By D. Markie Spring
Man engineered feminist movements and ideologies!
This modern architectural campaign of women’s egalitarianism is derived from man’s egocentric and prejudicial ethos that created superficial philosophical idea that women are unequal in nature, psychologically stereotype women as only qualified to be domestic workers and the sexual objectification of the female sex of being child bearers, which has led to the infamous ‘gender inequality’.
The author of a number of published works, D. Markie Spring was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines and now resides in Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has an MBA from the University of Leicester, England, and a BA from Saint Mary's University, Canada
Most interestingly, there have been several feminist movements and ideologies developed throughout the past century, especially in Western countries, with overlapping strategies, affiliations and goals; branches supporting cultural, postcolonial and political movements, social constructionist and materialist ideologies – raising important issues of class struggles and anarchy against the state to anti-corporate stance of self-sufficiency and self reliance.
However, this chronic impediment that man hand-crafted has overwhelmed the media and the establishment and intervention of new organizations have evolved; giving life to this ‘hot topic’ even on the political spectrum.
But first, it was the development of these well-designed movements and ideologies that empowered woman across the globe. In this capacity, during World War II, American women were deployed as nurses on the front line of the war to attend to wounded soldiers. In the meantime, back in America and across the globe, women were campaigning for women’s suffrage, highlighting and discussing the fact those women are trusted with limited roles in mainstream society and conventions were held – fighting for gender equality.
By the time the war was over, so many American soldiers perished that there was a shortage of men for the growing American labour force. Ideally, for women across America this was the golden opportunity to make a difference and to influence the mode of change determinants in the cultural gender identity and the narcissistic personality disorders that man has invented for himself; proving to man that they were capable of carrying jobs that’s once held by men.
Similarly, the rest of the world, including the Caribbean, member states have sworn to comply with the provisions of the United Nations Convention to eliminate all discriminatory practices against women by way of removing discriminatory laws, the enactment of permitting policy reform, legislation and the institutionalization of gender at the highest level.
On this front, most governments around the world, including our own, have failed miserably to address these horrendous situations. Furthermore, in some remote parts of Africa and the Middle East women are still held in contempt of modern societal practices; not surrendering the past and hold firm the belief that women are not as equally important, intellectually stimulating and progressive beings – depriving women of economic decision making, education, political participation and in some areas women are not even permitted to hold a simple driver’s license. In my view, this is totalitarianism at its worst.
Although many feminist movements and ideologies, supported by entities, such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) Bureau have been formed, backed by the United Nation Convention and the United Nations Development Program, man has instituted more ways to discriminate against women embodied in its most contemptuous expressions. As evidence, discrimination against women continues to rise relative to equal pay for equal work and sex-based occupational distinctions, domestic and violence against women, transactional sex, gender related poverty, inadequate access to economic resources and minimal participation, political affairs and lack of representation in government amongst other detriments. Consequently, all these inequalities have given rise to feminists’ advocacies; forcing women to interact with political movements, such as fascism, civil rights movements and anti-racism, and socialism, although many feminist groups criticized socialist ideology for its lack of concerns about women’s rights!
Interestingly, all is not lost, as these challenges can be rectified by increasing the capacity of women to make sound economic decisions in an effort to solve existing inequalities; strengthen the institutionalization of gender bureaus by providing more resources and greater alliances with statistical gathering organizations for direct access to data to improve reform, programs and policies gearing toward developing women through research and statistical analysis, and none the least involving women at all levels of policy making. Moreover, there is the need for consistent political support for gender issues and equality.
Coupled with this, it is a priority to empower more women to develop programs geared toward enacting policy to deal with inequalities, and eliminate the squadron of men currently serving; in essence, women are in a better position to solve their own problems and life’s challenges.
These issues are detrimental and critical to the survival of women across the globe including the region. It is time that man changes his perception of women and welcomes them into the modern world of egalitarianism.
As Shaggy said, “Give it up for the woman!”