I'm An American Woman That Should Be Enough

I'm An American Woman That Should Be Enough

I shouldn't have to define myself due to society's actions.

No, this is not a post bashing Feminist, nor is it a post destroying those that aren't. This is an article regarding the world in which we're currently living in.

A Women's March had taken place on January 21, 2017. This march led to numerous articles being written, some for and some against. A post titled "You Are Not Equal. I'm Sorry" was one of these said posts as a response to another woman's article describing her feelings of being equal to men.

Now, I fully support the Women's March and all that we as a whole are trying to overcome; however, I don't agree with this article that was written. It starts off by stating that the women before us "did not have better things to do than march and protest and rally." I am honored to be a woman. One born into these freedoms because of women such as Rosa Parks and Margaret Sanger. They were able to accomplish amazing milestones for our gender and for that I will always be thankful. What I'm not okay with is women that find it okay to discourage those which didn't walk.

No, I did not attend the Women's March, but this doesn't make me "wrapped up in my delusion of equality." What it makes me is a woman. A woman getting paid the same amount of money as men in the same line of work as me. I do not "sit on a pedestal and type," nor do I feel privileged or entitled.

I will always support women that march for our rights, but what I won't support is those that abuse their rights. Those with signs stating "My P*ssy Bites Back" and diminishing those which didn't walk.

We've been given the freedom of speech as a whole and we've taken that to extremes. Believing it's okay to hold up signs and posters with the words "A Vagina Brought You Into This World, A Vagina Will Vote You Out." These signs completely degrade us. Discussing our reproductive organs because it's okay for women to use that language, but not a man.

Together, we are women. All of us deal with "cat-calling" and "justifying our behavior." The women who marched are not the only ones which share these issues. Today alone, I had to zip up my jacket and keep my head down as a man had his eyes on everything except my face. I know this isn't right, but I also know I alone cannot stop it.

If we want equality, we have to realize that we objectify men the same way they objectify us. I understand we are not fully equal, but I feel our nation is more equal that it was before.

I am a woman and I am proud, but I'm not proud of some of our women with this mindset. The mindset that if we don't protest and rally for our gender, then we are not worthy. I am an American woman and this should be enough. I shouldn't have to label myself any further to please my own gender. We are one unit, whether we choose to honor it or not. We must respect one another's beliefs before we can ever gain respect from our male party.

These issues are nothing new for us.

An Inauguration took place Friday, January 20, 2017. The Women's March took place that Saturday. Where were you Thursday, January 19? Where were you two weeks ago, two months ago, two years ago? These are the same issues we've been dealing with for decades now. Are you marching for the rights of women or are you marching for a personal opinion against a man who is now our President?

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Hey, Do You Even Know What The Feminist Movement Is About?

If you don't think you need feminism – you are entitled to that opinion, but I will keep fighting for us both.

I keep seeing a lot of articles from women claiming that they don’t need feminism. If you think that, fine.

You are entitled to your own opinion no matter how wrong I think it is, but so am I. You may not see all the ways that feminism has touched your life, but I do.

I can use my vote to have a voice in my government. I can choose what’s best for my future in terms of education and career. I have rights over what happens to my body. All outcomes of the fights feminists have fought for women in our country. If you choose not to honor those fights, that is up to you. All choices, however, come with consequences.

What we conceive as our rights have not always been so, and could cease to be so at any time. The last year has proven that the unimaginable can in fact happen and that there are individuals in high stakeholding positions of our country that can make unconstitutional decisions at the drop of a dime.

I need feminism because there are people out there who want to defund health institutions focused on providing necessary services to low-income women, who would otherwise suffer without.

I need feminism because there are people out there who think that a woman still has a certain role to be filled based on their own preconceived notions of what it means to be a woman, rather than an individual woman’s hopes and dreams. I need feminism because there are people out there who think women have an obligation to abide by certain rules that have no standing in the lives of men.

I need feminism because there are people out there who are offended by women using their breasts for their natural, biological intentions but find it perfectly acceptable to use breasts to sell their products by sexualizing the female body in advertisements.

I need feminism because my little brother is six and already thinks there are certain toys he can’t play with because they are “not for little boys”. I need feminism because our criminal justice system cares more about the future of sexual assailants than their victims. I need feminism because there are people out there who find it appropriate to scream out profanities to women on the street and find no issue with making women feel uncomfortable as they go about an average day. I need feminism because when I bring up any of these issues or even claim myself as a feminist I am responded to with rolled eyes and tightened facial features. People are literally rolling their eyes at the idea of equality.

Oh, you don’t like feminists because you think they are extremists? There are extremists in literally any identifiable group of people you look at. There are conservatives, and then there are alt-right neo-Nazi white supremacists. There are Muslims, and then there is ISIS. There are Christians, and then there are Westboro Baptists. None of these groups are defined by those who take their definitions and doctrines into their own hands and mold them into identities to hide behind while they fulfill their own agendas. The same is true for feminists.

Feminism is about equality of all people (regardless of their gender, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, or whatever other categories by which we can further define people). Feminism looks to alleviate inequality as it relates to and is caused by patriarchal norms and misogynistic attitudes. If that sounds anything like hating men or just being too lazy to shave or whatever other stereotypes you can think of, then you are grossly missing the point.

This is why I need feminism. I need it for myself, my mother, my grandma, my brother, my niece, my nephew, my neighbor, my community.

So if you don’t think you need feminism I am truly happy for you that you haven’t yet felt the oppression that women all over the country are facing, but I strongly urge you to really re-evaluate what you think feminism is and why you don’t think you need it. If you still feel the same way – you are entitled to that opinion, but I will keep fighting for us both.

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