Friday, 27 November 2015

How the six political aims of the Women’s Equality Party are not only outdated but are ridiculous. Women are no longer victims; they are becoming the villains!

How the six political aims of the Women’s Equality Party are not only outdated but are ridiculous. Women are no longer victims; they are becoming the villains!

Taylor Swift was the highest earning musician last year and it is likely the next president of the United States will be female yet the formation of the Women’s Equality Party this year shows that some women still believe that feminism has a mandate.  Feminism died in the 1980s when Baroness Thatcher was in power, the head of the monarch was female and Whitney Houston and Madonna were dominating the charts.  Feminism has since lost its mandate and therefore there was nor prerequisite for the creation of a women's equality party. The tardiness of the party’s creation can be exemplified through the scrutinizing the parties political objections.
 
1.     Equal Representation in politics and business - the party aims to introduce quotas as a vice to increase female representation
 
Quotas used as a vice to increase female representation are arguably undemocratic. It is through democracy that politicians are elected; forcing more females to be elected would be unfair to male candidates who constituents may have rather elected. One could argue that this is due to the “turnout gap”: in the UK 64% of women voted in the past general election compared in 67% of men. However in the USA it is the opposite, in the 2012 presidential elections 63.7% of ladies voted compared to only 59.8% of men. The percentage of female voters in the UK peaked in 1992 and has been in decline since, which is coincidentally shortly after Baroness Thatcher resigned; perhaps the female vote in the USA will peak after the first female president has been established.
            Margaret Thatcher being the longest serving elected prime minister illustrates that there are no barriers or constraints placed on woman from entering politics or business. Ironically Baroness Thatcher was no feminist but an advocate of meritocracy; Edwina Currie was Thatcher's only cabinet member and she also expressed great discontent to the equality bill when it was first proposed.  
            Men are underrepresented in fields such as beauty and nursing however there is little to nothing done to encourage men choosing these career paths. In schools the amount of bullying male students receives if they choose to study a subject like drama or home economics would not even be comparable to a girl choosing politics or business. Girls are encouraged to take part in sports such as football but it’s still frowned upon if your son is a ballet dancer.
 
2.  Equal Representation - the party wants to a)challenge the “gendered choices about subjects and careers that help entrench the pay gap”. b)“teach mutual respect in sexual relationships and tackle the underlying causes of violence against women and girls”.
 
There is a great deal of attention given to violence towards women by men but no apparent attention for the opposite. Although the number of violent incidents reported against women by men is greater than that of the opposite, it is exactly that: what is reported. Men may be less inclined to want to report an incident of domestic abuse because they feel embarrassed or because of the perceived bias against men in the judiciary system: that men are pugnacious and will have instigated the woman to attack them. The reluctance of men to report sexual violence towards them means it is very difficult to accurately compare this to that against women.
            A lot of criticism has been given to young men embracing “Lad Culture” as it is argued to encourage sexism. “Lad Culture” is seen on university campuses were male students play pranks on female students which at times could be perceived as sexual harassment. Although, it would be a lie to state that females are not involved in this sort of behaviour also; I personally have had my shirt ripped off me twice in clubs, imagine if this was done to a girl and the uproar it would cause - the boy could end up in jail!
 
3. Equal Pay- on average women are paid 81% of what a man is paid, the party wants to equalize this.
 
The gender pay gap is not as simple as it appears. Women are not always discriminated against in the workforce due to their sex. Women in their 20s are in fact earning more than men their age and women in their 30s are close to eclipsing men their age also. The average age for women to have their first child is 29.8 and this is the reason why after their 30s women earn less. It is not because they have children, but because of the time taken off to have a child. If a woman had two children in their 30s and took a year off each time, they are two years behind their rival male colleagues. In those two years time technology could have changed; new members of staff employed; new rules and regulations; new office; new syllabus and a large amount of other changes could have taken place within a workplace or industry that the mother will be behind on when they return to work.
            It is only natural that the male workforce will on average have more skills and experience at this point. It is fair that pay is awarded on meritocracy and meritocracy alone, thus the end result is the men end up earning more. It may not seem fair, however at the same time women are not forced to have children and on the other hand there are probably men who would like to have children but cannot; swings and roundabouts.
 
4. Equal Media treatment by women - the party wants to fight against the “false” image portrayed of women in the media. They also claim that women’s sporting victories are ignored by the media.
 
