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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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Are there any other problems that you see with feminism today? Do you consider yourself a supporter of modern feminism?
In the United States the split is due to race. Many Black Women don’t feel that white women don’t support causes for Women of color. When something happens to a Black woman like police brutality white feminists are silent as in the case of Sandra Bland who was murdered while in police custody. If you read articles on Medium there is a great divide between the races. Many speak Feminism with their mouths but treat Black and Hispanic Women like maids or servants. I’ve experienced this personally. Many young Black Women are turning their backs on Euro-centric feminists and their doctrines.
Personally I’ve never really felt comfortable with Feminism because it’s two faced.
Exactly my thoughts. It is an unfortunate dichotomy.
True. But then the white female bigotry goes back to the days of the Suffragettes. Those white females didn’t have Black Women or Black people in mind when they marched to get the vote. I must check but I believe Division of the races was one of the reasons behind Sojourner Truth, Ain’t I a Woman speech. Actually Sojourner Truth makes it very clear that the chivalry that white women received on a regular basis was never extended to Black Women.
Also the white female who accused Emmett Till of whistling at her has lived a full life, in fact I think that She is still alive. While Emmett Till life was tragically cut short at age 14. So many Black children have been murdered by the KKK Nazi white males like the little Black girl shot while riding in the car with her family. Nothing but a wall of Silence from white females. Why? Because they don’t want to risk losing their white privilege so they look the other way whenever an innocent Black person is killed.
Agree with a lot of this. I also think that one of the main problems is just how difficult, seemingly inconceivable, it is for men to understand the world that women face. My partner simply cannot understand why I don’t want to go travelling by myself in certain places and when I’ve explained he’s brushed me off like that doesn’t happen! More and more women need to share their stories both so other women know that they aren’t alone and so that more men can have a consistent understanding of the challenges that we face! :)
Points discussed are very important one and yes the proper education and safety measures are to be taken into consideration.
Sadly at least 50 percent or more of white Women vote for Trump and and other right wing racist. Candidates.
Then there is the issue of Living While Black where white Women call the cops on Black People including children for selling water, mowing lawns, etc.
One of the worst cases happened in Brooklyn where I Live. This white lady called the police on a 9 Year old Black boy. Accusations of attempted rape. In fact the Store was crowded and the little boy boy was trying to keep up with his Mother. She got bumped by his backpack. That little boy was terrified. Everything is on video. This could have become another Emmett Till incident and we all know what happened to him.
I strongly agree with a lot of points included in this article! 💯
A lot of people talk about feminism, but yet they differentiate a lot between races and it really needs to stop. We’ve come a long way with a lot of progressive changes, but still there’s a lot of things that needs to be taken into consideration.
Articles like these give an extra boost to all the women out there, yeah! Including me.
Thankyou for sharing this with us. 🙂
We can only hope that in time more changes in the right direction. We’ve come so far, but there’s still so much left to do. I think there’s sadly prejudice/judgement of feminists based on certain images (often pushed in the media) with negative connotations. Also, sometimes celebrity endorsements work for the feminist campaign, sometimes they work against it. We have to keep supporting, keep fighting for change, regardless. Great post xx
It sad that we are still talking and facing these problems in the 21st century.
Thank you for sharing the article about Feminism and the negative connotations associated with this term in the public domain. I’m heartened that many of the issues that women face have come to the limelight such as sexual abuse and the need to educate women around the world. Sexual discrimination crosses all races and ages around the world and is perpetuated by ingrained prejudice against women in cultural and religious beliefs. Only recently, Ireland overwhelmingly voted to liberalize some of Western Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws as a result of some women needlessly dying because they could not be appropriately treated for life-threatening conditions during their pregnancy. Nonetheless, reproductive rights continue to be under attack in the USA as states pass restrictive abortion laws to test Roe vs. Wade and some work to withdraw federal funding for Planned Parenthood for any type of medical services offered to poorer women.
Excellent article. Thank you, Christine!
You’re welcome, Resa
Thank you Christy, great information. I also think the media represents women negatively and inferior to men unfortunately. Although as women we fight for feminism and equality for the sexes, the media still continues to exploit women through television and newspapers. There is too much emphasis on the female persona as the “weaker” sex which I find very offensive. How do we ever stop the media exploiting women when “sex sells” and encourage the real strength that the female character actually brings to our world?
It’s good to get the word out there. So many people misunderstand feminism.
Thank you for sharing, Christy. Thank you for writing this, Christine!
I truly believe the tide is changing. There are more women in Congress now. Other women are using their voices to advocate for change. One of my blogging friends just published a powerful piece on periods that I truly loved and appreciated. It was empowering to me. It’s inspired me to be even more transparent on my own blog about issues that I care about.
Working together, our voices will unite!!
I particularly loved this article and I do really think feminism is highly misinterpreted nowadays and “ in primis” by women,to a point that at times they only cause damage to us.
I never regarded myself as a feminist as it is intended in the majority of the firms I see out there but I always regarded to myself as a free woman wit the right to chose and that is what I’m fighting for and what I am trying to teach my daughter to be.
Great post! The bitter truth is that there is still a long way to go.
This made for a great read! It’s good to see that things are changing, but they are changing too slowly, still.
Great post. I think period shaming is something we don’t talk about enough. There are still plenty of countries in which woman can’t even do basic activities like go to school, or to temple/church when they’re on their period.
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