I don’t follow many people on Facebook. I follow various news outlets, science and astronomy sites, and Merriam Webster Dictionary. I get a lot of information from Facebook, and one of the interesting little facts comes from Merriam Webster. The news coverage of the women’s march on Washington made many search for the word feminism, so that word became a trend on this American dictionary. What is feminism? That is a good question as many feminists don’t seem to care about the big issues at all.
Let’s take a quick peak at a few of the big ones. Child brides are a problem all over the world. This is a video by the secular, feminist organization KAFA from Lebanon. This is a stunt with actors they did about a year ago to focus on the fact that the law allows this:
It is important to note that this isn’t about Islam. According to UNICEF there are 700 million women alive today that were married as children. This is not about religion, but about patriarchy. The organization CARE has a list of 26 countries where girls are more likely to marry before they turn 18 than to go to school. In Tanzania with a more than 60 percent Christian population, 37 percent of girls are married before 18, and in the Christian country Ethiopia 41 percent of girls marry before turning 18 years, while only 11 percent are enrolled in secondary school. Read the whole list here. I don’t like Islam because it advocates attacking people that don’t share your views, but we have to separate between the culture and customs of a country and the religion.
Acid attack is also by many associated with Muslim men, but this has just as much to do with patriarchy as child brides. This is a video about acid attacks in India:
What about America? This headline from Washington Post says it all: For women in America, equality is still an illusion. I could also mention poverty and the figures the unemployment rate doesn’t mention. There are many people all over the world, mostly women, that want to work more hours than they do. There are also many that want to enter the job market, but they eventually give up. There are still major race issues, forced evictions, corporate accountability, and the whole health debate. I am thinking about writing about how the whole system is designed to make us sick. Many talk about the elite, and the people making money from hospitals and medicine don’t make money if we are healthy. But that will be another post.
These are some issues we could have been talking about all our lives. We didn’t need to wait for Trump, and it’s interesting that after Trump won the election, we still didn’t talk about “the other women.” It’s all about us. Incidentally, did you have a feeling that Trump had a lot of corporation people on his team? This article from Fortune describes a similar story with Obama. I haven’t even mentioned preemptive strike and how that is working, or not working. So what is going on? Are we just being used by people with an agenda?
One wonders when when the feminists are going to discover that they are not alone. They do have strong allies if only they would help these other women. I usually write a post for the women’s liberation day in March. This year I will write about the women that NASA forgot.