The concept of men and women being equal in our society has now turned vague for me. Before, it had been constant and consistent in my mind that men and women should play fair in all walks of life. I had been an advocate myself to feminism revolting against our machismo society. I had believed on this because this was what I thought was fair and just. But this idea continued to dwell in my system only before I learned the sociological analysis of this movement.
Could it be possible that the feminists’ struggle for equality among men and women is just one big, false façade of capitalism? This question haunts me all the time when I’m in my sociology class. I find it so liberating that I seek time to digest it in my system, now it has intensify my perspective on how I see every part our society. Every aspect is independent yet interrelated with each other. But all these aspects generally boil down to its root – capitalism.
Media for example. While we ideally want to be objective in disseminating information, it cannot be denied that a certain form of bias is implicitly presented to protect the interest of the party handling it. To defend the side of the media practitioners who make an effort to be neutral and impartial, the idea of course of impartiality is there, however, we may not be directly aware that certain parameters of predisposition have already been taking into account; that is itself a very form of bias. See, not all angles of the story are viewed in each report simply because it requires something more than what lies on the surface.
Education. While we continue believing that education is the key to success, many sociologists think the opposite. Randall Collins, a modern sociologist, posits under social development that investment in education is not a key to progress. What education can only offer is for one to be skilled in a particular field; however, being skilled may not mean progress. Of course, economists would defend that education is directly proportional to success because skilled people may be an investment in the form of human capital. Again, if we follow the route of an economist perspective, we go back to our first position that everything is under capitalism.
And going back to the notion on the equality of men and women in society, well, yes, sadly, this promotes capitalism on one side. The thing here is we tend to believe that because we are living in a fast-paced world, every woman should cope up with this. True enough, however, it is just frustrating to know that each time a woman works abroad to seek for greener pasture, capitalists are hell rolling on the floor and laughing out loud to their bones simply because it gains them. The profit here also benefits the subject (read “woman”), but more so, it magnifies the goal of capitalism. See, women are seen as pawns here. And the thing is, not just women, but men too. They are trapped in a stereotypical world of the machismo ideology. And here comes in pride with men. And feminism in women. And the conflict of ideas and interests continues. See, everything seems to be under one control. Capitalism.
But before I end this, let me stress that my idea on men and women being equal still sustains in me. It’s just that some points keep me wander every time I look at things beyond its exterior perspective. I am still a woman. Empowered.