, Reddit is a social forum platform and /r/ indicates a forum board with a certain focus and topic) displays a large variety of cases where women play the “pretty girls don’t ____” card and never get away with it. This includes false “rape” and assault accusations, as well as other, non-male involved crimes. This prime example of feminist hypocrisy is actually ran BY pro-feminists, and say that the goal of the subreddit is to demonstrate feminist double-standards in and out character. If women think that objectification is so oppresing, then why do women continue to use their gender as an excuse to have an advantage over other males?
Going along with sexual objectification, comes body shaming. Oh boy. Where do I start with this one? Recent debates, mostly including the all so wonderful Milo Yiannopoulos (a passionate anti-feminist speaker,) talks about the idea of loving your body no matter your shape or size, and that society and marketing should reflect that rather than creating unrealistic proportions and expectations for the average women. This is simply not correct, to a certain degree. From store mannequins to TV commercials, beautiful figures are given most of the spotlight because, and let’s get this straight, they are simply more appealing to BOTH men and women audiences. Let’s say that someone wants to replace all mannequins with different sizes, ranging from small to large. Most would say that it’s because they want to see the way, per say a dress, looks like on them. Just go inside and try the dress on! Creating a sense of satisfaction when someone might be actually be unhealthy is dangerous. Instead of preaching to love the way your body looks genetically rather than by your weight only makes women even more unhappy. Does this mean men need different size mannequins too, because it seems like such a unique issue.
It’s like women expect some kind of consolation prize and no patronization simply because they are the opposite gender, and it’s especially upsetting that the whole cause that feminism even exists for is the total equality of all genders. It’s plain hypocritical! I’m all for feminism, in fact I am very passionate about actual issues: like people actually being raped, facing gender discrimination in and out of the workplace, and rising rates of obesity and anorexia in men and women; not some he-said-she-said Internet bulls***. But until things like the above are toned down, it’s very hard to call yourself a feminist and not get dirty looks from all of your colleagues.
- Do you disagree with Simple Wikipedia’s definition of “feminism”? What do you believe make someone a “feminist”?
- “Body shaming” has turned more into “fat shaming” over time. Do you believe that both share some sort of correlation, or do you believe they are two completely different forms of hate? Do you think someone is capable of being content with an obese body?
- According to the National Review Online, over <80% of “rape” claims are false, or never came to court because of lack of evidence or rejection of case. Do you think these numbers are accurate and believable? Do you think this plays a part in the idea of the eradication of sexualization? If so, how?