I'm a Female Who is Sick of Other Females Putting Down Feminism

I'm a Female Who is Sick of Other Females Putting Down Feminism

Because it seems to be happening a lot lately
Feminism - the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

If you are a female who says you are against feminism, according to its definition, you are saying that you don't think women should be treated as equal to men politically, economically, and socially. Being a woman myself, I can't imagine why any woman would say that females should be treated as lesser than men. If you believe that women have an equal place in society, then you are a feminist, by definition (and yes, men can be feminists, too).

Lately, it seems that the word "feminist" is an insult. There's an article I've seen tossed around that makes some troubling points about why the author thinks the modern feminist movement isn't necessary, and how modern feminists worry too much about minute issues. It hurts me to hear other women put down a movement that represents them, especially when the need for feminism is still so great.

Middle-aged (and older) white males are deciding whether or not females are legally permitted to have abortions. Those same men try to make birth control less available to women or make that birth control outrageously expensive for their own profit. That's not equality.

Many women can't walk down the street alone without fearing for their safety. Those same women are being taught that they need to act and dress a certain way to avoid getting raped, while male rapists are not being rightfully punished by judges for fear of "ruining their future." That's not equality.

Women are called "bitches" when they speak their minds and take leadership roles. Those same women work hard to make their own way in the world, only to be criticized for wrecking the familial structure by men who feel their masculinity is being threatened by intelligent and successful women. That's not equality.

Men can talk about women in a degradingly sexual way and it be dismissed as "locker-room talk" because "boys will be boys." Those same men can become the President of the United States, even after being accused of rape several times. That's not equality.

Women should not have to live with these standards and be satisfied. Just because things are better now than they have been before does not mean that they can't be even better than they are now. The movement does not become invalid just because some women don't think that their lives are affected dramatically by sexism.

I experience sexism firsthand. I'm not content with being treated like I can't possibly be as smart as a male. I'm not content with being catcalled when I play a male-dominated sport just because the guys want to buffer their egos. I'm not content with that uncomfortable feeling of being surrounded by all males while they crack offensive jokes. I don't think any woman should be content with that. This is why feminism matters.

And the arguments that people often make against feminism fly in the face of the real goals of the movement. Yes, women and men are biologically different. Each and every human being is biologically different. Does that mean that equality is unachievable? No, it means that it is even more important. Feminism does not ask that women and men compete equally in sports. It does not ask that men be forced to experience the pains of having a period once a month. It asks that women and men be seen on the same level intellectually, economically, and in their importance to society.

And chivalry? It lives. Feminism does not feel insulted when men hold doors for women. It does not refuse to allow men to pay for dinner. It embraces the respect that gentlemen choose to show to women. It only rejects the idea that women should be treated as fragile, dependent on males, and incapable of paying for their own meals. Chivalry should come from a place of respect, not from the idea of female inferiority. That is all feminism asks.

Feminists believe that men and women deserve to be treated equally - not the same, but as equals. And I hope that the women who put down this idea realize that we are not fighting against men, but for women. By putting down the movement for unrelated reasons, it belittles feminism's true purpose. It is not a movement rooted in hate; it is rooted in love for women and men alike. It is a movement that embraces all of humanity and wants each and every person to have an equal voice. It fights for you, whether you ask it to or not.

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What Happened to the Black Dahlia?

Elizabeth Smart, or The Black Dahlia, an actress, was tragically murdered on January 15, 1947. While her murder was over 70 year ago, who killed her and what happened on that tragic day that ended her life is still unknown today. The young actress was only 22 when her body was surgically cut in half and she was brutally murdered.

According to Time.com her body was found between 39th and Coliseum streets in Los Angeles. A mother and her daughter were on a walk, and came across something that looked like a mannequin. However, it wasn't a mannequin at all, it was the body of Elizabeth Short. Her body looked so much like a mannequin because not only was her body cut in half, but her mouth was cut into a clown-like smile. A young aspiring actress, with so much potential and life ahead of her, had it cut away from her in a tragic and senseless act, but who committed this act, we still don't know.

According to biography.com, there were many false murder confessions and there was really only one witness to the crime. A witness spotted a black sedan parked near where Elizabeth Smart's body was found in the early morning hours, but that was all that witness really knew.

In the past five years a new suspicion of a suspect has emerged. Steve Hodel, the son of Dr. George Hill Hodel believes his father killed Elizabeth Short, or The Black Dahlia. His father was a surgeon, and Steve Hodel doesn't think it is a coincidence that Elizabeth Short's body was cut in half, her murder was done with the precision of a surgeon's hands. According to biography.com, because of Steve Hodel's suspicion of his father's involvement with the murder of the Black Dahlia, he decided to investigate his father's home. Along with a retired police officer, Paul Dostie, and a police dog named Buster, he conducted an investigation of the house in February of 2013. Biography.com also stated that Buster detected a scent of decomposing flesh in past investigations and in this particular investigation, they took soil samples from underneath his father's house to the lab. Unfortunately, the only other evidence against Dr. George Hill Hodel, is a recording between him and an unidentified person, where he said "Supposin' I did kill the Black Dahlia. They couldn't prove it now. They can't talk to my secretary because she's dead."

Unfortunately even 71 years later, almost 71 years exactly, Elizabeth Short still hasn't gotten her justice, and we may never know who killed her.

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The #MeToo Movement continues to grow.

We've seen an unreal amount of #MeToo tweets over the past few months and then many Time's Up buttons at the Golden Globes. Not to mention, this weekend at the second Women's March, women from all over the world carried signs that spoke of their own experiences with sexual violence. Because of the way social media works, it is impossible to ignore the #MeToo Movement today. We cannot pretend that sexual assault is not an epidemic in our world right now. It seems that every day we hear of another sexual assault victim, another person in a place of power abusing that position. Women (and men) around the world are being wildly brave and coming forward with their personal stories of sexual assault or harassment.

The movement was originally started 10 years ago by Tarana Burke with hopes to bring together victims of sexual violence. Recently, it was reintroduced by Alyssa Milano on Twitter and has since continued to grow on social media. With all the new public allegations against prominent people in various industries, it makes it impossible to ignore a movement that was previously very internal to the victims. It can be alarming to many to see the amount of women who are responding on Twitter or Facebook and saying #MeToo. However, the amount of women who have experienced various forms of sexual misconduct is not really shocking to most women. It is saddening and it is awful, but we have all known for a while that this was the reality of the patriarchal world we live in. The difference now is just that people are gaining the courage to share their stories due to the increase in publicity for the subject.

Many people have claimed that this is a wide attack on men - that women are trying to get men out of the workplace. I heard one accusation that these men are getting in trouble for simply "being men." Why is it impossible to be a man without touching women without their consent? Why is it not necessary for men who do this to have consequences? People are being hurt, and some peoples' immediate concerns are the well-beings of men committing sexual assaults.

This is not a feminist movement or a political statement. This is about the reality of our society. It's dangerous and it's unfair. Before, it was accepted that sexual assaults occurred, but mainly in the bar scene or on college campuses. It is troublesome to hear that this is happening in workplaces - places where relationships are meant to be professional or, at the very least, appropriate.

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