why feminism is important

Why Feminism is important to me

CN:  Rape, slut-shaming and abuse are some of the topics discussed but not in great detail 

feminism

ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

 The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

 

I may have mentioned it once or twice, but never really gone into much about why I’m a feminist and why it’s important to me. People often tend to see the topic as ‘taboo’ or really misinterpret what feminism is about. It is not something in which women are “man haters” or feel that the female gender is superior to the male. The female gender has been oppressed for as long as history can remember. Of course, not everyone is aware of the history and often tend to base it on “well, I don’t feel oppressed, my life is great,” or ” I treat women with respect, therefore there is equality,” which is rather closed minded. I can straight away admit that growing up in my life, it was a close-knit family and there was indeed a lot of respect for all genders. However, it’s when I began to finally socialise more, make friends out of my small, caucasian-based community that I began to really see the difference. In the last few years, I’ve made friends from pretty much every walk of life. Non-binary genders, LGBTQA+ community, different races, religions, rich, poor, famous, nobodies and you really begin to learn.

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Feminism is important to me. Feminism is important to me because there are so many consequences of being a female. Even if up in my life until I finally stepped foot out into the world I felt extremely privileged, you wake up and see reality. Feminism is important to me because when I or my female friends or family go out, we are told “to be careful” and “don’t walk alone” because there is a fear of being raped. Feminism is important to me because we as a society are teaching women to change how we dress instead of teaching men to not rape. Because approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year, meaning there’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts. And usually, there is very much a lot of victim blaming.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Sexual Harassment: it's NOT a joke

I’m pretty angry. Want to know why? Well, I’m going to tell you anyway. Sam Pepper is why I am angry.

For those of you who are unaware of who Sam Pepper is, he is a successful YouTuber who tends to pull a lot of pranks. He has 2.4 million subscribers and over 1.162 million followers on Twitter, so you could say he’s a bit of a big deal.

I have personally never been fond of him. He gets into public social media arguments with other people and the like. But now I despise him.

His last video posted this weekend was titled “fake hand ass pinch prank” where he basically grabbed female’s bums as a prank. I’m sorry, what? This isn’t a prank, it’s a form of sexual harassment. And no, I’m not being a moany little bitch or anything, because here is the actual definition of sexual harassment:

Sexual harassment is bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors.

If you watch the video you can clearly see that the majority of Pepper’s victims are not welcoming his actions and one woman even stated she didn’t like it. Whether or not he apologised afterward or not doesn’t mean anything. Just saying sorry after doing something wrong and inappropriate doesn’t magically make it better.

This isn’t the first time Pepper has done this, either. Videos titled “How Make Out with Strangers” released last year, Sam pressured women on camera to make out with him and again many of those women were visibly not happy with it. They painfully agree to the request feeling confused and caught off guard with great discomfort.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.