Today is International Women’s day, in which we are all urged to show support and gratitude towards important women in our lives and around their world. In Australia at least, the day has been filled with token gestures and cliche calls from politicians, often praising the past deeds of women, while conveying the need to further achieve progress in the field of gender equality. Intrinsically, the day is linked to feminism, and feminists, as in effect it is their official day.
Increasingly, a feminist agenda is being pursued by both males and females. Just last night, long term conservative commentator Allan Jones described himself as a ‘feminist’. Even in my own life, I have been asked by some people as to whether or not I view myself as a feminist. I reply that I am not, and given this is Women’s day, I think this would be a good opportunity to discuss more broadly my views on feminism.
Unequivocally, I acknowledge the importance of feminism to women. I do not doubt the achievements of feminism, in women’s suffrage, the development of paid parental schemes, the upwards trend of women in the workforce, and the ongoing growth in the awareness and combating of domestic violence. But I am no feminist, and I do not intend to become one or directly associate with this term anytime soon.
My justification is as follows; I believe that feminism is a movement that is pushing for greater rights and representation for women. However, I am a man, and therefore feminism does not serve the purposes of my own life. Feminists will pursue this objective regardless of the consequences, or of the situation faced by men. By saying this, I am not trying to portray all feminists as ‘femi- nazis’ or ‘male- haters’. Rather, I am simply pointing out the shortsighted, one- sided perspectives that feminists take in order to realize their ultimate ambitions. To me, feminists will always exist, and they will always fight for the furthering of the female cause, regardless of the circumstances of others. For instance, for every 100 members of the Australian law profession, there are 55 males for every 45 females. True, this representation is slanted in the balance of males, but do you really think there would be an issue for feminists, if 55 % of lawyers were female and only 45 % were male? No of course not, as the role of feminists is to better their own outcomes, not that of males.
And then I am told that feminists want to pursue equality for both males and females. Oh really? I would like hear the name of one feminist who is actively campaigning for not only female rights, but is also dedicating equal energy towards the rights of men in being further involved in the process of abortion, child custody rights, and is meaningfully pushing against women who falsely accuse men of rape. Particularly in the issue of rape, a false accusation, even if proven true, is enough to stain any man’s profession. The word of the women is often believed in courts, rather than that of a man, even if it is mostly an attention seeking, false premises based claim.
Again, I want to stress that I have no problem with feminism or its existence. For me, feminism is not something I would support in the near future, as a male who seeks to better my own outcomes in life. I support some of the causes of feminism, yet I support some of the causes of male rights, and therefore under no circumstances would I label myself a feminist, even if this stance ruffles a few feathers.