Women are still effectively being punished for being female, and in so many ways. One of the most significant and far-reaching issues is the objectification of female bodies. It’s a feature of most, if not all, cultures. In the best case scenario objectification riddles us with shame, in the worst instances it brutalises us. I truly believe that no woman is free of it, we have all, at some point, felt obligated to contort our minds and bodies into society’s vision of Girl and Woman. And all the while we have to carry on with the work that’s been designated to us by a world that defines femininity in the most rigid of ways.
I was reading an article about how some women artists redesigned female comic book/video game characters to look less objectified and sexualized. The art was great. The text was so wishy-washy about feminism, so nearly apologetic, so bending over backwards to reassure pissy, entitled males that no, no one is trying to take away their sexxxy laydeez and that women like to be sexxxy laydeez sometimes because it empowerfulizes them and that this redesign in no way means to challenge that. It was sad.
No woman should ever apologize for being a feminist. If men can’t take it, let them go fuck themselves.
No man who is a halfway decent human being would be threatened by feminism, because halfway decent human beings know they’re living in a viciously unfair world and don’t object to efforts made to level the playing field. Unfortunately, the conditioning process men go through to become men often renders them less than halfway decent human beings. Nevertheless there are those who resist this conditioning and do get what feminism is about. You won’t find them whining in the comments section of feminist blogs.