Feminism was initially started with the primary goal of achieving equality between men and women and eliminating gender-based discrimination.
A Tool to Put Men Down
However, some argue that feminism has deviated from its original purpose and has become a tool for putting men down and elevating women, rather than just granting women the same rights, power, and opportunities as men.
Bettina Arndt Doesn't Want to Be Identified As a Feminist
In an interview with John Anderson, Australian writer, and commentator Bettina Arndt revealed why she had decided to stop identifying as a feminist, despite having been an ardent advocate of the movement in the past.
Feminism = Equality
“I was a feminist when feminism was about equality,” she stated, “about leveling the playing field, giving women an opportunity to find their rightful place, particularly in the public world.”
No Longer Has the Same Purpose
The former self-proclaimed feminist argued that while feminism was an “important and exciting” movement in the past, its current focus is on promoting women at the cost of men, rather than striving for equality between the two genders.
She further noted in the interview that contemporary feminism has become overly focused on demonizing men and presenting them as always being at a disadvantage.
“I don't have any part of that,” she clarified.
Development in Academic Performance
Bettina Arndt recounted her recent experience of writing about boys' education – a subject she has covered for many years – and came across an article from 40 years ago about the gender gap in academic performance.
She acknowledged that there have been ten years of programs aimed at helping girls perform better in school, explaining that many girls who were previously held back by gender stereotypes that they were not as capable in certain areas were now starting to excel, which was a great development.
She then Stated Her Concern About The Boys Who Are Falling Behind
However, Bettina Arndt voiced her concern about the increased number of boys who were also falling behind and not reaching their full potential.
Infiltrating the Education System
She argued that feminist ideology had infiltrated our education systems to a great extent. There were systematic programs in place to continue to promote girls' advancement, but no one seemed to be paying attention to the fact that a significant number of boys were also struggling to keep up.
Viewers took to the comment section to voice their opinions about Arndt's perspectives on today’s feminism
Many people were thankful that a woman spoke these words and could maintain an unbiased perspective on women's matters, with one writing, “thanks to this woman for staying objective and supportive.”
One Shared How Boys Get In Trouble Easily Compared to Girls
“That last part is so true,” another agreed, “when I was in school girls would get away with nearly everything whereas boys would get in trouble over the smallest thing.”
Someone pointed out that she used the term "males" to refer to men, but nobody got offended, to whom another replied: “because she is respectful, and some other people calling us males are not :/ it’s all about context.”
More From Womenio
What you rarely see in fashion magazines is what women wear that men love. Here are 21 Things Women Wear That Men LOVE
20 Weird Things People Find Extremely Attractive That Most DON'T
Everyone's got their own idea of what they find attractive, and sometimes it's something a little unconventional. Here are 20 Weird Things People Find Extremely Attractive That Most DON'T
30 Things Men Should Wear to Drive Women WILD - (According to Women)
Here is what you should wear to drive them crazy: 30 Things Men Should Wear to Drive Women WILD - (According to Women)
25 Popular Things Women Wear That Men Secretly Hate
From your favorite accessories right down to the choices of footwear, here is a list of fashion items men wish women stopped wearing: 25 Popular Things Women Wear That Men Secretly Hate
33 Dirty Company Secrets Revealed By Employees That We Are Not Supposed To Know
Learn what various industries tried to hide from outsiders straight from the employees: 33 Dirty Company Secrets Revealed By Employees That We Are Not Supposed To Know
Sylvia Silverstone is a passionate writer who loves to share her knowledge and expertise on a wide range of topics, including beauty, life hacks, entertainment, health, news, and money. With a keen eye for detail and a talent for storytelling, Sylvia's engaging writing style keeps readers coming back for more.