Q:Actually, I'm a girl. I just think that feminism is pointless because women have equal rights. And I hate feminists like you because you make a fuss out of nothing.
Oh nonny. I just feel so sorry for you. Feminism is about destroying the patriarchy. You are upholding the patriarchy. Let’s take at why I am a feminist.
- As long as we live in a rape culture, I am a feminist. Victims are blamed for being raped, and also blamed for bringing the matter to the police in case they ruin the lives of these poor men.
- As long as rape culture means that rape jokes aren’t frowned upon when popular comedians use them, I am a feminist. As long as sexual assault can happen in popular TV shows such as Doctor Who and nothing happens about it, then I am a feminist.Society doesn’t care about the victims of rape. Studies show that making rape jokes encourages any rapists present, because they think you are approving of their actions. So it’s not “just a joke.” It’s also just generally disgusting to survivors.
- As long as Blurred Lines, which perpetuates the rape culture is allowed to play on popular radio shows and in clubs, I am a feminist.
- As long as people assume rape victims are lying, I am a feminist. When in actual fact, studies show only about 0.6% of rape allegations are false.
- As long as domestic abuse is a real issue, I am a feminist. I’m not saying that males aren’t abused, but the issue is more widespread among females. Not only that, but it’s not taken seriously enough. Our society itself creates rapist and abusers, because women are treated as second class compared to men.
- As long as women aged 15-44 are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than cancer, traffic accidents, and war combined then I am a feminist.
- As long as a large proportion of males will actually admit to thinking rape is okay in questionnaires as long as the word “rape” isn’t used in the question, I am a feminist.
- As long as females are still paid less than males, I am a feminist. I think in America it’s about $0.77 to $1. There’s something wrong there.
- As long as women are constantly told how to dress and how to act, I am a feminist.
- As long as boys and girls are expected to act differently and play with different toys and dress in different colours from the day they are born, then I am a feminist.
- As long as women aren’t considered to own their own bodies, I am a feminist. How can some old, white males sit an argue about what a woman can and can’t do with her body? (I’m talking about abortion by the way, it literally has nothing to do with anyone but the woman who is pregnant.)
- As long as something like 70% of 8 year old girls already dislike their body, I am a feminist. That’s not right. It also shows that something is wrong by the fact that 8 year old boys do not feel like that.
- As long as eating disorders due to the patriarchy exist, I am a feminist. Numerous studies have shown that girls being constantly told to watch what they are wearing and how they are acting contributes to eating disorders, which probably explains why EDs are much higher in women than in men.
- As long as women are turned into objects of desire and sex in media all the time, I am a feminist. This includes being objectified to sell cars, homes, insurance, chocolate, anything. Again, this contributes to rising figures of EDs and poor self image in young girls. This is generally about women in media, how they are sexualised and objectified.
- As long as the female body can be used for advertising, but breast feeding is considered dirty and embarrassing, I am a feminist.
- As long as female models all have the same body type and are flawless, I am a feminist. Although male models are also flawless, female models are plastered on our screens much more often. Studies show that female models are also touched up more with photoshop.
- As long as we are told our self-worth comes from how beautiful or desirable we are, I am a feminist.
- As long as cat-calling and street harassment is considered normal and a compliment, I am a feminist. (There’s also been studies which show that if you reverse it and do it to males, they are completely taken aback and have no idea how to react. This just shows that it’s a gender thing, they are genuinely surprised when it happens to them.)
- Cishet men don’t demand other cishet men smile for them, don’t block their path in the street when they try to ‘talk’ to them, don’t pull their headphones out of their ears and demand another cis hetero man have a convo with them. They only do this to women. You know why? Because it’s about dominance and power. It is harassment, not a compliment.
- As long as in bars and clubs, “I have a boyfriend” is one of the only things that can actually stop someone from hitting on you, I am a feminist. Men respect another man more than they respect your rejection/lack of interest. Because of course, female opinions don’t count.
- At the same time as being turned into objects of desire, we have something called slut shaming.
- As long as women are told they can’t enjoy having sex, or be public about it, I am a feminist. We have numerous gendered slurs because of this issue. Women who have sex frequently are generally told they are “sluts”, “lacking self-respect” and “lacking morals” by both men and women, while men who frequently have sex are “just being men” and it’s “natural for them”.
- As long as female masturbation is such a taboo subject that the majority of men don’t think females masturbate, I am a feminist, especially while males can openly talk about porn or sex. Basically, we’re expected to be sexual objects but have no sexual desire or need. When you are a sexual object you are there for someone else’s pleasure, your pleasure doesn’t matter, therefore does not exist. There’s something wrong there.
- As long as female celebrities are expected to be flawless, I am a feminist. There’s much more pressure on female celebrities than males. Those that aren’t are under constant fire from media companies and ridiculed. An example is Lily Collins and her “bushy” eyebrows.
- It’s hard for female celebrities not only because of looks, but because of everything else. As long as they are constantly asked questions about things such as their underwear and diet, I am a feminist. Their male equivalents do not get asked this. When Kristen Stewart had an affair with a married man, it was her who got all the blame and media attention, not the male she had the affair with.
- As long as Chris Brown still has a career and can have a tattoo of a beaten woman, I am a feminist.
- As long as it’s easier for males to be considered attractive without makeup than for women literally because of the standards set by the media and because of the patriarchy, I am a feminist.
