Throughout history various parties have tried to claim superiority over one another for various reasons. Most of these reasons that I know of are selfish, and usually involve trying to gain power over others for their own benefit. Sexism is form of discrimination that has been around for an extremely long time, which makes sense because the differences between men and women are the most obvious, so it is the most obvious way to discriminate people. The fact that women are more physically apt to taking care of households, such as the fact that they give birth, are required to feed young babies, or have hearing adapted to hear their young, and the fact that their bodies look physically different with different organs than men have all naturally made women being housewives the norm. Closed minded individuals may want to keep things this way because they think that the way things are is the way things should be. Women however deserve equal rights, because they should not be judged or dictated by their bodies.
All sentient beings, regardless of any feature or act deserve the same human rights and freedoms.
Feminists are defined in many ways. Anyone who promotes unequal rights or the denial of fundamental human rights and freedoms to anyone is most likely discriminating unfairly. While this can sometimes be the case when a specific group has an unfair advantage or an individual is dangerous, these are rare exceptions which should be treated separately.
Women deserve the same rights as men, except for matters which only concern women such as childbirth and other physical matters which are beyond anyone’s control. Women should not be paid less than men for the same work, women should not be expected to dress differently.
The fact is however, that women are not treated equally in society. Women are paid less on average in the United States, women are frequently discriminated against and objectified, and many countries to not give women the rights they deserve. Women are also objectified in the media, such as videogames, films, television shows, books and other art forms portraying them as helpless or inferior to men. There are also many examples of women being portrayed as equal or superior to men though. I do not believe that the media is solely to blame for their portrayal of any group of people, however frequent it is, as the issue lies with society as a whole.
Women are often oversexualised in the media, but that is not solely the artist’s fault. The fact is that oversexualisation will increase the popularity of a product. The consumers are partly to blame for this. While human nature does promote this, humans are not slaves to their desires. Many men and women are exposed to the idea that it is OK to objectify people because that way they can fulfil their sexual desires without feeling any sort of empathy and therefore guilt. Sex should not make people feel guilty, but objectification and only wanting people for sex should because it demeans them as people are so much more than objects to have sex with. Sex should also be in all situations consentual, which people who objectify people tend to forget.
This idea might come about by tradition of sexism, but it is easily remedied. Men and women should be treated equally from childhood except when necessary for physical reasons. Women in our society are expected to behave differently from men, which is unfair. Women are expected to wear uncomfortable shoes with heels, which change their posture. Women are expected to put chemicals on them to conform to arbitrary definitions of beauty, painting their faces an inch thick. Women are expected to wear different clothes for specific situations, which often constricts their movement and is often tight, presumably to show off their bodies. While much of this is expect by society and is in fact optional, it can mean that not doing this will result in a woman not getting employment depending on the position.
More importantly, many women do these things willingly and sometimes do not even realize that they’re conforming to an arbitrary, unfair, and imposed societal role. There is nothing wrong with wearing makeup, high heels, or tight dresses. Everyone should be allowed to dress as they like as long as no one else is physically or psychologically hurt by it. The issue is that these things should be done willingly, not by being taught that it’s how you should act. The dress that I described before is, although not bad, illogical. High heels are uncomfortable and make it hard to walk, makeup is intended as a cosmetic and therefore it’s main use is vain and superficial, and tight dresses restrict movement and show off a person’s body figure for no discernable reason other than to attract mates or provide entertainment for others. I do not claim that women do these things for the reasons I listed. In fact I think most women do not realize that these are the effects of what they do. Society has dictated a completely illogical set of standards for women, and it’s enforced by tradition, because that’s just the way it is. I do not think that women should necessarily stop doing these things, but it is very suspicious that it’s mainly women that do them. I think that anyone who choses to do these things regardless of gender should be able to without being judged by others, but instead should be their own judge as to whether or not they truly believe they should like these things and be doing these things so as to not blindly follow and do what they are told.
This behavior in my opinion is enforced by parents and others treating children based on their gender. Young children often act the same way regardless of gender until they’ve been taught otherwise. There is no reason that boys should be given balls are presents and that girls should be given dolls. The reason that women are portrayed as damsels in distress and objectified as pieces of meat is because of girliness and manliness. These ideologies, although harmless upon first analysis, are utterly illogical and are the source of many issues in the world. The toys, behavior games, attire, and even the colors they’re shown are different for boys and girls. There is no reason for that to happen, and this is partly what creates the divide in society between men and women. If you do not want gender discrimination, then do not discriminate which toys, clothes, and colours your children have. People should be taught that no one should be objectified or treated as inferior to anyone else. I believe that to get rid of unfair discrimination we should allow people freedom to chose for themselves and promote equality.