Regardless of the intersectionality of discrimination, today, a woman’s relative interaction with prejudice in contemporary society is attenuated to an unconscious gendering of conversation. There is a paucity of interactions between persons that disregard, on all levels, the influence of gender within general conversions. Throughout eclectic dialogue, the everlasting and underlying connotations of the difference between genders are axiomatic, purporting that beneath the achievements of each gender there is an unavoidable and everlasting inequality between them.

 

In a day, the role of women is bound by the societal conversation that floats her advantages, her limitations and her purpose to the greater community. Issues regarding the development of governance can, therefore, be bifurcated into: ‘women’s issues’ and general policy. The future of feminism and the movement towards a society where gender is no obstacle to any progression is dependent on removing the unnecessary attention that gendered differences are given. This will create an environment where the average woman who elects to unabashedly express her opinion is no different than any other global citizen.

 

The first world feminist movement has come to a major ideological crossroad, wherein, its legislative and institutional goals have been almost completely achieved. However, through the application of policy intended to create equality, the result is that prejudice prevails throughout the education of society and its underlying behavioural rules.

 

Feminism currently faces the task of uprooting underlying misogyny that, for centuries, was second nature to most of a community. The third wave, or intersectional feminism, with the help of technology, has splintered into an increasing amount of interpretations that has both furthered the conversation and diminished its integrity. Buzzfeed’s promotion of articles that present woman as continually ‘waiting for men to stop speaking’[1] myopically identify women and men in conflict with each other, rather than the intellectual and creative individuals that they are. Further, these arguments allow for a continuation of misogyny because of the perception they create of genders. The intentional division of humankind legitimises the average person to disregard the fight towards equality as being the forefront of human development, and enables them to join the argument that feminism is a ‘woman’s issue’.

 

My point is, women are beautiful. But so are men, and that’s not the problem. Everyone can be beautiful, but these conversations are continuing to create a society where a person’s identity can be limited by the incommensurable criteria of gender. Let’s forward any environment where the end goal is being able to identify that femininity and masculinity have no role in the quality of a personality. Audre Lorde said ‘it is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences’[2].

 

Feminism is a powerful recognition that all people deserve a voice, and therefore, at no point in our movement towards a louder community should we ever decide if others deserve their voice and at no point should we allow others to tell us that we don’t deserve ours.

 

“Here’s To Strong Women, May We Know Them, May We Raise Them, May We Be Them”
– Amnesty International


[1] Workman, Alice. “Just 27 Women Waiting Patiently For Men To Stop Talking In 2016”. BuzzFeed. N.p., 2017. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.

[2] Lorde, Audre. “It Is Not Our Differences That Divide Us. It Is Our Inability To Recognize, Accept & Celebrate Those Differences.”. Positively Positive. N.p., 2017. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.

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