We Still Need Feminism
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We Still Need Feminism

The world is still a sexist place and until women and men are treated fairly feminism is still necessary.

We Still Need Feminism

First glance at the world around you and many will argue that feminism has already done its job and is simply ridiculous now. I would urge them to take another look. Yes, women can vote. I don’t mean to minimize the amazing victory that this was… In 1920. Almost a century later and women can vote, we can be doctors and CEO’s. But we still aren’t paid the same as men. We are still being treated like property. Even our medical concerns aren’t taken as seriously. So I’m going to give you a list of 10 reasons why we still need feminism.

1. Men are paid on average $10,000 more per year than women.

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2. Only 4.0 percent of CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies are women according to Catalyst.org

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3. I am still asked if it's my time of the month anytime I'm angry or upset.

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4. Men who cry are compared to girls.

Which is supposed to be offensive. Why would being compared to a woman be offensive? Women are awesome. A woman gave birth to you. A woman is the reason computers work. A woman invented the ice cream maker. Ancient women were the first to make and drink beer. Women are awesome. So why is it so bad to be compared to one?

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5. People feel like it's completely okay to not only ask me if I'm going to have kids, when my answer is no, feel they are also entitled to the reason why I am not going to put my body through nine months of pain and then labor.

It's none of your business and just because I'm a woman doesn't mean one of my only purposes on this earth is to have children. Having babies is just another crazy, awesome thing I can do if I want to.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F04%2F05%2F635954300486905161-312545572_Signs-youre-a-badass-woman-7.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=70&h=e80d38ddb365ae1eaf6284d17afe4184127c424c67f5bbc6a5568a0d61b97314&size=980x&c=1884723749 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F04%252F05%252F635954300486905161-312545572_Signs-youre-a-badass-woman-7.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D70%26h%3De80d38ddb365ae1eaf6284d17afe4184127c424c67f5bbc6a5568a0d61b97314%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1884723749%22%7D" expand=1]

6. The amazing United States of America... is the is the only developed country to not have a law requiring companies provide paid maternity leave.

Because women are going to have kids, and that forces them to take time away from their careers. But we in America aren't going to give them a paid leave of absence? For heaven's sake, catch up America.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F04%2F05%2F6359543007060574791501054453_Merida%2520frustrated.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=765&h=bc40215ea20f46fa44edc53ef2bb92bdb272cb0db2c863e61964353760a0ae04&size=980x&c=3008858686 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F04%252F05%252F6359543007060574791501054453_Merida%252520frustrated.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D765%26h%3Dbc40215ea20f46fa44edc53ef2bb92bdb272cb0db2c863e61964353760a0ae04%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3008858686%22%7D" expand=1]

7. When a woman is assaulted one of the first questions we ask are, "What were you wearing?" and "Were you drunk?"

Come on! How about we teach people not to rape instead of how to not get raped?[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F04%2F05%2F635954301952106054-1608964572_raven.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=27&h=c1e2be8db4abbf7a0e72ea5013b8ea959b8c907e6b63b82e2077988120e80dbf&size=980x&c=4277428950 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F04%252F05%252F635954301952106054-1608964572_raven.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D27%26h%3Dc1e2be8db4abbf7a0e72ea5013b8ea959b8c907e6b63b82e2077988120e80dbf%26size%3D980x%26c%3D4277428950%22%7D" expand=1]

8. Boys can't play with Barbies without being called gay.

Kids who play with Barbies are generally around 5. And 5-year-olds are not concerned with liking boys or girls. they just want to play with the cool dolls. So gendered toys are kind of pointless.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F04%2F05%2F635954303436766594-1393290410_ron.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=888&h=3ad3a71f1fafcdd691d93fa5e70445a369b1285aff925482f7ca09263e177a22&size=980x&c=402271474 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F04%252F05%252F635954303436766594-1393290410_ron.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D888%26h%3D3ad3a71f1fafcdd691d93fa5e70445a369b1285aff925482f7ca09263e177a22%26size%3D980x%26c%3D402271474%22%7D" expand=1]

9. Doctor patient privilege is there so the patient can be in control of his or her own medical decisions.

And yet there are laws regarding what a woman can do with her own body. So no one can interfere between a doctor and a patient... Unless the patient is a woman.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F04%2F05%2F6359543049611028152024021947_brittany%2520gif.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=952&h=b3da3cfcb3407d7f758667f9bc318d00bf567405ba5021f151fa95baf22fb68c&size=980x&c=1731757249 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F04%252F05%252F6359543049611028152024021947_brittany%252520gif.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D952%26h%3Db3da3cfcb3407d7f758667f9bc318d00bf567405ba5021f151fa95baf22fb68c%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1731757249%22%7D" expand=1]

10. Have you looked at the media recently?

Women are sexualized and objectified and no one seems to be bothered?[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F04%2F05%2F635954305773157835-234370454_annoyed.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=43&h=ca69306708aafdf085cd76dd75c39775e2bd6efaa561fbe51ebde021bb5aa8a5&size=980x&c=2030317116 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F04%252F05%252F635954305773157835-234370454_annoyed.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D43%26h%3Dca69306708aafdf085cd76dd75c39775e2bd6efaa561fbe51ebde021bb5aa8a5%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2030317116%22%7D" expand=1]

So yes we still need feminism. Because women are still not seen as equals. So until women are seen as equals and given equal opportunities and no longer degraded feminism will be necessary.

~A Proud Feminist

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