“Every book, every movie, every shop, is bombarding women with the absurd concept that if they dont fit into this “perfect” unattainable mould, life isn’t worth living. Its exhausting.”
In the current world we live in, every inch of media consumed that is tailored towards women is an ambush of body image, jealousy, boyfriends and fragility. Every book, every movie, every shop, is bombarding women with the absurd concept that if they dont fit into this “perfect” unattainable mould, life isn’t worth living. Its exhausting. As a result, women between the ages of 16 to 24 are almost 3 times as likely to experience a common mental health issue as men, and twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety.
Building on this, there are structural and systematic disadvantages stacked against women in terms of their physical health. Since women are more likely to care for children, they carry the adverse affect that has on their social life and finances, so they are more likely to live in poverty.
It seems archaic that in 2022, after centuries of fighting and after getting the vote, women are still nowhere near equal to men. If we look back at England during the 17th Century, the differences are a lot more obvious than today, but the culture has very much permeated through the decades. Witches fought to keep women’s independent skills such as crafts and medicine but they were gaslit and discriminated against by male professionalism and a violently patriarchal Church. The aftermath of this discrimination can be seen globally- there’s no Democratic country in the world where women have equal rights to men.
The feminist movement is not an anti-men movement. Feminism is for everyone, no matter your gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity and so on. Your feminism doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s better for it to be raw, ugly and imperfect. You don’t have to have made a beautiful infographic that has 10,000 likes or have spoken on the global stage in front of world leaders for it to be feminism. We need small, realistic actions at all levels of society.
The future of feminism is global, intersectional and powerful. Its time to stop apologising for being angry, and loud and taking up space. Until every woman has the freedom to say and do what they want without fear of being silenced, the revolution will continue to grow stronger. Grow with us.
“The future of feminism is global, intersectional and powerful.”
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