I'm all about some #GirlPower, trust me, I really am. But I'm not about some #GirlPower at the expense of someone else.
See, I'm not quite sure when feminism became a game of becoming better than men, but I don't like it. By "becoming better than men" aren't you becoming that which you hated in the first place?
It's a double standard to say that it's not OK for men to be better than women, but it's OK for women to be better than men. Inserting a different gender into the fill-in-the-blank statement doesn't make its value any different.
I am a very proud feminist on the grounds of what feminism is intended to be. I'm fighting for equality of opportunity to men, not to be better than them because quite frankly, you are literally becoming what you said you once hated.
As a Christian, I believe that all beings were created in the image of God and that all beings are important. God loves all of his children equally. I don't see how I could possibly fight that I am "better than someone" and be OK with it.
That's not how humankind was ever intended to be.
I think that by not revising our brand, we're doing ourselves a disservice. We look like a bunch of hypocrites if we stand here and make a fuss to be the very thing we don't want men to be.
It doesn't make it OK for a gender to be superior just because it's your gender that's on top.
That's saying it doesn't actually matter if someone is superior as long as it benefits me.
That is selfish and not at all feminism. You're not empowering anyone by trying to stomp other people into the ground.
Is that really what we want feminism to be known as? The movement that supports acting like a child and pushing one gender down just so you can be on top?
What happened to a fight for equality?
A fight that had a purpose.
I type this article on my laptop that boasts a "the future is female" sticker, but I don't think the future should be female if we're going to turn it into an "America's Next Top Model" spin-off called "America's Next Top Gender."
Wouldn't it be beautiful to have a world where men and women are working side by side actively, together, on the same project?
Wouldn't it be awesome to have a world where we don't say, "Oh, she's a great CEO for a woman," and just said, "She's a great CEO."
We need to stop focusing on being better than men because we're losing our movement, and rapidly at that.
We need to focus on what is important, and that's equal pay for equal work and showing that women can be just as amazing at their jobs as men and that we do belong in the places society says we don't belong in.
I'm a very proud feminist, and I don't hide it. But a world that is solely dedicated to which gender is on top today was never the intention of feminism.
Remember, it's about proving we can do the job and that we have the skills to do it, not trying to get the job and then push every man out of the company.
My fellow feminists, let's not turn into the very thing we hate.