Do we need feminism in Germany

Why we all need feminism

A quick guide

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Welcome to the “Why We All Need Feminism” context. Here you will find all the important texts and information on the topic so that you can get a quick and good overview.

An introduction

Hello, my name is Esther, I am a feminist. Because I have been concerned with these questions for years: Why are women so often discriminated against because of their gender? What does this discrimination look like? How is power tied to gender (and class)? And: what can we do about it?

What defines a woman or a man as such is much more difficult to answer today than it was 40 or 50 years ago. Much has changed since Alice Schwarzer took to the streets - or has it not changed so much? Although there is more equality, all of this is still part of our everyday life: misogyny, sexual violence, sexual discrimination, gender-based stereotypes (also related to men, trans and non-binary people).

That is why there is this connection. It should give you an overview of one of the most discussed topics of our time. With the help of the following six articles, I will also show you six important reasons why feminism is not superfluous or a "Charity campaign for underprivileged women "is how someone once put it.

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Reason 1: Because we all benefit from it

If you've never dealt with feminism before, read this text to get you started. In it, I explain the term as we understand it at Krautreporter, the various (historical) trends and introduce you to important actors. The next time the topic comes up, you will know who Olympe de Gouges, Laurie Penny or Judith Butler are: important thought leaders in feminism.

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Reason 2: So that there are more equal opportunities for ALL women

Many emancipated women who want to realize themselves in the job AND have children know the problem of reconciliation. This is what this article tells about, which at the same time shows that “modern feminism” itself suffers from a compatibility problem: the promise of emancipation does not come true for all women, but is strongly tied to the class issue. After reading this article, you will know about one of the most talked about feminism topics today.

Reason 3: Because too many women still experience sexual violence and discrimination

Women everywhere still suffer from sexual discrimination and sexual violence. A giant step in uncovering this unequal balance of power was the #Metoo movement of 2017, which became one of the most important global movements in recent years. Because with her a rethink began. This text looks at #Metoo from a man's point of view and shows: Women should tell men much more often if they behave like idiots - and men should endure this criticism. It would be better for both sides. If you've read this text, you'll see the #Metoo debate out of a wider corner of your eye. It's one of the most read articles in our feminism context.

Reason 4: Because women are still fighting for the right to self-determination over their bodies

#Metoo once again made it clear how much the female body is still determined by others. The abortion debate is no different; Feminists are still arguing for women's right to self-determination over their own bodies. Education is perhaps the most important part when it comes to abortion. So I recommend this article to you, which is about a young woman - a KR reader - who accidentally becomes pregnant and has to decide: abortion, yes or no?

Reason 5: Because men also suffer from stereotypical gender concepts

Men are often forgotten in feminist discussions. In doing so, they too go through a role change and fight against restricted gender images. I believe that men are an integral part of holistic feminism. That is why I have only allowed male members of Krautreporter to have their say in this text (it is, by the way, one of the most discussed articles on our site).

Reason 6: Because we trans people sometimes forget in the debate - or we still discriminate

Feminism as I understand it also includes trans and non-binary people. Ever since Judith Butler, the question of how gender is constituted has been part of the feminist debate. At the moment, however, the question of who is "part of the club and who is not?" Is being bitterly disputed in the network community Based on the extremely emotional discussion about the latest statements by J.K. Rowling can observe this dispute very well: Feminists accuse her of being a TERF, a "Trans-exclusionary Radical Feminist", the Harry Potter author denies the accusations, but repeats transphobic remarks at the same time. In this text, my colleague Theresa takes the discussion apart for you, so that you not only hear about the latest shit storm about J.K. Rowling understands, but also important connections to the trans issue.

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For book lovers: inside

Motherhood is also a feminist topic, because women as “naturally born mothers” are not natural, but are closely related to cultural trends. Above all, the image of the mother in Germany can be seen as excessive. Elisabeth Badinter discusses how this thesis can be justified and what consequences it has in her book “The Conflict - The Woman and the Mother”.

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For cineastes: inside

Those who like feminist films cannot ignore the cinematic adaptation “The Hours”, a masterpiece in which the lives of three women in different epochs are linked, based on the work “Mrs Dalloway” by the British writer Virginia Woolf, one of them represents three characters. Not an easy film, but a startling and very moving one.

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For music lovers: inside

As a little 4-minute empowering in between, I recommend the song "Flawless" by Beyoncé feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Exactly the right message from both ladies on weak days.

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For podcast fans

Anyone who likes to deal with the topics of physicality and sex via audio has come to the right place with "Sextapes". “Lili and Lotte are chatting from the bed box. This podcast is all about good sex and how to make it, ”write the two makers. No topic is too sensitive, no question too banal, no sex experience too embarrassing.

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For reading fans

Now it's getting serious: This book is the right one for all those who want to deal with the role of black women in slavery, but also with the beginnings of American feminism in the 19th century. You can learn an incredible amount in “Women, Race & Class” from civil rights activist and philosopher Angela Y. Davis. For example, how and why white women found themselves in their black sisters in the struggle for freedom - and showed solidarity with them.

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