Why We Still Need Feminism
This week on The Slut Show Ellen Moore is joined by non-binary, actor, comedian, intersectional feminist & activist Tijn (he/him). They discuss his experience living his life passing as a cis het male* while identifying as a non binary person. Tijn shares his experiences and the ways his gender identity changed over time, influencing the way he is treated by society. Contextualized by this weeks Slutty Science illustrating the poignant reality of why feminism is still an absolute necessity.
Whenever I say I’m a feminist, the first thing people - read: men - say is usually 'oh but it isn’t that bad nowadays is it? Come on, we live in the Netherlands, don’t be such a little bitch!' So let’s talk statistics….
Please note: this article contains information about child marriage & gender inequality, which may be triggering for some readers.
1 in 5 girls in the world are married before 18.
That adds up to 12 million girls, who become child brides every single year.
That comes down to one girl becoming a child bride every two seconds.
Over 650 million women alive today were married as children.
Women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men.
Only 22% of all professionals are women and according to the World Economic Forum’s it will take another 108 years to close the global gender gap, if we continue our fight for equal rights - for all genders - at this pace.
The World Bank’s recent Women, Business and the Law report measured gender discrimination in 187 countries and found that only 6 countries give women equal legal work rights as men. With Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden paving the way to close the gender gap we still have a long way to go - yes, also The Netherlands. As a matter of fact, in all those 187 countries there is still a long ass way to go.
The majority of media, news and entertainment branches are run by men. The Geena Davis Institute analyzed 120 theatrical releases between 2010 and 2013, in 10 countries - and found that only 30.9% of speaking characters were female. 69.1% of speaking characters were male.
In the United States, women still do almost twice as much unpaid care work as men; 54% of women - against 22% of men - report doing almost all of the housework.
Among individuals who earn the majority of their household’s income, 43% of women who are the primary household income earners continue to do all - or most of the household work, compared to only 12% of men doing the same thing.
Working women are more likely than their male colleagues to have a working spouse: 81% of women are part of a dual-career couple and have two careers to balance, whereas only 56% of men are part of a dual-career couple.
These baffling structures of gender inequality have been associated with a culture of violence against women. More about that in episode 4.
Remember how at the beginning of this piece of Slutty Science I told you that 12 million girls become child brides every year? We’ve come to the end of this piece of Slutty Science and if it took you as long to read it as it took me to voice-over it in the episode, then that means that by the time you finish this sentence over 90 girls have turned into child brides.
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*Cis het male refers to a cis gender (when the sex you were born with, corresponds to the gender you identify with) hetero sexual male
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- Bakalar, Nicholas. 2011. “Safety: Car Crashes Pose Greater Risk for Women.” The New York Times, October 31, 2011, sec. Health. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/health/research/women-at-greater-risk-of-injury-in-car-crashes-study-finds.html.
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- Yodanis, Carrie L. 2004. “Gender Inequality, Violence Against Women, and Fear: A Cross-National Test of the Feminist Theory of Violence Against Women.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 19 (6): 655–75. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260504263868.