The world has changed a lot in the past hundred years or so. The very foundation of first world societies have been tipped on their head and rebuilt from the ground up. It was only in 1918 that the right to vote here in the UK was extended to all men over the age of twenty one and prominent women over the age of thirty. A year later the first female MP took her seat in Westminster and then in a further ten years the vote was extended again to give women equal rights as men. Equal pay was enacted in 1970 and employers are no longer able to discriminate based on gender, race, religion or sexuality. Women are now consistently less likely to be unemployed, attain better grades at GCSE level and make up a growing majority percentage of university places.
All of this is pretty cool, right? It shows that we are a progressive society where women are valued and treated as equals. So why can’t I stop hearing people preach about inequality, sexism and misogyny? Even bringing up this topic in a rational and academic way makes me feel like I’m going to come under heavy fire but I’m tired of hearing empty rhetoric. So here it goes. Continue reading