For some inexplicable reason, I am genuinely surprised by the large amount of people who say that feminism isn’t needed because sexism and misogyny doesn’t exist. Often, the person saying this (but not always – I’m surprised with how many women also think this way) is a white, middle class (at least), straight, cis man.
Now, I’ve written about why I’m a feminist, how feminism benefits men, and why disliking the feminist movement is just plain ignorant if you believe in gender equality. (Seriously … you have a problem with gender equality? If you’re for gender equality, you’re a feminist. If you have a problem with the word, perhaps you should start listening to logic and reason and stop focusing on the fallacies and myths anti-feminists and MRAs like to spread. Because, whether you like it or not, if you have a problem with feminism, you either have a problem with gender equality or you’re too ignorant – or naïve – to work out that feminism is a positive movement that fights for equality. If you have a problem with gender equality, then that’s not a problem with feminists or feminism – that’s a problem with you.)
Anyway, I digress.
Perhaps you, person who is stating that feminism is outdated and unnecessary, don’t hear the sexist and discriminatory things that happen around you.
Perhaps there’s no women in your life that tell you stories of sexist and misogynistic behaviour. I’m not sure if that means most women are avoiding you, or the women you know are submissive and not outspoken about any injustices against them.
Perhaps you don’t know any people of colour, LGBTIQ or men who have faced some form of sexism or misogyny in one way or another and are feminists, who believe in gender equality.
Perhaps you don’t read, watch or listen to the news, so you actually miss stories directly relating to sexism or misogyny and how deeply ingrained in our society it is. If that’s the case, here are a few links for you to read:
The Simple Truth About The Wage Gap:
Legal Rape Leader:
Domestic Violence in Australia:
Breast Cancer Photos:
Anyway, those articles should provide you with some light reading, and at least some proof that sexism and misogyny does exist in the world.
Regardless – whether it’s ignorance of any kind (sometimes ignorance is accidental, and faced with the opportunity, many will choose to learn) or hate for women (or hate for equality … which is pretty much the same thing), just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
You have two options when confronted with this situation: continue to see no evil and hear no evil, or do something about. If your biggest issue is with the word “feminism”, you have problems my friend.