This morning I read about something called The Feminist Utopia, which is a project where people can list the things they want in the ideal feminist society. For the record, this doesn’t mean a world where feminists run rampant. It means a world where everyone, no matter what gender, is equal in every sense. It’s basically a world where feminism at its roots is actually applied.
The Feminist Utopia is aiming to really figure out what would make life better in terms of actually having a, well, feminist utopia. They’re putting together “radically imaginative essays, short fiction, poetry, and artwork that answer the question of what a feminist world would look like.” They’re accepting submissions from stories to illustrations to poems to whatever else you have in your imagination. You can submit until July 15 for the chance to be published online and in an original publication.
This project is amazing, and it got us thinking about some things we’d want in our perfect world:
Safe, Accessible Abortions For Those Who Wish To Have One
I know not everyone is pro-choice. It's your choice to not be pro-choice. However, for those who choose to be pro-choice and for anyone who decides to get an abortion, there should be safe and accessible places to go. As Ashley said, the ability to go to planned parenthood without a bomb threat would be nice.
More Women In Power
This one is a given. Only 21 of the Fortune 500s CEOs are women and only 14% of women have executive positions. That's absurd. We need more women in power since, you know, we're half of the population.
Cat Call Patrol
I hate sexual harassment. I was cat called four times on my way to work this morning. I've been sexually assaulted on the subway multiple times. It's awful. I would love to live in a world without cat calls or without people thinking that because I have a human body that they can say gross things to me.
I don't know who these people are who think that the wage gap does not exist. Seriously, some people think it's not real. I also had a guy tell me he didn't believe men and women should be paid equally for the same job. He proceeded to ask me on a date, and I actually laughed in his face. The wage gap is real, and we need equal pay.
Equal Representation For Everyone In The Media
White men are represented more than anyone else in the media, which is ridiculous because the world is comprised of much more than white males. There not only needs to be equal gender representation, but equal representation of races as well.
Free Condoms For All
No, free condoms will not make kids run around having wild sex. If people are having a lot of sex, free condoms will make it easier to be protected and lower pregnancy and STD rates.
You know what a girl who has an active sex life is? A girl who has an active sex life. She's not a slut. Can we please get rid of this double-standard that a guy who has a ton of sex is cool while a girl who has a lot of sex is a slut? Thanks.
Actual Help For Rape Survivors
We're currently in a world where rape survivors (male and female) are shamed. That is NOT okay. You know who should be shamed? The rapists because they are literally the worst. I want to live in a world where the police actually help rape survivors, where colleges actually protect students who have been raped instead of the rapist, where towns convict rapists instead of driving young girls who were left for dead out of town. I want to live in a world where people are taught NOT to rape instead of how to not get raped.
Elimination Of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a horrible thing that happens to men and women. In a utopian world, it would be gone. And violence against women for purely being born with two X chromosomes wouldn't happen.
One thing I hate about our society and human nature is that we are so judgmental of others for everything. Why? Because people are different from us? Because people have different sexual orientations or skin colors or life choices? We're all people trying to get through life together. We need to ease up.
What would you want in your feminist utopia? Tell us in the comments!