What the Feminism?

2 Feb

That’s right WTF?!? I really need to know what this whole thing is about, because when I read the wikipedia entry for feminism I see this:

Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.

Which if I understand correctly means the goal is to bring both genders on to equal ground in every single way. Alright! I can get behind this!

Bear in mind everything I am about to write will come off as a rant and it is intended to be. I am also no expert on the matter so please feel free to chime in on anything I get wrong.

Political Equality

Lets take a look into politics:

  • Men can vote. Women can vote.
  • Men can become MPs. Women can become MPs.
  • Men can be Prime Minister. Women can be Prime Minister.
  • A man can be Governor General. A woman can be Governor General.
  • A man can be a minister. A woman can be a minister.
  • A man can be a judge. A woman can be a judge.

Anything I’m missing here? Seems pretty equal to me. Also the pay scales are dictated by the position, so there’s no favoritism for men over women here.

Economic Equality

This is the argument that there is a pay gap between men and women who do the same job. Now I am someone who doesn’t 100% believe this argument, as I’ve been in several different software and customer service based roles.

What I have noticed is that there’s a pay gap between people in the same role regardless of gender. What accounts for this gap?

In my opinion what accounts for this gap is the willingness of a candidate to negotiate a salary that makes sense for them.

In the private sector employers hold all of the cards and are not about to show them to you! That being said, ask and you shall receive. I’ve been asked by friends about how it is I make the money I make. The fact of the matter is, I negotiate. I make it clear when we talk about salary and benefits what I am willing to take, and have had to walk away from jobs that don’t offer what I require. Maybe this is much different in other sectors but in mine, I never see it.

Cultural, Social, and Personal Equality

This part of it I believe has a lot to do with social norms and the stereotypes that society has for women.

In society women are depicted as the care givers who exist to have kids, keep the house tidy, and cook the meals while the man is out working and providing. This is truly something I don’t agree with and I do think needs to change.

Women are equally capable of handling just about any job a man can. Hell I’ve met women that can code circles around me and I’m not even going to try and say I’m better.

Can we talk about men for a second? It’s my blog so of course we can.

Let’s talk about cultural equality for men.

Why is it that women can be victims of rape, but not men?

Why is it that when there is any kind of custody battle, the judges err on the side of the mother?

Why is it that when a woman beats up a man, he’s pathetic but when a man beats up a woman she’s a victim?

I think if anything women are mostly equal and need to start acting as such.

In the end shitty people do shitty things to one another and someone ends up being a victim while the other ends up a perpetrator. That’s how things work. What really needs to change are the general assumptions being made across the board regardless of gender, race, or religion.

Just because someone is black, does not mean they’re a criminal.

Just because someone is a man, doesn’t mean they’re a rapist or trying to bring women down.

Just because someone is Christian, doesn’t mean they’re a religious nutbar.

Just because someone is a woman, doesn’t mean they are any less entitled to rights as their male counterparts are.

Please consider the other side of the coin before spouting this femenazi garbage that everyone is pasting all over different memes and social networks.


Twitter Extending Character Count

7 Jan

The last few days I’ve been reading articles about how Twitter is mulling around the idea of removing the character limit on a tweet or drastically increasing it. Personally I think this is a bad idea and may do more damage to the Twitter brand than help.

Twitter’s entire identity is as a micro blogging service. Granted originally the character limit was imposed because of technological restrictions limiting the number of characters in an SMS message to 160.

As time has gone on at Twitter, users have become much more creative in how they tweet and do whatever they can to make it short and sweet and to the point. If / When Twitter decides to get rid of the limit, we will start seeing blog like posts from every brand and person on twitter gumming up what used to be a nice feed of quick little snippet posts.

If I wanted to read a persons blog, I would read their blog. If I want to read the short and sweet version, I follow them on Twitter.

The limit makes Twitter what it is and removing that limit opens us up to the same spam we see on Facebook pages all around the world.

Twitter removing their character limit turns it into a less interesting version of Tumblr. In fact Tumblr is more feature rich than Twitter and allows for a lot more personalization. So if Twitter is going to jump off the deep end and become another Tumblr, then why not just pack up and move in with Tumblr?

Just my opinion.