Top 10 Reasons Why We Still Need Feminism

Since “feminism” is considered to be the word of the year in 2017, I find it necessary for people to know why we need it now in the 21st century. When we speak about feminism in our modern world, people get automatically divided into two groups: those who say that women are already equal to men and those who disagree with this statement. Yes, for sure women have a lot more rights than they ever had. However, these days women still have so many inequalities and injustice to deal with. Below, I will list and open up top 10 reasons why all the representatives of female gender need feminism.
The Top Ten
1 Men decide what should happen to women's bodies

In 2017 there are still six nations - the Holy See, Malta, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Chile do not allow abortion under any circumstances. Other 13 countries have such tight controls upon abortion that for many women it is an impossibility. And all of these laws are made up by representatives of male gender. That means that men still don't get that «Women's body - women's choice».

I agree. I feel like if you have no uterus, no opinion. If the fetus isn't inside of you, you do not get to say how the woman gets to handle with it.

2 Child marriages are still common

Thank you so much for making this list. Stupid anti-feminists need to realize that the world still needs feminism. Child marriages and such are so wrong, immoral and should be banned.

Also, social justice warriors and other left-wingers are not feminists; They are misandrists and people who can't separate fantasy from reality, thus they whine all the time and try to force political correctness on everything. It was the Republican Party who gave women the right to vote and equal opportunity to men, not the Democrat Party. (No offense to anyone, this is a fact.)

3 Women are defined mostly by looks

If you aren't a jerk, you wont care much. there are exceptions like if you are going to be a model you prolly should be attractive, even if you don't like the fact of that. its sad I know but that's not how buisness works. but I get where you are coming from

Women are under pressure of society that literally tells them what to wear, which size to have and what to look like. Women are told to have perfect body shapes and flawless skin, meanwhile men are percieved the same sort of pressure to «loose weight, get ripped».

4 Forced prostitution

A lot of women are sold into slavery, beaten and forced into prostitution these days. Once traffickers or pimps effectively bring their victims into the system of prostitution, keeping them alive takes minimal effort. And the women remain stuck in the destructive cycle of a lifestyle of prostitution. Sex trafficing exposes them to increasingly dangerous situations, damaging them physically and mentally, destroying their self worth. Due to statistics, every two minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation in the US.

5 Victim-blaming

Victim blaming is an act where the victim of a crime, an accident and etc. is held as wholly or partially responsible for the wrongful conduct that was committed against them. Millions of women are being victim blamed after telling people who surround them that they were raped or sexually harassed. Usually, people ask victims questions like "What were you wearing?", "What else were you expecting?", "Why were you walking alone? ", "Why weren't you at home at night?", "Were you drunk?", meanwhile rapists are not asked these questions. In most cases, after being blamed for something woman feels "dirty", ashamed and embarrassed.

Victim-blamers need to understand that when they blame victims they support rapists.

6 Slut-shaming

Women's sexuality is often frowned upon, while men's is often celebrated. How about everyone just treat everyone with respect, ok? Is that hard?

An act that includes shaming women for being sexually active or "behaving" in a way that says something about her sexual life is called slut-shaming. It's a huge problem because women's sex lives and sexuality are matters of their own choice and isn't anyone else's business. Women's appearance is being criticized (often by men) for being too sexual. They are also often blamed for being victims/survivors of rape. Both of the examples are used in order to dominate and control women and make up rape culture.

7 Catcalling

Catcalling - leaving verbal comments, whistling, honking, kissing noises, staring, groping, stalking women and girls in public places. According to an online survey held in 2008, OVER 99% of 811 participants (females) told that they had experienced some form of street harassment. Catcalling is really degrading and disrespectful.
After being catcalled a lot of women blame themselves for wearing "inappropriate", "too short" clothes, feel themselves uncomfortable, threatened and scared.

There's a difference between complimenting and catcalling. Complimenting makes someone feel good and comfortable about themselves. Catcalling does the opposite.

8 Rape

It is very difficult to find the real statistics about raped women, because a lot of cases are unreported/not taken seriously by people. According to statistics, ONLY 46% of all rapes are reported. Women may not report because of being afraid of slut-shaming and victim-blaming. In some countries where premarital sex and adultery lead to death penalty/honor killing reporting rape can be even dangerous. Due to a survey, in the United States of America, 600 people are raped every day!

Is there any man you know that is afraid of walking on streets alone or at night? And is there at least one friend of you (female) that is scared of this stuff and may even carry pepper spray with herself.

So when will women walk home after work when it is dark and not be scared of being raped, sexually assaulted or kicked?

9 Female genital mutilation

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) - includes procedures that partially or totally remove female genitalia or cause injury to it for NON-MEDICAL reasons. Traditional circumcisers usually carry out the practice. FGM is internationally recognized as violation of female's human rights. Also, female genital mutilation is mostly practiced in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab states. However, women living in some countries of Asia, Eastern Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand are also affected.
In most cases, FGM is made under unsanitary conditions that lead to problems with health such as hepatitis с or even HIV. And unfortunately besides physical traumas like complications during child birth, anaemia, urinary infection, fever and etc., they also have to deal with mental problems like stress, feelings of anxiety and depression.

10 Honor killings are a thing

What is honor killing? Honor killing - a form of punishment, when a member of a family (girl) is murdered by another one due to a "shameful" (usually, loosing virginity before marriage or dating/marrying a person that was not approved by parents or other family members) act by the victim upon their family/community.
Nowadays, honor killings are often associated with countries in North Africa and Middle East. But in countries like Jordan an Iraq the legal system tacitly approves of honor killings, which is a huge problem. For sure, the steps are taken to stop honor killings, but the problem is also in the subordinate role women plays in society. According to a study held in 2003, nearly half of Jordanian boys and 20% of girls believed that killing a woman in the name of honor is justifiable.
And to all the women that are being shamed for being sexually active, please remember that your virginity is no indication of your quality unless you are olive oil.

The Contenders
11 Male privilege
12 Gender roles
13 Sexism
14 Toxic masculinity

Most men are too masculine - we need feminine men right now!

15 Assuming one’s gender

Fun fact: 99.99% of the time, you can assume ones gender by looking at them

16 Equal representation
17 Transphobia towards transwomen

If your feminism doesn't include Trans women, you are not a feminist.

18 Manspreading
19 Mansplaining
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