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.
Girls Inc. is an organization that focuses on empowering women. Is it necessary? Yes. Woman around the world are discriminated against and are treated unequally. (Response to “Is it Necessary to have a club about Women Empowerment”)
In the counter-argument article, it states that Girls Inc. is a “frivolous program” and insists empowering women is unneeded. This is ridiculous. The first half of the article is about how women should suck it up because “it’s a cutthroat world.” This world already has cruel things occurring, we don’t need more. The author of the opposing article, states, “It’s a cut-throat world and the no one should ever be given special help because they feel bad.” If girls feel bad, we should not say it doesn’t matter, we should help them to make the world peaceful not cutthroat.
Does the phrase, “Focusing on the whole girl” seem ethical and unjust? No, so why was it stated that “This entails only what can be assumed as the notion of girls not being whole in this society.” Now, this is absurd. “Focusing on the Whole Girl” means that they want women to find who they are, their strengths, passions, and feelings. This phrase does not mean that girls are not whole in this society.
However, women are not whole nor treated equally in this society. Some examples of this include,
- In the medical field, women are paid 20,000 dollars less annually than male colleagues according to the American Medical Association.
- It is not a choice for women to stay home, clean, tend to the children. This is what is expected of them. Because if men do it, this makes them seem weak, not masculine enough, and not live up to be the strong man the social standards created.
- One in three women has been a victim of some form of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact. Men have been found to be a victim of sexual assault 1 in 16.
- Physical Labor jobs are not available for women as they are for men. When men do not get an education, they usually can do physical labor. While women, when not getting an education, they often do cleaning jobs. This is completely sexist.
On the subject of pregnancy, in the opposing article it states, “USE BIRTH CONTROL, it’s common sense.” If a person chose to get educated on birth control, he or she would learn that birth control in the US is difficult to acquire. But, it is not common for birth control to be hard to access in 102 other countries where a woman can get birth control without seeing a doctor. Why not America? In the “Is it necessary to have a club about women empowerment?” article, it states a solution for teen pregnancy is birth control, but this is false information because you must be 18 or over to receive birth control from a doctor without a parent. Also, low-income women and girls in rural areas have a difficult time getting a doctor’s appointment because of things such as transportation or child care.
Although, there are solutions. There are more options in birth control. For example, IUD’s which have the lowest failure rates, low risk for infection, is safe and effective. It works by blocking the sperm from getting to the eggs. Another example of a problem that can be solved is when seeing a doctor to get the birth control pill, “In CA, pharmacists aren’t always interested in getting the training to learn the process for providing pills, this can be time-consuming,” states LA times. This means, that pharmacists do not want to learn how to give birth control properly to patients! Again, there are solutions but they are not immediate. HRA Pharma partnered with Ibis Reproductive Health to get over the counter birth control pills and submitted it to the FDA for it to get approved, but it will take many years even if approved. So no, it is not common sense and easy to get birth control.
There is one thing I do agree with in the “Is it necessary to have a women empowerment club?” article. That is that there should be a boy’s empowerment club, but it should be based on standards for men that reflect that they don’t always have to be masculine, that they CAN cry, and men can wear feminine clothes. These are all things that should be included in the boy’s empowerment club. It should not be about “women entitlement and how they get it easier.”
Women empowerment is necessary for young girls. Girls Inc. is an amazing organization, however, I do agree there should be one for boys as well.