Many believe and fight for feminism as an instrument for gender equality. Partially, I agree with this. I know that in other countries, like Ethiopia, Japan and many others, women are targeted for physical, verbal and sexual abuse by men. Objectively, men are really stronger than women, which make them sometimes helpless when abused. With respect to this, I am one with the fight for female rights.
On the other hand, I think that feminism may also tend to defeat its purpose of gender equality.
For one, I don’t understand why some feminists insist on women taking the normal roles of men in society. For example, feminists may insist that being a carpenter is not limited to males. While it is technically not limited to males, it is just more efficient if males were carpenters, because of the objectively stated advantage in strength.
Second, I don’t see how having a separate train in the MRT, dedicated to women only, reinforces gender equality. I had an experience once, when I rode the MRT, wherein I mistakenly tried to enter the said train. The female guard made me feel embarrassed as she scolded me a bit too much for my mistake. The same thing goes for the need to stand up and give your seat for a physically fit woman. Say there is a situation wherein a very tired man is seated in a bus or train, and a lady enters. The man would be frowned upon by those who can witness the situation, if he didn’t give the seat to the lady.
I am not against being a gentleman and of course I am not against respecting women. I just think that too much feminism may be actually have adverse effects towards gender equality. I believe we’re all prone to abuses, and everyone should just be treated equally.
C’mon ! – Women get to wear pants and shorts and it’s funny if men wore skirts?? Lol just kidding!
– Carlo Fernandez