- As long as the paparazzi can take pictures up female celebrities dresses/skirts with no repercussions, I am a feminist. How is that okay?
- As long as female, not male, celebrities are pictured in magazines with and without make-up on, with captions such as “horrifying images of [insert female celebrities’ name here]”, I am a feminist. Again, it relates back to body image. An example is here.
- As long as fat shaming exists, I am a feminist. It is a real and very important issue, and it’s directed at women. How often do you hear about males been fat shamed?
- As long as “plus size” female models are something like size 12s, I am a feminist. What kind of message is that sending?
- As long as there are numerous films out there which have a female protagonist being transformed from “ugly” to “beautiful” in order to get the guy, I am a feminist. Again, females are judged on their looks.
- As long as women are expected to look perfect, but also “natural” at the same time, I am a feminist.
- Ever read magazines targeted at teenage girls? It’s all about how they should look, and when they should know “when to shut up”. Teenage boys magazines are all about doing stuff, fun stuff, not about how they look. Have a look at this.
- As long as woman’s body hair is called disgusting, when in actual fact it is natural, then I am a feminist.
- As long as the oversexualisation of fancy-dress costumes for females happens, I am a feminist. Again, it perpetuates the idea that women are made for men to look at and to be sexy.
- As long as the majority of films are centered around males, I am a feminist. Have a look at this. This perpetuates the patriarchy because it’s saying male stories and males are much more important than females and female stories. This also ties in to the Bechdel test, and the fact that so many movies don’t pass it.
- As long as men make up 35% of the cinema audience and 84% of the protagonists of the 25 biggest movies of last year, I am a feminist. In the 101 top-grossing family films from 1990 to 2004, of the over 4,000 characters in these films, 75% overall were male, 83% of characters in crowds were male, 83% of narrators were male, and 72% of speaking were male. Look at this. Again, it shows unequal representation of women in media. All the unequal representation implies that women are simply not as important as men.
- As long as gender bias like this in representation, the film industry and awards exists, I am a feminist.
- As long as women are shamed for “Friend-zoning”, I am a feminist. Women are shamed for not wanting to sleep with men even though they are “nice guys” because of course, the only thing women exist to do is to please a guy.
- As long as we live in a male dominated world, I am a feminist. In media productions, only 3% of decision making comes from women. That means 97% of how women are portrayed in media is decided by men.
- As long as men support breast cancer campaigns and research to “save second base” and “save the sex” and because they “love breasts”, I am a feminist. This doesn’t happen with prostate cancer. It implies that the sex females can offer men is more important than the females lives, since mastectomies are often performed to save a woman’s life. This issue was highlighted when males were offended that Angelina Jolie had a mastectomy to help save her life, as though they had some kind of claim on her breasts. As thought they were some kind of public property. There were all sorts of comments about feeling sorry for Brad Pitt, as though he was the more important issue here, not Angelina and her life.
- It wasn’t that long ago that JK Rowling got told not to put her first name on her books, because she was told they would sell more if the public thought she was a male.
- As long as females are shamed for the things they like, I am a feminist. If you like traditionally “nerd” things, then you are a fake nerd girl. White males often have proper riots when it comes to football and other sports in the UK, but they are not shamed for being passionate about that. Teenage girls are shamed for being passionate about boy bands.
- As long as there is severe lack of female politicians, I am a feminist. (When you do get female politicians, they often face sexism when in debates. Their looks are commented on, and they are often called gendered slurs.)
- As long as it’s hard to be a female in a scientific field, I am a feminist. Again, you have to face sexism in these cases. There’s also a lack of role models to look up to, especially in physics. This is because the discoveries made by females in areas of science were not credited at the time, but that has not been rectified now. Textbooks we use at school have not been modified to include the names of the amazing females who have made discoveries in science.
- As long as it’s a struggle to be a female in a high position in a company, I am a feminist. In these cases, gendered slurs are thrown around. You are not respected by the males beneath you. If you are pretty, then it’s often implied that you only reached your position because of that. If you are not conventionally pretty, that is counted against you. You are often called a “bitch” for doing your job and doing it competently. This happens in BBC Sherlock, and it is a reflection of society.
- As long as companies continue to promote men to manager when there are women who are equally as or better qualified, because they find that men look more authoritative, I am a feminist.
- As long as society teaches males to be naturally biased towards themselves, I am a feminist. Studies have shown that if a group is split 50/50 with males and females, the males in the group will still think it’s dominated by females. Also see here.
- As long as women make up 45% of the gaming community and 0% of the protagonists of the 25 biggest games of last year, I am a feminist.
- As long as misogyny exists in countries other than the UK and USA. Feminism is about women of all races, I am a feminist.
- As long as women’s opinions on online social networks are often dismissed with phrases like “tits or gtfo”, “get back to the kitchen”, “are you pms’ing?” I am a feminist.
- As long as there are still jobs which are considered “better” for the different genders I am a feminist. This includes nursing, the police force, child care, hairdressing. This affects males as well as females.
- As long as both men are women are expected to work, but taking care of children and the household are still largely considered a woman’s job, I am a feminist.
Open your eyes and educate yourself. I was upholding the patriarchy and classist before I joined tumblr and chose to educate myself and correct myself. If you want to learn, I will help, I’m all for it. If you refuse to listen, then get the fuck off my blog. I have no patience for you. I leave you with this quote. It was originally said in regards to slavery, but it applies to any type of oppression.
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce
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