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  • Fera Schoen

    We'll never end the 'war on women' until we end the segregation of the genders and admit the fact that there is no 'war.' I, for one, hate the term 'war on women.' We don't call the Reconstruction and the decades leading up to the 1960s the time of 'the war on blacks,' now, do we? No, we don't, because it isn't a freaking war, it's a movement against equal rights (trust me, if it was a war, there would be a lot more casualties on their end like a large number of rapists missing their reproductive organs).

    The gendered language of this issue is what has been preventing its success because it marginalizes men who would otherwise support the movement's goals. The whole point of saying the genders are equal is immediately shat upon by legislative moves like the violence against women acts and so on. Women are abusers, too. Men are voices for gender equality, too. You're not going to win women equal rights by putting them on a pedestal and saying they're more important or victimized than men: that plays into the whole old patriarchal paradigm and actually promotes sexism instead of diminishing it.

    Mothers shouldn't be given custody just because they have vaginas, yet I've personally witnessed the system do just that, picking drug-addled mommies over adulterous daddies who have jobs and basic parenting skills. People with vaginas aren't the only ones who need bills protecting their bodies against rape and molestation or ensuring them access to birth control.

    Even the term 'feminist' needs to be retired (it certainly doesn't promote equality by focusing on only half of the spectrum). We are equalists, not feminists, and equality will never be won by drawing attention to and focusing on the divisions we're supposedly trying to conquer, by working within the frameworks we're supposedly trying to abandon.