Watching This Morning a few weeks back, Anne Widdecombe suggested: “women have never had it so good”. Her various arguments included that the achievements of women are being trivialised by a continuous “whining” and that we should instead bask in our so-called glory. But is this the case? It is most likely true that women have never had it so good but this doesn’t mean that all struggles are now eliminated. The modernisation of society has lead to the advancement of women’s right but we are still not deemed equal by many despite the various legislation aimed to achieve this.
She proposed that the Me Too movement, except serious cases, was a way in which women aimed to continue their struggles despite those struggles no longer existing. But the impact of sexual assault and rape is a reality for many individuals, no matter their gender identity. The Me Too movement offers a long-needed platform for individuals to discuss their trauma.
It is important to remember that each gender comes with its difficulties and none of these should be undermined or trivialised. In the UK alone, women of a variety of ages continue to experience period poverty, high childcare costs, a lack of support when having to be a full-time mum along with many more issues both national and global. What often goes unnoticed is the issues which many men face in modern society, this includes the lack of discussion surrounding mental health issues. Suicide is one of the highest causes of death for men in the UK and this can be drawn back to a variety of reasons but most importantly the continuing narrative that for men to express their emotions shows weakness.
So in conclusion to Anne Widdecombe’s statement, maybe women have never had it so good and I would hope this is the case considering the current social climate in which we now live. But this does not mean that all the struggles are over and it does not mean that women’s struggles are any more or any less important than mens’.