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You know what my mother tells me? She says I don’t need feminism because I should be glad I’m born in an urban city of Pakistan. She says, at least I wasn’t born in a rural area where girls are married off to men twice their age. That things could always be worse.
And our house maid, Shabana, who was married to her uncle at 15 and, at 18, has 2 children, she doesn’t even know what feminism is. She was told by her father that she should be glad her husband doesn’t beat her and hasn’t thrown tehzaab (acid) at her. That things could always be worse.
Am I the only one seeing a very disturbing pattern here?”
We should also stop helping homeless people, after all, being homeless in the rich west is better then being homeless in a civil war zone.
We should stop supporting poor people(like the European welfare states do), after all, poor people in the West have it better, then poor people in poor countries.
We should stop, criticising our police forces, when they do mistakes, after all, the police in dictatorships is far worse.
We should stop trying to make our educational system better, after all, almost everyone can write and read, which is far better then in other parts of the world.
Sounds stupid? So does your question.”
There are many levels of freedom and many forms of negativity. Western women may be well off in some ways, but they still have many challenges to face. This is especially true when you consider that "western women" includes women of color, transgender women, lesbian women, bisexual women, disabled women and many other groups that also face additional societal restrictions.”
Do you see how absurd this line of reasoning is? You have stuff you want and don’t think it’s at all odd to prioritize that over literally everything else in the world you could be doing right now to make the world a better place. And what you want is to ask why feminists aren’t…invading Arabic countries, I guess, to impose peace, maybe. It’s not really clear where you’re going with it, other than you’re clearly not doing anything about it, either. That’s the problem with trying to claim someone else is a hypocrite: You need to be very careful about your own life, first.
But look, the fact that there are crappier places than the United States (for example) doesn’t mean that the United States is ‘done;’ even the best place in the world can still be better. It also doesn’t mean—as we’re reminded any time any American speaks up about world events—that we have the right to impose our will and values on the rest of the world.
Mind you, many feminists do work throughout the world, because they have the resources to do so. But there’s plenty of work in our own backyards to go around, and it seems pretty dumb to leave it undone, and there are enough people acting against progress that it needs work to maintain it.
And heck, that doesn’t even get to the fact that we’ve seen time and time again that equality makes people happier, more productive, and more stable. And that’s a far better position to spread from. As another answer points out, the world is not a zero-sum game.”
2. Our culture is toxic to boys
3. Our culture is toxic to those who challenge the gender binary
4. Too many students face harassment and violence on a regular basis
5. Those committing the harassment and violence urgently need education
6. Systems of privilege need confronting
7. Too much of our education is male-centric”
When no woman has to fear for her own safety or ownership or decisions about her own body, then we won’t need feminism.
When all brothers and sisters can access the same quality education, opportunities and future as the other, then we won’t need feminism.
When all women can choose if, whom and when to marry and have children, then we won’t need feminism.
When no woman dies in childbirth from reasons preventable in the 21st century West, then we won’t need feminism.
When all girls, regardless of culture, have the choice and knowledge that she can be anyone and do anything she chooses, we won’t need feminism.
But until these things are the norm, we do need feminism. Look beyond yourself. We’re all in this together.”
Things aren’t much better in politics, where only 22.6% of sitting parliamentarians in Europe are female. Not to mention the fact that, on average, men are paid 16% more than women for doing exactly the same job.”
Black, brown, trans, and queer women have been doing this for far longer and at far greater peril. We are the ones new to this.”
There have been calls to "Resist" since Nov 8th. A lot of us have been resisting since we were little girls. We literally had no choice.”
You know why there were no arrests? Because PR-wise, it was a march that would be attended by mostly white women. And in a world that doesn't protect women much, when it chooses to, it is white women it protects. If the marches were mostly Black and brown women, police would be emboldened to break them up, throw tear gas into the crowds, and be physical. How do we know? The BLM protests and marches, where the only things people had were their bodies and those were considered weapons. Ferguson. Baltimore. Chicago. Militarized police always showed up. LOOK AT STANDING ROCK.
White women and white bodies can hold space on streets and shut down cities "peacefully" because they are allowed to. Black and brown people who march are assaulted by cops, and in Trump's law and order administration, this will only get worse.
Remember that you as a white person are walking in a body of privilege. You didn't show up before but you can show up now. NOW. When the next Sandra Bland, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Rekia Boyd, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner etc etc etc happens, you better come out. We will need you to show up again and again, in these numbers.”
White women, you wanna talk about sisterhood. Welcome. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Get comfortable with being called out. Drop the victimhood, and know that being disagreed with is not always "bullying." Communication is cultural and it's interesting how we have to temper how we speak to you, and put critiques in the middle of compliment sandwiches. If you wanna be a part of anything resembling sisterhood, you're going to need to know that your feelings will be hurt along the way.”
No you won't sit here and make women feel bad for coming together by pretending to give a damn about women who experience the SAME kinds of things women in Appalachia, rural communities, religious sects in random parts of the country, suburbs, and inner cities do.”
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