Karl Marx once wrote “Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.”

This is a difficult idea to understand, but in my opinion, Marx is speaking against the “idealization” of women. By promoting the idea that women are soft and gentle, that we appreciate them for being mothers and wives, cleaners and caregivers, we are taking away the power they might have.

            In the past, women suffered many disadvantages. They had to make the meals, take care of the family and home, and suffer violence in silence. But we cannot forget that women still suffer today. When we say, “We love women because they are beautiful,” or “Women are created to take care of the husband and the family,” we are idealizing women. We are telling them that we appreciate them, but we are also telling them that being different that this “ideal” is unacceptable. In a perfect world, we would not have to talk about the differences between women and men. Women could be powerful or gentle, loud or quiet, mothers or business owners, depending on their choice. 

I challenge everyone on this Women’s Day to think about women as equal to men. There is no reason why women should clean more than men or take care of the children more than men. Women should be allowed to be anything they want to be. A good woman should not have to follow a traditional role. Let’s try to create a world where everyone, regardless of their gender, has the same opportunities.

Jillian Primiano _ Dept. of Foreign Languages

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