October 22, 2013 by Vicki
Am I a Feminist? I struggle with this question quite frequently. If I look at the definition of feminist; then yes, I most definitely believe that men and women should have equal rights and equal opportunities. My problem, however, is that feminism seems to be much more than just about equality. On this blog, I have gotten into a serious discussion over whether selling pink and cute items to women is sexist or simply smart marketing. I have also been criticized for being extremely against prostitution. I believe prostitution is a form of slavery. I look to the world-wide web for assistance in determining what feminism is truly about and simply become confused.
On the one hand, we have articles from UN Women concerning the way Google’s auto-complete reveals the worldwide oppression of women. For this, I stand proud to be called a feminist. The treatment and bias shown by these statement sickens me. The thought that this is the majority opinion scares me for future generation. On the other hand, however, we have articles where the photographer places men in the same positioning as female models. The problem with this is that the photographer completely ignores the fact that men’s attractive qualities do not rest in the same areas as women. Of course, the average male will look silly if they are posing as women. Just as an example, the average males does not have breasts so having a male in a breast-enhancing position looks ridiculous.
Why is this important, you ask. Who cares how we fight inequality as long as we are fighting inequality. Advertising does objectify women as sexual objects so we are targeting an inequality. Except, technically, advertising objectifies everything including male sexuality but so what, we get the word out. What word, exactly, are we sharing with this article? I honestly could not tell you. Behind this morass, however, hides true inequalities. I know both women and men who believe that no inequality exists between men and woman anymore. They can point to these crusades as proof for surely if true inequality existed, feminism wouldn’t be waiting its time. I have seen the figures for spousal abuse. I know the reality about rape in Canada and the United States. I know that inequality exists. So yes, I am a Feminist. I believe in equal rights for both women and men. I, however, wish Feminism would learn to pick its battles and deal with the important shit first. I resent losing my credibility due to feminism not having a focus. I don’t care about the chauvinist and the assholes. I do care about critical intellectual women who cannot stand behind a movement so burden by misdirection.