Posted by Godelieve
“Whenever I hear the "Women are paid $.78 for the man’s $1" I flip it around. Men make $1.28 for every woman’s $1.  It interests me that even the most common simple measure of gender inequality is firmly based on male-as-normative …”

    - Patrick Richards- Fink

The oppression of females is extremely prevalent in our society still, and despite the progression of the public's opinion towards woman, we are still having to fight for what we deserve; our rights to be equal.  Recently through some of my classes we've been exploring the subject of misogyny and feminism and the results are actually surprisingly shameful. 

The Oxford English dictionary states that the definition of feminism is 'the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.' However, too many people believe that there is the shame in calling yourself a feminist, too often feminists are given the view of being over-dramatic and ridiculous, they are stereotyped to hate men and be unhygienic. This means that despite being oppressed, in order to not receive mockery, women will not call themselves feminists despite being so. I've heard the words 'I'm not a feminist, but I do believe that men and woman should be equal' uttered and what really shocked me was how uneducated a lot of people are about these issues.

One of the biggest reasons why we do not have the same rights as men, still may come from our representation in the media. Too often we are objectified and over-sexulised, this video really puts into context the ridiculousness of how woman are portrayed to the general public. 

The problem that arises is that this is the view that little children get daily, girls grow up thinking that this is okay way to portray themselves and boys are treated to see woman in far too much of a sexual light from a young age. An example of this would be Robin Thicke's infamous 'Blurred Lines' with an extremely catchy tune it's not surprising that it is played all the time and has become as widespread as it is leaving it stuck in our heads. However, children under the age of 10 sing it with not a faintest idea of what they are actually saying, and subconsciously their opinions on woman and sexual activity forms.

As well as political parties rightfully fighting, I think that we as a society need to educate the younger generations of today on the issues regarding inequality and misogyny, only then can we make a development on equal rights between men and woman. 
Men categorize women in one of four ways: 

Mothers, virgins, sluts and bitches. 
Of course none of the above is suitable for the modern business woman. 
But you can create your own image by selecting pieces of each archetype that work for you.
The sexual attractiveness of the slut.
The wisdom of the mother.
The integrity of the virgin.
The independence of the bitch.
This leaves men confused and unable to pigeonhole you.
What they are forced to do instead is take you seriously.


-Syrup

 





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