Is it Necessary to Have a Club About Women Empowerment 64

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Disclaimer: This is an editorial/op-ed and therefore the writer’s opinion. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Stacey Middle School, The Cougar Chronicle, or its editors.

Dylan Weber

Everyone knows about Girls Inc, the frivolous program where it’s main purpose is to empower women and ensure they have a happy and successful life. But is it necessary? No, it’s not; and here’s why.

During PE on multiple occasions, girls are invited to a meeting where women discuss matters and the oppression of women in America. This is absolutely ridiculous. The people who run the program seem to think that women in America are oppressed in some shape or form. “Focusing on the whole girl”, is a quote that comes directly from their website. This entails only what can be assumed as the notion of girls not being whole in this society.

Other points are made as “96% of Girls Inc. girls feel pregnancy would interfere with their schoolwork”. Oh man, how surprising is that? That’s not a Girl’s Inc idea, that’s an all-girls’ idea. Most girls, regardless of whether they are in Girls Inc or not, are aware that teen pregnancy is horrible. Also, why is the number not 100? If you’re going to take pride in the number of girls you’ve “convinced” to stay pregnancy-free, maybe you should make sure you’ve actually done some convincing first.  

Hey, here’s another idea… USE BIRTH CONTROL. It’s common sense, but the people that made the program seem to be lacking in that subject. They work mainly in Canada and the states, where women are the least oppressed and are privileged to an extent. What if they go to places where women are actually oppressed and should be empowered. BUT NO.

For example, women in Muslim based countries are forced to wear a full body suit of black with only one, and if you’re lucky, two eyeholes. The main point is that the club itself is overall trash. It’s obviously biased and no real evidence is presented on why and how women are oppressed on their website.

On the other hand, we have men. When wartime comes men are forced to go and die for their country, not women. Men are expected to work dangerous jobs like coal mining, construction, and truck driving, not women. Other women would argue that they are expected to stay home and tend to the babies, which makes them oppressed. Staying home, cooking, tending to children? That sounds like a sweet deal.

Another argument presented is that men are built stronger, taller, faster and physically superior. This is not a privilege, it’s just a basic male biological trait. They need it too, for the dangerous jobs of course. Even when put toe to toe in a physical fitness test women are given handicaps to make it even.

For example, in the military women are given easier tests to complete to make it into the Marines, Army, Airforce, etc. That idea costs lives from both men and women. But it’s “fair and equal.” As long as the feelings of women aren’t hurt, everything must be right in the world. Wrong. That’s disgusting and filled with bias. Just because their feelings are hurt doesn’t mean they deserve special privileges. It’s a cut-throat world and the no one should ever be given special help because they feel bad.

There is a solution to all of the controversy. Empower men too. Men also deserve the right to empowerment just as much as women. Even better yet, just have an empowerment club. Don’t separate everything by gender. Empower everyone alike and band together to make the world a better place. Or just don’t have a club at all, do it the old fashioned way and have them people figure it out themselves. It would be a little more interesting and may actually not make a bunch of snowflakes.

64 comments

    • For the first time (and probably the last time) I´m agreeing with Isabella. Women are sexually harassed all of the time.. and I get how Dylan feels that there shouldn´t be a women empowerment club because it is unfair. However, some girls do feel very unsafe at many times and they need support.

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      • I agree, but men could feel equally as unsafe. Women can legally falsely accuse a man of assault, when they do the man could lose his job, home and most likely will be in debt due to lawyer cases and court taxes. It’s pretty scary knowing that I, myself, could be expelled for wrong accusations. This has happened before to other men. Also, a woman can sue a man for child support for a baby who isn’t his. When a man wants to distress concern or talk about feelings he is often told to “man up” and deal with it. These are all reason on why men feel unsafe in today’s society.

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  1. It is completely ignorant and disrespectful for all woman! This article should not of been published and is getting every girl I know that has read it very mad. My family read it and was saying how you do not know anything that is going on in the world for woman. Every day girls get treated differently than men and this article just showed how you agree with this. It is sexist, and rude. Have you ever noticed there is a lot of things that boys can do but girls can not? No, you probably have not, because this organization was trying to empower girls that feel down, because they can’t do things boys can. This article is just mean, honestly I could write a 1000 word article about how much I disagree with this article!!!!! I want it to be deleted!

