Down to Feminists—Hail to Real Women Everywhere
Equal opportunity, it’s such a standard policy these days. It was originally associated with the feminist movement with the simple intent to establish a level playing field. The “prima facia” of the phrase is idealistic, and at the least, the perpetual continuation of egalitarianism. Although these are both true, taking a look deeper into the contemporary application of the concept reveals anything but equality.
As a woman, these so-called “feminists” appall me. Independence and success are possible for any person, regardless of gender. But to obtain it, you must take initiative as a human being—with all your personal strengths and weaknesses. But to some feminists, a whole new perspective is taken. When they represent the ideals of women in general, in reality, the only persons they are representing are “excuse makers”. The irony in their whole pledge against prejudices is the approach they take. In en effort to not admit biological differences between the sexes, they demand the opportunity to partake in anything. That is granted. In an effort to actually be capable in those opportunities they so desperately need to seek, they ask for leeway exceptions and loopholes. The question now arises, is society (more specifically, employers) under obligation to grant this outstretched request? If so, consideration of what this means is due.
A woman wants equal opportunity. For example: a male dominated career field such as fire fighting began to allow women to apply. Isn’t that the true essence of equal opportunity? Simply allowing a woman to participate and have her chance, along side of any male? Indeed it is, but to many feminists the concept must dig deeper.
That woman going through strength and ability tests to be a firefighter fails. But, instead of taking the experience in stride and accepting the idea that perhaps she just isn’t capable, she falls back on the defense that she’s a woman. Wait! I thought that being a woman wasn’t an excuse. I thought that in no circumstances could an employer use that as a barrier in qualification. And most certainly, I thought that women wanted to show their capabilities through proof—stepping outside the boundaries of the sexes. Yet, everything those women were supposed to stand for in the germination of “equal opportunity”, is all forgotten when failure occurs. All of these factors are dropped. Suddenly, there is a difference between man and woman. However, instead of celebrating one’s differences and accentuating them where they will be most noted, they sue for exceptions and unreasonable accommodations. The final result of this whole process is that we have unqualified people, not women or men, but people, serving in our industries. This becomes most crucial when we have unskilled and incapable individuals serving in capacities where lives are at stake. So next time you advocate “equal opportunity” behind the train of feminists, do realize that you’re not only standing for it, but also the validity of law suits, loop holes, and excuses. And for males who think it won’t effect them, just wait until one of those woman show up to save their child in a burning house–and she can’t even break down the door.
In conclusion, I give a message to young women everywhere. Stand up and show your liberty. Dream high! Set your goals to coincide with your greatest ambitions. Examine your strengths and acknowledge your limitations; realize everything that you have to offer. Take the world by storm and work hard to gain your desired success. Earn, then deserve your affirmation. You are a woman, but more importantly, you are a person with something to offer. Don’t waste your talents trying to be something simply to prove a point when you could be making a difference somewhere else? And finally, when you enter any situation, don’t create the need to make excuses for yourself—especially that of being a female.
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