You’ve got some explaining to do. Just a few days ago it came to my attention that due to your efforts so-called “manspreading” has been banned on public transit in Madrid. I had to stop myself from laughing in public when I first read this news. Pray tell me, are you next going to campaign for a ban on obese people or people with luggage who also take up “too much space” on public transit? It’s really the only logical conclusion at this point, yet somehow I doubt I’ll see you picketing for this.
Furthermore, in the past few months it’s become common practice for feminists to campaign for Sharia law (Linda Sarsour, anyone?). Honestly just writing that sentence makes me want to puke. It’s full of such cognitive dissonance that I truly do not see how you can sleep with yourselves. Feminists by definition are supposed to support equal rights & fair treatment of women, & yet here you are supporting a culture that continually tramples on women’s rights & treats them worse than cattle.
For the life of me I cannot comprehend how anyone, much less an avowed feminist, could support a system that condones domestic abuse, child brides, & the killing of those guilty of such “crimes” as adultery, being raped, or simply being homosexual. I thought modern feminists were all about tolerance of “alternative” lifestyles, yet here you are promoting a religious/cultural system that is about as far from tolerant as one can get.
Before you get all self-righteous, yes, I know there are plenty of Christian & Jewish groups who are also guilty of all kinds of misdeeds against women (not to mention homosexuals) as well. I am by no means excusing their behavior. It’s just curious to me how those groups so quickly fall under your judgment while Muslims, even fundamentalist jihadist ones, have somehow morphed into a modern sacred cow that cannot be questioned.
And no, I am not naive enough to believe that all Muslims are terrible people. Of course not. But far be it from me to promote or ignore segments of Islamic (or any other) culture that so obviously disregard basic human rights for women.
Modern feminists, it seems to me that your real goal is avoiding offending anyone, or at least anyone who you consider worthy (i.e. you couldn’t care less about offending white men of course). Well, I’ve got news for you. The world is offensive. It’s heinous even, at times. And much of that is never going to change. But if you want to make the world a better place, stop focusing on non issues like “manspreading” & focus on things that are actually hurting women. By all means campaign for better maternity leave in the U.S. I’ll gladly join you on that one. But let us not forget our sisters around the globe who don’t even have the luxury of campaigning for such things. Let us not be so cowardly that we tolerate the mistreatment of women & other disenfranchised groups in the name of being inoffensive.
While horrific honor killings are becoming increasingly more common in European countries such as Germany, not to mention in Middle Eastern countries like Pakistan, you’re focused on how men sit on public transportation. If this weren’t such a serious issue where lives are literally at stake it would be laughable.
So feminists, once again I say to you, you’ve got some explaining to do.
A woman who is increasingly ashamed to call herself a feminist
[P.S. I’m not saying manspreading doesn’t exist or isn’t a problem. But making it illegal is just plain silly. If you’re such an independent strong woman, why don’t you just ask the guilty party to adjust his position a bit to make room for you? Duh.]