Women make up 50% of the population, yet the question “Why are you a feminist?” is constantly asked. Why am I a feminist? Because women make up 50% of the population and 50% of the population is treated like they’re inferior and unimportant. How can we disregard an entire subset of people and think that’s okay? And then blatantly shame the people who wish to see change?
I’m a feminist because there is sexism in this world. Because women experience it first hand. Because men experience it first hand. The media has overwhelmed us with the idea that women are waiting around patiently for a man to rescue her, for a man to make her feel alive, for a man to financially provide for her because women are weak, should not hold power, and should definitely not be the bread winners. This does not make for a balanced society. No one should be happy with this situation. We live in a very independent world, yet it is so encouraged that women play damsel in distress while men play the heroes. In actuality, men and women both are heroes. We both play very important roles in society, and our roles are not different. We provide for ourselves because we are human.
But feminism is not seen as a movement to help both women and men. When people of power shed false light on feminism, that view is respected and it is encouraged. We see people like Pat Robertson, an executive chairman, and Bill O’Reilly, an author, historian, journalist, etc., and Todd Akin, a former US Representative, and we hear them constantly make sexist comments about women and somehow this makes it believable. Young women see the way women are represented in this country, and it causes a downfall of opportunities.
We need to remember that the reason these men have power is because of the deep-rooted sexism in the media. They’re getting away with it because men control what we see on television. We’re supposed to be a country with democracy, but what is a democracy if 50% of the population is not contributing?
The reason we are not achieving equality is from the false notion that feminism is about women superiority and male inferiority, when in reality, feminists are interested in removing all gender roles, and all inferiority. The problem comes from fear. The men in power, I repeat, men in power (so yes, not all men) are afraid that women are trying to achieve the level of superiority that men have held on to for so long. Feminists do not want to see men thrown into rivers with stones weighing them down to see if they float, feminists do not want to see men banned from voting, feminists do not want to see the downfall of men. Feminists want to see women correctly represented in the media, feminists want to see women in politics, feminists want to see women walking down the street without the fear of rape. Feminists want equality. Feminists want justice.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population. Because women are human beings. Because women should be represented as more than objects for the male gaze.
I am a feminist because I’m a woman. I am a feminist because there are people in my life that I care deeply about who are women and these women should not have to compromise their lives to support traditional patriarchal values.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population but only 20% of women comprise Congress.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population but only 71 countries in the world have had female presidents and America is not one of them.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population but only 35 women have served as governors, whereas 2,319 men have served.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population, but only 11% of protagonists in films were women in 2011.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population, but only 5.8% of all television shows are owned by women.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population, but only 6% own radio stations.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population, yet the media constantly discourages women to take leadership roles. I am a feminist because the media dehumanizes women, leading to citizens dehumanizing women, leading to women dehumanizing themselves.
I am a feminist because I care more about human rights than I do the power of the 1% in this country.
I am a feminist because women make up 50% of the population and I’m tired of trying to elaborately explain myself using facts and sources about the exploitation of women. Half of the humans on this earth are women, and people are still asking why we care about women’s rights.