I am glad that we are talking about sexual oppression, but it is beginning to be a media obsession that is pigeonholing the larger issues of gender inequality.
Focusing singularly on this one aspect of female oppression is making the overall issue of gender inequality virtually unaddressed. It is about respect, and I don’t want to see the same argument being spun in the mud, losing traction against even the greater mission of making all people equal. Yes, I would like to start with women’s equality- that would afford me with a higher quality of life. I would have more money in my pocket a long time ago, my career would not have been so stagnant, my apartment and clothes would be nicer, I would have a car, my life would have been easier.
But so many people feel this way. We can say without a doubt that racism is extremely prevalent in this country. The #metoo movement is about people telling their story, but inequality between men and women runs way deeper than this one terrible spin-off. The inequality issue is about not having the same opportunities in jobs, in politics, in finance, in education, in visibility as the male counterpart. Sexual oppression is one terrible side effect of a historical patriarchal system.
The movement needs to evolve into an uplifting and empowerment movement of people who are systematically abused, one the encompasses both gender and race. The movement needs to open its pledge beyond this one aspect if it is going to help end discrimination.