By: Sidd P
If you have spoken to a feminist before, chances are that they’ve brought up how women are “oppressed” and why feminism is “needed” in the western world. Today, I’m going to prove them wrong. Here are five arguments (or myths) that feminists bring up about why feminism is needed, that aren’t true:
- The imaginary “wage gap”:
This “wage gap statistic” has been proven false many times. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that if companies could get away with hiring women for less money than men, they would be hiring women at an alarming rate. If you look at the way the study was conducted to determine the wage gap, you can tell why it’s a weak argument.
According to http://www.canadianwomen.org//facts-about-the-gender-wage-gap-in-canada, the wage gap can be measured in 3 different ways:
- “Compare the annual earnings, by gender, for both fulltime and part-time workers. On this basis, women workers in Canada earn an average of 66.7 cents for every dollar earned by men. This measurement results in the largest wage gap because more women work part-time—and part-time workers earn less than full-time workers.”
The problem with this is the fact that many factors aren’t taken into consideration. In this “study”, occupation, hours, promotions, overtime and maternity leave aren’t considered as any of the possible reasons that women could be earning less than men.
- “Compare the annual earnings of full-time workers. On this basis, women workers in Canada earn an average of 72 cents for every dollar earned by men.”
With this study, maternity leave (which is a big factor) isn’t taken into consideration, which can lead to very misleading results. If a man and a woman work the same job, and the woman takes 10 months maternity leave, she is obviously going to earn less than the man who worked without any time taken from his job.
- “Compare the hourly wages by gender, including those for part-time workers. On this basis, women earn an average of 87 cents for every dollar earned by men.”
Yes, at first glance, it might look like a wage gap does exist, but when you analyze this argument more in depth, you can see why it’s a weak one. First of all, occupation isn’t even considered. If you’re not going to conduct a study properly, don’t be surprised if the conclusions you bring up based on the “information” is wrong. If you’re not going to factor in things that should be considered, you can’t consider your study a proper one.
- We live in a patriarchy:
“What is the patriarchy?”, You might ask. According to The Oxford English Dictionary (http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/138873?redirectedFrom=patriarchy#eid), the definition of the word patriarchy is “A form of social organization in which the father or oldest male is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the male line; government or rule by a man or men.”
Sounds nothing like what we live in today, right? Well feminists don’t care. They will always use the non existent “patriarchy” as an excuse for why feminism is needed in the western world. Here’s why a patriarchy couldn’t and doesn’t exist:
- If a “patriarchy” did exist, men and women wouldn’t have equal power. We would see that men have more power when compared to women. If you (as a feminist) believe this is the case, would you be willing to explain to me how men have more power than women?
- Equality rights, regardless of who you are, is entrenched in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that everyone is entitled to “equal treatment before and under the law, and equal protection and benefit of the law without discrimination”. If we lived in a patriarchal society, that wouldn’t be the case.
- Women can’t be sexist because sexism is institutionalized and sexism comes with prejudice and power:
Let’s take a look at the definition of sexism:
“prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.”
- “prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially : discrimination against women”
- “behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex”
- “attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of gender roles.”
- “discrimination or devaluation based on a person’s sex or gender, as in restricted job opportunities, especially such discrimination directed against women.”
- “ingrained and institutionalized prejudice against or hatred of women;misogyny.”
Note how one of the definitions does describe sexism as misogyny, but keep in mind that the other two definitions don’t.
The Free Dictionary (By Farlex):
- “Discrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women.”
- “The belief that one gender is superior to the other, especially that men are superior to women.”
Do you notice a pattern? All of these dictionaries define sexism as prejudice or hatred of a sex. Though the definitions state that sexism typically is seen as women being inferior, keep in mind that it says “typically”. If something typically happens in a certain way, it doesn’t mean that it can’t happen in another.
You don’t have to look too deep to see that these definitions don’t say anything about sexism having to be institutionalized or systemic. All of these dictionaries state that sexism is prejudice based on sex.
It’s great to see feminists warp the definition of a term just to fit their convenience.
- Feminism is the belief in the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. So if you aren’t a feminist, you don’t believe in equality or equal rights:
Let’s get something straight, feminism isn’t synonymous with equality. If you go to any (unbiased) website, and search the definition of feminism, it almost always states that feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of equality. Notice how it says that feminism is fighting for women’s rights? Looking at the definitions, it’s clear to see that if you don’t support feminism, it doesn’t mean that you’re against equality.
If you want to know what the real term for what the belief in equality is, it’s called egalitarianism.
- Feminism is and always was about equality (This is different from the last one in the way that the last one was talking about the definition. This is more focused on the actions of feminists rather than the definition):
Feminism isn’t about equality. You just have to look at the SCUM Manifesto, a very misandrist movement to judge whether feminism is about equality or not:
The SCUM Manifesto (Society for Cutting Up Men)
To achieve this goal, it suggests the formation of SCUM, an organization dedicated to overt
hrowing society and eliminating the male sex.”
“The Manifesto opens with the following declaration:
“Life” in this “society” being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of “society” being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex.”
Even though this movement was years ago, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s associated with feminism and that the creator of this manifesto is a feminist.
So next time when any feminist brings up any of these arguments, you’ll know what to do!