For my first blog post, I made the decision to write about a topic that is super controversial but super current.
That f-word. Feminism.
With so many reports of sexual harassment and assault, I thought it would be valuable to write down my thoughts about what’s going on. During my undergrad, many of the courses that I took discussed women’s rights. The badass women in my life have shown me that we can do anything and that we should never be subjected to feeling like we’re powerless.
Before we go further, let’s understand the basic definition of what feminism is, according to Merriam Webster.
Feminism: noun fem·i·nism \ ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm \
1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
a) equality of the sexes: this means equality for EVERYONE. Not just men, not just women – but every human.
b) on behalf of women’s rights and interests: the term feminism derives from word feminine. Females are feminine. Females are the ones who are seen as inferior to men. The term is suggesting that we should be on the same level as men – not above. Simple as that.
If you still aren’t understanding the importance of feminism and gender equality, let me give you a few recent examples of why we need it.
Example 1: The USA Gymnastics Sex Abuse Scandal
If you’re not aware of the monster that is Larry Nassar, read this link before continuing with this post.
Not only is what Larry Nassar did to the athletes disgusting and horrific, the fact that the USA Gymnastics Team and Michigan State University did nothing about the first reports of the sexual abuse is what blows my mind. They continued to let this evil man perform sexual acts on innocent children.
Officials turned a blind eye to someone, in a position of power that was doing something harmful to others without power. In this case, children. Shocking.
Example 2: Harvey Weinstein
In 2017, a large number of women accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault while working with him. Again, if you need more information, here’s a link.
These allegations were the beginning of many that were to come in Hollywood and this has encouraged victims to stand up and speak out.
Harvey Weinstein – for many years, this man in power, preyed on vulnerable, upcoming actresses that would put up with anything to get work in the Hollywood industry. Shocking.
Example 3: Catt Sadler and E! News
Catt Sadler was an E! News host for 10 years. She left the network when she learned that her co-host, Jason Kennedy, was earning double her salary for doing the same job.
That’s the equivalent of saying that the guy who’s taking your order in the drive-thru at McDonalds is making more than the girl who’s going to be taking over his shift. Same position, same tasks are being completed, same duties, unequal pay? Doesn’t make sense.
This post wasn’t meant to convince you of becoming a feminist (but if you agree with the definitions above, then you are). It’s just a glimpse of my perspective on the matter. I understand that over they years, the word ‘feminism’ has derived a negative connotation – that’s what needs to be changed.
This photo I found on Pinterest sums it up quite nicely:
Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding of what it means in it’s simplest form. The next time you speak to your mom/sister/cousin/aunt/wife/friend/daughter/any women-that-you-care-about, think about how you would feel if she were to be in any one of these situations.
Bottom line: everyone deserves respect and should be treated equally.