Feminists are well-aware that there are women who make false allegations of rape. Yes. It happens. It’s not a secret that we’re keeping from anyone. But only 2-7% of reports are false and only 46% of rapes are ever reported. Here’s why focusing on the possibility of false accusations for all cases prevent justice from happening for most cases.
Humanism and feminism are not mutually exclusive and can coexist. A vested interest in general human welfare is an implicit goal of feminism. If you’re helping women, you’re helping people. Some might prefer to call this humanitarianism, humanism, or being-a-decent-human-being-ism, but many of us are content to call it feminism. And there’s nothing exclusionary about that.
With more cuts on the horizon and alternative sources of funding hard to find, there remain low-income women who don’t have access to any sort of legal aid. So even though we’ve come a long way in building our justice system, we still need to consider the ways in which it fails to serve certain populations. Low-income women often face a lack of legal options in many arenas.
The homeless youth are anywhere from 20-40% LGBTQ due to factors like familial rejection and housing discrimination. Yet the general public is still largely uneducated on why this problem exists or what they can do help. Homeless people are generally a vulnerable population and given how it intersects with being LGBTQ, they’re at even greater risk for violence, abuse, exploitation, and health issues.
People often assume the black community is alright with casual homophobia, including black people ourselves. When people make a disparaging comment about gay people that’s so “normal” that no one checks them on it but then claim to be supportive of LGBTQ people, it can be hard to tell who’s supportive or not. So let’s not make it so hard to tell by standing up to normalized casual homophobia.
The economy still sucks right now and you may find yourself unemployed. In our society, we too often give people value according to how much they earn and stigmatize people without jobs. So if you’re unemployed, chances are your self-esteem is suffering. But regardless of whether or not you have a job, remember that you are still worth taking care of.
Thanks to medical advances, HIV is not a death sentence as it used to be. Yet ignorance about HIV/AIDS continues to lead to stigmatization of people with the disease and the testing associated with it. This needs to stop and it needs to be seen as moral-neutral as cancer so more people will be proactive about their health – not too ashamed to understand it.