So this week, feminism and misogyny have been talked about a lot.
I can’t remember the last time this topic was talked about so much.
While I’m happy that important issues like misogyny and feminism are getting some limelight – I’m also a little confused. Does it have to take someone like Elliot Rodger to really bring this sort of stuff up in the media?
It seems some people think feminism is about hating all men – and some women are making reasons for others to believe that. It saddens me, because feminism was such a powerful movement to create equal opportunities and we have come such a long way from the sister suffragette days. However there are obviously people who still think women and men aren’t equal and never will be. Which is something I want to see change.
I stumbled across some ad campaigns for Free The Nipple and UN Women where you type in “women should” in Google search bar and you get the following:
This made my heart sink. I felt like crying and thought of all that women fought for and thought about my mother, sisters, cousins and every woman in my family and the world. It really diminished all that women have worked so hard for.
With a heavy heart I decided to compare this to “men should”.
Sooo nothing apparently – which is awesome. Men apparently have nothing they should or shouldn’t do according to average searches on Google. We all know this isn’t true though; there are stereotypes around men. For example; men shouldn’t cry, men should open the door for women and so on and so forth. However it seems that this isn’t as of high importance to stereotypes surrounding women.
I thought why stop there? I decided to search more and compare more. I got these searches:
It’s apparent there are more negative things surrounding women still. It’s also fascinating that both sexes are focussed on being better than the other.
So both searches for women result in negative auto-fills whereas the men search has wonderfully positive outcome. The auto-fill for ‘men can stop rape’made me smile I must admit.
And the final searches
These searches had very similar outcomes. They are both to do with work.
Basically what I take from these searches is that things are progressing whilst at the same time diminishing and that people are still so focussed on competition between genders.
Everything is confusing basically.
In a world developing to allow people to be proud of who they are no matter what (e.g. trans gender, gay, asexual etc. ) I’m surprised people are still so focussed on pinning women and men against each other.
Yes I think it is healthy for a little comparison (as you can see from my little research) but in order for people to truly develop we need to focus more on becoming a world that doesn’t discriminate based on gender and a world that judges purely on skill and character.
However there is still a lot to be done to squash sexism (towards men as well as women) and like my very intelligent tutor said: we can only change things if it’s right in front of our faces. People won’t want to change anything they aren’t forced to see. That’s why it’s good to have media circulating around topics like sexism and misogyny. My only hope is that one day we will have developed enough that compassion and understanding is a part of every day life and ignorance is unheard of.
Oh to live in a perfect world.
What do you think? Is feminism about empowering women? Is there still a lot to do to stop misogyny? Leave a comment and of course, if you like what you see follow me on social media – it’ll help out a lot.