reply to post by smyleegrl
A bit late to this party, I apologize. It's a bit rude I suppose to take so long to reply when I was mentioned in the OP.
None of the answers I'm about to give are simple. This to me is a very complex topic and it's difficult for me discuss openly and honestly.
1. How would you define feminism?
This is the standard definition:
Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights
for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.
This defintion is correct. However it now only applies to places of the world that we would consider "third world", both economically and socially.
Places like Africa or Saudi Arabia for example. One rich, one poor, yet very similar in the way they culturally treat women.
In places of the world like America, or Britain for example, the proper 'label' if any that we should subsribe to is:
Egalitarianism (from French égal, meaning "equal")—or, rarely, equalitarianism—is a trend of thought that favors equality for
particular categories of, or for all, living entities. Egalitarian doctrines maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status,
according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The Cultural theory of risk holds egalitarianism as defined by (1) a negative attitude
towards rules and principles, and (2) a positive attitude towards group decision-making, with fatalism termed as its opposite. According to the
Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term has two distinct definitions in modern English. It is defined either as a political doctrine that all people
should be treated as equals and have the same political, economic, social, and civil rights or as a social philosophy advocating the removal of
economic inequalities among people or the decentralisation of power. Some sources define egalitarianism as the point of view that equality reflects
the natural state of humanity.
For the purpose of this thread I am focusing on the political doctrine and not the decentralization of power which some consider socialist..
2. Do you think men and women are equal in today’s society? (Western society)
If you take into account the differences between me and women, their personal, economic, social behaviors etc, you quickly find that in the Western
world yes, men and women are very equal in terms of opportunity.
Does sexism exist on both sides? Yes it sure does. Is it equally discussed however and is equal blame placed on both sexes for the on going
problems? Aboslutely not.
Much like Patriarchy was a stain on the world and in some respects still is, the modern Feminism movement is fast becoming the same kind of
destructive, one sided mentality. It's prevelant in our media, our education and even our politics.
The problem is that we don't talk about how some of the aspects of modern feminism but skew gender issues to one side, or create the illusion that
they are non existant for one sex over the other.
Rape for example or the family court system in a lot of these countries just to name a few. There's also the cultural aspect of feminism, like the
"bro" movement and the "sensitive" guy movement that's prevelant in our media and entertainment.
3. Do you believe there exists a double standard for men and women? How so?
It's at two sided thing. Women are still mistreated accross the globe in a lot of ways and men are becoming mistreated in a lot of ways. Again,
these concepts are very hard to explain and I won't generalize because I won't be made out to be a mysoginist by mis-explaining how I feel.
4. How would you like for society to function? In other words, do you believe society would be better off with strict gender roles or more
The biggest lie ever told was that traditional gender roles were wrong and need not apply in the 21st century.
Much like any of our past cultural normals, there is always room for expansion and change. Let's remember that traditional family roles, like the
nuclear family were destroyed not by us, but by the people who pull the strings. They wanted women out of household, they wanted them working so they
could justify paying everybody less.
Gender roles have their place. They can be strict or they can be loose, that's a personal decision.
So, hopefully that helps a bit. Again, it's not even all that clear to me how I feel, it's a bit of a new thing I've been investigating and
putting thought into.