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# outcry activist Anne Wizorek 7 arguments against feminism under review
Everyone thinks equality is good. When it comes to feminism, many are no longer so sure - and the same arguments are always raised against it. We asked feminist activist Anne Wizorek how she reacted to this.
From: Juliane Frisse
Status: 08/31/2015 | archive
Unfortunately, Anne Wizorek knows one thing only too well: misogyny hatred and the same arguments against feminism. In 2013 she became known to a large audience as a net feminist when she started the #outcry campaign. Because back then it caused a juicy sexism debate beyond Twitter. She described to us how and why she reacts to the typical arguments of opponents of feminism.
"Feminists hate men."
Anne Wizorek: This is nonsense, of course. Feminists hate patriarchy and rightly so. A form of society in which men have a privileged position in society and women are belittled cannot be fair. But patriarchy also pushes men into a stereotypical role. For example, if you have to be the strong, never crying single breadwinner of a family, then that is also an extreme pressure for many boys and men. We want to get away from precisely these imprisoning gender roles.
"Nobody needs feminism anymore. After all, I'm a woman too and I have NEVER seen myself being disadvantaged."
Anne Wizorek: I would answer that it is not always about yourself and in this moment. Poverty in old age, for example, particularly affects women, because they very often have to work part-time to look after their children or care for relatives. As a result, women end up getting on average only half the average pension that men get, although they have worked in the same way. If you haven't experienced that yourself, that's nice, then the person should be happy. But that's no reason to say that we shouldn't strive for something better for ourselves as a society as a whole.
"And then there is always this fun-free hacking around on every advertisement where there is a woman in a bikini ... Men are turned into sex objects and should train themselves to have a six-pack if possible!"
Anne Wizorek: The continuous compulsion for self-optimization, also of the body, is also a development of neoliberalism. Feminists also reject that. For example, when people are pressured about their appearance, it is not really healthy for anyone - men or women. So I don't think it's a fairer development to say: "Hey, women have been sex objects for so long, now men have to be too." It's simply about depicting people in their diversity and beauty and not always measuring them against an ideal of beauty that they cannot achieve anyway thanks to Photoshop.
"Equality is right, but feminists practice egalitarianism! Men and women are different - that has been scientifically proven."
Anne Wizorek: Of course there are differences between people, but these are not necessarily based on gender. Most of the arguments that come up are something like: Women are more talented for education and men are supposedly better at technical jobs. Brain research has long since disproved a gender difference, but it is still being used to force women and men into what are supposedly typical jobs for them. So we have to update our social image instead of clinging to an image that turns men into hunters and women into collectors. In addition, even this gender division has long been scientifically refuted.
"Feminists are just putting women back into different categories, following the motto: 'You all have to make a career!' Is it less worth taking care of the children?!? "
Anne Wizorek: This is nonsense too. The point is that everyone, women as well as men, have the freedom to choose: Do I want to start a family and always stay at home? Do I want to combine children and a career? Maybe I don't want any children at all? Feminists are not against being a housewife, we look at why many women are still housewives, even though they might also want to achieve their professional goals. We draw your attention to the fact that mothers who return to work are repeatedly placed in the way and denied their competencies and responsibilities.
"And then there are always these feminist linguistic Nazis: 'Students' just sounds like shit. We have always said 'students' - it is clear anyway that we mean women!"
Anne Wizorek: The joke is: our language has already been gendered. It is just gendered masculine, but that is presented as the norm and therefore as neutral. That alone shows very well how the power structures work in our society. It also took me a little longer to notice how this also works in my language usage. The famous "women are included" does not work in practice. This, too, has now been underpinned by brain research when, for example, a job advertisement that is formulated in the generic masculine does not feel addressed to women and therefore does not even apply.
"Feminists put men under general suspicion."
Anne Wizorek: This claim comes from older feminist theories. Perhaps it should also be mentioned that there is no such thing as feminism, but feminisms. So different directions in which feminism can be thought. I think it's important that men who recognize that sexism exists and is a problem also take responsibility and work against it. So don't just condemn sexism in silence, but really take a very clear position when your best friend harasses women, for example. But there are actually more and more feminist men. Apart from that, women can behave just as sexist, because they grow up in this society, which evaluates women and men differently. That's why we all have to work on gender equality.
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