Hi, this is Christine. Modern feminism is widely misunderstood as a group of man-haters who hide behind the veil of empowering women. This is wrong as modern feminists’ only goal, just like their foremothers, is to make sure women have involvement in all parts of the society without any discrimination. Feminism has been the talk of the town for a long time, yet modern women still face big problems globally. Let’s figure out why that is by looking at the main issues with feminism today. That some of these problems still exist might surprise (and sadden) you.
1. Domestic Abuse
The ugly cycle of abuse against women still happens, and the amount of force and misogyny men bring to their violence towards women has sickeningly increased. According to the Femicide Census conducted in the UK, 46% of women were murdered by either their partner or an ex. Domestic violence has become a constant threat to women.
2. Feminism Today and Education
Since you can read this article, you have had some schooling. One of the main reasons for denied education to girls is the conservative minds of their families and most importantly poverty. Yes, education can be expensive. Thankfully, several organizations work round the clock to make education for females more accessible and safer than ever. The one that is particularly in the spotlight for making extremely good efforts is the Malala Fund.
3. Gender Discrimination and Sexism
Even though Beyonce’s song about feminism today says women run the world, gender discrimination is still very real. The recent proof was at the U.S. Open final in September 2018. Gender discrimination has always been a problem for women. Women get discriminated even if they’re at a party for the holidays, they get judged on their outfit. Meanwhile, men can wear nothing at all and get away with it because they are guys!
4. Period Shaming
Periods are a natural thing for females, yet it is still often a taboo topic or something to keep secret. For feminism today to advance, we must look and remove the unnecessary shame about menstruation. A new survey done in the UK says that more than one in three women has experienced period shaming through bullying, ‘time of the month’ jokes, or even isolation by people.
5. Teen Pregnancy
Teen pregnancy is a concern for feminism today. In the past, young expecting women were either shunned or hidden from society. Often they were forced to give up their babies. Nowadays, we are not this harsh, yet teen pregnancy is still a problem. Proper sex education and access to birth control have helped drop the teen pregnancy rate by nine percent to 24.2 by 2014. But the issue is not completely solved. It remains a very important topic to focus on moving forward.
Conclusions about Feminism Today
If you support modern feminism or are someone who respects women, then you know society treats feminism with some hate or accusation now and then. In no way should this mentality stop your support for females all around the world. Women are an equal part of society who deserve access to protection and opportunities, just like the opposite sex.
About the Writer
Christine Rudolph is a freelance blogger. She loves to write on women fashion, health, and lifestyle-related topics. Follow @RudolphBlogger for more updates.
Are there any other problems that you see with feminism today? Do you consider yourself a supporter of modern feminism?