Claims about the challenges of feminism unjustified: iLIVE
As a self-described feminist, I was taken aback by the poorly supported claims made in the article, which were greatly unjustified claims about the challenges feminism faces.
The argument presented in the article is “because women like men to be looking at them sexually, they deliberately dress in a sexualised way for the sole purpose of men falling around them”.
This is obviously a false statement. Women dress how they want, whenever they please for themselves and their self-expression.
Those who follow this argument have misinterpreted this way of dress. Using the provided argument, if a man were to make physical sexual contact with a woman in these clothes, with the clothing providing the non-verbal consent, he is exempt from responsibility if his actions are unwanted because “it is part of the nature of women to attract men”, and he is simply fulfilling his role.
This is a dangerous mentality to perpetuate. This is an attempt to remove responsibility from men in situations of sexual harassment/assault.
It is the very same mentality that had been used in the Noord Taxi rank sexual assault at the beginning of this year.
Two teenagers, one dressed in a black mini skirt, the other with a mini skirt and leggings, were unwillingly groped by a large group of men. These women endured humiliation from men who were “simply responding to the message their clothing was communicating”.
The article has made a gross assumption of what the values of feminism is without consulting any feminist or feministic group. It is through this ignorance that a woman doing what they please is seen as "undermining of [feministic] values".
The article fails to state how or why the described acts are undermining the values, and more importantly fails to provide the "list" of the feminism values. It's quite simple, there's only one: equality.
Feminism is the right for women's rights and equality. Equality is not being the opposite of what men of generations past described for women to do/dress, rather equality is simply that: being equal. Feminists want for women to be able to perform her daily task such as dressing without the fear of being a victim of societal misogyny.
Equality is for all members of society to do what they please within the confines of the law.
Equality is for all to strive for, not just feminists. It is best if we address such anti-feminist views now, so we can forge forward on the path to equality.