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are feminists failing the youth? September 20, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics, sexism.
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Males writing about feminism should be a study in itself. Those males critical of the feminist movement generally lack credibility and often resort to traditional patriarchal arguments. I, however, criticize the feminist movement for its misguided targeting. Generally speaking, who are the feminists? Without getting into generalizations, one cannot disagree that most feminists are females. Whether the feminist movement is being eclipsed by the shallowness of mass consumerism aimed at teenage girls or not could be debated. Studies (sorry, I cannot find my sources for this at the moment) have shown that it is accepted in the marketing industry that the most important target to hit is teenagers, especially girls.

My own personal opinion is that the feminist movement is failing. One only has to walk down the halls of a local high school, which at times can look more like brothels than centers of education. Although I could an entire book on why I believe this is the case and some solutions I think are feasible, I want to concentrate on one aspect of this issue.

Growing up in Suburbia, Pacific Coast, Canada, I experienced first hand the lack of respect that females are treated with. Sure, we can blame MTV and rap videos, but media is not only a perpetrator, but also a mirror of society’s values. The fact is, there has been no genuine attempts in our elementary or high schools to educate young people about respect towards females. Maybe it is not up to our schools. Maybe it is the responsibility of parents; parents, however, are increasingly becoming detached from their children. This is not even their fault in many cases. Our education system revolves around having children in school for six hours a day, where like it or not, they learn how to interact with others. This is not something that will change anytime soon. What can change, however, is how movements, such as feminism, can educate children about their social responsibility.

I believe that the most important target is not just young children, but young males. Males are the key to the feminist movement. Concerning this age group, we should not be so consumed with garnering equality in workplace, but with simply instilling young males with the idea that females should not be reduced to mere pieces of meat. It will be extremely difficult to gain true equality later on if males have to start with this perspective of women in high school.

So while Jack Thompson crusades against violent video games, feminists should be crusading against games like Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 which are basically a slap in the face to the female sex. It is no secret that the vast majority of young males play video games and that parents pay no attention to the ratings slapped on the front cover (pretty much like buying your 8 year old a pack of cigarettes). So while IGN gives a 9.2 out of 10 rating to games like Dead or Alive Xtreme, feminists stand around crying for equality in the capitalist world.

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1. khalidmir - September 21, 2006

BRAD: “One only has to walk down the halls of a local high school, which at times can look more like brothels than centers of education”

Brad, Holy Moley!
I really enjoy your posts because you sound as if you are a very level-headed person. But that line makes you sound like a ‘Talib’ ! 🙂

2. brad richert - September 21, 2006

haha… Sometimes one needs to exaggerate a bit. Honestly though, I recently went to my old high school and I counted 5-6 “nipple slips” from Grade 10-12 girls in a period of under an hour. I walked down the street the other day next to a high school and their were girls there that looked more like Ronald McDonald than their former selves. I am not endorsing dress codes or a limit on freedom of expression. Rather, through education, I believe that when impressionable young men can respect women, impressionable young girls will stop buying into the toxic culture created by marketing.

3. khalidmir - September 21, 2006

Brad, I don’t even know what a “nipple slip “..please don’t explain it to me either! I don’t disagree with you and i think one has to be acutely aware of the way in which capitalism restructures desires and expectations (to use a phrase from one of my favourite writers, E.P.Thompson); it’s just that I come from a culture that can sometimes be a bit obsessed about women’s clothes and so-called “purity”. but you have raised an interesting point about freedom and whether the lack of constraints is the only type of freedom..as Brando says in Apocalypse Now: “have you ever considered any real freedoms?” If you get the chance, do read a brilliant small article by Jonathan jones at the guardian , called ‘wild ones’.

4. khalidmir - September 21, 2006

Brad, you must read this (not connected, but a great read nevertheless):

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/19376

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6. Not Saying - November 9, 2008

I agree with your ‘high school brothel’ comment, and I am currently attending high school. The amount of girls I see around my school with unnecessarily short skirts, even though we have a dress code, is disgraceful. Not to mention the amount of make-up! Some year 8 kids I know (who are about 12) have an openly active sex life, frequently have sex with randoms, and brag about having ‘done’ guys who are like, 21. This is not cool, but yet, this appears to be what society have encouraged them to be. If it were not ‘cool’ and ‘popular’ to do these sorts of antics, then they would not be proudly bragging about it to fellow students. I also feel alot of young women give themselves away due to being overly self-conscious, they need to feel like they are objects of sexual desire to men (hence the slutty clothes.) This level of self consciousness, I would say comes from magazines with beautiful women in it. I am glad that I have not conformed to society, being a female teenager myself. It is so difficult to find like-minded people my age, as so many people have fallen to these expectations. I pretty much hate the idea of my generation, were a failure and most of us will probably die from STI’s.

7. Obbop - January 12, 2009

The best gift for your female is a collar and very firm guidance so the simple typical addle-minded female is not forced to attempt what is either very difficult or impossible for the typical American female… act as an adult in a rough and tumble society that requires an ADULT to accept responsibilities along with attaining rights and priveleges.

Guide your female. Do not expect the simpleton to think logically or rationally.

Reward good behavior with the shiny trinkets and baubles the simple creatures crave so much.

This message brought to you by the Females as Property Movement.

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