Idea 1 ; Feminism

Why we still need feminism ;

  • Women earn on average 9% less than men
  • 62 million girls are denied education all over the world
  • Worldwide only 22% of parliamentarians are women, in the UK it reached 29% in 2015
  • 1 in 3 women are sexually abused at some point in their lifetime
  • Each minute, 28 girls are married before they are ready
  • An estimated 200 million girls have undergone Female Genital Mutilation
  • 71% of all trafficking worldwide are women and girls
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismissed 52% of sexual harassment claims in 2015 despite 1 in 3 women suffering
  • There are more CEO’s named John than there are women CEO’s altogether
  • Only 7% of director’s behind 2016’s top-grossing films were women
  • A mere 17% of 3,212producer, editors and writers on these films were women- the same percentage in 1998
  • The International Organisation for Migration found that 80% of Nigerian women who arrive in Sicily will go on to live a life of forced prostitution in Europe
  • 1 in 10 girls girls in the UK aged 14–21 can’t afford menstrual products
  • 68,000 women in the UK are currently homeless
  • Women only make up 17% of crowd scenes on screens yet we are 51% of the population
  • 85,000 women in the UK are raped every year and over 400,000 are sexually assaulted
  • 70 % of speaking roles in Hollywood films are men (although actresses are 5 times more likely to be asked to get naked than their male counterparts)
  • Women in Britain spend an average of £18,000 on their periods over a lifetime, making period poverty a very prevalent problem in the UK
  • More than 137,700 girls missed school in 2017 due to not being able to afford sanitary products
  • 8,000 girls a year are expelled or drop out of school in Tanzania due to pregnancy
  • 60% of all undernourished people are women and girls

Suicide statistics ;

  • The age-adjusted suicide rate in 2017 was 14.0 per 100,000 individuals.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle-age white men in particular.
  • In 2017, men died by suicide 3.54x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 129 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 77.97% of suicide deaths in 2017.
  • In 2017, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths.
  • younger girls(students) are more likely to attempt suicide then younger boys(students).

Mental health definitions and statistics ;

Eating disorder ;

Any of a range of psychological disorders characterised by abnormal or disturbed eating habits (such as anorexia nervosa).

Anorexia ;

People who have anorexia try to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough food or exercising too much, or both. This can make them very ill because they start to starve. They often have a distorted image of their bodies, thinking they are fat even when they are underweight. Men and women of any age can get anorexia, but it’s most common in young women and typically starts in the mid-teens.

Binge eating disorder ;

Binge eating disorder involves regularly eating large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, and then often upset or guilty. Binges are often planned in advance and the person may buy “special” binge foods. Men and women of any age can get binge eating disorder, but it typically starts in the late teens or early 20s.

  • 75% of the people with eating disorders are women.
  • Between 600,000 and 725,000 people in the UK alone are affected by an eating disorder

Their was a survey done in 2018, that found that more women and young girls are unhappy then in 2009, not only that but the statistics on eating disorders and mental health continues to increase for women. This is interesting to me because although women have a lot more freedom and rights then they did before why do they continue to become unhappier. Their are a multitude of factors that go towards this one of which is due to the expansion of social media.

Attacking of male masculinity and the Feminisation of men in Western society ;

  • consumption of male hair removal products up by 25% each year
  • 33% of UK men now use face creams
  • Till the last few decades, male grooming products were primarily limited to shaving creams, deodorants, after shave colognes and shampoos. In recent times, however, several male grooming products have been designed and developed which include moisturisers, facial creams, bronzers, concealers, serums, face masks as well as a number of anti-ageing products.

Strangely although the amount of sales and the variety of male grooming products that men use have increased many men don’t shave as cleanly as they did before, its almost as if standards have flipped to where women are encouraged to be less feminine and more masculine, where as men are now encouraged to be more feminine and less masculine. I watched a Reggie Yates documentary and he discovered that the pressures on men to be attractive have been so strong to the point where men are now risking their lives to have dangerous surgeries to achieve the strong muscular look, which women are naturally attracted to. Recently Gillete made a commercial about “toxic masculinity”, which overall was taken quite negatively. They presented circumstances like cat calling and sexual assault, and the phrase “boys can be boys”, seems to be the foundation of their argument about how society ignores problematic Male behaviour and some what encourages it. I personally do not believe in the concept of toxic masculinity as it suggests that men have natural traits that make them bad. I think the Feminists agenda contributed the most to “toxic masculinity” , because they have stigmatised men as bad and oppressive what makes them depressed, and encouraged dysfunction family households without father figures. Which goes to the main argument that it’s more so the lack of Male role models and father figures hat have contributed to toxic masculinity rather then too much of it.

