Feminism in Modern Society
Feminism today is much different than it was in days gone by. It is viewed differently and it is practised differently. This, of course, is due to the fact that the world has changed. When I say that the world has changed I am referring specifically to the western world. When it comes to the rights of women, there are many cultures that do not seem to have advanced at all. The issues of domestic abuse and the violation of women’s rights have actually escalated in many places. It is also obvious that the way people perceive and react to the word “feminism” has changed as well.
Discrimination against women has become so widely accepted that people who proclaim themselves as being feminists are sometimes ridiculed as standing for a cause that is no longer relevant. This is and ignorant and untrue belief, it is assumed by many that women have achieved equality and that the cause is obsolete. This is far from being the truth. Domestic violence is on the rise, women in many parts of the world are still subjected to laws and punishments that are based solely on their gender. Women are tortured every day simply for being women.
Feminism is NOT over until every female on this earth has the right to be respected, the right to make free and informed choices and the right to be valued as a person and not just a body. I have heard several uninformed people lately raise the issue of equal pay … this is an issue for many women, however, once again it is assumed by many that the issue is obsolete. It is not obsolete! There is a long, long way to go … in some places in the world women are not allowed to work. If we are going to stand for the rights of women then we need to stand united and stand for the rights of ALL women.