Modern Feminism

I read a quote today that made me pause.  I’m not sure who it was written by.  ‘Women may only be half of the population, but they give birth to the whole world’.  Basically we can’t live without women.  There would be no birth.  It brought my mind around to feminism and how it’s changed in the last fifty years.

Women have come a long way, but there are so many people who believe we still have a ways to go.  I respect all my predecessors who fought so hard to give me what I have now.  As a woman, I understand the courage that brought us to this point.  But I have a hard time putting myself into the ongoing fight for more and I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing or not.  I certainly believe in women’s rights, and I firmly stand on my own two feet in this world.

When I was in university, I was in a film program that taught students everything there is to know about making and selling movies.  It was a great program, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get into this industry.  But it was strange, because the ratio of men to women was 10:1.  I mean that literally.  I was one of three women in my class of over 30.  We had a guest speaker come in once and look around in wonder, and ask us if this was normal.  We had to nod and say yes, because we were not the only year with these numbers.

Now the program I was in did not discriminate against women.  I was treated respectfully, and given every chance that any guy in the class was given.  We all fought the same way for the same roles, and if I was the best candidate, I got it.  It was as simply as that.  The problem was that very few women applies to be part of the program.  Does this mean that the program deserves scrutiny?  A hardcore feminist would come in and rant on how awful the ratio was, and that females were not being given the same consideration.  But that is simply not true.  In the film industry as a whole, there are very few women outside of a few departments.  Almost all grip and electrics are made up of men.  The more artistic sides like set decorating will have a few women, and costumes is almost always all women.  This has nothing to do with women’s rights, it’s just where women naturally gravitate in our industry.

This is what I think about modern feminism.  I think that we have the right to go be who we want to be and do what we want to do.  There is nothing stopping me from doing any of the jobs in my industry normally reserved for men.  If I show an interest, I’ve always been given the opportunity.  I think that’s what we’ve fought for, the right too decide.  I can be a really girly girl if I want too.  I can be really manly if I want too.  Basically, I can do anything I set my mind too, and so can everyone else.  That is what I would fight for.  But I feel like feminists have somehow lost site of where we are somewhere.  I see the fights they choose to fight, and I wonder the reasoning behind it.  I worry that feminists have become a mass, which can be dangerous if that mass is not led properly.

There are always going to be sexist people out there, but I don’t believe they represent the majority anymore.  Yes, women still have to continue pushing, but one day, hopefully for our children, it simply won’t be an issue anymore.  I feel the same about race and culture.  One day, it won’t matter.  It simply won’t even be a consideration.  We will all be who we are, and able to do anything we want.  But we can’t expect to be given everything.  Everyone on this planet has to work for what they want.  But if you’re determined, and you put the effort in, you can achieve anything.

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