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Not your property.

Jessica Van Deventer.

 

You may ask why feminism is around? women are pretty equal, right?… wrong. As we speak, there is a little girl in India being married off to someone 7 times her age. There are 15 million child brides being married off each year. One in five women are raped in the U.S. Seventy percent of women in India are abused at home. These women rarely get to speak out about this, which is why we have the voice for them – to make a change. For hundreds of years humanity has been split into male and female. For centuries just because of our gender we have been discriminated against and oppressed.

Feminism… it is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.

Before the world and many of its most popular religions became monotheistic – believing that there is only one true God to rule us all, there were Pagan religions that related God’s to earth, water, light and these religions believed that there was a male Gode and his counterpart, a female Goddess. Respected and equal. Now with monotheistic religions which Christians and Muslims follow it has helped base our society as patriarchal.

In Christianity the father is seen as head of the household and provider to his family whilst the wife is the keeper of the home and the carer of children.1 Timothy 2:9 – 15* 9.

” In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”

In 2006 the movie ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was released. It brought back a topic that wasn’t popular in the Catholic church. San Greal – The Holy Grail. The teachings of the sacred feminine. It is believed that early religions followed a matriarchal society and that Constantine and the Christian church did their best to destroy it. “In The Eternal moment you exist In creation itself. The Queen of Light” – Unknown. How beautiful? It is where women are seen as Goddesses and givers of life and light. This movie and book caused such a storm that the Catholic church made an open statement against them. Why such cause for concern?

Yes there are the select few who use feminism as an excuse to dress provocatively and to attract attention to themselves but I know many women who are truly passionate about equality, about recognising the differences between man and women and celebrating this, rather than putting anyone down. I had a chat with my feminist friend, Katie and asked her what her opinion was on feminists and her response was so accurate – ” I  feel that feminism is vital for gender equality. I feel that feminism in modern society however is seen as just an angry bunch of women. But there are many issues like rape culture and FGM (female genital mutation) that still are problematic today. “White feminism” however is problematic. The idea that some women call themselves feminists because it’s trendy and only care about issues relevant to them as a white person of privilege. This paints all feminists with the same brush and unfortunately makes a lot of feminist activism seem pointless and stupid. Feminism is called feminism because not everyone is oppressed equally. The same reason gay rights is called gay rights and not sexuality rights. The same reason we have black history month and not white history month. I believe that modern day feminism is vital for a pivot in the fairness and equal workings of our society. I believe we have come a very long way. But I also believe that we have a long way to go. Women across the world are still very much oppressed. And I think you’d be foolish not to want to stop that. You can’t be pissed off at feminism being called feminism when the whole history of society is documented as mankind.”

So to all those little girls that want to be footballers and mechanics when they grow up, to the women who would like to get and keep a job at the age they could be bearing children, to the women being subjected to physical, emotional and verbal abuse, to the little girl crying at night because she will have to leave her family soon and go live with a strange man. We are here for you. We are here to be your voice and your light in this darkness. Because no we are not asking to be raped, we are not asking to be hit and we are certainly not asking to be oppressed.

So in short, take your ancient book and its teachings away. For we will not be quiet. We will not be anything but the strong, independent, proud FEmales that we are. Full stop.

“It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” – James Brown

This is a man’s world
This is a man’s world
But it would be nothing, nothing
Without a woman or a girl

You see, man made the car
To take us over the road
Man made the train
To carry the heavy load
Man made the electrolight
To take us out of the dark
Man made the boat for the water
Like Noah made The Ark

This is a man’s, man’s, man’s world
But it would be nothing, nothing
Without a woman or a girl

Man thinks about a little bit of baby girls and a baby boys
Man make them happy
‘Cause man make them toys
And after man make everything
Everything he can
You know that man makes money
To buy from other man

This is a man’s world
But it would be nothing, nothing
Not one little thing
Without a women or a girl

He’s lost in the wilderness
He’s lost in bitterness.

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