"I need feminism because when I finally worked up the courage to tell my parents their gardener has been molesting me, they brushed it off with "just stay inside on Fridays - it’s only one day a week" and "good help is hard to find".
I was 11.
It had been going on for 4 years and continued for a further 6.
It only stopped when I miscarried his baby and subsequently moved out.
No one ever noticed the pregnancy or the bruises.
I need feminism because I deserved protection.”
I am a mother myself now, and I find it even harder to understand why they didn’t try to help me, and instead wilfully ignored what was going on right under their nose. Every. Single. Week.
I need feminism because women still aren’t included in cycling grand tours like the Tour de France.
Attempts to include females generally consist of separate, smaller stage races such as the Tour de France Feminin, which was cancelled in 2009. Reasons against including women range from women having less endurance (bullsh!t), breaking 100 years of tradition, and a lack of sponsorship interest (which demonstrates a problem in itself).
This year the race organisers have developed La Course, a one day women’s race, which is being praised as “game changing” and “revolutionary”.
It’s time for professional cycling to leave the dark ages, stop throwing smaller, lesser races at us like a bone to a dog, and include women in the full length Tour, even if it is with a separate General Classification.
"I need feminism because when I finally ended my 8.5 year long abusive relationship, I was told that I would ruin the lives of my children. My son watched me be beaten more than once. He used to rape me once my infant daughter fell asleep because he knew I wouldn’t cry if she were there.
Then a family member said, “There’s no such thing as spousal rape.”
It’s been 2 and a half years and I’m nowhere close to recovering. I now suffer from panic disorder and PTSD.
I need feminism because when I went on a school trip I was grabbed by 3 drunk guys who all attempted to kiss me. When I got away I ran to my friend (male) shaking and crying, he hugged me and told me “I hope you know it’s not your fault”, when we went to go tell our teacher (female) she looked at me and said “well look at what you’re wearing”.
Regardless of what I was wearing I was harassed and the 16-18 year old students that accompanied me on the trip understood that more than the 40 something year old teacher.
I need feminism because fantasy & sci-fi literature is not a male privilege.
Also, a woman has invented Sci-Fi. Fuck all those who think it’s a male privilege.
I need feminism because of backlash regarding domestic violence. I defended myself against my boyfriend when he started beating me, and was put in the emergency room with lacerations on my back, four stitches in my head, and a damaged cranial spine. I did not cause him any serious physical harm except hitting him in the ear, but he was not even placed in handcuffs while I was arrested and taken to jail. In there I met women in similar circumstances, defending themselves or their children, then going to jail with black eyes and bruises. The rate of women being arrested for domestic violence has skyrocketed since the ’70s, when feminists campaigned against it. Wonder why? (A cop at the hospital actually told me I was asking for it, without even knowing any of the details.)
"I need feminism because my male friend told me he would "tap my ass" if he could, but he wouldn’t because he respected my BOYFRIEND too much…"
He respected my boyfriend more than he respected me. I was just a piece of meat.