Content warning: Sexual abuse
Contrary to popular belief, feminism is not about elevating women to a superior level, although some do feel that way. Feminism, in its truest form, is about equality, no matter what someone identifies as.
Dosomething.org mentions how women are paid less, given less opportunities and elected for federal government positions less often than men are. In every capacity, the system works against women and in favor of men.
There isn’t just one straightforward type of feminism. It can take many forms and have many meanings to different people. Nonetheless, every feminist group deals with various kinds of discrimination that women and men face.
Toxic masculinity forces men to believe that anything remotely feminine or not hyper-masculine is odd and has no place in their world.
This has led to the creation of websites like Return of Kings. Their website states, “It’s meant for a small but vocal collection of men in America today who believe men should be masculine and women should be feminine.”
They are intolerant of the LGBTQ+ community and discourage them and women from commenting on their site.
I looked further into their site and found an article that the Southern Poverty Law Center posted about male superiority, in which they posted numerous quotes from articles by male supremacists.
One example is from the Return of Kings website from February 2015. It reads, “Make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds … If rape becomes legal under my proposal, a girl will protect her body in the same manner that she protects her purse and smartphone … After several months of advertising this law throughout the land, rape would be virtually eliminated on the first day it is applied.”
This is precisely what feminists fight against. Historically, men have felt the need to control women and their bodies and sadly that impulse has not dwindled with time. Feminists reject that concept of control and superiority.
If men truly understood the purpose of feminism, perhaps women wouldn’t have to continuously argue for freedom of agency over their own bodies.
Certainly, the world has progressed and life has gotten slightly less difficult for women, but I think as famous poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou once said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”