The paradox of modern feminism is that while it claims to promote independence and empowerment for women, it insists on measuring every aspect of being a woman against men. If a woman is physically strong, she must be as physically strong as a man or even stronger. If a woman is smart, she must be smarter than a man (as evidenced by countless movies and TV shows that seem to believe you won’t understand that a woman character is smart if they don’t make all the male characters seem like lobotomy patients). A woman must be able to “do everything a man can do”. She must dress, think, eat, talk, walk, and act like a man (but do it better) in order to truly be a successful example of feminism.
But what if I don’t need to be stronger than a man to be strong? What if I don’t need all my male friends to be idiots in order for me to be smart? If my skills, abilities, and gifts are different than my male friends, does that make them worth less? Why do I constantly need to put down or compare myself to men to be confident in myself? I am not a man. I don’t want to be a man. I don’t need to “do everything a man can do”. I’m content doing everything I can do. So why can’t I be valued as a woman instead of constantly being pitted against men?