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    • Isabella, I agree with the fact that women are often treated disrespectfully, but I personally don’t think that Girls Inc is necessary for Stacey students. Yes, women face challenges, but men do too. Granted, they face fewer challenges, but still. If you want to take part in the club, more power to you, but I feel that all sides of the argument should be acknowledged and that’s what Dylan did. It’s controversial, so though you don’t agree with him, there is no reason to take it down. The notion of taking it down makes your side seem very sensitive. Imagine if you wrote about how helpful Girls Inc is and Dylan asked you to take it down, it’s insulting.

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    • It is not to be deleted, it is my opinion. Just because you simply don’t agree with me doesn’t mean it needs to be taken down. Suck it up. Yes I do understand that women are oppressed, but not in America. Women can do just as much as men. If it gets women mad, I don’t care. You are missing the point. We can just have a club about regular empowerment, not just for women. It seems you construct your points off of feelings, which is not an argument at all. I don’t understand why you must bring your family into this. Possibly because you are too dull to formulate your own arguments. This is free speech and you are not to infringe on it.

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      • Maddddieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee says:

        I agree with you STRONGLY, Dylan. A club about empowerment for all people would work perfectly; for men, women, and trans people. I think one main part about it is that the organization of Girl’s Inc. think that women need more empowering because of “insecurities” or just worrying about teen pregnancy, yet I think that it would make sense if it were to include all genders. Anyway, Dylan is right! Anyone up to making a REGULAR empowerment club?

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    • Why have it deleted, its an opinion, it’s not made for you to agree, its nice that you can write an 1000 word article what is that gonna do to affect the author’s article. We have a program to empower women who are down and what not, but what about the men who also feel down, women get sexually harassed, men get bullied, do we see a program that encourages and empowers men to stand up to their bully? Not really now huh. Out of equality, it would probably be best to exclude this club from our school, unless we have a men empowerment club.

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    • People have the right to say what they want, this article was well written and Dylan put a lot of time into writing this. Your opinion shouldn’t stand in the way of seeing the hard work that was put into this. If it was taken down it would be a waste of time, which in MY opinion it is not a waste of time. Dylan isn’t the only person in the world who has this opinion on this topic. It is showing a different perspective and it is his opinion. Everyone has the right to have their own opinion. If you can’t understand that everyone is entitled to have their own opinion then clearly, you missed something. I’m sure if you wrote ” a 1000 word article about how much I disagree with this article” people would also disagree with you. There is two sides to every opinion. Dylan has replied to many comments saying he is reading the feedback and taking that into consideration.

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    • Not all women need empowerment and some are already comfortable in their own skin and are ok with themselves. Also, everyone has their own take and opinion on things and that is exactly what Dylan did in this article.

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      • Exactly, not all women, however some do, there is still gender oppression and some women don´t feel comfortable with themselves in which what happens in this world. You can´t say that just because you or most girls you talk to feel fine. It´s about the girls who don´t feel ok with themselves out there.

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      • Gavin, Kirra is just simply stating that she thinks it’s unnecessary to have a whole club dedicated to empowering women, when most women feel empowered enough. Those women that don’t feel confident enough on their own, the ones that mainly join Girls Inc. should seek help through actual therapists or talk to someone. Having a whole period dedicated to empowering women is unnecessary. Most of the girls in that club are just in it to get out of PE. And before you say “where’s your evidence” I have heard multiple girls state that they take advantage of Girls Inc to get out of PE. It is also unfair to have a girls empowerment club and not have a boys one. If the whole premise of the club is to fight for equality, and help make girls equal than they have failed to so, by letting girls have an outlet to voice their problems, something that boys at our school don’t have. If this school is truly lacking in equality, it isn’t because of the girls lacking power and an outlet to speak, but rather the boys that have bottled up emotion from having to act like a man and holding their feelings inside without an outlet.

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  2. You stated that men have a different body type than women and I do not disagree with that but later in the article, you say that in the military women have an easier test. But women and men are different body types so shouldn’t the tests reflect that?

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    • No, the point is if they cannot do as much as men they shouldn’t join the military. If they can’t do something as good as men then they shouldn’t join because they may be a hindrance due to lack of physical strength.

