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I truly feel bad about your lack of knowledge on what feminism is and how it is extremely relevant to our society, the society that you live in too. Feminism is not used to victimize anyone. Feminism is a movement that encourages equality for everyone. Feminism is around to create equality for everyone so that no one has to feel victimized just because of gender. Feminists do not hate men. One of the main points of feminism is to boost women up and to create equality. We are here to focus on why women deserve to be seen as equal and not to tear men down, meaning we do not hate men.

I like that you prefer facts because that is what I have been telling you. I believe you misused fear mongering. I haven’t seen anything trying to inflict fear into people about feminism or about men. I have seen posters that project fear into women and other men about rape culture. Those posters are factual and therefore rightfully scare people into being more cautious.

That brings me to my next point. Pay gap, patriarchy, and rape culture are not “imaginary issues that bitches screech about”. The pay gap is a very real issue. In 2015, female full-time workers made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21 percent. That was less than 6 months ago. 21% pay gap. You are a woman and that means you will not make as much money for the same amount of work that your male coworkers do. I hope you can see how unfair that is for us as women.

I do not understand how you think patriarchy is an imaginary issue. I am sorry I can only tell you the definition of patriarchy because I can not fully grasp how you think it is an imaginary topic.

               Patriarchy: A system of society or government in which the father or eldest male                   is head of the family and descent is traced through the male line. A system of                           society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely                               excluded from it.

The worst part about this tweet was the fact that you implied that rape culture is imaginary. Rape is a very very real issue that kills both women and men. Rape culture is considered a feminist issue because it is about trying to teach men not to rape rather than telling women to not get raped. I think (I truly hope) you would agree with me that rape is a terrible thing that no one should have to go through. Women are constantly accused for getting raped rather than the rapist getting accused for raping. Women are told that the reason they were raped is because their clothing is too revealing, or that they asked for it. That is completely and 100% wrong and should be stopped. That is what rape culture is, that is not imaginary, and I hope you can now see why I am so offended by your tweet and why I wanted to write to you.

I hope that what I said helps you understand why we need feminism and why it is relevant to all of our worlds. The inequality that we endure as females is not fair. We should not be discriminated against because we are women. Women are just as great as men, we all deserve to be tweeted equally.

I want to end this email by explaining how we as women can beat the stereotypes and how we can promote the equality of women and men. There is an article written by Tong that describes two types of feminism he discusses that I think you’d learn from. Liberal feminism is a woman’s ability to gain and keep equality through actions and choices. This means that we, as women, need to act equal as men. Just because we aren’t treated equal does not mean we can’t act like we should and act as if we are equal, because we are all equal.

Poststructural Feminism is important, especially in recent news. Target recently got rid of the boys and girls toy signs. Now all toys are just toys and not gender specified. Tong discusses poststructural feminism as breaking the stereotypical boy/girl actions. There is no universal category that a man should fit into and a category that woman should fit in. By acting like powerful women in every environment we will then break the categories that we should “fit in”.

These feminism definitions are interrelated. The more we use our actions/choices to show men that we are capable of the same things they are, the more the stereotypes will stop being stereotypes.

I hope you can now see how you do need feminism and how relevant it is in our society.

Sincerely a strong feminist,

Victoria

 

RESOURCES:

Institute For Women’s Policy Research. (2016). http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination

Merriam-Websters Dictionary. (2016). http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patriarchy

Marshall University’s Women Center. (2015). https://www.marshall.edu/wcenter/sexual-assault/rape-culture/

Tong, Rosemarie. (2014) Feminist Thought

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