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Swedish schools have been given feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s manifesto We Should All Be Feminists. This comes after the Swedish Women’s Lobby partnered with several groups to distribute this book into each classroom. Whether or not it will become actual curriculum has yet to be seen. In what’s called one of the most “gender equal” countries in the world, Sweden has now given a platform to a new wave of radical feminism.
In her essay Adichie writes that:
Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general – but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human. For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution to the problem acknowledge that.”
While it is important to recognize all of the achievements women have contributed to society as a whole, we shouldn’t single them out as the driving factor behind the world’s success or its failures. Yes women have contributed much to the world in science, medicine, politics, and are equal in today’s military, but is that enough for feminism’s insatiable hunger? The answer is no. As seen in this authors own words above, it’s the truth. Feminism begets greed. While many radical feminists have taken a hardcore approach to stomping out the mythical patriarchy, some level heads have prevailed in giving insight to a point.
A lot of feminists in this younger generation, specifically in America, won’t answer any questions you raise. Instead they’ll offer this sentence: It’s not my job to educate you. If that’s true, why do we have so many protests, articles, and even books and documentaries on the subject? If we want to learn about feminism we have to Google the topics or contribute to your Patreon or Kickstarter? Buy your book and make it classroom curriculum? If we do educate ourselves, with knowledge, it’s perceived negatively by others fighting for the same cause—since there can be only one way to be a feminist fighting for equal rights, correct?
A question to the reader: What happens when you take someone’s words too seriously and you incorporate them into your life in the wrong way? You become a sheep, who follows the flock. Even better is a sheep who has the money and influence over the youth. The best example in this case is Beyonce Knowles, former lead singer of Destiny’s Child, and the current wife of American rapper Jay-Z. Beyonce has assimilated herself with feminism in a distinct way, without trying to introduce it as an ideal. To her, it’s life.
In her song’s: Flawless, and Bow Down, she’s sampled Adichie’s Speeches, and dropped the notion that Feminism needs to become the new standard for how women live their lives: Without men suppressing them in any way. For many reasons I won’t state here, when you consider Beyonce’s career, that’s hilarious. She introduced Adichie’s speech as a pro-girl anthem in her songs in order to make herself richer. Feminism is like a fire; it cannot exist without air, and it spreads. For the world that air is people who ignore their wild claims. Wild feminist rhetoric claims that:
- Patriarchy is a real thing
- Male activists shouldn’t be allowed the same free speech rights that radical feminists have
- Feminsim isn’t trying to create a Matriarchy
- Women are completely oppressed in the US and other parts of the world
- It’s not their job to educate us.
Women in the US and Sweden have it a lot better than many others around the world to be honest. In 2015 they have a pretty good foothold for themselves. In the US and Sweden women can:
- Vote in elections and influence political agendas
- Apply for all jobs in the military, including combat (2016 for America)
- Have up to 480 days of maternity leave
- Appoint public officials to defend their word against unjust laws and bills
Helping women in some of the nastier place in the world isn’t a bad idea, but liberal democracy is the best way to do this, not radical feminism. If we can spread democracy, we can unite more nations and raise more awareness for real women’s issues. What we have now is a joke. So if feminists really want to make a difference they should help spread democracy and civil rights all over the world. Arguing about mean tweets and sexy video games isn’t the way to do.