We Need Feminism by Stacy Smith
Men are so self-important. They think that they can just take away all of our rights because they have a Y chromosome. Men blame all of their problems on women, yet they don’t even give those women enough power to make the kinds of decisions that would lead to our problems!
Men run the world. And the world is currently jank. Coincidence? No. It’s not. Maybe if men stopped oppressing us and actually started listening to us, we’d actually start fixing stuff. Or maybe we should just take men out of the picture altogether. They’ve had their time in power and they’ve messed it up! Maybe we should just seize control and see how THEY like being the minority when it comes to power. It’s time for our turn at the wheel. We can make better decisions.
I mean, who are the famous women people have heard of? You have Rosa Parks, a symbol of human rights, Mother Teresa, who was freaking awesome, and Susan B Anthony, who fought for women’s rights in the face of male oppression. And what famous men are there? Hitler? Stalin? REAGAN? Even our precious founding fathers were at fault! They say “all men are created equal” while they own hundreds of slaves. I mean come ON.
It makes you think. Why are men in charge? Why do men think that we are inherently weak? What gives them the right to ignore us? Why is this man-run world so unfair? It’s because men are evil. Men are irresponsible, hypocritical and not to be trusted. If we want something done right, we’ve got to do it ourselves. Women need to rise up. To unite against men. To obtain the powers we’ve been denied! We. Need. Feminism.
We Need Feminism by Clover
Each new week I spend working at camp, I meet a new group of girls with a new set of issues. A girl may come in on Sunday who is timid and quiet and afraid to voice her opinions, and by Friday she has no fear in speaking her mind and making herself heard. As a counselor, I get to watch my girls grow over the course of a single week. Over the course of their week together, these total strangers become friends and develop a level of trust unseen outside of the camp’s gates. These girls from completely different backgrounds and cultures manage to unite and accomplish amazing things.
They aren’t concerned with who looks the prettiest or who has the most expensive clothes. At camp, these girls are able to just be themselves. They all accept each other and learn to work with each girl’s strengths and weaknesses. These young women and girls learn to empower each other and, in turn, to empower themselves. Away from the pressures of society, they learn that they are important and what they have to say matters. They bloom into whoever they want to be; it’s a beautiful thing to witness.
At the end of the week, as we wave goodbye to the last of our campers, we think. Why can’t all girls have this opportunity? Why can’t all children, teens, adults, people feel that their opinions matter?
When I return home at the end of the summer, I find myself surrounded once again by a culture that degrades women and makes young girls think that they don’t matter. I return to school and hear girls slinging insults at each other because so-and-so got with so-and-so’s boyfriend. In the halls, I catch bits of degrading jokes and statements. And it makes me think.
Why can’t we all be as empowered as the girls I took on for the summer? We need to look to them to learn self-respect and confidence. We need to not allow ourselves to be walked all over, whether it’s by a guy or another girl. We need to find our strength. We need feminism.
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