Are Women in the Way of Feminism?
In the beginning, if you believe god created heaven and Earth, then you can believe women have endured the subjugation of male-dominance since the start of time. Our culture is rooted in the traditions of male supremacy; as a result, men have certain freedoms, women, only dream of.
Women continue to suffer both socio-economically and politically. They have fought for generations toward gender equality and have suffered a lot of criticisms and ridicule, unexpectedly by other women. This lack of solidarity obstructs the overall advancement of Feminism.
Below are five points that will shed light on women being in the way of the feminist movement. Ultimately you decide. Are women in the way of feminism?
Abortion: According to gallup.com, (a site that specializes in surveys and polls), 46% of US citizens are Pro-Life and within that 46%, 41% were born with vaginas.
Shockingly many female conservatives are some of the same individuals who are anti-welfare assistance for single-parent mothers. Who is supposed to take care of these families? Why are these women anti-abortion?
Can you believe this poll was taken in May 2014? Abortion is still not fully covered by most insurances, yet Viagra is.
Gender Roles: There are a large number of women who still believe in 2015 an employed woman with a male domestic partner should do the majority of housekeeping and if children are involved also be the primary caretakers of the children.
As if it’s not hard enough for women making 77.5 cents for every dollar that men make. A lot of women believe women should make less money in the workplace and do more work in the home to not be intimidating to men.
Stacy Dash has defended the gender wage gap as well as denied the existence of gender inequality statistics and research. Dash stated that women are using it as an excuse not to persevere and become successful. “I don’t care if I am the lone voice in the woods, I will not let the government make women an entitlement class” –Stacey Dash.
Ask the females you know, some of their answers may surprise you. It’s absurd that the less enlightened believe that access to employment is a privilege and women should submit to a male domestic partner in the home.
Rape Victim Apathy: The latest Bill Cosby scandal has taught us that women are indeed the worst critics towards rape victims and many still sympathize with Bill Cosby in spite of overwhelming evidence. We live in a world where female jurors sit hearing a rape case involving female victims and “often reject another woman’s accusation of rape and sex abuse out of their own fear” (Tyre, 1991, p. 10).
So many women deny the validity of rape, and by doing so it only perpetuates their false sense of security as well as accusing victims of unscrupulous behaviors. As if what you are wearing, how many drinks you had, whom you’ve slept with, and what time of night it was (usual questions by women) in any way justify a rape.
Wonder why less than 20% of rape victims report an assault to the proper authorities? Unfortunately, due to the statute of limitations in some states, unreported rapes get swept under the rug.
If victims were treated with empathy rather than being met with contempt, it would lead to more convictions, fewer rapes, and possibly a safer world.
Domestic Violence Enablers: A large number of domestic violence victims rarely follow-up with the arrest and conviction of their attackers. Did you know that the majority of these DV victims are women? Courtroom professionals indicate that most DV cases get thrown out due to the following: Lack of evidence, recanting the initial claims, not showing up to court, and fear of losing their domestic partner.
Often most DV cases aren’t filed by the victim, usually by a third-party witness. Sometimes victims are usually pressured by other women not to complete the process along with their fear of being alone, the guilt of ruining their partner’s life, losing any financial assistance this person may have been providing, ultimately making victims more vulnerable to their victimizer(s).
Women often justify why they allow their victimizer to come back, especially when there are children involved. According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, “Females ages 18 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence”.
The outcome of many DV survivors frequently results in homelessness, limited resources and unsafe environments for their children. They are often shunned by other women typically their friends and family thus making them vulnerable to being repeatedly victimized.
Slut-Shaming: Who came up with the word slut anyway? Women are the biggest perpetrators of slut shaming. Slut-Shaming is the idea of humiliating a confident woman who goes against imposed sexual codes of conduct. More specifically the perceived assumption of promiscuity, usually by women against another woman, not intending or aware she may be portrayed in that light.
A good example is when the late Joan Rivers had an ongoing feud with Chelsea Handler. Joan said, “[Handler] made it on her back, f*cking the president [of E!] … we all know how she got there,”. Another case is Nene Leaks vs. Claudia Jordan of RHOA, “You’ve been f—–d by everybody in Hollywood. They done wore that out…….You’re a whore, you done slept with everybody. Your clit has left your body!” –Nene Leaks. Do you wonder how slut-shaming feuds begin? Does Jealousy, Envy, and Insecurity sound familiar?
If an attractive single woman passed out her business cards to a group of men while a group of insecure women is in the midst, most times those women will ostracize and slut-shame that woman, it seems to be a common theme.
When will the madness end?! Women, need one another. Unity is the key. Join a women’s group, volunteer at the local women’s shelter or domestic violence center, donate to a women’s foundation or charity. Put away the cat claws, get out-of-the-way and triumphantly eradicate gender inequality.
On a serious note, for more information for domestic violence, affordable housing, and public assistance please visit the resource link at www.TheWCE.org. We’d love to hear your feedback. Stay Empowered!