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My Feminism - 2016/08/05
Despite the direction that the main movement of Feminism has taken this past decade, I still consider myself a Feminist, though I no longer associate with the movement itself, the same as how even though Communism is perceived as a system similar to that of the Soviet Union (which I do not agree with) I still agree with the views of Communism. The current form of Feminism has done nothing but destroy all previous attempts by the movement to create equality between genders (on both ends, something that modern Feminists tend to forget). Not only that, but they believe that the empowerment of women comes from making what has traditionally been what a 'girl does' into something to be promoted rather than seen as one of the forms of historical oppression. What I am talking about specifically is how girls are raised since they're children to be illogical, and it's not their fault either, it's the fault of their parents for not being as neutral as possible when raising their children. How is this? Notice how fields where logic and reason are dominant (such as physics, engineering, computer science, mathematics) are completely male dominated. This is because women are not raised to enjoy these fields, they are raised to be more interested in arts and humanities rather than science and engineering. This behaviour can be described by nothing other than sexism. You are raising two different children of yours in two different ways because of their gender. Why do you buy your son the Legos and tools while you buy your daughter dolls? Can a woman not also be interested in logic, construction, creativity, etc.?
What has traditionally been the way to raise girls is what was used to culturally 'educate' the girls (as well as boys) as to what their role in society was, and by not changing that cultural education you are doing nothing but to continue the system that already exists, where women end up in jobs that don't pay a lot because they are the jobs that are less needed in our society as compared to those in science and engineering. It's not that people in the technology industry are purposely excluding women from the field, in fact, the technology industry is one of the most meritocratic industries that exist especially due to open source. If I'm an employer and I am looking for someone with a set of skills, unless the information is provided, the only thing I can actually see of you is the code you have written, it's quality, and your username. I do not know your gender unless you have told it to me, I just see what you've done. The issue is that women are not being raised to be interested in these fields.
Now, what is my issue with the current Feminist movement? The fact that they seem to completely ignore this, and many who claim themselves to be 'Feminists' do not realize this very simple fact, and instead waste their time on petty issues rather than this much more important one. Of course, I don't expect any of them to solve the issue, it's a rather large and cultural issue that will take a long time to change, but I do expect them to at least be consistent when raising their own children.
To give you an example, I am interested in Software Engineering, a field that is growing a lot recently and with a lot of job offers with high salaries. I am not joining this field because of its professional possibilities, but rather because I truly enjoy the subject. I continue to program in my free time despite not gaining anything in return. I even program in languages that are no longer in use (at least not commonly) despite knowing that I will not get a professional opportunity from it. My sister on the other hand is going into Fine Arts, a field that, although it has professional opportunities, it does not have as many for as high salaries as mine. So, will I be surprised when I end up with a better salary than her in the future? No. Is it because the employers are sexist? Neither. The reason for this is because she is in a field that society does not want as much as that of Software Engineering. If she were to have been raised with more emphasis on the sciences then who knows what would've happened, she might have had ended up with a higher salary than I'll ever make.
So, as you can see, the issue is not with sexism in the work place but rather sexism at home and at school. Therefore I continue to believe myself a Feminist, but only in the sense of what I now consider to be Classical Feminism. Modern Feminism has turned into nothing but bigoted people who let their emotions take command of their actions and thought rather than reason and empirical evidence. So for your niece's next birthday, instead of getting her a doll or a coloring book, get her a book on Scratch, or on the very basic concepts of Physics, either way, something relating to engineering and science rather than arts and humanities, otherwise you are doing nothing but feeding the already dominant sexist cultural education that exists today.