Some Things Make Me Tilt My Head…
…like a dog trying to figure out how to get at a treat.
There are certain things that are, so glaringly self–evident to me at least, that I find them hard to articulate. The fundamental question of this website is one of them.
Who needs Feminism? I don’t understand the question. No really. This witch is confused.
Who needs Feminism? Everyone in the whole world. Duh. Because, you know, equality, yay! Right? I mean, there can’t actually be people who think otherwise. Except, sadly for dear naive me, there are totally people who think otherwise.
The Republican Party springs to mind. There used to be Republican feminists but they have long since died off, gone silent, or left the party.That is clearly the case because at the moment the party of redefining rape, defunding Planned Parenthood, and ending abortion rights in all cases would cause a feminist’s head to explode.
And then there is the “Men’s Rights Movement.” I’m not going to call them activists because they don’t appear to actually do much other than complain.
Anti-Feminism. Feminist backlash. Um…wha?
I mean, let’s not pretend that there aren’t issues within Feminism. There are. The sense of entitlement among certain feminists, the idea that the “right” to work outside of the home was a victory for everyone, when in reality, certain groups of women never had a choice about working. They had to because otherwise there would have been no income for the family. And don’t get me started on the general assumption that the accusation of rape equates to a conviction thereof and the constant, relentless assertion that most accusations of rape are true in the face of all actual evidence and logic to the contrary.
So yeah, there are problems with the Feminist Movement.
But the response from both Republicans and the Men’s Rights Movement seems to be “this movement has some small failings. LET”S SCRAP THE WHOLE THING!” and no. Let’s not. That’s a stupid response. Let us instead take a look at this huge, long term movement which has understandable issues but maintains its goal of equality for all humans and improve it. That’s the smart, responsible thing to do.
Who needs Feminism? You do.