Saturday, May 2, 2015

In Which Tryph writes about feminism...

So a couple weeks ago someone shared a link to a video of a young woman who was justifying her stance on why she doesn't need feminism.

I wish I could find it again, because it was terribly thought provoking and contained a message I haven't been able to get out of my head.  Her point was that she doesn't need feminism because her view of the stance is that there is a focus on women's rights and giving women access to programs and things that are not made readily available to men.

Her focus seemed to relate to things like women's shelters, and the number of men that are raped year (actually typed annually but... that just didn't look right).

And she's right.

There are a lot of shelters and programs geared towards women that men don't have access to and should.  Men are just as likely to be at the mercy of an abusive relationship as a woman.  Why is it so much easier for a woman to find a safe haven than a man?

Then there's the comments she made about rape, and how so many fewer rapes are reported by men.  Again, she's perfectly correct.  A man can be raped just as easily as a woman can, and it's just not something that many men would feel comfortable reporting.

So, if she's right and men aren't afforded with the same kinds of programs for similar issues, how can I still stand by my position that feminism is necessary?

It's easy.  Let's look at the big picture here.

We still live in a culture where women are perceived as weaker individuals, both physically, mentally and emotionally.

We live in a culture where the women who come forward about things like sexual assault and rape that they are ridiculed, or are made to believe that they somehow did something to invite the situation.

So, tell me this.  WHY would someone who is told daily that they should be stronger in every way come forward and report a situation that a lesser person is mocked for?

The problem isn't in the lack of programs (although I do fully agree that men should have similar programs and access to shelters), it is in the perception of the differences between men and women.  Until we bridge the gap that we are all EQUAL, we will never have equal treatment.

And until then, we still need feminism.

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