Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Why I'm not a feminist...

Feminism: the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes

I'm not a feminist. There have been several occasions over the past few months where I have been lectured for my anti-feminist ways. Very often, I specify that I can't lift something because I'm a girl, or I need a male to fix my technological woes. Though this may be pure coincidence, it holds true that whenever I have had such issues, a member of the male species has always had to fix them.

I would like to make it perfectly clear that I do not stand for any kind of derogatory treatment of women. I believe that every woman has the right to work, to education and to govern their own lives. I do not condone the objectification of women. And, to be frank, I would love to see any man cope without female aid for more than a week.

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The point is, I believe in equal rights. I've discussed the issue of equality before, but in a more general sense. Specifically though, I believe in the equal treatment of men and women. I believe that when any activity or situation in life is considered, it should be considered with references to people, not genders.

But to me, feminism is no longer about that. Feminism is about women being treated differently, but with a view to equality. Some women view men opening doors for them as anti-feminist. Others believe that out of respect for women, the door must be opened. 

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I hold a door for whoever's behind me if I get there first: I expect others to do the same. That's not because of gender...that's because we're all human beings.

So, whilst I in no way dispute the intentions of feminist movements, I myself am not a feminist. I am a human, who believes in the equal and respectful treatment of all people. I can't say fairer than that.

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