It has been really difficult for me to organise this article because, if you know me, then you’ll be aware that I have a lot to say on this issue. But sometimes it’s better to keep it short and sweet.
I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t believe in equality. Yet most of those people don’t identify as feminists. You could argue that it’s because of the bad press the movement receives on social media or in the news… but sometimes you just must look beyond that. Personally, I try not to take focus on the negativity that individuals have brought to the feminist movement. The goal is, as you probably already know, equality between the sexes and so it shouldn’t be clouded by those who just want to rant and rave about things that aren’t major. For example, I watched a video today from Channel 4 News that said women in India get raped every 15 minutes… but then you have people in the Western countries complaining about male traffic light signs. And in all honesty, it just shows that the focus needs to change. But this can only be done by people working together and not dismissing the movement that has allowed our mothers, sisters, friends and ourselves to be included in a male – dominated world.
This article isn’t just speaking up for women, but for everyone, no matter how you identify. It’s for the half of a million people who face sexual assault and can’t speak out because of the stigma. For the men who face domestic violence but struggle to find help due to lack of services available. For the 12 million children who are forced into marriage. I could go on, but I think you get the message. We need change and we need it now. We need people to represent the movement, not dismiss it. We need people to come together to combat the injustice seen throughout the world, not dismiss feminists for being ‘Femi-Nazis’. So please, the next time you’re about to dismiss feminism or say that ‘We’re all equal’’, think about all the articles on this page and do something productive to help, instead of abandoning those who need it most.
Written by Rosie McKenna