Gender Equality and the F word

Wen it comes to gender equality “Equalism” is a cop out! There I said it. I know it’s flavour of the month and it sounds like a nice middle ground to take because “surely we should all be about being equal” but frankly it is missing the point.

Now don’t get me wrong I think the ideals of equalism are very noble and should be pursued. Everybody should have equal rights and be recognized equally. (that’s right I used 2 equals in the same sentence)

We should have a society with laws that respect and protect the LGBTI community.

Marriage equality should be just that.

People with a disability should have equal access to a fantastic quality of life.

Indigenous Australians should have a much greater level of opportunity, education & quality of life

There are so many more groups who have been marginalized that should all be allowed to achieve equality however all of those issues are aside to gender equality.

I think it is time we embraced the F word again. (no not that one) – Feminism!

I know we have seemingly hit a time where it has become some sort of pejorative term associated with shrill harpies seeking to destroy the very fabric of life as we know it. In a world full of challenges and unbalanced situations it seems strange to me that the semantics of a definition should become the major topic of discussion and yet here we are.

For those who think feminism is a term for yesteryear let us not forget there are still so many areas where women are disadvantaged, discriminated against or just plain not welcome!

According to figures published by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency the wage gap between men and women is 17.1%

If you are over 35 it gets even worse rising to as high as 25.6% and that doesn’t begin to take into account Superannuation which is even more stark

According to a report from Ernst & Young more than 60% of ASX listed companies have no female executives and more than 1/3 of ASX 200 companies have no female directors

All of this is outside the social memes that exist in suggesting that women are no good at maths or science or leadership or technology or practical jobs and really should just stay home and be a mum like the “good old days’.

As a society we still have endemic inequality and you don’t change the system without really putting your best efforts forward. For mine that means embracing feminism and fighting for equality for all women. I especially implore all men to become active, ardent and if necessary strident feminists. We (as in men) currently have most of the benefits and if we want to see a truly successful and equal society we need to make sure that everything is done to level the playing field.

Only then will we start to see “equalism” as a real outcome.

 

 



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2 replies

  1. I love this! I just wrote a post about taking back the F word. It seems as though it’s almost become an insult to be called a feminist, which really needs to change.

    • Thanks for reading mine. I jumped over to your post and agree totally with it. Somehow it has become a bad thing to identify as a feminist (and indeed to talk about women’s rights as a whole) but if enough people keep talking up the positive side then perhaps we can get rid of the mess

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