Feminists Are Doing No Good By Sharing This Deluded & Sexist Quote
I’ve come across this quote on various instance –
“Nudity empowers some. Modesty empowers some. Different things empower different women and it’s not a man’s place to tell which one it is.”
What empowers women is FREEDOM & EQUALITY. Freedom from patriarchy. Freedom to study. Freedom to work. Freedom to chase their dreams. Freedom to make choices for themselves. Nudity or modesty is merely a choice. Empowerment is about having the freedom to make that choice and not what choice they are making.
Equality isn’t about advocating freedom for women and denying the same to men. Right to speech is fundamental right of every citizen irrespective of their gender. Right to express opinion belong not only to women but even men. It is sheer dogmatism to claim, “it’s not a man’s place to tell which one it is.” In most cases gender issues boil down to prejudice, misogyny, freedom, equality and basic human rights. To have a say on what’s empowering and what’s oppressing, one needs brains, not a vagina. It’s a narrow minded claim to advocate that only women should address women’s issues. What next? Only transsexuals are entitled to have a say on issues concerning transsexuals? Or should only LGBT clan raise the voice to legalize same-sex marriage? May be some self-proclaimed feminists should stop discriminating on basis on gender, broaden their thinking horizons and support freedom of speech for everyone irrespective of gender.