Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, May 26, 2013

33 Reasons NOT to be a Feminist!

Amazing Atheist refutes a feminist blog post and its 33 "reasons" to be a feminist.

TJ does an excellent job tearing that list a new one, but allow me to offer my two cents:

1) Half of those reasons concern problems in other countries, most notably third world countries (Reasons 10, 14, 18, 22, 23, 24, 31, 33). Contrast that with the other half that concern our own country. The worst form of "sexism" women face here are sexy magazine covers. The worst form that women suffer in other countries is being relegated as second-class citizens. Sexist jokes and media may not be pleasant, but they're far preferable to being killed for having been sexually-assaulted. It's like what Morikau said: where feminism is needed most, it does not exist.

2) Reason #2 asserts that women should have the right to their own bodies (which translates to the right to kill their unborn children); yet Reason #31 implies that aborting female fetuses is wrong. So which one is it? Do women have the right to terminate their pregnancies, regardless of the reason, or is it wrong to abort a female fetus? Do women have a "right" over their own bodies, or does that right end if the fetus is female? Are fetuses only useless clumps of cells, or are they granted human rights if they have the potential to become girls? It's either one or the other. It cannot be both. Believing otherwise is cognitive dissonance.