Oh em gee! Can we discuss how perfect Laci Green is in her video Why I’m A…Feminist?
As a new-found feminist, I love coming across these gems of content that display feminism at it’s finest. I say feminism at it’s finest because Laci Green displays what feminism fights for beautifully. Although her reasons are personal as to why she is a feminist, the reasons are generally what all feminist fight for. Many people have the wrong ideas as to what feminism is, so let’s continue to share and discuss what Green has to say because we can learn a lot from the popular YouTuber.
Firstly, the Sex+ host attacks the haters straight on by addressing that the stereotypes of feminists are just that…stereotypes. The idea that feminists are lesbians, man-haters, and have hairy armpits is laughed at by Green. She believes feminism is beyond those stupid conventions and the importance of the movement must be addressed.
Her first batch of reasons as to why she clings to the term feminist includes –
- Double standards between men and women
- Sexism that drove teenage girls to end their lives
- Sexual assault and harassment towards women
- Objectification of women
- Breastfeeding backlash by society
- Shaving for women, yet optional for men
- Beauty pressures put on women by society
- Male circumcision
- Government regulations on women’s body and not men’s
- Over 80% of political body being male
Double standards are seen every day between men and women and feminism wants to eradicate them. Green spoke about one of them when she revealed that when it comes to sex and a lot of it, women are deemed “sluts,” while men are “studs.” This happens every day in western culture where women are frowned upon because of their sexuality. As women are seen as more sexually active, the names that get attached to them are never ending. Let’s think of a few, shall we?
Slut. Whore. Tramp. Tart. Slag. Vamp. Scarlet. Thot. Easy.
And the list goes on. But it’s not the names that are the worst of it. It’s the reputation. Women are judged and devalued when it comes to overt sexuality. This is a double standard because if men are having a lot of sex, they are judged less harshly. Let’s see what kind of names get attached to men for having lots of sex.
Stud. Casanova. Pimp. Player. Playboy. Bachelor. Boss.
None of these names signify the same meaning as to what slut is for women. These names are positive for men and boost their confidence and ego. However, it’s at the expense of women and their egos. Women are being torn down, while men are being lifted up. This isn’t right and it’s not fair.
Unfortunately, there have been so many tragic incidents due to these sexist judgments, ridicules, and attacks towards women. Green brings up a few teens who ended their lives because of this; teens like Amanda Todd, Felicia Garcia, and Cherice Mareles must be noted.
Teens like Amanda, Felicia, and Cherice were also victims of sexual assault and harassment, which are also reason on Green’s list. According to the Department of Justice, the ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault. RAINN says 15% of all assaults each year are teen ages 12 – 17, and ages 18 – 34 make up of a whopping 54%.
Green highlights these cases because feminism fights on behalf of these women. Feminism also fights for men in rape cases since it is seen as too taboo to talk about for society, which Green also notes. Society, a patriarchal society, has created all of these issues we are dealing with when comes to inequality between the genders/sexes.
Women and minority groups are left vulnerable, and when an issue like a man getting rape comes about, he is left vulnerable, too. The injustices, inequalities, attacks and hegemonic norms need to be addressed and combatted. That is why Green voices her reasons to the world as to why she is a feminist. These are reasons why all feminists band together. Feminism is not about hating men or becoming a lesbian, it’s about justice and equality for all.
- Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders (1997).
- RAINN, Statistics, Victims of Sexual Violence (2017).