Feminist Friday: Equality Doesn't Mean Becoming a Jerk

Friday, February 06, 2015

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Equality Doesn't Mean Becoming a Jerk
Why hatred isn’t feminist.

Being a feminist means one thing: a belief in equality of the sexes in all areas of life; economic, social, political, and domestic.

It means women can run for president without being doubted because of their menstrual cycles (or lack thereof). Men can be stay-at-home dad’s, and mothers can be primary breadwinners. There’s equal pay for equal work, and nobody is dismissed for becoming emotional. Feminism means women are not judged or slut-shamed for having multiple sexual partners, or made to feel guilty for choosing a career over children and/or marriage.

It does not mean that women start acting like the worst of men, though somehow this belief has become popular. When did it become “equality” to use someone for your personal gain? When did it become okay to lie, cheat, and steal in the name of female power?

I understand it’s difficult to get what you want in a male-dominated society that only wants to oppress you, but that doesn’t make it okay to stop being a decent human being. You can be a powerful, successful female without tearing anyone down and being a total jerk. The world doesn’t need any more jerks. It has plenty.

So just stop, and follow the Golden Rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Respect yourself, but don’t forget to respect others.

While it may seem like equality at times to cheat on a nice guy, or take advantage of someone’s wealth, or steal someone else’s significant other, it’s really not. Maybe those things have happened to us, but it doesn’t matter what has been done to you in the past. We’re all messed up in our own ways. None of us gets through life without scars. The best we can do is try to limit the amount of scars we leave on others.

Because what is the point of feminism if it doesn’t help to build a greater, more peaceful world? Why demand equality and respect if it means moral destruction? I’d rather live in an honest, compassionate world.

Wouldn’t you?

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