I made a comment in another thread about disliking feminism.
To start I do agree that women and men should be treated equally, what I dislike about feminism is the constant division of men and woman then comparing them as groups.
I think feminism is counterproductive in that if we keep dividing women by having separate professional development networks for women and business woman of the year type things we immediately set ourselves apart from men, so how do we expect to be treated as equals?
I also don't like how they say in the media, in life really that men get paid more than women for the same job as those figures are based on averages. Inevitably it will seem that way if there are more men in the workplace, which again inevitably happens if mums only work part time or not at all after having kids, or are delayed in full time work until kids are in school.
I also debate that argument as there are anti discrimination laws against paying a woman who is equally qualified and experienced for the exact same role within the one organisation so if a woman finds herself in that position, she should and can do something about it.
Don't get me wrong, I do think this does and can happen, but in many cases it is unintentional eg a man has been in that organization for a long time and a woman (with equal,experience and equally qualified) comes into the same role years later and would be on less (despite as the company had paid him extra due, to his years of service).
These scenarios wouldn't be taken into account into these reports in the difference in pay between men and women.
I just think there is a lot of sensationalism around it all which is what really dislike for the above reasons.
I also wonder if you're a feminist is it ok if a man holds a door open for you or do you do that yourself givenyou're an equal to the man opening the door? Genuine question, I just wonder where the line is drawn when it comes to being treated equally, is there anything a man can do for a woman because she is a woman at all or do you not have any expectations on that front?