One Word: Feminism
“One Word: Feminism” is a biweekly blog by Hayley Garcia that explores feminist concepts through the eyes of Dulaney students and staff.
Boys and Feminism
When I googled boys and feminism, the results varied. Starting with “how to raise a feminist” and ending with “man it’s hard to be a boy in America today,” to which I couldn’t disagree more. Many results argued that feminism hurts boys, but feminism is equality for all genders. The goal isn’t to lift women higher than men, it’s to bring women and other groups commonly discriminated against to the socio-economic level of men.
Jack Bauerle, a senior, told me that feminist guys “only call themselves feminists to appease their peers. First and second wave feminism had many male supporters and rightly so. But third wave male supporters are directly contributing to the making of laws and social bias that put men below women.” He cites the wage gap as example explaining that it “does exist and many men are fighting for it to close but they don’t know that women get paid less in general because they work less due to taking care of children and pregnancy.” When asked, Bauerle said he didn’t consider himself a feminist because he “will fight for equality of both genders and currently feminism puts women ahead of men.”
The wage gap is real and whether it is caused by having more children or not, female-bodied people didn’t ask to have the bodies to create life. In most cases, the person chose to have children, but that doesn’t mean that children aren’t expensive. I don’t know if it’s bias in salary making, societal pressure for women to just say yes to the first thing that comes along, or if time off for pregnancy really created the wage gap but I want it to change. It’s unclear how paying women more means paying men less, I just want people of every gender to be paid the same amount for the same work and skill because that’s equality.
Adam Zimmerman, also a senior, is “immediately intrigued because I think of two types of feminists. Those who really want equality and those who really want attention. If he’s a feminist because he believes in the cause, I respect him and think he’s doing a great thing. If he is doing it for the attention and goes to a radical point like many, he is defeating the purpose.” Zimmerman called himself “a low-key feminist. I do believe in equality because we are all the same. However I don’t go out and advocate because I think it should be common sense.”
I agree with Zimmerman in the sense that it should be common sense, but unfortunately it isn’t. Child marriage is still legal in Maryland and sex trafficking happens in our own neighborhoods. And I realize I’m not out there fighting as much as I should, but we should never give up trying.
Hayley Garcia ’18 || Art Staff