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>Talking about for example grown women choosing to read fashion magazines that lower their self esteem is really no one's fault but their own if it makes them feel bad and they keep doing it.
In days of old, staff at women's magazines used to be predominantly male. And although it borders on conspiracy theory, you could say that maybe the men who created those magazines for women used it as a way of showing women their place in society, i.e. as obedient wives and mothers and domestic goddesses, who only needed to know about such things as cooking a decent meal for their husband or how to mend their children's clothes. But at least since the earliest beginnings of 1970s feminism, women's magazines have been quite firmly in the hands of female journalists. And quite rightly so, because who better to write about things that interest women than women themselves.
But therein now lies the problem. If we take modern women's magazines to mirror what women want, then that means a great many of women indeed still mostly care about clothing, fashion, makeup, beauty, home decoration, relationships, parenting advice, and horoscopes. Modern-day feminism has long given women the opportunity to pursue quite different goals and interests in life, and yet, women's magazines that follow the mentioned formula still seem to be going as strong as ever. So then when women now complain about pressure to conform to ideals and images of physical attractiveness that women's magazines still propagate, this is something that you cannot pin on patriarchy or masculinity, toxic or not, anymore. Many highly educated, liberated women at the helm of those women's magazines would have real power to take a lot of the pressure off women, and yet, they choose not to, and just regurgitate the same old beauty and fashion advice over and over.
>I've heard it argued that feminism seeks to remove womens responsibility for their own actions
I think they tend to twist it as it suits them in a given situation. When it comes to patriarchy, women are portrayed as powerless, defenceless little flowers that need protection from anything and everybody. And then at the other end when it comes to female empowerment, they make women out to be actually much more capable of fending for themselves and going their own way in life than men.
I think one fundamental problem that feminism has today is that most of its battles have been fought and won. Women are completely equal before the law in most civilised countries, certainly in the UK, women have the same rights as men, and you can argue that in some areas, they actually have more support than men. A movement which has always defined itself as an entity fighting for women's rights and against male oppression therefore now struggles to overcome its identity crisis. And a small, yet very vocal minority of feminists now set their sights on the old enemy all over again, which is masculinity itself. Just to stay relevant and to not lose its purpose. And it has nothing more to do with equal rights for women, which has never ceased to be a laudable cause, but it has everything to do with hating men as such.