6 Hot Topics Many Feminists Disagree On

6. Rape Culture

In the world today, there’s absolutely no doubt that rape is still a very real problem. In countries like Saudi Arabia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, women are subject to rape on a regular basis. Even worse, although these countries have laws against rape, they’re not specific enough and are rarely enforced. In fact, in Pakistan women are subject to gang-rape as punishments. These facts paint a dim picture of reality: that in the world today, millions of women are subject to rape in countries where the act is considered acceptable and even normal.
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5. Equality Pay

The point of equality pay is: women and men who work the same job should be payed the same. At first glance this appears not just reasonable but commonsensical, considering that throughout the 20th century, men were payed considerably more than women for working the same job.
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4. Free the Nipple

If you intend on promoting a movement, including the word nipple in the title is a sure way to draw a few eyes. Free the nipple is a relatively recent movement and, as you could probably guess from the name, has to do with nipples. The movement is essentially based around one simple argument: if men can walk around with their nipples exposed, why can’t women? Well feminists are split on answering this question: on the one hand feminists argue that women should be free to expose their nipples – just as men are – and on the other hand, feminists argue that it’s indecent for women to expose their nipples.
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3. Patriarchy

Do we still live in a world dominated by patriarchy? There’s no doubt that for millennia, patriarchy has dominated the world – and countries like Saudi Arabia are proof it still does exist today. However, feminists are torn between whether patriarchy is still an issue in the Western world.
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2. Adult Entertainment

Adult entertainment has always been a controversial topic – even when it’s not discussed in relation to feminism. That being said, feminists are distinctively split on the topic. On the one hand you have feminists arguing that adult films and online content degrades women and pollutes society by creating a false image of how they behave and how they should be treated – these feminists typically argue that this content should be restricted or even prohibited. On the other hand, you have feminists arguing that because adult entertainment is an activity – or even a form of art – that is carried out by consenting adults, women should be free to participate without restriction.
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1. The Definition of Feminism

If you’ve made it this far, you’ve probably realized by now that feminism is a vast ideology that encompasses not just women, but people from a mixture of backgrounds with varied beliefs and ideas. And yet, despite the disagreements and controversies, the most debated issue that feminists disagree on is the definition of feminism itself. Does feminism stand for equality or does it stand for positive discrimination in favour of women? Well according to Merriam-Webster, feminism has two definitions: first, the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities; and second, an organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests. So the answer is that feminism is both about advancing equality and advancing women’s interests.
1. The Definition of Feminism