Today, many feminists go around stating there isn’t a need for men, women can survive on their own, and that women are better than men. As Saira Khan states in her article on Spiked, “modern-day feminists engage in man-bashing rather than dignified demands for equality.” (Khan 1). It just shows how feminists would rather take their anger out on men rather than realize we a... ... middle of paper ... ...oncludes is his article, “That’s how we’ve come to this backwards point where the new feminist activism, for some, is about oppressing those with different views. So much for equality!” (Furey 1). They would rather demand dominance than equality, call for justice for issues that are not really there, claim gender discrimination in the work place, and argue against any who try to oppose them.
The Faults in Feminism The term “feminism” tends to have a negative connotation in today’s culture. Feminism is now focusing on female dominance and male disrespect. Women are fighting for equality, yet using personal bias to define equality, claiming identical rights for all will produce an equal culture. The mainstream feminist movement is using this corrupted view of equality to force rights of women. Contrary to popular belief, true feminism fights for true equality for women, as well as other people groups.
The Misrepresentation of Feminism A feminist is defined as someone who believes in the social, economic, and political equality between men and women in society. However, in recent years, there are new understandings of the feminist movement. The idea of a feminist is often misconstrued as a woman who lives for herself, a woman who despises all men. A lady who refuses to shave their legs or partake in “female stereotypical” grooming to emphasize her standpoint. Though, the argument of this paper is what is the reason behind the misrepresentation of feminism, and where did it come from?
‘Stealth feminism’ is when women agree with all that feminism stands for but reject the label (Kimmel 263). The media tends to portray feminism in a negative way; and as a result of this, the status is rejected by young women. “They believe that if they were to call themselves feminists other people would think that they must be strident, domineering, aggressive and intolerant and-worst of all- that they must hate men”(Moi,1736). Some women will not want to be associated with such descriptions or agree with what the feminists stand for but would rather be identified with egalitarianism. Zucker defines egalitarianism as the phenomenon “In which women espouse feminist beliefs regarding the equality of women and men, while simultaneously rejecting feminist identity” (Zucker paragraph 9).In this case, women are either for feminism or against it.
Fighting for gender equality should consist of creating an environment where everybody has equal opportunities to expand their potential. From this perspective, feminism should stop telling women what they should do to be recognized equal to men and foster opportunities for them to reach their dreams. Feminism cannot force women to be or to do something just because they think is good for women. It is not necessary to have more women taking men’s positions to have an equal society, as some feminist leaders such as Slaughter points out when she states that it is necessary to put more women in leadership position to create equal conditions for women in the work place (Slaughter 695). This is not a solution to confront the real problem.
We’ve come a long way since the awareness to sexism in the 1960s but to get America back on track and end sexism we need women to stand up for themselves. If women stand up against the media’s discrimination then the media would have no other option but to give women a fair/just leadership not based on looks. As research and media have shown women make better decisions but, “we have a long way to go toward ensuring that reality across the spectrum and at all levels of the media” (“Women’s Media Center.”) Challenge the media to show women for more than beauty and youth, let’s make the media show women can have just as powerful influence on America as men have.
She makes a good point with this issue because before any further goals can be reached, feminism must become something that women want to be a part of. If the very women that would be benefiting from the goals that the group has do not want to be associated with the term, then it makes mainstream society dismiss the group even more than it already does. It is hard to understand how hook intends to take action as a fem... ... middle of paper ... ... solution for the oppression of women in society, hook feels like it would not make any progress in the real goal of eliminating sexist oppression. After reading the essay I find myself siding more with hook on this issue. Rich’s solution for oppression of women seems to be to create more valuable relationships between women.
A prime example of this would be radical feminism. Radical feminists often believe all men to be terrible, and that women are almost heavenly creatures incapable of doing wrong. Stating that they are oppressed in every aspect of their life, that the patriarchy dominates it all. The hatred of men as a whole is called misandry and that is what many of these women are. A toxic mindset that they push and impose on others, promoting female superiority over equality.
The hating of men is actually called misandry. Feminists don’t want women to rule over men; they want men and women to be on the same level. Many people think badly of feminism for this reason. As with any movement, there are radicals who call themselves feminists and portray it as a man-hating ideology. But the whole movement cannot be defined by only a small fraction of it’s members.