FEMINISM   IN JAMAICA


Do you believe that women should be paid the same as men  for doing the same job? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Then you are a feminist,   assuming you are a female.

I believe that women and men should earn equal pay for the same work provided they may produce the same quality of output. I think that with this proviso, men and women should have equal opportunities in the same business that they that work.  One of the problems, is that women require support when they want to take time out of their jobs to have children.

A lot changes at this point; I believe few women return to work not with the same commitment as prior to the child; then their performance compared to their male counterparts would have to be assessed once more, and this might vary among individuals.

 I think that women should not suffer domestic violence or sexual abuse; that women should be free to wear their skirts at the length they want without being told, “they’re asking for it”; and that they should be able to choose to be mothers with partners, to stay childfree, to marry or remain single without being judged. However, once married, or partnered,

I expect that she would keep loyal to her partner.

 In Jamaica the word feminism has been compromised by many campaigners and this causes experiences of feminism being misunderstood. There is a casual concern by the opposite genders for minor sexual assault, which refers to groping and pinching in bars and lounges. Most men when 

hearing the complaints of groping and pinching, question whether the act is assault or simply ‘club-hopping’. Another writer admits she doesn’t see progress being made until there are changes in attitudes in society. Quote: “Honestly, I haven’t a clue. I don’t think quotas on managing boards are the answer: they fix the symptoms (few women getting to the top of business) but not the root problems (ingrained sexism).”

I think lots of the issues originate at school, and maybe more could be done there, especially by proper drill and instruction. Behavioral patterns should be instilled at home and at school: simple courtesy, respect for females, and respect for the elderly; It seems to exist in Athletics, so why not at high school, and why not at home?

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