Sex sells and it is not just women who are sexualised by the media. Abercrombie for example would not be so successful without their shirtless six-packed male shop assistants. There are no fat male celebrities endorsing male perfumes or underwear instead we have David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo or Ryan Reynolds, because they are sexy, men idolize them and thus will by the products.
 
            The reason why the beauty and fashion industry uses slim, tall and attractive looking women in their adverts known as “models” is because they sell the product. For example a woman is not going to want to purchase a makeup product if the model is ugly; the product is meant to make them pretty and hence why a pretty model is used. Slim models are using for clothes because clothing is meant to be flattering to one’s body shape, and if a fat model is used the consumer will think that product will make them so. There is no way this will change and it would be very illogical for a business to do so.
            To claim that women's sporting achievements are ignored is preposterous. Who was the face of the London 2012 Olympics? Jessica Ennis. Who is it that we all watch every year in Wimbledon - the Williams sisters. The reason why men earn more in sports to put frankly is because men are better than women at them - hence why they separate the sexes. For example the Williams sisters in 1998 claimed they could beat any man outside the top 200 in the world, Karsten Braasch (ranked 203rd at the time) challenged them in the Australian open that year. Braasch was described by one journalist as “ a man whose training regime cent red around a pack of cigarettes and more than a couple of bottles of ice cold lager”, however he beat both sisters in straight sets. If payment in sports was based completely on meritocracy arguably then Serena Williams the world number 1 should be earning less than any man in the top 200.
           
5. Equal Parenting and Care giving - the party argues that the responsibilities of parenthood are not shared equally and that caring for elderly relatives usually falls on women which hold women back in the workforce.
 
Although it seems surprising that the party has given thought to how men are in some roles arguably undermined, equal paternal leave on the other hand is not practical or necessary.  Maternal leave causes great annoyance to businesses due to the cost to give men equal leave would destroy the economy, as small businesses would be unable to cope! Part of the reason why women are granted maternal aside from bonding time with their child is because they are supposed to breast feed.  Women are suggested to strictly breastfed for at least 6 months, as men do not have breasts they are not required to do so.
            Care of elderly parents is something which I believe all children should take part in (if possible), however one cannot force one child to help more than the other and it would also be impossible to monitor. It is argued by nature women are more caring than men, and therefore it is arguably more natural for women to be a carer.
           
6. End Violence Towards Women - the party states on their website: “it is a stain on our society that women can be murdered, violated, assaulted, or oppressed because of their gender”
 
Generally speaking people are not violent towards each randomly or purely because of their gender; there is normally a reason for the assault. Domestic violence normally occurs due to an argument which can happen to anyone regarding of their age, gender or sexuality (as noted early it is difficult to quantify the amount of attacks on men and therefore difficult to compare).
            On a whole Great Britain is becoming a less violent nation, however the percentage of violent offences carried out by women is on the increase! Which on the contrary indicates that violent acts carried out by men has peaked and is decreasing, showing that men have learnt their lesson whilst women haven’t. Is this perhaps something to with the fact women are not as punished as men? Across all crimes women get off more lightly than men, women account for 15% for all arrests but only 5% of the prison population.
            One of the party's main aims is to stop street harassment, but when the obloquy of man can occur due to an innocuous compliment on “Linkedln”, a man must be terrified to be nothing but punctilious. Maybe men shouldn’t try and compliment women and insult them instead, maybe then they will complain less.

Through scrutiny of the party’s aims it has become apparent that women are not hard done by any more in British Society. In fact you could argue the opposite that men are now the victims, which could be linked to the fact that over 70% of suicide victims in the UK are male. The party claims to be an equality party “for the better of everyone”, however if it’s not obvious from the parties title, it is obvious from their political objectives that they are a feminist party as their main prerogative is that of the equality of women. There is no mandate for a feminist party in the UK, feminists need to open their vitriolic eyes and stop pretending that women are guileless victims but are becoming cunning villains instead.
 
Adam Henry Magee
@adamhenrymagee



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2 comments:

  1. One of your best researched articles so far in my opinion.

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  2. I have so many issues with this post I don't even know here to begin. Your opinions on domestic violence are mis-informed and ignorant. To say that there is normally a reason for domestic violence is a dangerous opinion and demonstrates a serious lack of understanding regarding a very serious issue.

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Thank-you for your opinion!