As a self-identified moderate feminist, I'll tell you my view points. In the form of points..I am aware not every feminist may agree with me but I don't care, I care more about defining what causes I actually stand up for The points are NOT in order of priority ;
Slut shaming and rape culture
Slut shaming encourages girl on girl hate, but reduce the aspect of accountability on men's part. We see a lot of evidence of this in modern society. Feminists are not anti-men. ''That’s because actually, feminists think men should be treated as fully functional human beings with brains and morals who should be held responsible for the choices they make.” ( quote by Contemporary UK Feminism - The F-Word). The encouragement of girl on girl hate and reduction of aspect of accountability on men have contributed to today's ongoing rape culture. Under rape culture, rape is normalized and even trivialized.
An interesting article It’s not ‘slut-shaming’, it’s woman hating | Feminist Current
Inclusion of feminism
When I read this article, it strikes me how inclusive feminism can be when used in the right direction -- '' Needless to say, there was a lot I was missing. (Both about feminism, and about Saudi Arabia.) As I grew older, two things happened: I started paying more attention to what was going on in the world, and I met a lot of different kinds of feminists. In the Middle East, I met feminists who wore headscarves and abayas and hated stiletto heels for the same reason the buzz-cut-sporting older feminists I’d met in the US hated stiletto heels. I met younger third-wave feminists who loved stiletto heels for totally opposite reasons. I realized that feminism is actually a fairly elusive idea, one that often takes women in opposite directions in pursuit of the same goal'' Willow Wilson. Personally I subscribe to third world feminism -- 'Third world feminism struggle to address women’s rights issues within their own cultural models of society rather than through those imposed by Western colonizers' (Quote by Tuppurainen)
Feminism is good for men
Yes, it is. Besides the feminist assumption that men are capable of rationality and morality and should be given responsibility for what they do, feminism also challenges potentially harmful gender stereotypes. Some men in the world don't wish to be 'leaders' in the context of assumptions fueled due to the inequalities reinforced by patriarchal, class related structures/social structures. For instance, feminism understanding is that men are welcome when they want to more outward emotional expressiveness and authenticity, regardless of certain patriarchy related stereotypes.
More education rights for women needed
Ever heard of Malala Yousafzai? She was attacked for standing up for women's education rights. Malala Fund for education set up | The Nation
Imbalance/inequality of gender representation when it comes to entertainment/popular culture
I don't agree (personally) with everything that feministfrequency stands for, but there are many useful resources/ information to learn from some of her vidoes
In the international sphere
Women in terms of international security are still underrepresented. Cynthia Enloe quotes,'' women's gendered identities and bodies become marked territories on which both states and non-state militant groups wage their wars and construct national narratives'' In ideological battlegrounds, for example in the discourse of West vs East dichotomies (which are already discriminating by themselves, since the Western world and Eastern world should not even be generalized as monolithic entities using oversimplified, discriminatory terms), women have been treated as a voiceless 'other' and even a 'contest' for extremists under War on Terror (for example) in terms of their claims to champion for women's emancipation. One example (of the many) of this is the disproportionate amount of obsession we see in the media about women's clothing, that still goes on in discussions today. For instance, people who are extreme in their views of modernity and secularization ignore the fact that a number of Muslim women find empowerment and liberation in their choice to abide by their religion, by wearing the headscarf/veil/burqa. In similar breath, people who are religious extremists who force women to cover up; ignore the tolerant, equity related aspects of religion that are known by many and exploit religion to put themselves in the positions of patriarch 'heroes' of women. The debates about women's clothing become so disproportionate to the extent that it fuels the capacity of women of various ethnicities and classes to become a 'competition' of which includes the participation of extremists on both the side of the West and East in order to win over the battle of women's rights ideologically, socially, politically - with the implicit assumptions that women cannot think for themselves when it comes to finding empowerment on their own terms when looking at historical, social, religious contexts.
And if you think this only effects Muslim women, think again. The binary divisions similarly convey the implicit messages that women are only proven ''free'' if their outward expressions, clothes suit one patriarchal extreme agenda over another. As if that isn't enough, we are constantly bombarded with consumer culture. Buy this new skincare line, look this skinny, etc or you wouldn't be ''good enough'' Have you ever seen the growing trend of 'thinspiration' 'thinspo' on tumblrs and social media lately?
Yes in this context, cultures and politics are interrelated.
(Sorry this paragraph is long simply because, I had written on the subject before and found it easier to articulate in words. Again, the way the points are constructed, none are in order of priority. All of rights relating to gender equality and justice are important)
These are only a few points/reasons, there are MANY more reasons but if I were to write them all it would take more than one freaking night
So yeah, feminists and those supporting feminism, feel free to add your points on why feminism is relevant etc. I don't know if this is the right place in the subforum to put it but yeah.