Political intolerance in terms of feminism
21st age –our modern world. It seems, that the progress since the 20th age is obvious in all the areas — starting with technology and ending with morals. We call ourselves “tolerant society” with equal opportunities, when gender, age and ethnicity do not really matter. However, this opinion is not always true. Some people stuck in the period before the second wave of feminist movement, when legal equality, freedom and political right were not raised. One of them is Janusz Korwin-Mikke — who claims that women should earn less than men.
Groundbreaking story hit all the major news platforms on the 3rd of March, when the European Parliament launched an investigation into Polish Politician J. Korwin-Mikke sexist speech, when he announced, that women are “weaker, smaller, less intelligent and they have to earn less than men do”. This happened during the European meeting, launched to discuss the gender pay gap. Politician is known for his rash comments related to women, one of them is his policy to retreat women a right to vote. As expected, this raised an enormous wave of disagreement among women and other members of European Parliament. Iratxe Garcia Perez responded to his words immediately. Spanish Politician stood up and spoke out for all women, defending the rights they have now. She said: “I know it hurts you, that a woman like me can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same rights as you. …and I am here to defend all women from men like you”.
As soon as CNN released the article, thousands of Polish people supported I. G. Perez in the comment section and said, that they are ashamed of their country representer and wish he did not have any power in government. Meanwhile, Iratxe Gracia Perez’s Twitter has a growing number of thankful followers, tweeting their warm messages and posts full of gratitude.
As we can see, sexism is not an old-fashioned phenomenon even at such instances as European Parliament. Women discrimination is still a problem we need to fight with. London School’s of Economic graduate Allan Manning says, that gender pay gap problem could not be resolved in the next 150 years, due to intolerance and unsuccessful government policies. According to OECD, the highest percent of gender wage gap reaches a peak of 36,6% in Korea. In contrast, the smallest differences is 5,2% n New Zealand. At the same time, Forbes investigated the gender pay gap by industry and results are not promising. The first biggest gap is held by Finance and Insurance employees with a percentage of 29. Section is followed by Public Administration and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services with a difference of 25 percent.
To conclude, I would like to say, that despite all the progress made there is still a space for some people to grow in the moral way. However, this intolerant group of people should not include politicians or any people in government, who rule our countries. They are the most seen people on mass media platforms and they should not promote such attitude regarding gender or any other type of discrimination.