God knows how many times I’m told that I need to “stand up for my rights” when my parents stop me from doing something because I am a girl. My friends, coworkers, acquaintances, get pissed when I tell them about some of the things I am not supposed to do because I am a girl. They say it is sexist and unfair to me. They tell me i am not in my country anymore, as if I do not already know! They want me to rebel and do what I want.
People bitch to me about these things and others but yet when it comes to saying they may possibly be a feminist, it is something that is scary. That they refrain from, as if it will bite them in the ass.
And then there are those people who will come to me and say these things but they themselves are sexist.
I was once sent a post by someone, who hates the rules in my family, about how women want to be paid equally but do not do the same amount of work as men. It pissed me off because it seemed to say that unequal pay does not exist. This person always tells me about my rights as a human being and how I need to rebel. How can someone bitch about other cultures or religions being oppressive when they do the same, just in a different perspective?
The biggest example of this has to be the argument on women on the front line. I know a man who always tells me to do what I want and gets mad when I am restricted by my parents to do something but yet he thinks women on the front line is not appropriate.
How can you sit here and lecture me on oppression and then do the same, just on a different level?
People think women should have the ability to work because it is equal rights but when it comes to giving them the same opportunities or options, their mind changes. Yet, in every job, you are told there will be no discrimination due to gender. Why does that and equal rights opinions change when it comes to a job that people deem dangerous?
Who gave these people the right to decide what I want to do or what is safe enough for my life? I should be able to choose if I want to put my life on the line to protect my country, along side men who have the same courage. If I want it bad enough, I will work for it, I will pass the tests, show my strength, and then, there should be no questioning of what I want to do or can do.
Yes, I am a woman. I have a vagina which could be fucked with different things if I am captured. But trust me, my vagina can take a lot more inside of it than a man’s asshole can if he is captured. Anything they do to you, they can do to me so there is nothing that should be able to be used as an excuse to prevent equal rights in the military.
The same goes for other things like physical jobs that women are deemed “not strong enough” for. I should be given the chance to prove myself, no matter what you or anyone thinks I can or cannot do. At the end of the day, I have the option to do it and I or another woman will want it enough to prove herself strong enough for it. As women all around the world have done when they have been given a chance to prove themselves equal to men in a “man’s career/job”.
You have no right to sit there and say you believe in equal rights, say you are not a sexist, until you totally and completely believe in equal rights, no matter what the case.