Don’t be afraid to speak up, be afraid to not speak up!

I hope you understand that feminism is not a matter of women fighting against men. At the heart lies a deeply-rooted problem of gender inequality. 

We live in a modern, progressive and tolerant society, you say, women vote/work/receive medical care/earn money – what else do they need? But many men who are dissatisfied with obligatory military service, an increased retirement age, a judicial system that gives preference to mothers, or a society that pressures them into limited emotional frames are just as interested in gender equality.

Unfortunately, that is just the tip of the iceberg. I cannot help but speak about how the patriarchal society, by giving them access to only the most narrowly focused and basic opportunities for self-realization, decides to silence all the women of our world.

Caucasian society is not an exception. To a large degree, it is characterised by the suppression of women’s rights and needs, and a lack of choice in role models for men, who are taught from their childhood that “the man is the head of everything, the woman has to obey”. Speaking about upbringing, we have no future as long as the Caucasian society does not stop to feed its children with stereotypes making material dependence and physical violence the norm. The work of various global organisations and movements advocating for gender equality gives hope that we will be heard.

Reducing the problem to only two genders is not up to date in our times, when the society is rich in diversity (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer and agender people). If you believe that the problem of gender inequality, raised by feminist movements, is only about equalizing women’s rights compared to men’s, you are wrong. Society needs to abandon the established “male” norm. In my opinion, postmodern feminism and queer theory are moving in the right direction by recognising multiple genders and questioning the gender categories we are used to.

Society has been battling outdated pillars of the universe for a long time. Today, we have social media and the internet on our side, which allow us to widely spread such topics as:  unpaid daily work, paternity leave to care for a child being frowned upon, not taking a woman seriously as an employee (despite the fact that more than 90% of women return home after work for a second shift to preserve a “home” in the house), the problem of sexism, the condemnation men face when expressing their feelings or the sexualisation of anything that is related to women… 

Society will not reach gender equality immediately, a lot of time will pass, possibly we may not even achieve this goal, but it is within our power to do everything possible to make it happen.

Don’t be afraid to speak up!