International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is a day to celebrate the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women! That being said, that doesn’t imply that the 8th of March is the only designated day for women to be treated and celebrated as equals. Everyday should be a day for equal treatment amongst all types of people but today is the day as a celebration.

The reason I say this is because during the course of today, I’ve realised a few things:

  1. People still don’t completely understand the concept of feminism.
  2. A lot of males get offended by celebrating the achievements and strength of women.
  3. Someone I know and am close to is sexist.

 

It’s not an unknown fact that with aging comes experiencing and that means that as you grow older, you learn a lot and you adapt and change your opinions and ways of thinking.

As a kid in year seven and eight, I was completely for the idea of equality, having gone through the process of dealing and combatting racism, sexism, ageism, etc. However, even so, I wasn’t fully educated on these subjects, not as much as I am today and so I was a little ignorant. Like a lot of people, the term “feminism” felt like discrimination against men and upraising women, which I felt was unfair and hypocritical. I felt that peace amongst all sexes as well as the harmony amongst women was more important because there are so many issues with that, especially in the media. Although, my little mind didn’t realise what I felt was important was in fact a part of feminism. The word “feminism”, to me wasn’t what feminism actually is; it was bashing males and only focusing on the problems of women. That is entirely untrue.

Feminism is ‘the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.’ Let me repeat: ‘the equality of sexes.’

Having learnt this when I was young, I educated myself further, adapted and now I can say that I am a feminist. And, it’s never too late to educate yourself, too, as ignorance is no longer an excuse in this modern day and age.When called a white feminist, Emma Watson took it upon herself to educate and also adapted her own beliefs and opinions to fit feminism, holistically. Do not be ashamed to get a better understanding of something so important.

 

There was a particular person, today, who had said something that made me inspired to write this post. I’m not mentioning who or any names for the sake of privacy but their exact words were:

‘There’s never going to be equality..’ -I thought, okay, I guess that’s partly true but cynical.

‘…Women can’t do all jobs.” -Excusez-moi, vous petite chienne!?

Following this comment, I had a discussion with my friend. She stated that women can do all sorts of things but biologically wise, men tend to have more muscle mass. However, there are “weaker” males and “stronger” women, in terms of muscle mass. We also talked about how employers might find women “unreliable” in terms of maternity leave. An employer cannot refuse a pregnant women because of her pregnant state or condition or whatever it is related to her pregnancy, even though this does unfortunately happen. That being said, the supposed “unreliability” of women is discrimination by employers and not a god judgement of how well a women can perform at work. We then went on to talk about how Winnie the Pooh is actually a girl (fun fact!).

Women can do everything a man can do while bleeding.

And that’s not me making it seem like women are better and have a harder life than men. I understand that men have difficulties too and get faced with sexism too and that will be elaborated on in another post.

 

Feminism is equality and balance and as Emma Watson once said “If you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you.”

 

-Shay

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