Recognizing The Radical Feminist Movement For What It Is

martin-dm. Getty Images. Young woman working from home is feeling overworked.
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Young women who were promised the feminist dream are now in the workforce. Growing up, they were told, “You can be just like men. Male parity is what we want! We want to work 40 hours a week. You are going to love it.” But now, at not-so-long last, the women who grew up hearing these platitudes are finding out that the feminist glory, as it was made out to be, is not all that glorious — and they aren’t actually loving it. Gez Z women in particular have found they aren’t making much money, they’re working a lot of hours, and they don’t have any time for themselves.

I’ve been extensively discussing the realization Gen Z is coming to, and in yet another TikTok, this topic came to my attention once again. Eliza (@supposedlyasystem) has recently shared her feelings with the Internet (because that’s what you’re supposed to do on social media these days), and she has trauma dumped about having to work 40 hours a week while making very little money. She carries on with this monologue for right at two minutes while crying as she does so. In her TikTok, she professes:

Why is it that I have to work 40 hours a week just so I can have a place to live? … I work 40 hours a week so I can have a two-bedroom apartment and an extra $300 a month. … So not only do I not have any extra money, but just working makes me so exhausted that I don’t have time either. Like, I get off work at 5:30, I come home and I am just so tired. I’m so tired… I don’t want to do that anymore, right? I don’t care how poor and miserable I would have to be, but I literally can’t have a place to live without this. You know, like, I don’t know what to do. I’m not made for this. 

A lot of people have made fun of her for this video, but Eliza isn’t the only Gen Zer who has expressed these exact feelings — so I think we should answer her question. She is asking, why? Why is this her circumstance? Well, the answer, sweetheart, is that the big, bold, bad feminists who came before you insisted that women could be just like men.

Women are obviously not just like men; biologically, men are wired differently. We are symbiotic with men; however, our roles in life are not meant to be the same. But feminists came along and brainwashed people into believing women were no different than men and could, in fact, be just like them: Take birth control and you won’t get pregnant! they said. Go to work and be like the men! they proclaimed. Work alongside your male counterparts.

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Fast forward to 2024 and women are finally realizing that perhaps Mother Nature had some things right. Despite this dream of freedom they were sold, women are actually kind of miserable living this “dream.” Maybe, just maybe, the ability to birth children alongside the inclination of knowing how to raise them might be a more natural route for women. I, for example, know what to do with my children in a way that does not come as naturally to my husband. Caring for children, especially as infants, does not come naturally to men in the way it does to women. Men are biologically predisposed to do the same job day in and day out, whereas women innately know how to manage a household. They can multitask while caring for a screaming child because we are designed in that way with that capability.

Unfortunately, women are still not yet willing to let go of the feminist narrative — a narrative that is not making women happy today. This “dream” may help pay the bare minimum bills, but before the explosion of second-wave feminism, the young women who are now finding it difficult to keep up a 40-hour work week likely would have, instead, found a partner, gotten married, and had kids. The husband would have made enough to support the household because women were not yet in the labor force contributing to supporting an entire family. That was a different existence in a different world. But the feminists said that was a prison.

If you ask me, quite frankly, women were happier. My grandmother, who stayed home and raised her kids, wasn’t crying every day about the stresses of raising children. She made dinner every night, managed the household, and cared for her family — all of which made her whole. When I spend the entire day with my three children, I am exhausted but deeply rewarded. Doing that is more rewarding than any feedback received in the climate of an office.

Is it every single woman who feels as overwhelmed as the trauma dumping Gen Zers? No, but in my view, a large majority of women are dissatisfied with their lives yet unwilling to look at the fact that it is our own fault for continuing to embrace this radical feminist movement. This movement started before we were born and while its creation is not our fault, continuing to hold onto it is. Furthermore, we shouldn’t look down on women who are recognizing this “dream” for what it actually is. We should, instead, all be heading in their direction.

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