  • In the UK there is 1.8 million single parents
  • 90% of single parents are women
  • 4 out of 10 children born are from single parents
  • 1 in 4 children under 18 are being raised without a father.
  • If a child is raised without a father they age more likely to commit crime, to go to prison, 4x greater risk of poverty. more likely to have behavioural issues
  • 2x greater risk of infant mortality
  • Girls are 7x more likely to become pregnant as teenagers without a father.
  • Children are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and be a high school drop out with a father figure.
  • Children with an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure. be confident and have better social connections.
  • Having an active and nurturing style of fathering is associated with better verbal skills, intellectual functioning and better academic achievement among adolescents.

Sex industry statistics ;

  • The sex trafficking industry is a multi million dollar industry
  • There Are An Estimated 24.9 Million People Trapped In Forced Labor Via Human Trafficking Worldwide.
  • The Majority Of Victims Are Women & Girls.
  • More Than 50 Percent Of Trafficking Victims Are Sexually Exploited
  • Sex Trafficking Is Happening In The US
  • One Hotline Received More Than 6,000 Reports Of Sex Trafficking In 2017
  • A Majority Of Those Sex Trafficking Cases Concerned Escort Services

“Can older men be objectified” good morning Britain reaction ;

I was watching an episode on good morning Britain about the sexual objectification of older men, I found this debate particularly interesting because the circumstances of the objectification was for a dating app. I would have agreed it was objectification if the context of the situation was different, for example the advert or app was about shopping or food. However for the first time I was not unhappy with the feminists stand point, because they were being fair and judging the male model just as they would a female model. Male objectification is treated very differently to Female objectification in society, many Feminists would condone a male model or man being sexually miss used but call it misogynistic and sexist if the same is done to a woman. One of the Journalists defending the advert mentioned that many men enjoy having attention from women and being sexually objectified.

Feminism changing and devaluing the definition of womanhood ;

“the qualities considered to be natural to or characteristic of a woman”

“the state or condition of being a woman”

I was watching a Good morning Britain video about whether or not men should be able to call themselves mothers. While watching the debate there was a lot of points stated by the women that I thought were really contradictory and silly. The main basis of her argument was that the terms “mother” and “father” should not be used for a specific gender and that both men and women should be able to just use either, and in this specific argument she was talking about men(which should not be ignored). The definition of mother is “a woman in relation to her child or children”, whenever a definition is used for the term mother, mom and mommy it always refers to the word female or feminine pronouns. We are only now trying to change the definition due to the LGBTQAIP and Feminism movement. She mentioned repeatedly that both men and women can present the same characteristics therefore they should be able to use both words. There are stereotypes that mothers (women) tend to be more kind, understanding and nurturing, where as fathers (men) tend to be more disciplined, assertive the bread winners etc. Yes she was right both men and women can display these traits but one genders tends to be better at their trait then the other. Furthermore the female gender is the only gender that can give birth or breast feed etc. Many feminists think that men should be able to also call themselves pregnant people because of transgender people, Many Transgender men (female to male) obviously still have the ability to reproduce. The percentage of Transgender people in the US is 0.6, and in most nations the overall percentage is between 1.2 and 6.8 which is a very small amount of people. There is a greater amount of Transgender women (male to female) then Transgender men (female to male). Furthermore the percentage within that smaller percentage of Trans men who even decide to give birth must be almost non existent, so however you put it around 99 percent of the people who give birth are biological women. Back to the first topic, the fact that she thinks men should be able to call themselves mothers because they present traits such as being nurturing and understanding itself is very contradictory, because she is further enforcing the stereotype that women are the only ones who can be nurturing. In addition by her logic also being sexists as well because she is almost devaluing the importance of fatherhood and fathers.

Should transwomen compete in women’s competitions and sports ? ;

Because of the progression of the LGBT group, Feminism and political correctness many competitions and sports that were originally for women are now having to be inclusive to transwomen. Transwomen are biological men who now identify as women. Yes I do believe that Trans people should have the right to identify and live how they want unless that is going to have an affect on other people. Most people would admit their are biological traits that men have that make them naturally physically superior to their female counterparts. these traits affect their height, weight and strength. One of these main contributors is the hormone testosterone. This affects the amount of muscle a man has etc. Many feminists say that testosterone is not a big contributor to the amount of strength a person has, however whenever a person/women is trying to gain muscle/ strenght example like in body building. What do they do, they take the hormone testosterone ironically. And whever a man is trying to transition into a women (trangenderism) they take the hormone estrogen.

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