We have the right and responsibility to vote. But, I am not sure we have equality.
We are still shackled by patriarchy.
We must look a certain way or we are dismissed.
We must behave a certain way or we are beaten, slut shamed, dismissed.
We must still do as we are told, all under the illusion/delusion of freedom.
I don’t think we were meant to stop fighting. But we did. We believed we had achieved equality and we dropped the fight. As a result, society is moving backwards.
Young girls are sexually violated; the toys of men who make no attempt to control their animal urges. Young boys, too, violated to be controlled; the way to ensure the gender stereotypes.
Young women are raped, controlled, beaten; subjected to humiliation and degradation through music video clips and foul lyrics, their intelligence undermined by the social need to belong by not rocking the boat. Treated as sexual exploits by men who do not know themselves, and make no attempt to resolve their own inadequacies.
Older women are ignored, dismissed, non-existent, unless they are sexually desirable. Only then are they seen, but only as a sexual toy, to serve the pleasure of men.
We had a female PM. Mainstream media ridiculed her, reduced her, denied her. She was “barren”, “unmarried” and “big bottomed”. Her partner was demeaned, his masculinity questioned. The people bought into this rubbish. She was never judged by her merits, just her appearance and lack of sexual desirability.
Teenage girls believe they must look a certain way, behave a certain way, think (or not think) a certain way, to be desirable, to be accepted, to be okay.
As what. Hmmm.
We still have to fight harder to be heard and to be taken seriously. Society functions following male rules, male justice, male reasoning. Facebook refuses to block users that demean women with a voice. Social media perpetuates the mysogynistic fabric of our society.
We have forgotten the women who came before us, those who started the fight for equality, and as a result, we have compromised their success.
Feminist has become a dirty word and women shy away from describing themselves as one.
There is nothing wrong or dirty or less than in being a female. Nothing wrong at all.