Feminism vs Femininity

Modern feminists consider themselves the deities of female rights, the celebrants of women. In reality, feminists seem to condemn femininity. Some reject the very things that make women, well, women. Symbols of femininity have somehow become tools in an arsenal feminists like to call the “social construct”. The woke West has become a daunting place for women who want to respect their own sex. 

Right from the outset, females’ means of identity are snatched away. It used to be safe to assume a baby dressed in pink was a lovely little girl. This is no longer the case. Throughout time, young girls have always been given toy dolls. Feminists nowadays argue this was merely the arbitrary product of a sexist society. The problem here is how they fail to consider the biological predispositions of females.

Little girls play with dolls as a way of projecting into the future. They dress their dolls, pretend to feed them, and create Barbie families. They are practising mothering. A feminist might argue these behaviours are drummed into us rather than inherent. However, maternal instincts are not simply the product of societal conditioning. Non-human females nurture and mother their young. Few would argue this is because each chimpanzee or wolf population has formed a social construct. Across the animal kingdom, it is clear maternal behaviour is evolved and inherent. To argue humans are completely exempt from this is logically flawed. 

Femininity is, by definition, the opposite of masculinity. Girls begin to understand this as they reach adolescence. Take, for example, body and facial hair. This is a feature associated with testosterone and masculinity. It is no wonder women go to such great lengths to remove it. Heterosexual females appeal to heterosexual males by appearing more feminine; reducing masculinity is intrinsic to that equation. Further, adolescent girls begin to grow breasts, a distinctly feminine feature. It is no secret why women wear bras. Apart from shaping and supporting, they accentuate breasts. 

Extreme feminists reject these displays of femininity. They neglect to shave their hair, arguing they should be under no more duress to do so than men. The ‘Burn the Bra’ movement of the 1960s was a self-explanatory act against the constraints on women. Many modern feminists also refuse to wear bras – they do not believe in the merits of drawing attention to their breasts. Why should they sexualise themselves for the benefits of men? 

This is, perhaps, the crux of the issue. These feminists make out femininity as something demeaning. They argue women are sexualised and objectified. It is understandable, therefore, to fight this by wearing the proverbial – and literal – pants. Symbols of femininity are viewed as vessels of antiquated oppression which must be spurned. One has every right to do so, but this is not to say one must.

I implore you to consider femininity from a different perspective. Instead of fighting inequality by removing the differences between the sexes, women can reclaim their womanliness. Contrary to woke belief, feminity empowers women. It is a gift to be cherished, not shunned. There is nothing wrong with being male nor female. It is for this reason that femininity merits respect in its own right.

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