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I Am Not a Feminist.

I am not a feminist. Before you go thinking that I am against women’s rights and women in general, let me explain myself.

In the past, feminism was a movement that fought for the rights we have today. If it weren’t for these powerful women leading and supporting the movement, we wouldn’t be able to vote, have careers, own property, and have the luxuries we have today.

Today, however, the movement doesn’t seem to embody these principles.

Feminists today seem to be fighting AGAINST men, and not for women’s rights.

I don’t hate men. I feel like men are being completely disrespected and slandered by some of these women.

I feel like I DO have rights. I am allowed to do everything that a man does, and guess what?

I earn the same salary as men do in my field. (Gasp.) How can it be?!

If you’re concerned about your salary in your career field, check what your career field actually is. Most men don’t major in dance, or theater. Most men are in career fields like medicine and engineering. If you want to be an engineer, by all means, go ahead! Don’t complain about a wage gap if you’re a psychological dance major, though.

If you want to be a stay at home mom, that’s awesome! Good for you!

I think that too many people are focused on this “wage gap,” yet aren’t checking out how that can even be. Are you in the same field? If you are, go ahead and fight. That’s not fair. If you’re not, then STOP COMPLAINING.

As a woman, I can say that we are definitely treated differently than men are. Would I say in a bad way? Not at all! I like that men open doors for women, offer to carry heavy things for us, and are generally nicer to us than they would be to other men. I don’t want men to punch me on the shoulder, talk to me about sports, and treat me like one of their “bros.”

Just the other day, I had a nice man at the grocery store offer to take my cart back into the store, as it was pretty rainy and windy outside. Would that have happened if I were a man? I can’t say for sure, but I’ll take a stab at no.

I’m glad that I am able to have a career and the possessions that I own today, and I wouldn’t trade that freedom for the world. I don’t, however, think that we need to attack men and believe that they are the worst people in the world.

I’m not seeing any kindness in this movement, and I don’t like it. I don’t want to go around and scream and holler at the men in the world, saying how they’ve ruining our lives and treating us like pieces of meat. I don’t feel that way. I’ve never been treated like that.

I think every party involved needs an attitude check.

 

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