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Recently, I have been using the dictionary to clear up many of my personal misconceptions. Today we shall turn, once again, to Dictionary.com to save the day. According to our wonderful friend the online dictionary feminism is
There was a time where women were fighting to vote. In 1869 the National Woman Suffrage Association fought for women’s rights through reform proposals. There were protests and pickets. Alice Paul formed the National Women’s Society in 1910 that eventually led to the implementation of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. There was a time where men were above women legally by having the right to vote, to work, and to be paid more for the exact same jobs. Now it is 2015. Women can vote, can work, can wear pants, can choose not to be married or have children, can choose to go to college, can fight for themselves, can be independent.
Now I do not know about you but I refuse to let women suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Caty Elizabeth Stanton or Alice Paul and Lucy Burns go unrecognized for the wonderful work they did and the passion they implemented with their work. What they did was amazing and should be looked to everyday with honor. Yet, it seems we are unhappy. Women today have found themselves cheated and want more rights! I can vote. I can wear whatever clothes I want. I make my own decisions. This is all enough for me, so what are all these modern-day feminists fighting for? I was eating lunch the other day when I overheard a conversation by a group of girls sitting nearby. I would like to mention the fact that every girl involved in the conversation was either single or a little too ready to mingle (if you know what I mean).
The conversation was initiated by a few of the girls mentioning the fact that they were feminists. When asked to explain why they considered themselves feminists their answers were…well…not to the feminist guidelines. “I hate it when a guy pushes my chair in,” announced one, “oh, and when they open doors for me!” Cried another. I almost hit my palm to my face then and there. Are these not simple gestures? Are these not kind to do for a person of either gender? If I see a man with his hands full I will certainly hold the door for him why shouldn’t he do the same for me? After hearing this conversation, my mind began to wander and I began to notice other things about my school’s “feminists.” One act this modern [high school] feminist must never do, according to my classmates, is shave. “I refuse to stoop to society’s standards. If men don’t have to do it then why must I.” To this I say, oh honey, you don’t have to shave if you don’t want to. Do not sit there and call yourself a feminist because you refuse to shave and do not shame me for wishing you would. I like my pits hair free. With my hairless underarms comes a cooler summer, a dryer workout, and one less shampooing. Is there a law saying women must shave their armpits? No? Then throw away your razors and don’t make a big deal out of it. Just like men, you are allowed to just not shave. It is not a feminist act not to shave because not shaving is legal.
This is not to say I hate all modern feminists. There are groups out there fighting for real subjects under which women are not equal to men. This post, in order to strip away the negative and misleading information, is to the women who are still being paid less than their male counterparts despite the law. This is to the women who fear they will be raped when walking alone in the middle of the day just for being a woman. (Disclaimer: I am not stating any opinions or facts on rape in this article and the subject is only being used as an example of gender inequality. I also understand that men are victims of rape and this is not a subject to take lightly.) To those women, you deserve to fight for rights. I don’t think we can ever put a complete stop to the simple and demeaning act of cat calling, but we can better inform the public about rape. We can fight for stricter wage regulations. There are things we can do to fight for equality, but if you are calling yourself a feminist because you don’t want to shave or you hate it when men are gentlemen then stop. You are putting a bad name on the good men and women who have reasons to fight for equality.
Works Cited (Because credit should always be given)
Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 28 Mar. 2015. <http://www.biography.com/people/alice-paul-9435021#synopsis>.
“Dictionary.com – The World’s Favorite Online English Dictionary!” Dictionary.com. Web. 28 Mar. 2015. <http://dictionary.com/>.
“National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) | American Political Organization.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 28 Mar. 2015. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/405576/National-Woman-Suffrage-Association-NWSA>.