WHY READ 'FEMINIST'S DON'T WEAR PINK? And Other Lies'By Scarlett Curtis
By Alex Cole
The book ‘Feminists don't wear pink’ by Scarlett Curtis is a brilliant insight into the current state and perspective of gender equality from various contributors around the world. From experiences to poems, It's filled with interesting and unique insights regarding humanity. Although it might seem that a book about feminism will only contain information regarding gender related topics, it profoundly discusses the impact inequality has on both women and men’s mental health.
Those who contributed describe how political and social constructions have affected their views on gender and their identity. One of the obvious main issues that are still evident today, are the stereotypical roles that should be portrayed by both women and men. The ideas that women should remain an ‘obedient housewife’ and a man should abide to the rules of masculinity are damaging to everyone. As Curtis said “the fight for women’s equality benefits every human in the world, not just girls”. Through these stereotypes; expression, careers, fashion and education become limited. Toxic masculinity is developed from this. In teaching boys that females are ‘weaker’; this increases the idea that men should be stronger, both mentally and physically. If they are not, they themselves become ‘weak’ and ‘less’ of a man. Through the disregard of sensitivity or emotion, males cannot fully express themselves. From this, it is less likely that males with mental health issues will seek help and will continue to struggle.
What ‘Feminist don’t wear pink’ displays so well, is the real experiences women of different generations feel every day. They speak about the effect of limited education, assault, workplace attitudes, body image, reproductive rights and political figures. But what is greatly important is that all these writers have the goal of defending women’s rights and breaking gender boundaries created by assumptions, founded centuries ago. Alison Sudol asks, “how do we create a healing kind of feminism that is built upon our shared humanity and not our differences?” In order to do this, we must accept one another entirely. No matter sex, race, sexuality or religion. It’s time to join together and diminish the roles attached to gender, so everyone can reach their full potential. Everyone should be able have the same opportunities and the access to support. In doing so, people will be have the chance to positively express themselves, whether this is emotionally or through identification.
If you want to learn more about feminism and the impact it has on society, I’d strongly recommend read this book. It provides a passionate and realistic insight into humanity and the ways in which we can help each other.
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