I keep seeing slogan tees and accessories everywhere – in shops, in online stores and across social media – that say, simply, The Future is Female.
I have seen them so many times now that I just had to write about it because, as much as I’m for empowering women and wanting men and women to be treated equally, I really feel this isn’t the way to go about it.
You see, without men there would be no future. As much as without women there would be no future. Biologically we need both men and women for the world to continue and without that we would die out and cease to exist.
I really hope that women play a huge part in our future. I hope there will be many women leading the countries of the world, I hope there will be many women going into space, inventing things and making medical and scientific breakthroughs. I hope many girls grow up to have a passion for science, engineering, technology and maths and that the women they become have careers in the STEM industries. I hope that women are inspired to do great things.
I hope that women do so much now and in the future. Alongside men.
Our future is one of choice. It’s one where women will be able to have those same opportunities as men, have those same careers and even be the ‘bread winner’ – with their partner staying at home to care for the children. It’s a future where any family model works, where diversity is celebrated and where you really have the freedom to make the decisions that work for you.
But, the future is not just female. And in thinking that, men are being excluded. A future of just women cuts men out completely, it sounds like they are not important, that their achievements to date and going forward aren’t valid and that their role in the world isn’t meaningful. It disregards men completely.
Men are not the future – and neither are women. The human race, regardless of gender, is the future and rather than segregating men and women, playing them off against each other and comparing their strengths and weaknesses we should just strive for equality. An equal future, where men and women are treated equally and where our children and our children’s children can grow up to be whatever they wan to be – regardless of whether they are male or female.
When it comes down to it, our children are the future and I’m just hoping that their future is gender equal.