He began by pointing out that women are 47 percent more likely to sustain severe injuries in car crashes since safety features are designed specifically for men.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 23, 2021. It has since been updated.
Despite the tireless efforts and sacrifices of countless over the years, we still live in a world that is far from equal. While there are mountains worth of evidence that shows this to be true, there are many—mostly those benefiting from said inequality—who deny that certain groups of people have it harder than others and that they are consistently mistreated both by society and the system. One such fight that's far from over, as many among us know firsthand, is the one for gender equality and Tiktok user @mrvdk is more than happy to provide the stats that prove why.
The TikTok user—whose real name is Stefan but goes by "your friendly neighborhood feminist" at times—made a video addressing another man who questioned whether women actually do have it worse than men. Responding to the man's demand for statistical proof that the world is unfair to women, Stefan presented some really concerning numbers that have to do with women around the world. He began by pointing out that women are 47 percent more likely to sustain severe injuries in car crashes since safety features are designed specifically for men.
According to Bored Panda, Stefan—who has 369.5K followers on TikTok—is a creative writer, podcaster and occasional actor who often creates videos aiming to raise awareness about toxic masculinity. This particular video gained over 7.3 million views as despite only scratching the surface of what women have to deal with, it struck a chord with TikTok users.
"I'm still not totally aware of what makes this video as special as it has become, but I'm incredibly grateful for it, because it's allowed me to connect with other creators about what they go through, and has evolved my understanding of feminism in ways I might not have been aware of before," said Stefan.
Explaining what pushes him to talk about feminism so much, Stefan said: "I think feminism needs to be as mainstream as possible because I truly believe it holds a lot of answers to a great many problems all genders go through. I'm aware of its checkered past, and I don't ignore the 'radical' feminists because to me they aren't radicals but instead rational. What women go through on a daily basis requires action, some of which is radically unjust, and thus requires radical action."