In Saudi Arabia, women are mostly prohibited from driving.
There is no specific law, but the culture itself prohibits it. Women driving will, as many put it, ‘undermine social values’.
In Saudi Arabia, women cannot open a bank account without a husband or other male relative’s approval.
In Saudi Arabia, many public buildings have separate entrances for men and women.
In Saudi Arabia, women are prohibited from using public swimming pools. They are only allowed to use private or all-female pools.
In Vatican City, women are not allowed to vote.
When Saudi Arabia sent their female representatives to the Olympics, they called them ‘prostitutes’.
They attempted to stop them from even competing.
In Saudi Arabia, a woman is not allowed to try on clothes in a store.
In Saudi Arabia, a woman cannot marry without her family’s consent, usually the patriarchal figure.
In Egypt, a woman’s testimony is legally worth half of a man’s.
In Mauritania, atheism, refusal to pray, the consumption of alcohol, and any disobedience to Sharia law is punishable lapidation, amputation, and flagellation. (the beating, cutting of limbs, or stoning another person.)
It is 2017, people.
We are supposed to be living in a progressive society. We are supposed to be living in a world that is only on the way up. We are supposedly evolving, not descending into a pit of misogyny.
If we are evolving, and have been supposedly evolving for millions, even billions, of years now, why is this still a problem? If human nature is inherently good, if we all have ‘goodness to our core’, if we are to live life like tomorrow is not guaranteed, if we are striving for equality…
Why is this still a problem?
Why are feminists today focusing on free birth control, ‘reproductive rights’ that will supposedly be under attack because of a new president, and the right to murder innocent children?
This is not feminism.
This is not equality.
This is whining. This is immaturity. This is the inability or simply the refusal to see out of your own, privileged little bubble of a life.
I cannot say it enough, this is not what feminism should be about.
According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of feminism is, “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”
Your so called, ‘right’ to murder, or, pardon me, ‘terminate’, your pregnancy does not fall under any of those categories.
You say, “What about women who were raped? Who didn’t choose this? What about cases of incest? What about when the mother’s life is at risk, or when the baby’s life is at risk anyways?”
According to Wm. Robert Johnson, as far as reasons given for abortions…
In cases of rape = .3%
In cases of incest = .03%
In cases of risk to maternal life = .1%
In cases of risk to maternal health = .8%
In cases of fetal health issues = .5%
This implies that 98.27% of abortions are elective.
The mother was not in danger.
The baby was not in danger.
The mother had consensual relations, and whether meaning to or not, got pregnant.
Many pro-abortion advocates like to tout the phrase, “If you don’t like abortions, then don’t have one.”
Well, does that mean that I can go around saying, “If you don’t like murder, then don’t murder people.”
Do you see the problem here?
If you had the knowledge that one of your friends, one of your family members, even a stranger, was about to be killed, you would be concerned, wouldn’t you?
But no, no. If you don’t like murder, then don’t murder.
I am a strong feminist. I believe in the equality of women’s and men’s rights.
But, last I checked, murder is illegal in the United States. And with an overwhelming amount of pregnancies being terminated all over the world today, what have we done to help the cause?
We have promoted it.
It is not the government’s responsibility to pay for your abortion. It is not the government’s responsibility to pay for your birth control.
Monitoring and helping women’s health? I am all for that.
Forcing the government and tax payers to pay for your abortion and your birth control?
I cannot say it enough, this is not feminism.
First wave feminism focused on real issues and problems.
The women’s suffrage movement.
Equal rights and opportunities in the workplace.
Empowerment of females of all ages, relationship statuses, and backgrounds.
Let’s get one thing straight here.
You have the right to vote.
You have the right to speak your mind, you have freedom of speech.
You have the right to choose and practice your religion, so long as it doesn’t harm another human.
You have the right to keep and bear arms, so long as you don’t harm another human.
You have the right to peacefully assemble and protest.
You have the right and freedom to petition.
You have the right to privacy.
You have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
These are some of the rights laid out in the Bill of Rights, an important document on which our country was founded.
We are relatively privileged in America.
Legally, a woman must receive equal pay for equal work to a man.
Some women choose to be stay at home moms, or work part time to take care of their children. Maybe they will work fewer hours to help take care of their families.
There is nothing wrong with that.
Some women choose to go out into the world and climb the ladder. Maybe they will work more hours than another man in the office. Maybe they don’t have a family or a spouse, but instead choose to be single, independent, and work on themselves.
There is nothing wrong with that.
Legally, women in America have the same constitutional rights that men have.
This is not so in other countries.
There are countries around the world, largely in the Middle East, that still have legally binding laws prohibiting women from doing things we consider basic, daily activities.
Opening a bank account.
Running on a grocery run to the store by ourselves.
Going for a swim in the town pool on a hot, summer day.
Wearing clothing that we choose, that is comfortable to us.
Competing in sports.
Going to the church or religious institution of our choice.
Women all over the world are both legally and culturally prohibited from doing these basic tasks that we consider trivial.
And yet we complain that the government won’t cover our birth control?
It’s time for feminists all over the world to stop whining and start talking about real issues. Real problems in the world today.
Let’s pop our bubble of privilege and focus on someone else for a change.
I am a proud, intelligent, informed woman. I know who I am. I know what I am capable of.
Will I be a stay at home mom who home-schools her children?
I don’t know.
Will I be a powerful, highly educated, single woman on the rise of the corporal ladder?
I don’t know.
But I do know that I am privileged to live in America where I have all the same rights as a man. Do we still have to fight sexism in America? Sure. Of course. Women will always have to deal with this. There will always be ignorant, misogynistic jerks who think its okay to catcall women. There will always be men who think its okay to take advantage of a women when she is inebriated, there will always be simpletons who view women as objects rather than the intelligent, strong, capable human beings that they are.
Sexism is still around in America.
But we cannot solely focus on our own issues and ignore the prevalent, important issues that face oppressed women all around the world. Feminism should unite us, not pit us against one another.
Feminism is about equality. Let’s start acting like it.