I hope you’re all having a good week. This week’s theme is surrounding the whole idea of why men need feminism. So far, from the other lovely ladies who have written their posts, they’ve said how even the word “feminism” can deter people from calling themselves a “feminist”. But I won’t go into too much detail about what they’ve said, because you can go and read it for yourself! 😉
Anyway, now it’s my turn to write about why I think feminism is equally as important to men as it is for women. In many countries around the world, it is the women who are oppressed by what their society believes is right for them. If a girl wears a short dress and lots of make up, then she is “asking for attention”… but a girl can also get abused by wearing baggy trousers and no make up. I’m sure we’ve all heard of this side of the story before. But it is important to realize that the same thing is happening to boys and men.
My mum’s friend’s son used to do ballet, and was apparently really good- so good, in fact, that he could have gotten into the Royal Ballet or something! But, he was severely bullied for it, and now he won’t even talk about his ballet days. It’s sad, because of where he lived, a guy doing ballet is “too girly”. I find this in itself an insult, because it is pretty much saying that women are weaker than men and for some reason, it’s okay for people to bully others in such a way.
I want you to take a moment to watch the following video:
The reason men need feminism as much as us females do, is because we can finally break these social barriers that divide so many. If each of us can stand up against these gender stereotypes that still exist, then I believe that people will be able to accept each other as equals; which is exactly what feminism is all about.
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