Recently, I have seen a post on facebook that is sarcastically titled 15 Reasons We Actually Don’t Need Feminism.
In the post, it goes on to list 15 reasons that feminism is actually needed. As many of you know, I love to research things and post the truth behind publicly shared and believed posts. So, I will now disprove, or prove several points in the article in which I have linked above.
- “Because look how diverse in gender and color the Presidents of the [United States of America] have been.”
To begin, Women did not gain the right to vote until August 18, 1920. Colored people did not gain the right to vote until 1870.
After Colored people had gained the right to vote, 28 presidents were elected. Meaning, Colored people voted for 27 presidents that were white males and 1 president that was a colored male. After women had gained the right to vote, 17 presidents were elected. Again, women voted for 16 presidents that were white males, and 1 president that was a colored male.
- “Because globally women hold a whole 24% of leadership roles in businesses.”
As of March 2017, 25% of leadership roles are held by women. I know, you’re thinking “Wow, 75% of leadership roles are held by men! That’s sexist!” But have you thought about how many women, as opposed to men, have actually gone to school and gotten a business degree?
58,766 (22.3%) of Business Administration and Management Master’s Degrees are held by men, while only 45,366 (11.4%) are held by women.
66,190 (9.7%) of Business Administration and Management Bachelor’s Degrees are held by men, while only 64,405 (6.7%) are held by women. Statistically, men earn more business degrees than women, so statistically, more leadership roles in business should be held by men.
- “Because only 65% of women have experienced being hissed at, whistled at, yelled at, physically blocked, or masturbated at while minding their own business in public.”
While this is true and needs to change, this cannot be the sole reason behind the Feminism movement.
- “Because we teach girls to protect themselves rather than teaching boys about consent.”
Male victims of sexual assault may experience pressure to interpret sexual victimization by women in a way more consistent with masculinity ideals, such as the idea that men should relish any available opportunity for sex. Or, sexual victimization might be reframed as a form of sexual initiation or a rite of passage, to make it seem benign. In some cases, male victims are portrayed as responsible for the abuse. Particularly since male victims move from childhood to adolescence, they are ascribed more blame for encounters with adult women. We teach girls to protect themselves but teach boys that they aren’t a man until they have had sex. A virgin woman is seen as a pure, clean being, whereas a virgin man may be ridiculed and bullied into believing that because he has not performed a sexual act, he, therefore, is not a man. One example is the movie 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Also, according to research, when female abusers are reported, they are less likely to be investigated, arrested, or punished compared to male perpetrators, who are regarded as more harmful.
- “Because women in 2017 in the USA are paid 80% of what a man makes for the same job, and for women of color it’s as low as 54%.”
Why does a gender pay gap still persist? According to surveys, women were more likely to say they had taken breaks from their careers to care for their family. These types of interruptions can have an impact on long-term earnings. Roughly four-in-ten mothers said that at some point in their work life they had taken a significant amount of time off (39%) or reduced their work hours (42%) to care for a child or other family member. Roughly a quarter (27%) said they had quit work altogether to take care of these familial responsibilities. Fewer men said the same. For example, just 24% of fathers said they had taken a significant amount of time off to care for a child or other family member.
The national pay gap average in the USA is 80%, but in New York, women make 89% of what a man makes because they are more likely to work year round and not take time off, reduced hours, or quit jobs.
Pay gaps for women of color are as low as 54% of what a white male makes. Colored women also make less that white women. 77% of women and 63% of men believe this country needs to continue making changes to give men and women equality in the workplace.
The wage gap is more an issue of race than gender.
- “Because unreachable beauty standards are the norm – they wouldn’t contribute to 20 million eating disorders, would they?”
Does it really have to be said that beauty standards affect men as well as women?
Eating disorders are gender neutral, but they have been routinely characterized as “women’s problems.” The stereotypical person with anorexia nervosa is a rich, white, adolescent girl; which is far from reality because AN affects all genders, ages, races and socioeconomic classes. Several factors lead to males being under- and undiagnosed for ED. Men can face a double stigma, for having a disorder characterized as feminine or gay and for seeking psychological help. Additionally, assessment tests with language geared to females have led to misconceptions about the nature of male ED.
A classic article by Richard Morton in 1689 described two cases—a man and a woman—of (what we now classify as) anorexia nervosa, and a case series by Sir William Gull in the 1860s noted that the illness can occur in males. However, an overwhelming majority of research, description, and treatment concentrated on females when the eating disorders field began to emerge in the 1970s, and that uneven focus continues to hold true. Virtually 99% of books on ED have a female bias.
