(Western) Feminism is equality, right?
One cannot simply make it so by saying it over and over again. If you believe in gender equality, say that. Here is an album of memes taken from feminist groups on Facebook where genders have been reversed to highlight sexism against men. And here are some women who don’t need feminism.
You only have to ask why feminism has such a negative image that it has to explicitly define itself as something desirable to know that something isn’t right.
There is a reason the term feminism is used where gender equality would (should?) be substituted, if feminism was for gender equality. Feminism is about “equality for women”–the notion, in fact, that women are disadvantaged as a class, and they need to be liberated to come up to the privileged status that men supposedly enjoy. Or, as often is the case, that particular definition is shied away from in favour of a less objectionable tenet: that women were done badly by in the past, and we have yet to make up for it. Feminism is the gender analogue of reverse racism (in particular, white guilt.) In fact, feminism shares a lot in common with this kind of politically-correct ‘social justice’.
From Wikipedia on white guilt:
Shelby Steele, a conservative black political writer, discussed the concept extensively in his 2006 book White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era. Steele criticizes “white guilt” saying that it is nothing more than an alternative interpretation of the concept of “black power“:
Whites (and American institutions) must acknowledge historical racism to show themselves redeemed by it, but once they acknowledge it, they lose moral authority over everything having to do with race, equality, social justice, poverty and so on. […] The authority they lose transfers to the ‘victims’ of historical racism and becomes their great power in society. This is why white guilt is quite literally the same thing as Black power.
(Bold is mine.) Feminism revolves around playing the victim card in much the same way: to attain power. Power to silence opposition, power to get people on board with you (most try to help victims) – ultimately, power to get your way.
Self-painted victims also tend to have a perception of inflated self-importance and a requirement of special treatment. The rules don’t apply to feminists because they believe the rules are biased towards men.
“We need feminism because…”
What you may have heard and why you’ve been had by a political tool.
- Women make less money than men do for the same job: False. Women make less money than men do, but not for the same work. The reason women make less money has to do with life choices: men are usually the ones who take undesirable but more profitable jobs, women choose flexible hours more often than men do, at the cost of pay.
Women have the same education and work opportunities as men, the imbalance of total earnings is not fuelled by discrimination. What is discrimination is scholarships and grants given only to women to “balance out” this perceived discrimination.
- Rape, sexual assault and domestic violence is a serious problem that stems from misogyny: Rape, sexual assault and domestic violence also affect men more than you might think. However, the support for male victims is minuscule in comparison to support for female victims. Rape and accusations of misogyny are used as political tools for shock and fear value. “After some thought, I’ve realized that rape culture does exist; It’s a Western Feminist construct for turning a serious crime into a cheap political weapon.” (source.)
- Sexual objectification: Sexuality is not a bad thing if nobody is doing anything against their will. You simply can’t argue against biology- the reason we’re all here is because of sex. Lots and lots of it.
- The right to vote, and other things that were resolved decades ago: do not apply to the present. Besides, many of these ‘bargaining chips’ that feminists use to sway arguments in their favour have nothing to do with patriarchy or male oppression. That is to say, feminism is irrelevant.
- SEXISM! Goes both ways.
The fact that women as victims are given more attention than men speaks to sexism against men — “Violence against women” is a problem you hear about.. but “Violence against men” is an everyday occurrence. Feminism certainly doesn’t seek to change that.
A feminists’ guide to being a male feminist
To summarise, to be a good male feminist you should:
- Forget what you know from your male experiences – feminism is about female experiences.
- Listen to feminists.
- Don’t expect to be welcomed by feminists.
- Don’t expect your ideas to automatically be considered based on your gender.
- Wait your turn to speak.
- Help out by calling out sexism.
- Don’t mansplain (basically, your opposing viewpoint is moot.)
- Don’t tell feminists to calm down.
- Empathise with us (Embrace our victimhood.)
- Don’t give up (We’re asking you to do something bold.)
“Only radical feminism is the problem”
This is a logical fallacy. Radical feminism is feminism taken to its logical conclusion. Feminists are the ones who make radical feminism possible, by simply ignoring it. Extremism occurs when an ideology that is removed from reality (i.e. feminism) is adopted by someone fully and wholly, and takes it to its extreme.
Feminism holds back women as much as it damages men- it widens the divide between the sexes. It creates a rift of us vs. them when what we really need is for people to work together, not fuel an imaginary war.
If you’re offended by my matter-of-factness, that’s not my problem. If you’re offended because in the course of writing about big topics I didn’t explain each and every exception, caveat, or you extrapolated an assumption (such as that I hate women, I don’t care about womens’ issues or that I’m insensitive) that is incorrect, that is not my problem either. Feel free to voice your opinion below.
“I want to know more.”
Good! Google is your friend. Seriously, more and more people are figuring out the ruse of feminism. If nobody calls bullshit when they see it, people are going to assume feminism is unobjectionable. I invite you to do a search, look a little deeper, and make up your own mind.
One last thing… as always I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, if something is glaringly missing, let me know in the comments below.