Life is not equal opportunity.
First of all, you are created. In the womb, your life can already be disrupted by having a creator who drinks too much. If your mother is older than 40 years old, you have the same chances of having the genetic discrepancies that would affect the offspring of second-cousins. Opportunities abound for life-altering circumstances before you’ve breathed oxygen.
Then, you are born. You are born into a world that not only discriminates based on gender, race, religion, and sexuality, but also will vary your life vastly based upon to whom you were born to, what nation you live in, and how much money there will be to ease your life.
Your parents are legally responsible for your health, safety, and general well being. In American, they will make all legal decisions for you in your first eighteen years. They have more decision making power in your actions than you do. They are responsible for your every move. Sure, your pre-frontal cortex likely isn’t fully developed until you are about twenty one years old. You are not done developing. Your thought process is literally not the same as that of an adult. Still, you are a person, not property or an accessory.
You will look forward to the rest of your life. Finally, you turn eighteen and are an adult. Technically. You must continue to mature, grow, and contribute to society. In the meantime, you will face adversity.
You will be discriminated against in the stereotypical categories (gender, employment, skin color, etc) and in many unforeseen complications. You will be judged, whether you don’t attend college or go Ivy League. Prejudice will affect your life. You will have many stressors, be they hashtag-first-world-problems, cancer scares, or not having enough money to eat today.
This is why feminism is important. We fight for every person’s rights to attempt their best life possible. Enough already stands in the way. At some points, hopefully few and far between, life will be a total B.