Feminism vs. abortion

Does Feminism and abortion make sense together?

Feminists’ view of abortion has significantly changed from 1970, when Feminists were pro-life. When the Supreme Court Case Rose vs. Wade ended in January 23, 1973, it legalized abortion in the United States. Feminists believe that the ability to freely practice abortion gives them the opportunity to dedicate themselves more to the fight for their social, political, and economic achievements. Feminists claim they would be a better use to the Feminist movement if they are able to control their reproductive consequences. Often, women choose to abort their baby because they believe that child would interfere with their school or work. When Feminists give in to abortion, they are taking the easy way out and not giving the problem a solution. They are satisfying society by eliminating a problem without dealing with the right kind of reforms. Feminists should be fighting for the right to proper maternity leave or free day-care, instead, women opt for the solution society convinces them to do given it is the easiest for society itself. Women choose the solution that involves physical and physiological damage. They get rid of the cause before it can become a potentially and most likely good event.

When Feminists support abortion, they are being hypocritical to their own cause. Feminists believe in equal rights. They believe women are not owned nor controlled by men. They also believe that women do not need the opinions of men to determine their own self-worth. While Feminists fight for these causes, they negate their own advancements by practicing abortion. When a woman aborts a baby, she is stating that she owns that human life inside of her. She is also stating that she has the right to control whether or not that human person will live. She is stating that she has the right to determine that baby’s self-worth because that baby is too young to protest therefore it does not really have a legitimate stand on whether or not it gets to live. She is practicing everything she is trying to eliminate but instead of a man practicing it on a woman it is a mother practicing it on her own child.

Yours truly,

L.D

 

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A Feminist against freeing the nipples

Feminism has succumbed itself to the morals of the present, over-sexualized society.

While the world has shifted to educating its people on sex through T.V shows, movies, billboard ads, magazine ads, songs, and books, Feminism made an instant reaction to modernization by shifting its goals. A prime example to this is the fight to end nipple censorship and anti-topless laws. Feminists all over the world are standing together and using their voice and energy to be able to freely expose their nipples to society. Since Feminism stands for equality, Feminists believe that being able to showcase women’s nipples to any onlooker should be just as natural and legal as men are able to do. They accuse society of a double-standard. They believe that the fact women’s nipples are censored and forced to stay hidden in public is just the beginning for more gender inequality to come. They want to end the sexualization of their nipples. This idea correlates to the ideal of no gender existing in the world, the idea of equality in both the physical and emotional form.

The fact of the matter is that men and women are different human beings, therefore should be treated differently. Their different treatment does not mean they should not receive equal rights. Men and women have different purposes in life. Men are naturally more protective while women are naturally more nurturing. Just are their brains differ, their bodies do the same. For as long as history has made it out to be, women’s breasts have been seen as something private. When Feminists challenge the traditional belief, people have unsettling reactions. Men are naturally attracted to bare breasts, therefore some do not bother to pry their eyes away from women’s bare bodies. Others are offended. Although it is not ideal, the reality of the subject is that women’s breasts have been sexualized and will continue to be seen as sexual body parts. If Feminists are fighting for the end of double-standard and the sexualization of women’s nipples, then men fighting for the end of the sexualization of their genitalia and the freedom to expose it could not be so far ahead. Women would naturally oppose this request because they would find it offensive and dangerous. Just as women would oppose this movement, they should understand that freeing the nipple is something very similar. Like it or not, women’s nipples are connected to sex, therefore should remain private or they will offend people.

Yours truly,

L.D

 

 

More on its history…

Feminism, also known as the women’s rights movement, began to emerge during the 1840’s.

The first organized women’s movement was established in the Seneca Falls Convention in New York on July 19, 1848. In this convention, the Declaration of Sentiments, Grievances, and Resolutions was drafted, the topics ranged from women’s rights to an education, owning property, having a profession, initiating divorce, and voting. This marked 1848 as the beginning of the never-ending fight for women’s rights. During the 1850’s, women fought congress to include them in the 14th and 15th amendments which extended citizenship rights and granted freedmen the right to vote; they were unsuccessful. The National Woman Suffrage Association emerged in 1869, a group focused on women’s right to vote that opposed the 15th amendment because it excluded women. The American Woman Suffrage Association was then created to support anti-slavery and pro-women’s voting rights movement. The AWSA opposed the NWSA because they accused them of being racially discriminatory. However, by 1890 due to lack of power and influence, the two groups combined to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association. In 1913, the National Woman’s Party was founded. The National Woman’s Party used rallies and marches to gain support for equal rights. It was not until August 26, 1920 when the 19th amendment was passed. This amendment granted women over 30 the right to vote, which made the fight for the right to vote over seventy years long.

As time went by, the spirit of Feminism spread over different issues. During the 1950’s, women who had taken over male-dominated jobs during World War II were being pressured to leave. Many who refused to leave their jobs influenced the movements for equal pay and anti-gender discrimination in the workforce movements. The books The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir and The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan negated the views of women as inferior to men and brought about a spirit that yearned for an education in women. In 1963 congress passed the Equal Pay Act, which forced employers to pay the same amount to both men and women on the same job. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which included the prohibition of gender discrimination by employers. In 1972 congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment, which banned gender discrimination in schools. History took care of fighting for the dignity and equality of women.[2]

Yours truly,

L.D

 

Can a catholic be a feminist?

Popular opinion:no

Why?

“Because feminists support abortion”, “because feminists are against men” “because feminists are radical creatures that want to take over the world” (ignore the last one)

Reality: YES!

What is feminism? The movement to create the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. Feminism in itself does not support the action of abortion, nor is it against men. Feminism is all about granting women the dignity that they deserve in the first place…I think that’s a pretty catholic thing to yearn for. The bible in itself does not mention feminism because feminism began around the 1920’s. Although the Bible does not specifically mention feminism, there are hints suggesting it would support it. The main example is that God created man and woman with the same dignity. Therefore, at the end of the day…all catholics SHOULD be feminists because the catholic church respects the equal dignity of every individual human being. 

More on the Bible and Feminism here http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/worldview/5-ways-bible-supports-feminism 

Yours truly,

L.D

What does it mean to you?

While i’m focusing my blog on what feminism means to me, i’m interested in what it means to you.  In the media, feminism is an ambiguous word. To some it means “superior to men”, to others it is “women standing up for themselfes”. This present world focuses a lot on not only what celebrities wear or do, but also what they think. It is important to acknowledge what the celebrities are saying on the topic because it is what a lot of people will take for example or credibility of the word. This source, http://time.com/2861278/famous-women-feminism/ , explains what many have to say on feminism. It was quite surprising for me to see that many women say they are not feminists themselves. In my opinion, all women should be feminists because we should stand up for each other. Then again, what is the definition of feminism that they have?….

Yours truly,

L.D

Roots

The beginning…

Feminism established its roots since the suffragists arised, women fighting for women’s right around the 1920’s. It all happened in small waves, connecting to the flappers. The flappers went against normal women standards, wearing short dresses and small haircuts. These were acts of rebellion in those times, although little…they made a difference. The first organised women’s movement was established in Seneca Falls in 1848. They discussed topics ranging from voting rights to divorce.

http://feminism.eserver.org/theory/feminist/Womens-Movement.html

Yours truly,

L.D