Why we all can benefit from feminism

For too long the term feminism has been construed and misinterpreted as something completely negative and unfortunately conjures up wrongful stereotypical caricatures of unattractive, over weight lesbian who despise men. But if you look at the actual meaning of the word feminism accordingly to the Oxford dictionary “The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes” feminist don’t believe in getting rid of all men or wanting to have special privileges over men. Feminism is a cry for respect, a cry to be treated as equals, a cry to be afforded the same opportunities for success and happiness that men have been fortunate to have since the dawn of civilisation. So regardless of race, age or gender if you believe in equality and a fair society for all, then you are a feminist.  A few individuals may argue that female oppression is nonexistent in our modern world; woman occupy high status jobs, Angela Merkel runs the most powerful country in Europe and woman are allowed to live independent lives away from child rearing. But the fact that woman are still being sexually objectified every time you flip through a newspaper or change channels. The fact that woman are still being paid significantly less than men despite possessing equal talent and such few countries have female leaders, shows that there is still so much more work to do. But equality isn’t just a mission that should be carried by the few; it’s time for us all and especially men to wave the feminist flag and march as a united front in the name of freedom and fairness. It is so important that woman are given the platform to have their voices heard, their talents nurtured and their achievement celebrated; because considering the world is more than half made up of woman, if woman are continued to be oppressed we’re all losing out on a rich fountain of potential. The next Einstein or Edison could easily be a woman, but if from a young age that young woman is taught to value the way she looks over the substance of her character or the brilliance of her mind; the world might unfortunately lose out on a future innovator or creator of the solution to our energy crisis, the solution to the thousands of diseases that are wiping out millions of people each year.  In the UK 1 in 14 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and out of those diagnosed, there is a strong chances that thousands would probably die from it. But as men if we turn away from such archaic casual sexual objectification such as page three, we can send a message to all women that there is more to a woman than the size of her chest or how she looks naked. Instead she is more than capable of being smart, driven and brilliant yet still be every bit as feminine and beautiful. As of today out of a possible 196 recognised states only 22 of them our run by women, which is ludicrous when again you consider nearly 52 percent of the world is comprised of women. Of course it is important that all leader are elected based on their strengths and credentials regardless of gender and its unfair assume that woman would make better leaders. But in a world full of war and hostility, I feel it could be beneficial to experiences a new form of leadership that might guide us all in a new direction. It’s clear that certain traits are more pronounced in women than in men, such as sympathy and caring, while at the same time women are less pronounced in aggression and violence. The world has never been equally represented in term of power between men and woman in the whole history of mankind; so we don’t know what it would be like, but maybe if we want to see a less fractured, dangerous and peaceful world, women in power could possibly be the solution. For too long women’s sports, in particular football has been wrongly credited as being inferior to men’s football. This assumption is reflected in the greatly disparaging of wages received between men and woman. The significantly fewer attendees of the women’s football league compared to the Premier League and finally the far fewer TV coverage allotted to women’s football, all of which is of course is great shame. Sure it can be argued that female players aren’t able to match their male counterparts for strength and speed,  either way we all know there is more to the beautiful game than just those two attributes. There is technique, agility, skills, passing and team work and all of which the women game has in abundance. The beautiful game, remember why it’s called that? What makes it so beautiful is that everyone can play it, when you are on the pitch no matter where you come from or what you look like, you are treated like an equal. But if the women’s football isn’t given the support and respect it deserves, then we run a high risk of tarnishing what makes the game so beautiful. We can help out women’s football by going to our local league game, which is always so much cheaper than watching men’s football. When the World Cup comes into broadcasted this summer, why not watch a game? This example is in athletics and not football, but remember when Dame Kelly Holmes won double gold in Athens, or when Jessica Ennis when gold in London, but it still goes to show that women are more than capable of pulling of fantastical sporting achievements and making our country proud. So if you’re passionate about equality, help the feminism cause.


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