By: Micah Penill
Gender equality is still a very serious issue in our society. It has gotten much better over the years, however, it still has a long way to go. I am not ashamed to say that I am quite feminist. I believe that ladies get everything in life harder than men do. Some examples would be, getting labelled based on looks, getting touched inappropriately when it’s not wanted, getting called things such as “slut,”“hoe,”etc. For the things that men get called legends for. It is things like these that cause so many young girls to be unhappy with themselves.
With the female side of it there has to be a male side of it as well. As much as I fight for women, I know that there are men in the world that struggle just as much or more with the same things.
Stereotypes are often just as difficult for men to live up to as women. There is enormous pressure to be a “real man”, to demonstrate both physical and emotional strength. In the eyes of other males, they are not allowed to feel any love, pain or sadness. “Men are more likely to consume alcohol excessively; more likely to engage in violent and risky behaviours; and less likely to admit pain, seek medical advice or have a strong social network from which to ask for help.” (“VIC.GOV.AU” 2018). It is absolutely ridiculous that men are constantly under pressure to maintain the ‘manly’ image. When everyone needs to have a release, It is much harder for men because they are ashamed of expressing their emotions.
I have very strong feelings for both the male and female side of equality. I hate that women get treated the way they do and sometimes feel unhappy with themselves or don’t like who they are. I also hate that men are expected to maintain this image when I know that every single person on this planet needs to have a way to talk about their feelings in some way. In a perfect world everyone would be able to be completely themselves and wouldn’t have to worry about inequality. I’m hoping that by the time my children are my age now, the world will have gotten better at not discriminating. I will raise my kids to know that every person is perfect in their own way and that different is beautiful, just as the way I was raised. I know and understand that you don’t have to change to be a better you. You are already a great you. The world has to change it’s point of view.