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  3. I have to agree, there really isn’t a need for an entire group for dedicated to female empowerment. Whenever there is a story, there is always another side. Women are not oppressed in America. We pride ourselves on our freedom and equality. Men are also talked down, harrassed by woman. It isn’t a one-sided thing. I mean, this is a middle school. If ANYONE feels oppressed or harassed, they should talk with the school counselor. A lot of people get harassed. Not just females. There doesn’t need to be a group, because we are all equal.

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  4. Personally, I would have to agree that this is a taboo topic to write about; I find that you did well and are dealing with the hatred that the article has been getting. Even if I don’t agree to a certain point, I do agree that in the United States women have fewer problems. However, I wouldn’t presume that the club is biased since its a female based club, so female opinions. But coming from a transguy who has to guy, I understand where you are coming from on all of your points.

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  5. Dylan, let me just ask you something. Do you walk around in fear of being raped or sexually assaulted? No, because you are a boy who feels secure about his safety. Most women live in fear of men who assault them on the streets. You wrote this in a way that is insensitive to other people’s feelings. Women don’t make the same amount as men who work the same jobs as them unless it’s a union position. Every day there are women who are victims of violence or assault in America from their male partners. Men feel superior to women, it’s obvious. You don’t really understand how these women feel, so don’t make an article looking like you know what you’re talking about.

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    • I live in fear of being falsely accused of rape or sexual assault. Men are more likely to be the victim of a homicide, men account for 79% of deaths by homicide. Women are paid less per time worked than men because it is known that men A) work harder jobs B) Ask for raises more often and C) Tend to take fewer vacations. There are men who are victims of violence or assault every day too. You miss another point in the article, I made this so people can be put in a man’s shoes. From personal experience, women seem to have higher egos than the men around them. You don’t know how men feel, so try to understand my point of view. Of course, I don’t understand how women feel, because I’m not one.

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  6. You suck Dylan. Stop watching Fox News, and next time you make an article on this subject, do some hard 9 hours of research, and take a page out of millions of women around the world. Anybody else who suppprts Dylan’s article is doodoo, and should get a little more respective of women’s situation in our society.

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    • While we are sensitve to your feelings about this article and welcome healthy debate, attacking the author on a personal level is not healthy debate. Try to hear what he is saying with the goal of understanding where he is coming from. We do not expeect that everyone agree with his opinion. But is how some think, so let’s hear it.

      When you disagree, and please feel free, reply with research that reveals any flaws in the argument. Fight back with facts. Express how you feel and share your experience. Let’s all endeavor to listen and learn from each other and not just retreat into opposite camps where we refuse to hear anything the other side has to say while hurling insults back and forth. There is too much of that in the world, and it gets us nowhere.

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    • Although I also don´t agree with this article, I agree, you shouldn´t attack him personally, Dyland is a really good person and a loyal friend of many. Also, he bought me a beautiful tiara, I don´t know how I could be upset about that.

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  7. I really love that the number of people who took the time to read the article and respect the opinion outweighs the number of people complaining about a harmless opinion. It’s good most people can be civil. Most.

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  8. Girls Inc is not just a “girls empowerment club”, it’s an organization that informs girls with the resources they may need in the future, such as addressed to clinics; additionally, they educate their girls on their own bodies, as some of these girls were never educated or couldn’t be educated by their parents or guardians. And although they DO give girls advice as to how to empower themselves, such as how to deal with stress, leave toxic relationships, and healthy habit ideas, it is mainly an organization that girls probably go to for information, because if girls didn’t need the empowerment or the safe space the instructors provide, no one would go to ANY of their programs.

    HOWEVER

    I DO agree that there should be an empowerment program for boys as well. According to the Newport Academy, about 6.4 percent of males in school (between the ages of 12-17) experienced a major depressive episode; and although these numbers don’t compare to the 19.4 percent of females, these numbers STILL matter, as most of these boys, when their condition begins to worsen with time, become angry, irritated, isolate themselves to their close friends and family, lose interest in their hobbies, and, in serious cases, engage in drug or alcohol use– see how these symptoms of depression apply to both sexes, but, when neglected the proper resources, they each approach it in unique different ways. This is why it is important that our students receive the proper resources they need!

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    • What part of it isn’t actually research? And why? Well because I have a passion for my opinions and enjoy discussing controversial issues. Not to add that it was fun to write. Yes, I thought for many moments, even weeks on whether I should write this, and I decided yes, I like writing about my opinions. I re-read this many times. I had other people read it. I read it to other people. I had other people read it to me. Despite their opinion, they believed that this is a good article.

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