While I definitely support a lot of what feminists do-- without them women wouldn't be able to vote, run for office, hold important positions -- I have one major issue with feminism in our society. Where do we draw the line between feminism and chivalry? Women often expect men to foot the bill, drive them home, hold the door, send the first text message, propose. Yet, these same women are often outraged when men on average earn higher salaries and hold higher positions in companies. They take offense when male pronouns are used when a gender neutral pronoun should be inserted. When a woman slaps a man, it is justice because he must have wronged her. If a man slaps a woman, it is abuse. Women expect men and women to be equal on all accounts, in all aspects of our society, on all fronts. While this applies more to the social aspects of feminism than the political, it has resonance in both sects. If the female population is going to fight for women to be thought of as the same, then they should lower their expectations of men. A woman participating in the "SlutWalk" (below) shouldn't be waiting on a text from a guy or expecting her boyfriend to pay for dinner that night. When inequality works in our favor, we call it chivalry. When it doesn't, we call it misogyny.
There is no clear line, no blatant distinction, between these two dichotomies. This line is often blurred, moved, and manipulated. It has an important role in rap music. We've see misogyny many times throughout this semester (and it's apparent in the music we all hear outside of class as well). It had a place in Ms. Jackson and Regulate. It contributed to a majority of La Di Da Di's storyline. We can all agree that misogyny has a place in this music. But, when we look at our female artists (and females in society), they tend to put down men. When artists accuse men of not being good enough, of not living up to expectations, they are supporting this idea of "chivalry." Yet, these same artists turn around and rap to support feminism. Where's the consistency?