Prompt: pick a social issue you’re passionate about
Where do I begin? I know that as I’m sitting here trying to think of a social issue I’m passionate about, nothing comes to mind, so hopefully, you’ll bear with me as I sift through my thoughts.
No, it’s not that I don’t have a social issue that I’m passionate about, but it’s just like that scenario when people ask you what is your favourite book or movie and every book or movie you’ve ever read or watched just vanishes from your mind.
I don’t want to be stereotypical, but I feel like feminism, in particular, the patriarchy, is something that I feel myself explaining over and over again. Maybe feminism is no longer the right term for it because of the negative connotation it’s garnered in years, but at the moment there is no term that has been suggested, to my knowledge, that can replace it.
I can’t count how many times it comes up in discussions that feminism is only for females, that the patriarchy is only damaging to females. But that’s not the case. The main thing I want to focus on (because if I don’t focus on one thing we’ll be here all day), is the construct of the feminine and the masculine. The idea of a woman being a nurturer, of being gentle and graceful and all that, I want to say is BS. A woman can be all those things if she wants, but she doesn’t have to be. I strongly believe that women can be anything they want to be. Men too, but we’ll get to them in a minute. The idea that a woman must be one thing or another is absurd. As the quote goes, “everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Same thing applies here, some are fish, some monkeys, some are snakes. Just like an animal isn’t wrong for being born as a fish, monkey or snake and doing what’s natural to them, a female isn’t wrong for doing what is natural to her. And natural is doing what feels right to her, not what society dictates or feels is the right way for her to act.
What society thinks is the right way to act, of course, isn’t limited to restricting females into a certain framework, it does the same to males. Males are not supposed to cry, to show emotion or weakness, to always protect a woman, provide for his family. We expect this from males. We expect them to be dependable and be a rock for his family, but what if that’s not natural for him either? What if he likes to watch rom-coms? What if he cries while watching them? So what? It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t make him any less of a person.
Why do we judge people based on their gender/sex (yes, I know those are two different things, but I’m not getting into that right now)? Why do we immediately form opinions about how one gender/sex ought to act? Why can’t we just get to know somebody before we form opinions because what really matters is the content of their hearts, the development of their souls, not what they look like.
This is clearly a shorter version of my usual spiel, but I suddenly forgot how to words, so forgive me.