The Crucial Role Of Feminism In Mainstream Media

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The mainstream media, such as national news broadcasting stations, magazines, and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, play a crucial role in the promotion and encouragement of feminism. According to Andy Zeisler in a Quick Take article in Time magazine, “Feminism, for better and for worse, has become trendy,” (Zeisler np). According to the beliefs expressed in an article by Debra Baker in the NWSA Journal, media has mistreated feminism. She claims, “…the media portray [active, assertive women]- has turned all “feminists” into a frightening fringe element,” (Beck 139). In all honesty, the media has portrayed feminism with a negative connotation, but this is a fair portrayal. Consequently, feminism has become a distasteful…show more content…
By definition in the Meriam-Webster Dictionary, equality means, “the quality or state of being equal or of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another,” (“Equality” np). On the other hand, equity is defined as, “justice according to natural law or right; specifically: freedom from bias or favoritism; dealing fairly and equally with all concerned,” (“Equity” np). Most feminists, without even realizing their error, are fighting for equity instead of fighting for equality. With reference to the SGBA e-Learning Resource: Rising to the Challenge, we can understand a direct distinction between equality and equity. “Equity, as we have seen, involves trying to understand and give people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives,” (Clow np). From context, the term “equity” should be associated with giving people what they need for a happy lifestyle. “Equality, in contrast, aims to ensure that everyone gets the same things in order to enjoy full, healthy lives. Like equity, equality aims to promote fairness and justice, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same things,” (Clow np). It is impossible to provide everyone in the world, male and female, the same circumstances. This has become a challenge for those who associate themselves with finding equality for all. It is physical impossible because we are born in different circumstances, with incomparable talents and strengths. Barbara Clow, Yvonne Hanson, and Jennifer Bernier, authors of the module “Distinguish between Equality and Equity,” prove an important point as they contrast equality and equity. They use an analogy of the failure of providing equality to competitors in a race at a track meet. “The concept of equality would have us treat the runners in exactly the same way, ensuring that they all start at the same place on the track. But we know that runners in the inside
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