Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Women's Day

Happy International Woman's Day! I really believe that today is a day where we as society can spread the importance of acceptance within the world we live in.

Regarding modern day Feminism, it seems that there are many people who are still 'confused/ignorant' to what feminism actually is, and really simply, its equality.

I know for me personally I never want to be seen as wanting to be stronger than someone that I am obviously equal with. We are all human and made the same way, which ultimately means we are all the same. Of course, our traits and characteristics are what make us who we are as individuals, and that is how we should all be defined, not by a stereotyped gender.

Sometimes I simply want to scream at people that honestly what does it matter the way that somebody dresses, looks, acts, and specially what does it matter what their gender is? But unfortunately, there are so many people in the world who still see women as the inferior gender that it simply breaks my heart. 

I feel as if costume and clothing makes up many issues regarding modern day feminism. 'Slut' is a word given to those wearing a shorter skirt or a girl who has her boobs slightly on show, when in actual fact we all know it doesn't mean this at all. 

It pains me seeing people argue over the costumes female pop stars/musicians choose to wear on stage because it's all a bit too revealing for their liking or the audience that isn't necessarily their demographic. I grew up obsessing over girl bands/groups such as the Sugababes, S Club 7 and Steps, all of which were guilty of the late 90's and early 00's fashion trends which certainly weren't always the most covered. We need to be realistic- there are so many songs full of innuendos/clever cover-ups written about sex! I used to willingly sing and dance about 'touching my bum' courtesy of the Cheeky Girls when I was seven years old and it hasn't affected me in the slightest. 

 I will always defend the choice of costume worn by an artist on stage for numerous reasons, regardless as to whether I personally like the outfit or not, they clearly like what they are wearing enough to feel exceptionally confident and proud of the body that they are parading around in. Frankly, if I had the figure of any of the strong women who steps on stage I would wear exactly the same 24/7. I really believe if people took their thoughts/frustrations regarding clothing choices and sat and read into the bigger issues regarding equality and feminism, then maybe they wouldn't care so much.

The equal pay act came into force in 1970, however it isn't expected to be a 'thing' until 2069. 

Can you honestly say you wouldn't be the slightest bit angered if you knew the man who did the exact same job as you got paid more than you for being a man? 

 32 Million Girls under the age of 11 are out of education across the world, and a further 98 million are out of secondary education.

This totals to more than 130 million girls not even stepping in a classroom. As much as I rant about the education system and its flaws, I really do think every single person on this planet should be entitled to education, a chance to have their say, and a chance to change the world.

I'm not going to sit and preach and tell you to be a feminist, however seeing that everyone is equal is all I ask. 

To conclude, if you want to get your boobs out, get your boobs out, and if you don't, don't frown upon the others that want to, I mean we all have nipples at the end of the day- what's the difference? 😉


Beki x


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