Fantasy vs Feminism - Romance in today's society

To be cherished and know that you are. To be whisked away from the normalcy and boredom of everyday life, or to merely be reminded that you are loved by way of some small gesture.

It’s a dream whose existence spans centuries of time, and binds millions of women – the idea of romance! To some it is more than an idea, while others view it as a futile fantasy. Having survived centuries of was, hatred and change, romance now flounders in a society of violence, confusion and feminism. Ironically however, it has been the people who most desire it, with our belief in feminism, who in turn have jeopardised the possibility of it ever becoming a reality again.

The rise of feminism has wrought great change. It’s most prominent success, however, has been in opening the eyes of a very single-minded society – the male dominated society. But there is never any gain without sacrifice – or so they say, and the Feminist Movement may have been so successful in attaining their goal of demolishing the male dominated society that men no longer know how to treat women.

Some men have gone to the extreme of viewing women solely as sex objects in a pathetic attempt to maintain some scrap of superiority. Others have fled to the opposite extreme and traded places with women – they are now meek, mild and subservient. The majority however, remain in a state of indecision, confusion and self consciousness. Others are in an eternal fluster over what they should do or say, in case they should unwittingly offend. Consequently, too many men shy away, or even scoff at the idea of romance in fear of being thought of, or even worse, condemned as sexist.

It is to be admitted that throughout history, romance has had a decided sexist edge to it. But one can expect no more from an era of male domination during which women silently accepted their station in life and never dared question it. Over the ages however, women did become more daring and began to question – especially through the first and second world wars. So feminism was born, and rose from the gutters to become an integral part of society.

But what of romance – the language of love? It still exists today – in the movies, in literature and just within the realm of possibility, but its future is doubtful. So, maybe the young girls of today need to decide what they want out of this movement we call ‘feminism’ and let the world know.

Fantasy vs Feminism - Romance in today's society


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Yet another piece I wrote when I was 15 – slightly simplistic with just a hint of idealism. One of the gifts of youth is clarity.

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