Feminism: Social, Anti-Family Political Movements

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"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians” (Pat Robertson, 1992). With respect to Mr. Robertson, Feminism is about equality. Despite its focus on the female gender, Feminism does not correlate to man-hating. Feminism, while an American design, is a global movement. Despite advances in women’s equality in America, there are still social issues that demand the need for Feminism. Transgender issues, third-world oppression of females, and the emergence of rape culture are all examples of such issues.
People who identify as transgender do not conform
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In 2011, 30 murders were committed due to hate crimes –40% of those murders were of transgender women. These are shocking statistics, and only increase the need for feminism. (National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 2011) (National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 2012)
The need for gender equality in third world countries is extremely prevalent. Differences in education, violence directed toward women, and the continued practice of female genital mutilation are key factors that represent the need for a Feminist movement. According to the United Nations Statistics Division, there are 516 million females that are illiterate. Education grants people the opportunity of building a better life and can improve a country’s economic growth. The more educated its citizens are, the more advanced a country’s society will be. This displays the importance of educating women and
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Infibulation is the narrowing of the vaginal opening by creating a seal. This creates difficulty during intercourse. Istar is a child bride to a 60 year-old man. Unable to penetrate her, he used a dagger to break the seal. He succeeded, but in doing so he also cut her vaginal walls. Cut so deep, Istar bled profusely before receiving help at Galkayo Center. This is an example of gender inequality and the oppressive culture infringed upon women in third world countries. It demonstrates the importance of a feminist movement which seeks to raise awareness about women’s rights. (Donor Direct Action, 2016)
Inequality in the U.S. is demonstrated through rape culture. Rape culture is a feminist theory that rape has become widespread and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality. Rape culture does not accuse society of being tolerant of rape; instead, it focuses on the societal attitudes that can negatively affect victims. This includes victim-blaming, teaching women how to not be raped, and downplaying the rape of men. Rape culture is a harmful opponent of sexual assault

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