Breaking News: Women Now Being Thought of as Human Beings Could Harm Society
Yes, the fall of the human race as we know it can all be attributed to one thing: FEMINISM.
This evil school of thought has plagued our society, bringing about such horrible consequences as:
- Women being able to vote
- Women being able to get an education
- Women being able to get a job (outside of nurse or teacher)*
- Women having access to birth control
- Women being able to get a divorce
Don’t you silly people know that these things should only be available to men, as they are the only ones equipped to make choices like this! Women should be allowed as little agency as possible, as when they are given choices, they will almost always make the wrong one. It’s been like that from the dawn of time! Don’t you remember Eve?
End deeply sarcastic intro.
Recently someone posted a link to this article on my Facebook, detailing how feminism is the cause of the declining marriage rates in America, fully backed with statistics, which in fact, had absolutely no foundation in relating feminism to marriage rates, but hey, they tried to make you think they did.
There are a few paragraphs I wish to directly respond to, as I think they hold relatively common misconceptions of feminism, or are simply to problematic too be left unaddressed.
“She points out that for the first time in US history, the number of women in the workforce has surpassed the number of men, while more women than men are acquiring university degrees.
‘The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women,’ Venker wrote. With feminism pushing them out of their traditional role of breadwinner, protector and provider – and divorce laws increasingly creating a dangerously precarious financial prospect for the men cut loose from marriage – men are simply no longer finding any benefit in it.'”
First of all, if you really see women obtaining degrees as a problem, you’re an idiot. Sorry if that’s a bit blunt, but you are. Either that, or you are someone intent on having half of the population be less educated than the other half, therefore often being subservient to it. Everyone, I repeat, everyone, has a right to education. Some may go further than others, but everyone should be able to pursue their education as far as they want. Even supporters of traditional marriage should be in favor of this. Feminist Mormon Housewives wrote an article called “Someday My Prince Will Run (Or Get Sick, Or Lose His Job, Or Die)” which discusses why women shouldn’t always assume they will not be needed as the breadwinner of the family. Other then the financial benefits, there is a whole host of reasons why educated mothers are important. For the sake of brevity, I’ll let you use common sense on that one.
Secondly, I didn’t realize there was no benefit outside of financial gains for men to be involved in marriage. Perhaps if that is how some men view the institution, a more beneficial article would be “Men: Grow Up.” Fathers and husbands are deeply important on so many levels outside of finances. Yes, that is one factor, but there are so many more important things they provide. I hate that “Dumb Dad” trope, and I love Cheerio’s recent backlash against it. Check this out:
Men are absolutely great, and they should realize their value is not solely a financial one.
Moving to the second part I’d like to respond to.
“As a writer and researcher into the trends of marriage and relationships, Venker said, she has ‘accidentally stumbled upon a subculture’ of men who say ‘in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married.’
“’When I ask them why, the answer is always the same: women aren’t women anymore.’ Feminism, which teaches women to think of men as the enemy, has made women ‘angry’ and ‘defensive, though often unknowingly.’”
This woman’s research background must not include using Google, or checking more than one source outside of Fox News or something published in 1961, because if it did she would know that her definition of feminism is completely false.
fem·i·nism (noun) – the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
I see no part about hating men. As a feminist, I know I don’t hate men, and neither do my other feminist friends. You may have even noticed me praising men in the paragraph above.
Now there was a short stint in feminist history where a section didn’t like men, but that is an outlier, and that subsection has long since been discredited for a variety of reasons. To quote Wikipedia, “Some of the earlier forms of feminism have been criticized for taking into account only white, middle-class, educated perspectives. This led to the creation of ethnically specific or multiculturalist forms of feminism.” To the point: Her definition is inaccurate and outdated.
The other important thing to note is women aren’t angry or defensive because of feminism. Women are angry about being oppressed, assaulted, and belittled, as is the reaction of any reasonable human being. I’d like to show you a picture.
Every time I show this to a girl, she gets a grim, knowing expression. Every time I show it to a guy, they say, “I don’t get it.” In case you don’t get it, this is a keychain with several defensive properties. The cat is actually for stabbing attackers (you put your fingers through the eye holes and the ears become something to defend yourself with) and the odd tube is mini pepper spray. This is reality for women every day. We are taught from a young age to defend ourselves, often from our mothers or aunts or sisters who have known physical and sexual assault. When a girl knows that if she reports a rape, the first thing she will probably deal with is people asking her about why it is her fault, instead of dealing with the real problem, she starts to take things into her own hands, preparing with self defense classes, and keychains that will protect her more than a lawyer. I suggest reading the article “Schrodinger’s Rapist,” to understand how most women feel every day. It’s actually quite funny, as well as being informative and well written. On top of that, women are often at the receiving end of physical violence from their family, and statistically speaking, if they are killed, it will be by their significant other. Women are defensive because we’ve learned to defend ourselves when no one else will.
Is the marriage rate declining? Yes. But assuming that feminism is a negative thing based on this fact is completely unfounded. And I might suggest that if someone did not want to get married on the condition of both partners being equals, than perhaps that individual ought not to be married.
*Being a nurse or teacher is a wonderful profession for any gender. The comment was sarcastic and playing off traditional gender roles, and meant as nothing more.
It should also be noted that men are also often at the receiving end of sexual or physical assault. This is just as important as anyone else receiving harm, and they should not be degraded when reporting it with remarks like, “Man up,” or “You should have liked it.” Contrary to many people’s belief, this is an issue today’s feminist care deeply about.
The shirt featured in the main image can be found and purchased from Wicked Clothing.