“Women empowerment is a fallacy.” I’ve never quite forgotten the sentence my classmate blurted out on a seemingly random history class. We were discussing on the conquest of a particular Attila who trashed much of the pre-medieval Europe when, as if by random chance, he announces to me that empowering women is wrong-doing people who were blinding themselves into. Being the natural debater that he was, he fanatically went around challenging anyone who thought almost otherwise. Finally, he came to me – his nemesis, and slapped his glove on my thinking. I asked him to enlighten me. I asked him how. He simply said: “They’ve overpowered men all this time.”
I know many have not gone this shallow within the article. Misled, many will just rant and rant without reading more than half of the content, if they’ve even gotten past the title that is. This is a problem with many of us. We tend to “deduce” conclusions right away from almost misleading titles, and studies have been published to prove such. In such way, many are victimized by unreliable “scholarly” articles which tend to suit various preferences and/or beliefs.
Indeed, women have been condescended in the past. They weren’t allowed to vote. Their labor was segregated. Options for education were limited for them. Worst of all, some religions command the feebleness of wives in comparison to their husbands. Much action has been taken since then and many of the women population all over the world can now cast their votes, work whatever profession they prefer, obtain gender unbiased education, and assert dominance nowhere to be found in the past. These radical changes now affect cultures all over the world and the potential of women has been uncovered.
These changes all happened in the past but their effects are enjoyed by many today and in the future. However, absolute change is not possible to achieve in a system run by ever-swayed humans. There are still traces of resistance to these ideologies for the better. Such resistances have been equated almost to deterrents of equality; something we should really think about.
The catalyst and workforce behind the said changes are usually called feminists. Back then, they were viewed as largely radical, up to the point that they were wrongfully dubbed as rabble-rousers. Those terms, however, do not apply to the civilized people in identifying themselves as feminists. This group of people brought about change: the kind that betters the world. The term, however, has been almost butchered by many who do not understand the basic concepts of it.
It has become almost like a joke. Anyone nowadays could identify themselves as feminists without having a firm grasp of the belief and ideology of it. Freedom of expression has eased the tendency of many to shout out ideals forced into them or not. Bandwagon has fooled many into thinking what otherwise would have been a better disposition. This is exactly the face of misinformation under the guise of gender empowerment.
First off, what do many feminists fight for? It is equality, right? Equality, and not equity, is the reason why many arguments sprout out almost instantaneously almost everywhere. However, when we listen to the many arguments a “feminist” and a “sexist” has (note the quotation marks), it is not equality that is the issue – it is hypocrisy. Yes, this may sound alright however; we must take into account that the “feminist” may be the one displaying the acts of sexism.
A very fine example of the former is objectification of the sexes. It is rampant and widespread; however, many do not know of or deny the fact that this also happens to men. This is not an attack to true feminists however; we must acknowledge this as a truth. For example, I’ve read two articles on a certain international magazine done by the same writer. The first talks about how objectifying women is horrible, derogatory and down-right offensive and useless but, the second talks about the “bulges” of male Olympic athletes that deserve gold. On a more local sense, so many balbal words arise to describe men with the figure of gods as they say. Many of the said men would take it as a complement, though the tone still remains the same with sexist men objectifying women. It should be taken in and with context though, as men are not as objectified as women. Still, this just puts the point that noble causes are defamed to become jokes, and that hypocrisy is taking the toll – progressing to defeat equality and promote one-sided dominance that’s supposed to be eradicated.
I have said it before and I will say it again: I am not against feminists; in fact I firmly support their struggle towards true equality. However, when dominance is the real motif guising under true and noble causes, there is no space for it in the modern world.