Radical Feminism Is Damaging The Image Of The Feminist Movement

Radical Feminism Is Damaging The Image Of The Feminist Movement

Man-hating isn't cute.
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Before I start this article, I want to state that I am a feminist and I am not trying to bash feminism. I believe women should have equal opportunities in jobs and schooling compared to their male counterparts. I also believe women should be respected as human beings and not viewed as purely a sexual object whose sole purpose is to reproduce. However, that’s not what this article is about.

There are quite a few issues I have with radical feminism. First and foremost, I’m sick of this new fad where women like to tear down men on social media and say things like “all men are trash” and “ugh I just hate men.” Tweeting about how you hate men isn't cute; honestly it’s just plain ignorant. I’m not going to sit here and pretend all men are angels and do no wrong, but women aren’t perfect either. People of both genders do horrible things, and there are people of both genders who are great people who don’t deserve to be categorized as “trash” just because of their gender.

This whole “man hating” fad is damaging the image of all feminists, most of whom believe that men and women should be treated equally and that men are not better than women and women are not better than men. Radical feminists hate the idea that some men believe they’re better than women, so I don’t know why they think it’s okay to try and state that women are better than men. FEMINISM IS ABOUT EQUALITY. These radical feminists who are constantly bashing men are what make people view all feminists as “man haters.” That is not what feminism is about, and I’m aggravated that radical feminists are tarnishing the feminist movement’s image by spewing this ignorance.

Another huge problem I have with radical feminism is that these women bash other women if they don’t agree with their radical views. Feminism is about equality and giving women the right to choose how they want to live their life. Want to be a stay at home mom? Great, spend time with your kids! Want to go to medical school to become a surgeon and have no kids? Great, get that degree! Some women want to be completely independent and have a career of their own, and some women want to be a stay at home mom who takes care of the house and kids, and some women want something in between. Ultimately, all of the choices are okay.

Women should be able to have the choice to do what they want with their life. What I tend to see a lot of is radical feminists bashing those women who want to be stay-at-home moms and be supported by their husbands. They say that they’re ruining equality for all women by allowing men to continue to run their lives, and I’m sorry but that’s just plain bullshit. If a woman wants to be a stay at home mom or a housewife, let her. I don’t understand why another woman’s life choices affect these other women so greatly. It’s her choice; the point of feminism is to allow women to have a choice. Stop bashing women for the life choices they make.

Feminism is not a bad movement. However, I do believe radical feminism is damaging the image of the feminist movement, which is what is causing so many men and even women to say they don’t support it. I even hesitate saying that I’m a feminist because of the bad image radical feminism has given it. No gender is better than the other, and women should be able to live their lives however they want. Radical feminism just can’t seem to grasp that.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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3 Things We Could Use Billions Of Dollars For That Isn't A Border Wall

All that money could be spent elsewhere

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Ever since he started on his campaign trail in 2014, President Donald Trump's most infamous campaign promise is his multi-billion dollar border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Now I call attention to the cost because the main logistical issue with this border wall, along with other harmful social and diplomatic controversies, is where funding would come from for this massive wall. Trump has gone from promising that Mexico would pay for the entire wall, and has now done a total 180 and is begging Congress for an estimated five billion dollars to create this wall. This struggle for him and the Republican party to win over this funding has led to the longest government shutdown in this country's history.

Whenever I turn on the news and see all the debates over this wall, I always come to the question of what else could this country do with this five billion dollar that could actually benefit all of the United States. For any socially conscious person, the answer to this question could take on infinite forms. For myself, amongst these various answers, there are three problems that could be alleviated, if not solved, by this five billion dollars. In this article, I will discuss these three areas of our country that have an everlasting impact on our daily lives.

1. Education

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As a child whose parents both started off their professional careers as public school teachers, I have experienced firsthand the ups and downs for those who work with the public school system and the system itself.

There are hundreds of schools across America that are underfunded, overcrowded and more segregation since the 60s. Hundreds of thousands of students are not receiving the proper education they need and so many problems that they face are eventually lost in the system. Teachers are also severely underpaid and overworked as it is. They face a lack of resources and are unable to reach their fullest potential when it comes to educating their students.

With these five billion dollars that could go towards public education, the sky's the limit. Schools would be able to buy updated textbooks, renovate old classrooms and adequately pay their staff. This money would have an endless impact on the families connected to the public school system.

2. Infrastructure

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When we think of the United States, of course, it is perceived as a first world country. However, there are many aspects to the country that is below first country standards. Infrastructure is one of them.

The current electrical grid in the United States was first built in the 1950s, and it hasn't been updated or renovated since then. There are so many counties across the country that face annual power outages due to our aging electrical infrastructure. This severe age has left us vulnerable to possible widespread power outages that could affect our daily lives indefinitely.

With this money, we could rapidly update our electrical grid and aging infrastructure. With these updates, everyday life for those who depend on public infrastructures, such as roads, government buildings, and public transportation.

3. Science

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One of the several topics that most people don't really pay attention to is the severe lack of funding for scientific research. It's been decades since a new class of antibacterial drugs has been created, and with a dramatic increase in usage of anti-bacterial drugs, our population would eventually become vulnerable to massive outbreaks of drug-resistant diseases.

If five billion dollars were to go to funding scientific research could go towards creating a new class of drugs that could help the world avoid more widespread epidemics in the future.

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