Someone just told me their colleague was fired, out of the blue. This insider knew that it was something of a “witch hunt.” This person was a woman. Why? Because she knew her stuff. She was capable. She had skills that her superiors didn’t, and her superiors were women.
Well how about that.
This happens more often than not. We are all about feminism. Equality in the workplace. Being paid the same as men for the same work. Being treated with respect regardless of gender. But shouldn’t it be more than that?
What about women working with women. The discrimination is the same. We work so hard to fight for equality with men, but do we realize what we do to each other? If you put a bunch of women together in the workplace, it’s likely there will be problems. The older employees are threatened by the younger ones and vice versa, and gossip starts, and before you know it, everyone is against each other. Nothing is equal. No one wants to help each other, no one wants anyone to grow. It’s all about keeping everyone down. Some have skills that others don’t, and instead of sharing knowledge, these skills are used as leverage to get ahead. This happens in the workplace daily, with no men involved. Women fighting women, with so much in common, but refusing to acknowledge it. We are competing everyday.
Feminism has become a buzz word now, that people can twist into whatever they want the meaning to be. Showing your body, “freeing the nipple,” and such. That’s fine, but since the original meaning is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economical equality to men,” I think it should apply to women relating to women as well. We fight against men for equality, but what we don’t realize is, we fight against each other too. Women are threatened by other women. We all have different strengths, and that’s intimidating. More often than not, instead of lifting each other up, we will tear each other apart. This is often ignored and avoided, mostly because no one realizes it’s happening. It’s so ingrained in our culture, it’s “normal.”
Well, I think it sucks, and if it’s acceptable to change feminism, I’m changing it to women supporting other women. When we are all facing adversity, we should try to find comfort in each other. I’ll admit it’s quite a long shot, but what the hell. I’m putting it out there.