Girl Rising: great documentary :) I totes/totally recommend it.
Feminism may be a joke to many people in the world, from first world to other developing countries. It is not meant to be something of misandry or misogyny. It is something which allows women and girls a right to have a voice without being abused because of it. It is their right to have an education, to inherit property, to be allowed the same pay as a man of the same occupation, to be allowed to dress as they want (dress or pants, whichever… whatever), not be an outcast for being herself, and to be allowed a safe place to work, live, and frequent.
It is *SO* annoying when I see guys or girls who disregard Feminism for man-hating, when it isn’t man-hating. Man-hating is misandry. Feminism is for women’s equality. For equal rights to do what we want without feeling ostracized for it… or mocked because of it.
"Oh, she wants to act like a man." Or, she think’s she’s a man. She dresses like a boy, so she must be a lesbian.
"HE PLAYS LIKE A GIRL!" He likes pink, so he must be gay. He’s acting too much like a girl.
People who have laughed at men who feel epic and awesome when they use eyeliner.
As if women are weak.
As if women are nothing more than a turmoil of emotions, some being that cannot be understood.
As if women are property, meant only for making children and taking care of a household.
As if women are not taken seriously because they simply do not understand a man’s world.
There might be a lot of guys, dudes, boys, men who roll their eyes in a first world country because a girl these days has more power than a woman did back two hundred (and many more) years ago. They might sigh and go, “Oh, this crap again.” Why can’t they just let things be as they are?
I felt awful when the same words came out of my mouth once because my sister was questioning my culture’s beliefs. But she should be allowed her voice, too. There are many intelligent women out there who have to keep their voices silent for fear that they will be destroyed, erased from existence, forgotten.
Girl Rising, as well as other documentaries and articles, shows that there are other communities that are suffering just the same. The poor and at times the rich are reprimanded, abused, and scorned for having girls born into families… because of so many reasons.
A girl cannot carry the family name. A girl cannot inherit anything, for a man has always been the one to handle funds and family property… at times even the women in the family. A girl cannot work in anything regarding heavy labor, which pays more than anything else. A girl cannot be anything other than dainty and beautiful in the way that society has deemed her to be… because who will marry her? Who will provide for her? Who will protect her?
._. The truth is… not all women need a man in their lives to do everything or anything for her out of… well, what is expected. It should be something that’s wanted, something that you don’t have to force yourself into… like a girl losing her virginity to be accepted as someone older and more experienced than a girl who hasn’t, a girl who is pure, a girl who is a virgin and will probably always be a virgin. Or a girl who has lost her virginity and has not found true love and is labeled a slut… while a boy or a man who has done the same is praised for being so experienced (and is even sought after for being perfect marriage material, because he *knows* how to please a woman).
John Green mentioned the awkardness of the idea in one of Crash Course’s literature videos I saw today. How can a man sleep with many women while still expecting women not to sleep with any men? The Patriarchy is sort of flawed…
Anyway, women and men should have equal rights. Human rights.
But equal rights all the same.
Girl Rising, though.
Please watch it and donate <3333
It’s helping places, communities, and countries where education is not free and publicly available for anyone, boys and girls included.
And I am fortunate to be in a country and household where I am being encouraged to graduate and make my own life. I’m also fortunate to have friends and family who support me. I’m learning at a very slow pace how to be the captain of my own ship, the writer of my own life, so as to choose my own decisions and live with them as they happen. And I think it’s a great step to be comfortable in my own skin and have some peace of mind so that I can enjoy the company of so many great people I have met and continue to meet :)