Feminism And Gender Equality: The Culture Of Equality

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On September 20, 2014 at the HeForShe campaign in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Emma Watson, the United Nation Goodwill Ambassador, gave an inspirational speech about gender equality. Feminism, defined by Watson is, “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of sexes” (Watson). Before the twentieth century, men and women were treated differently due to their gender. Women were caretakers for their husband and children while men were the providers for the family. However, towards the end of the twentieth century, society’s views on feminism and gender equality began to transform immensely. Today, women in the United States succeed in their careers, are independent, and empower one another. At the same time, men are declining in the workforce, taking on the role of a stay at home father, and learning to embrace a culture of equality. In the contemporary society, men have great potentials; however, women are surpassing men with a promising future.
In the nineteenth century,
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Males who are raped do not get the justice that they deserve. Even in society today, men are still viewed as masculine. In the article “Men Struggle for Rape Awareness,” Roni Caryn Rabin, a writer for the New York Times informs that men who are rape finds it “discomfiting that it is rarely discussed -- virtually taboo,...because of societal notions about masculinity and the idea that men are invulnerable” (Rabin). Many deem men as strong, masculine individuals who can take care of themselves. Therefore, the discussion of men being raped is barely considered as much as it is for women. This demonstrates that gender inequality still lingers in certain aspects, such as a man’s ability to be masculine. Nonetheless, men are learning towards embracing gender equality by joining forces with women to fight the discrimination. Also, men in the U.S. today are encouraged to express and stand up for what they believe

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