I believe in the unadulterated advancement of women, but there’s still miles to go. Look around the world. Every fundamentalist society is holding on to the patriarchal structure handed down with violence and force. From the Taliban to the gangs in Russia, they all share the goal to continue the subjugation of women as property. Even here in the USA, the men of fundamental religions are constantly attacking the laws that empower women with choices, specifically their choice as to when and how to have children. Feminism is not just about women getting a high tech job. Feminism is about life for women.
Hillary Clinton said, “Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They all want to control women. They want to control how we dress. They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and our own bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe but even here at home we have to stand up for women’s rights and we have to reject efforts to marginalise any one of us, because America has to set an example for the entire world.” I wholeheartedly agree, but many are afraid of feminism, especially men. This is because the basis of their patriarchal inalienable right of authority,passed along from generation to generation, is crumbling. There is no justification for societies to control the lives of women, other than oppression.
It’s a new world order when the rules of how women should be treated in society do not come down from male created deities and prophets. Feminism is the struggle to give women choices and to eliminate the world order that gave men the power and the authority to limit those choices. Of course it makes everyone nervous and threatens them. Losing power that is handed down to you simply because of your sex and having to learn a whole new world is and should be threatening and scary. So encourage more kids to say the F word and learn to love the word.