I’m a woman, not a feminist

I’ve always known I wasn’t a feminist – even though I wasn’t able to word exactly why.

I recently watched a video by Karen Straughan titled, “Feminism and the Disposable Male.”

Ashley Vanderford
Ashley Vanderford Reporter

In one video, she was able to say every word I never could find to explain why I empathized more with men when it came to gender inequality. I’ve been asked why I
wouldn’t identify with a group that fights for my rights as a female and, honestly, I can understand the question.

In school, I remember reading about a revolt led by a white man named John Brown. He attempted to arm slaves and rally them to fight back against their slave owners.

However, due to fear, they refused to fight. It absolutely appalled me that someone could let fear keep them from fighting for freedom and their rights as human being.

I can tell you that I don’t consider myself a feminist, because I am not repressed.
Life was not, is not, and can never be fair.

Yes, there is a stereotype that attempts to put females in a box; there is an expectation of what a woman should be.

I want feminists to open their eyes and realize that men are objectified, too.

Feminism says that society places men above women in status, and that couldn’t be more false.

From the beginning, it always has been “women and children first.” Society places men last and expects men to place themselves last as well.

Back in the day, women were valuable because, should something happen to them, the entire community was pretty much guaranteed extinction.

Because of that, women are protected and provided for.

Feminists somehow feel objectified and insulted by this behavior.

The reality is that people objectify each other, and seeing that it’s not going to change, it would be in your best interest to make peace with it now.
What it comes down to is: would you rather be seen as a prized possession or an easily replaceable throwaway?

There is this idea that guys are immature and insensitive, real men don’t cry; men are supposed to be strong and confident, domineering, and boys are mean-spirited troublemakers.

Women do not have a claim on inequality — it’s everywhere. As a waitress in a bar, I can tell you that being a woman works to my advantage. If I bat my eyes and laugh, I get a great tip.

My male counterparts, however, must work much harder than I do to make less. Statistics show that females will receive less jail time than their male counterparts after committing the same crime.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 83 percent of women win the children in custody battles between parents.

Women are not repressed; rather, they are used to getting what they want. Feminism in itself is not an empowering movement, but a destructive one.

Instead of loving and accepting others, feminists tend to tear down anyone who does not agree with their way of thinking.

While they may preach acceptance and equality, feminists frequently bash on men. If feminists would stop playing the victim and roaring about unequal rights every time they don’t get their way, they’d realize that everyone — no matter gender, race or religion — deals with prejudice and that life just isn’t fair.

As a nation, we need to stop pointing fingers and citing racism and discrimination as the reason we are treated in a negative way.

We need to realize that all people deal with issues. We should make an effort to treat every person with respect and give all people a fair chance to show us who they really are behind the stereotype society has placed upon them.

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