I’m a big believer in gender equality, I believe there is no reason why men and women should be treated differently especially in the household and workplace. But all I see nowadays is ‘feminists’ and ‘male rights activists’ why do I not see gender equality activists? People are far too obsessed with their own gender issues to think how things affect society as a whole.
We need to come to realise that men are worse off in some areas just as women are worse off in other areas. I don’t see activists fighting both corners, only their own. This is not the right way to go about gender equality. Everyone needs to get behind all aspects of gender equality from fair opportunities in the work place for women to fair custody rights for men.
I often call myself a feminist as I’m totally behind gender equality but sometimes I want to put myself as far away from feminism as possible. Let’s take the FEMEN as an example – What on earth do they achieve besides embarrassing themselves? Walking around naked shouting about the over sexualisation of women is not only ridiculous it’s positively counter intuitive! Or the topless protests in LA which were supposedly meant to raise awareness on how silly it was that men could walk around topless but women cannot. As I said previously, I’m totally in favour of gender equality but there is a difference between the two sexes walking around topless! At the end of the day breasts are seen as a sexual part of the body therefore walking around topless is inviting men to think of you as a sexual object just as a man walking around with his penis out.
Gender equality is about treating both sexes the same and not having different rules and regulations for different sexes. By this I mean same pay; same educational and job opportunities; same prison sentences and treatment in the justice system; equal treatment in child custody cases. This is equality.
“Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex.”