Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University—Los Angeles in 2015. He was a former Statement Magazine editor who currently writes passionately. He has written film reviews for MovieBoozer, and has contributed to Mindfray. He writes hoping to inspire the ones who dream.
Throughout history, a generally accepted notion that has been practiced in civilization is that women must be subservient to men. (After, sometimes women could be viewed as vicious and manipulative.) Some men from way back when (and even today) might treat women as toys, just like how Scarlett O’Hara liked to “toy” with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler. In spite of this, women have advocated themselves for years. Both men and women might try to have a never-ending battle of the sexes, but there really is more to gender than what people have between their legs.
Even though feminism appears to apply to only women, it is actually a very universal concept. Gender roles have changed throughout history as people started to believe that women are just as capable as men. There has, unfortunately, been a lot of hatred against women within a mainly patriarchal society. Many women, both past and present, have been victims of misogyny, particularly sexual violence.
Nevertheless, feminism permeates society even in modern times because of shifts in gender roles throughout the passage of time. Literature, film, and television have also had the audacity to present feminine men and masculine women within the media, and modern society has been slowly accepting the notion that men and women are not exactly as distinct in a manner similar to comparing apples to oranges. For example, women in recent decades could become doctors and lawyers while men could be nurses and homemakers. In recent years, there has been a sense of neutrality when it comes to men and women, such as the usage of gender-neutral restrooms in schools, restaurants, and other public spaces. Feminism really does affect all people because men and women are both fundamentally human despite the differences that attempt to categorize them. Advocacy for gender equality has been one of the main social issues of the twenty-first century, and sexual violence applies to all people, and not just women. Believe it or not, men could be raped, too.
Even though the Founding Fathers wanted America to be "The Land of the Free," there have been numerous cases of prejudice and discrimination throughout American history. The Civil Rights movement that Martin Luther King, Jr. led was a major step forward for American society that granted rights to African-Americans in the 1960s. White supremacy has inhibited the rights of the American public, but there has been one sector of the American (and worldwide) population that still faces subjugation in modern times, and that is women.
The world has changed a lot ever since the deliverance of the "I Had a Dream" speech, but many people (especially women) are still not free. Women had to fight for their rights throughout history, and that included the suffragette movements popularized in the film Suffragette(2015) and Disney's timeless classic Mary Poppins(1964). Women have also been at the center recently in modern entertainment because of the #MeToo movement that began after Alyssa Milano tweeted that hashtag in 2017. Feminism has been in discussion in recent years (as of 2019), and women continue to fight for their rights even though it is currently the twenty-first century. It is also a bit surprising that prejudice is still very ubiquitous even though students learn about prejudice and discrimination in academic settings (that is, if students actually choose to learn).
Many famous celebrities have also been advocating feminism in modern times. For example, Patricia Arquette advocated wage equality on public television when she won an Academy Award for her supporting role in Boyhood(2014). Other celebrities have been pushing for the acceptance of women by using their influence on the media. Oprah Winfrey took a stand when she won the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globe awards, and Meryl Streep supported Hilary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. These are examples of women supporting one another to end misogyny.
Nevertheless, women are still not free even though feminism does affect everyone. An unfortunate truth is that many people refuse to help women. A very famous episode of The Simpsonshad Homer Simpson supporting women after his wife, Marge, expressed anger at him for dancing with a stripper with the stage name "Princess Cashmere." Near the conclusion of that particular episode, Homer told the men around him that women are their mothers, the daughters, their sisters, and most importantly, their family. Homer Simpson definitely learned from the errors of his ways in order to support women rather than subjugate them (especially since he is Marge's husband and the father of Lisa and Maggie). Feminism continues to affect everyone even in modern times as a way to support women instead of harming them, and the fight for the rights of women continues even in 2019. Hopefully people can recognize the basic humanness that women share with men since all people have only one home on Earth. Speak up and be heard, or else the bleakness of sexual violence will negatively impact society even though all people are different, yet fundamentally human, in a diversely modern world. Silence is not always golden!