Lyn Abdul Hameed, 12A
Public Service Announcement for men who consider themselves ‘not feminists, but egalitarians’: they literally mean the same thing. ‘Feminism’ isn’t a dirty word that you should be afraid to say. Being a feminist and being a man aren’t mutually exclusive. There is no need to treat it as such.
Public Service Announcement for men who think feminism is not needed today because all women are treated equally now. Note that women walking alone on streets are still harassed more than men walking alone on streets. Note that female infanticide/foeticide is more rampant than male infanticide/foeticide. Unless you can attribute that to a reason other than patriarchy (and a fear of bringing girls into a patriarchal world), take several seats.
Public Service Announcement for men who think feminism is a joke: think of your mothers and mother figures. Think of the fact that you’re essentially saying it’s funny that they think they deserve equal rights as you, like it is outrageous and not at all normal. I mean, it’s none of my business if you want to disrespect the women who have raised you. Please, proceed.
Public Service Announcement for men who say that ‘not all men’ are patriarchal and degrading towards women: we know! For every woman who complains of constantly being harassed on streets and discriminated against in the workplace, there is one of you waiting to tell her that all men are not like that. Trust me, unless that person is an ultra-radical, they’d know that all men aren’t like that.
Public Service Announcement for men who consider themselves to be feminists: You have a far greater responsibility than your other counterparts to help in the fight for gender equality. Don’t pat yourself on the back for not being patriarchal, as if women should be grateful to you for not degrading them. Destigmatize the concept of male feminism. Use your privilege as men to help make the world a more inhabitable place for women alongside your mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends.