Patriarchy: Raising Voice Against Feminism has been edited by Rushi Bhimani.
Fuck Feminism. It is pointless. It is hypocritical, and feminists are overrated. This so-called feminism is put in place just to ridicule men. Someone has to raise the voice against feminism.
I am a feminist.
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So all you feminazis pre-equipped with bold comments, rushing towards the post, relax! I am not here to say anything against feminism. Well, not today! For those who came here to soothe their inner ego, please hang on, I have something to say.
Quite often, men ridicule those supporting feminism. For those who struggle supporting feminism, being a feminist does not make you gay, being a feminist does not make you a “synonym of a cat, sometimes used to refer to a certain female body-part” (“pussy”, in case you did not figure that one out). Being a feminist just means that you empathise with men and women equally, and support the notion of women having equal rights as men. As illogical as it may seem to you, supporting feminism has nothing to do with one’s sexuality.
Feminism /ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/: (noun)
Advocating women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
It happens quite often while we scroll through our social media feeds, we feel like feminism has gone too far, and does not stand for what it was supposed to. True, “it” has gone too far, but only to prove a certain point. I am not here to advocate the movements of feminists. However, I would still firmly support what they stood for in the first place.
Women’s rights on the ground of the equality of sexes. Not supremacy of women. Often though, some people manage to confuse it with the latter and create a lot of noise along the way.
Okay, now that we have established what feminism is and what it stands for, answer me this. Do you feel the slightest bit of guilt for denouncing the term because you thought it was something else? I think you do. Now, most people would agree that there certainly was a need for feminist movements in a few countries back in, say, the fifties or the sixties, and today there is no need for it. Women have advanced enough to have a place in the most reputed and noble professions. Lots of women can now safely walk in their cities.
But is it enough? Does that really mean that we do not need feminism anymore? How can this possibly justify your word against the cause? Simply because in some places women can have the liberty of being anywhere, and are provided incentives for their better future, does not mean that we have reached a state where men and women are equal. Lots of women face difficulties in opening up about the inconvenience they face even in their own houses, or workplaces. And the fact you are not familiar with such cases seconds the need for more awareness.
One such case is of a girl who was assaulted by a student of Stanford University. You can read her testimony here. Awed? Shocked? One would assume that students of such a great institution would never indulge in cases like that. Guess what? One would be wrong. I know we are digressing from the topic, but at the end, it all adds up. It is shocking that even in cities hailed as bastions of education, humanity seemingly was failed and forgotten. What is more pressing is that the accused was sentenced to a period of just six months. God forbid, had it been one of your relatives or friends, would you sit back? Why now then?
Still, some counter, “Even men are falsely accused of rape.” Anyone falsely accused of anything is unjustifiable. But that is not an explanation for anyone’s grudge against feminism. Feminism supports equality, that means standing up for the injustice done to women or men, regardless of their sex.
The problem with us is that, as the world walks towards modernisation, we seem to keep losing empathy for individuals. We start taking things for granted. We momentarily get affected by an incident happening next door, heave a sigh, and keep walking. In the quest of achieving, we tend to give fewer fucks for the society, not understanding that the society defines us, as much as we define it. Some would argue that issues like global warming, the crisis in Syria, and terrorism are more important to focus on. Granted, they are important, but we will not be able to solve them until we get the basics right.
So, as much as I hate to admit it, unless and until men and women simultaneously stand for the unconditional equality of the sexes, we will not get anywhere. It is time we stand up. Not just to fight for the rights of men or women, but to unite our efforts in making the world a better place.
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