Feminism vs. Women Rights

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6 people are having a discussion on the topic (Wayne, Memphis, Adnan, Luke, David, and Melinda)

Category: General, Social

 

Group Discussion Starts


Wayne: Good evening everyone. Today’s topic is feminism vs. women rights.

In a world where gender equality is valued as one of the foremost requirements of development, it is important to discuss whether feminism is in tandem with women rights or against it.


Memphis: I think we cannot consider feminism to be against women rights. On the other hands, feminism is an application of women rights. Feminism chooses the women first and then chooses the rights.


Wayne: I agree with Memphis on his point regarding feminism having a direct link with women rights. Feminism opposes the philosophy of ‘natural’ role of women in the society. Feminism is against the concept of women occupying the traditional role in a male dominated society.


Melinda: Taking Wayne’s point forward, while feminism wants females to be treated equally, women rights safeguard their physical and emotional safety and security. Therefore, women rights need not have a direct link to feminism. Women rights can still exist in a traditional male dominated society.



Adnan: Elaborating further, women rights prevent the exploitation of women. Not harming a housewife in a traditional male dominated society may be a women right of safety. On the other hand, feminism wants to eradicate the concept of a female-alone homemaker system.


David: Feminism is much broader. It includes sociology, politics and gender roles, and the overall standing of women in the society. Feminism can be considered to an extreme application of women rights. Today, females want to be equal to men in every aspect. In a Times Mirror poll in 1990, only 25% of the interviewed women said that feminism describes them. Today, the number is much more.


Melinda: Yes. And, the number of women who want to fight for women rights increased from 40% to 78% between 1970 and 1974. Today, the number would be more than 90%.


Luke: However, in another poll conducted by the Times, it was seen that more than 58% of women are unable to differentiate between feminism and women rights. This is where the question of feminism being the answer to women’s demand for equality arises.


Wayne: I would like to agree with Duke on this. Feminists are biased towards their understanding of the society. While women rights seek to protect females from violence inflicted upon them by males, feminism, in its extreme form, considers all males to be potential offenders. This bias has led to the concept of women rights being merged with feminism and today, it is only the females who can suffer at the hands of males.


David: The recent Jasleen Kaur incident in Delhi, India, just proves the case. Today, if a female alleges mistreatment at the hands of a male, feminists flock social media and do their best to give ‘out of court’ justice to the female. The concept of Court and women right takes a backseat. Male bashing becomes the order of the day.


Luke: I think we are referring to the newly coined term ‘feminazi’. Women rights are given by the state. Feminism is an undefined term accepted by many women as a protector of their integrity. While women rights are based on the pillars of emotional and physical protection and safety, appreciation, and respect, feminism has no such pillars.


Adnan: Feminism can protect women rights if used positively. Feminism provides women with the freedom of choice. Feminism’s success hinges on whether it can provide women’s well-being, security, and happiness.

 

Conclusion

While feminism is considered to be a protector of women rights, its extreme form might lead to the women being portrayed as anti-male. Feminism should be used positively – women must be treated equally in certain cases and as women in other. For promotions, a woman and a man must get equal opportunities. For travel during pregnancy, women deserve better transport facilities. Therefore, the success of feminism can only be measured on the basis of women’s safety, security, and well-being.


Facts related to the topic

  • Feminism is an application of women rights
  • Feminism wants females to be treated equally, women rights safeguard their physical and emotional safety and security.
  • In a Times Mirror poll in 1990, only 25% of the interviewed women said that feminism describes them. Today, the number is much more.
  • The number of women who want to fight for women rights increased from 40% to 78% between 1970 and 1974
  • More than 58% of women are unable to differentiate between feminism and women rights.


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