You may have seen my recent posts 10 Reasons You’re Not Calling Yourself a Feminist and Five Things That Suck About Being a Man. Well this post is like those two had a cute little blog baby. One reason I somehow managed to forget to list in the former of those two posts is that some people think that men and women are already equal therefore feminism is something only “feminazis” are still interested in.
This point was made recently by a work colleague of mine and here is my response to this argument against feminism as a legitimate and current political act.
Men are women are not equal yet.
AS A SOCIETY WE STILL MAKE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT PEOPLE’S CHARACTER BASED ON THEIR GENDER
A man who is waiting outside a school in his car is more likely to be assumed a paedophile whereas a woman would be assumed a mother waiting for their child. Thanks to gender constructs, some force themselves into a gender role therefore making themselves miserable or meeting stereotypes.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & RAPE CULTURE
One in four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime. Between 78% and 86% of stalking victims are female, with between 18% and 31% experiencing sexual violence within the context of stalking behaviour. We all know a woman who has been sexually assaulted in their lifetime and most women will be able to tell you of countless times men have crossed the line either online, in the workplace or in a social environment.
- Women ages 18 to 34 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
- More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners.
- In 2 out of 3 female homicide cases, females are killed by a family member or intimate partner
THERE ARE A LOT MORE HOMELESS MEN THAN WOMEN
Homelessness is a big problem in Britain but what I find a little disturbing is the number of homeless men. Men make up 74% of the homeless population which means that pretty much 3/4 of the homeless are male. Is it coincidence or are men and women treated so vastly differently that women get ‘rescued’ from homelessness and men are expected to fend for themselves.
THERE IS STILL BELOW 1/3 OF WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT AND THEY SEE THAT AS A TRIUMPH
According to the government “191 women MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election, 29% of all MPs and a record high. Prior to 1987 women had never been more than 5% of MPs” and it’s sad that they show pride in this ‘record high’ because it still doesn’t reflect the 52% female population we have.
SUICIDE IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DEATH FOR MEN BETWEEN 18 & 35
A sickening statistic more widely acknowledged after the success of Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive which talks about anxiety and depression and highlights some disturbing realities. Men and more likely to commit suicide and women are more likely to be attacked or murdered.
Do you agree that men and women aren’t yet equal or do you think the gender divide is a myth?
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