The Harmful Effect of Feminism
Feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. It began as an organized activity on behalf of women?s rights and interests. This concept was developed to help women earn a place in a predominantly male society. Unfortunately over the years, the intentions of feminism have become distorted, not only by anti-feminists, but also by the feminists themselves. The principle of equality for women and men has turned into a fight in which feminists wish to be better than men. Feminism has been twisted and misunderstood so much that it has become a harmful idea.
Michael Levin, a professor of philosophy and author of the book Feminism and Freedom, faults feminism for trying to impose an inappropriate equality on men and women that conflicts basic biological differences between the sexes (Levin, Taking Sides, 42). Women are not the same as men, neither physically nor psychologically. In the past, men tended to be the stronger more powerful gender, while women have traditionally been viewed as the weaker, more feeble one. The untrue assumption that men and women are the same in their ways of thinking and physical capabilities leads to the failure of the feminist message. Their agenda of eliminating all observable differences between men and women is doomed to fail and will inflict more pain than gain in the process. Recognizing the differences between the sexes and allowing each to do what they are strongest at will in the long run make society stronger, more efficient, and more effective.
The first problem Levin tackles is the one of socioeconomic inequalities; simply said, the pay and job position differences between men and women. Levin does not blame this on sexism, but rather it results largely from women?s choices. In the traditional society, women have stayed home and had the responsibilities of the family and the home care, while men went out and worked. In today?s society, this is less common, but still holds true to some degree. A typical situation is that a woman attends college and then establishes her career. After working in the field for several years, she may decide to marry and start a family. This then takes her out of the work force for several years. Meanwhile, a man who had the same education and the same job has remained in the field for the entire time the woman has been raising her family. When she decides to return to the field, she is far behind the man, not because she is not qualified, but simply because he has had more years of experience than she has. This places the women in a situation where she will be at a lower level than the male, as well as being paid less.
Furthermore, gender inequalities are no proof of discrimination because no doctrine is more influential in shaping institutional and public life than feminism. In fact, political leaders of every persuasion reflectively employ gender quotas. This...