When you think of feminism, you probably think of some angry hippie woman screaming at you about how men are terrible human beings and that the world would just be better off without them, right? Without a doubt, there are some women out there that do believe that men are horrible, and the fact is some men are horrible.
This however does not dismiss the fact there are also some horrible women out in the world as well. Regardless of that fact, the goal of feminism is not to end the male gender; in fact it is just the opposite.
Most feminists just want there to be equality between males and females. As we all know, throughout history, men have dominated the lives of women. Don’t get me wrong, there were women who shined in history such as Betsy Ross and Clara Barton but up until very recently in history, most women took care of the household and raised the children.
Today, women have taken on a role outside the home and have stepped into the political and business arenas where they have worked hard and shed blood, sweat and tears to make their dreams possible.
Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and ex-Republican vice presidential nominee, had humble beginnings. Many of you may not like some of her political ideas, but you cannot deny that she has had an effect on America. She started out as a college educated mom and worked her way up the political ladder, starting out as a city council member in the small town of Wasilla Alaska where she eventually became Mayor.
After her time as mayor, she set out and rid Alaska of corrupt business men in the oil industry and dethroned the governor aiding their corruption. As governor she led many reforms and made Alaska a great place to live. She then became John McCain’s vice-presidential candidate and a target of the sexist media who still hound her to this day.
She may have resigned from the governor’s office after the failed presidential election, but that did not stop her from going out into America and connecting with common people like us and encouraging them to run for office in their communities.
You may be thinking to yourself, why bring up Sarah Palin, she is old news and isn’t even involved in the presidential race. This may be true, but it is my personal opinion that Sarah Palin, the hometown hockey mom, inspired many women (and some men) all across America to be brave enough to step up and say this is wrong and I want to do something about it. This doesn’t mean you have to run for office, just be aware of what’s going on, and if you see something you don’t like, be vocal about it. Find groups of people who share your passion and fight corruption.
This is your town, your county, your state, and your country, and you have a right granted to you by the constitution to stand up, speak out and of course vote.
As Sarah Palin said: “You don’t need a title to make a difference”, and this is very true because no one needs a title to go out on November 4th and vote.
When looking at candidates for any office this year, I urge all of you to do your research. Don’t rely on the media and those biased commercials they have all over television to give you the truth. Men and women need to open their eyes and look at their candidates for who they are and what they say they want to accomplish and hold them to those promises they are making us.
We need to look at both sides of the story instead of being stuck in the old ways of Washington politics and blaming the other party for our current problems. The blame game never works, and it has never solved anything.
Women especially should be concerned with the outcome of this election. There are many hot topics such as rape and abortion floating out of politician’s mouths and they really don’t know what they are talking about. Regardless of whether you support abortion or not, do you really want male politicians who have no idea what they are talking about in regards to rape, abortion, and female anatomy in general making major laws about what you can and can’t do with your baby and body?
Men, should you really stand by and just watch all this happen? Women are our other halves, not just speaking in terms of love here; women literally are the second half of humanity. We would not be here if it weren’t for our mothers and grandmothers waiting patiently for 9 months, going through an extremely painful labor, then spending 18+ challenging years raising us, taking care of us when we are hurt or sick, and of course performing other matronly duties while also hopefully following their own dreams.
Our future and/or current wives, fiancés and girlfriends, who will hopefully love us for who we are and start families with us, will probably, have to do the same things our mothers and grandmothers did. Am I wrong to say that all these women deserve to be treated with respect? Why should we stand by and watch other men trample on women’s rights? Even if you believe you are the head of the house hold and that men should be making the rules, doesn’t that mean we should be at least looking out for what is best for the women in our lives and that we should be looking for them to have rights equal to our own?
Next time you think about feminism, don’t think about that angry hippie woman screaming at you just because you have the “wrong” set of genitals. Think about people like Sarah Palin, who crossed the gender line and made a difference in her community. Think about what you can do to make your community a better place for every man and woman who lives there. Think about what you can do to make the women in your life have the respect they deserve. Vote for who will stand up for women’s rights, not those who vow to crush them.
Change is definitely coming to America, and it is up to you to decide whether or not that change is moving in the right direction. With that said, I want you all to think about how you can be a positive change to the feminist movement and American politics, and how you can start by simply voting.