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The problem with feminism |

Feminism has become a fundamentally flawed construct. The original purpose of the feminist movement was to instate equal legal rights for women, but as often happens with social movements, momentum has carried us far past equality to a place that is counterproductive to the authentic feminist spirit.

(For the purpose of this article, “men” and “women” can be understood to include those who identify as such, regardless of their physical sex. I leave interpretation to the reader.)

Yes, women are still treated unfairly in many circumstances. This became apparent to me in high school, during a group project. I was the only female in the group. I stated that I would cover the written portion of the project, and one of the boys told me not to worry, that he would take care of it. I wonder what he’s doing now.

Indeed, many women are undercompensated in the workplace, overworked in the home, and struggle to be recognized intellectually if they’re found to be sexually desirable.

Women deserve to be respected as much as men do. The problem with modern feminism is that it suggests that to be respected, women have to be more like men.

Humans of all gender identities exist on a multitude of spectra. Our physical and mental characteristics are not necessarily determined by what’s in our pants, but to say that men and women are generally the same is fallacious, and does not support gender equality.

“Anything you can do I can do better” is not exactly helpful or accurate. Can I lift as much weight as my 6-foot-3, 200-pound male partner in the gym? I can’t. Trying to do so would probably injure me, and claiming to be capable of such a feat would just be blatantly unreasonable. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t women out there who can, but higher levels of testosterone and increased muscle mass tailor men to lifting heavier weight than women typically would. Again, we are speaking generally.


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