Sunday, July 26, 2015

No Call For Equality?

No Call For Equality?
Chris Costello

This is going to be a short one, but I felt I had to write it anyway. This is my rebuttal to a very common argument that I hear from the Men’s Rights Movement, or MRM. They often bust out this little gem in response to a feminist, such as myself, saying something like ‘women make up half of the US population, and yet they comprise only about fourteen percent of CEOs, or scientists, or political leaders. I feel that this disparity is too great for it to be entirely a matter of personal choice. Discrimination against women still exists, and we must work to fix it.’

To which the Men’s Rights Activist will invariably respond, ‘well, garbage men are over ninety percent male, and you don’t hear feminists whining about being underrepresented in that area. They only care about the comfortable positions, they’re not really concerned with equality. All they care about is power.’

Now, I’ll give credit where it’s due. At first glance, this point appears legitimate. Then you turn around and see the hole that’s big enough to drive a fucking tank through. Feminists do want power. The whole point of the movement is to empower women, for fuck’s sake. That’s why there’s a call for more female CEOs. Because CEOs can affect change. They can advocate for policies that help women. They have real clout, and are able to elevate the standing of the female gender. Sanitation workers, sadly, are not. So at the end of the day, it isn’t actually about feminists wanting all the power. It’s about people, wanting to affect positive change.

Just something to think about.

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