Letters to the Editor: Feminism

Last week we ran an article called “The Good, the Bad, and the Feminist.” Here are some responses to that piece.

This letter is in response to the article written by Justin Bolger. His article “The Good, the Bad, and the Feminist,” points out his dislike or disregard for the Feminist Movement. His view of the Feminist movement lacks in facts but more emphasizes the media portrayal of the Feminist Movement.

The stereotypes he discusses in his article are just the negative labels placed on women who are fighting for equality. His misconception of Feminists as having vendettas against men is completely false.

As far as “our goals,” they are NOT to hit men back based on their gender alone. Men do have an ascribed power, authority and status in society. This is demonstrated by the government and in the workplace. To this day, for every $1 a man makes a woman earns 77cents. Why?

This is, simply because she is a woman. My goal as a woman is to be treated as an equal in all aspects of life. There needs to be an equal distribution of opportunities and resources for both genders. There shouldn’t be a different set of rules or expectations for women than there are for men. The expectations should be the same across the board.
Sarah Struiksma

I am writing you in response to your article “The Good, the Bad, and the Feminist” in the May 23, 2012 issue of the Commuter. When I saw the headline I thought it was awesome that a man was writing about feminism. Then sadly I read your first line, ” I hate feminism.” That is a very powerful statement. One that is very powerful and one that keeps inequality between men and women in America.

I feel that you have stereotyped feminist, with exception of Anita Sarkeesian, from maybe what you have heard about a few radical women who happen to be feminist. The thing is, feminist aren’t fighting for more rights than men, we are fighting for equal rights. I don’t think all men are oppressors on purpose, I just think men, yourself included, need to be more educated on this matter.

When I first took my women’s studies class I was not very thrilled about learning about women’s rights, because I thought it was a bunch of bull. Then, after the first class my view had completely changed on the matter. Women are without a doubt treated unfairly. It is harder for us to get a job. If we do get a job it is less likely that we will get a full time job and we will definitely make less money.

I know there have been some feminist that have given feminism a bad name, but honestly they have a fantastic reason to be annoyed. This is an article I really liked and helped open my eyes. If you choose to read it you might enjoy it as well.

Thank you,
Michelle Anderson
Student at LBCC

I found this article to be very derogatory. Just because you’re a feminist, doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person.

There has been amazing feminists in or past, that has done a lot for women and instead of demolishing them, you should respect them. From a women’s stand point, it’s not our goal to make huge deals about everything because of our hormones. And why shouldn’t women be equal to men?

What makes women so different, that we shouldn’t be treated with the same respect as men? Oh right, it’s our hormones, isn’t it? And it’s not a feminist’s job to socially punish every man, because that is not fair to men today.

Did you know that compared to men, women make 77 cents on every man’s dollar? I bet you didn’t know that. Women have been standing up for what they believe in, and so have men. So my advice to you is not to think that every feminist is the same, because they’re not.

And maybe you should think about taking a women’s studies class, before you demolish all feminists. Sounds like you need to broaden your horizons and get out of your box.

Janelle Ortwine

What do you think?