I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely sunny afternoon!
I sadly spent it writing my first final of the semester (womp), but I was able to get some gardening done afterwards, at least.
This final was for my sociology of women class, and the main portion of it was to write two essay questions out of a choice of five. On of the questions I chose talked about how some feminists believe that women and men should be equal in every single way, and some believe that women should be treated differently in some situations.
The goal of this questions was to A. talk about both viewpoints, and B. state which one we agreed with and why. I remember reading about this in one of the first classes, but it stuck with me until now, thankfully.
I should say before I get further into this: I am a feminist, I am pro choice, and I believe women should have complete control over their bodies.
I answered this question to refer specifically to the topic of reproduction rights; abortion, birth control, etc. I answered that yes, in some situations, women should be treated differently.
I can already hear some people going “well that isn’t feminism!”, but hear me out.
When I was about 18, I remember reading an article in cosmopolitan titled “Shit Politicians Say About Birth Control”. I didn’t find the exact article online, but I did find something similar. Read it and you’ll understand why I think women should have control over their bodies, and shouldn’t have it left up to some clearly uneducated, middle aged man (or woman, in a few cases in the article).
I’m not saying that every single middle aged, male politician doesn’t know what they’re talking about, but I can guarantee that most of them do not know what it’s like to be a woman. Someone else shouldn’t make decisions for you, especially someone who doesn’t know what’s happening in your body. Would a race car driver be asked to tell a bomb diffuser which wires to cut? I think not.
And maybe you don’t agree with me. Maybe you think that for equality to happen, men and women need to be treated the exact same for every circumstance. But it seems that with parallel equality, women give up their right to their body to fit some ignorant piece of pocket lint’s ideals. Personally, I believe that in some situations, equality isn’t the most pressing issue.
You can find the article here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/news/g3309/stupid-things-politicians-say/
Image Source: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/tag/reproductive-rights/
Stay wonderful, xox.