- “Because while women as a whole work more, they’re not paid for that work.”
Untrue. See #5.
- “Because just look at this group of women deciding what should happen with women’s bodies.”
Trump is of the Republican party. Republicans (men and women alike) voted to have him as president. 62% of Republicans believe that abortion should be illegal in most/all cases as opposed to the 34% that believe it should be legal. Do you see the correlation here? The majority of the Republican party, which put a Republican in the white house, believe that abortion should be illegal. Men, alone, did not decide this. If you voted for Trump, or are a Republican, then the majority of you voted for abortion to be illegal.
Also, abortion is not illegal. The Global Gag Rule that Trump signed states that if you perform abortions, you will no longer receive government funding. Period. Meaning that if you want to perform an abortion, you have to be willing to be self-sustaining and not rely on the government for any of your funds.
- “Because just this image alone is enough to make most women’s heart rate speed up.”
The image is a dark night in which there is a dark silhouette that I assume is meant to be a man. This image by itself is sexist towards men. As proven in #4, men are sexually assaulted just as women are and can be just as terrified if they see a figure moving towards them at night.
- “Because little girls’ confidence in their intelligence only starts declining at 6 years old. Six whole years of confidence!
A test was performed on boys and girls ages 5-7. When 5-year-old boys were told a story about an unspecified gender child that was “really, really smart,” they associated this child with their own gender. When 5-year-old girls were told the same story, they also associated this child with their own gender.
6 and 7-year-old boys and girls were also told the same story. The 6 and 7-year-old boys still associated the child with their own gender, whereas the 6 and 7-year-old girls associated the child with the opposite sex. This must mean that 6 and 7-year-old girls think they are not as smart as boys, right? Wrong.
6 and 7-year-old boys and girls were also asked to guess between 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, which would get better grades in school. The boys, again, chose their own gender. The girls also chose their own gender. So, 6 and 7-year-old girls believe that a story about a really, really smart child must be about a boy, but believe that girls get better grades in school. The only thing that this proves is that 6 and 7-year-old girls believe that boys are smart in stories, but do not get as good of grades in school. So, results are ultimately inconclusive.
- “Because a whopping 19.5% of the members of Congress are women.”
This is true. Only 19.5% of the members of Congress are female. The majority of the United States does not vote on members of Congress according to gender, but according to party. Members of Congress are elected via direct popular vote, so the fact that there are more men in Congress than women has no relation to needing feminism.
- “Because a woman in the USA is raped only every two minutes.”
Please refer to #4.
- “Because women and girls make up 98% of the victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.”
While it is indisputable that the vast majority of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation are female (likely around 98 percent, according to the International Labour Organization), it is not true that women and girls constitute the vast majority of all human trafficking victims globally. The same source approximates that 42 percent of victims of state-imposed labor exploitation are male. That number increases to 60 percent when considering labor exploitation in private economies. When you add sex trafficking data, this does mean that more of the nearly 21 million victims worldwide are female than male. Nevertheless, the difference is not so disparate as to merit neglecting the men and boys involved. In reality, men and boys are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation in many countries around the world, and they even outnumber female victims within certain subcategories of trafficking.
- “Because women of color are affected to a higher degree in almost all the aforementioned areas.”
As I have disproved most of the above-mentioned female “problems” that are supposed to warrant feminism, the only evidence of colored women being affected is the wage gap, and as I stated in that section, it is a problem of racial discrimination and NOT gender discrimination.
- “Because if it doesn’t affect you, why does it matter?”
This, of course, is not actually a reason that women need feminism.
In conclusion, this poorly-written article in which I have challenged, not only repeats the same “problems” but also does not explain or provide much proof that these problems actually exist. I am a 21-year-old woman, who is considered poor, and I do NOT see a need for feminism. I have only agreed with one (1) item in this article, and that is that women get cat-called, whistled at, etc. more than men.
Women Gained The Right To Vote In 1920
Colored People Gained The Right To Vote In 1870
List Of All U.S. Presidents
Percent Of Men Vs Women Who Have A Business Degree
Percentage Of Street Harassment Against Women
Male Vs Female Rape
Gender/Race Pay Gap
Reasons For Gender Pay Gap In U.S.A
Male Eating Disorders Impacted By Beauty Standards
Public Opinion On Abortion
What The Global Gag Rule Really Is
6-Year-Old Girls And Their Intelligence
Female Members Of Congress
Human Trafficking – Men Included