Crimes Against Men: Misandry, Feminism, and Egalitarianism
I have to get something off my chest. Today, you will read me rant about one of my biggest pet peeves.
I have a problem with feminism. I do not have a problem with all feminists, just some, and I loathe the way that group has affected modern day culture including everything from literature to fashion.
Let’s start with the definition of feminist; we’ll go with the one from Wikipedia:
Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes.
Next, let’s define misandry, also from Wikipedia:
Misandry is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against men or boys… Misandry can manifest itself in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of men, violence against men, sexual objectification of men.
Lastly, let’s define egalitarianism, from Wikipedia as well:
Egalitarianism – or equalitarianism – is a school of thought that prioritizes equality for all people. Egalitarian doctrines maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status.
Now that we are schooled up, I want to express the point of this article. Realistically, by those definitions, all feminists should be egalitarian, when in reality, many of them are not feminist or egalitarian at all—they are misandrists.
And this mentality needs to be stopped.
Pushing the ideals of equality for women, or any gender, should not include the degradation of any other gender. For awhile now, feminism has turned into a militant, brash ideology, in which if you align yourself with the most core values of feminism, may be hesitant to call yourself a feminist at all. Yes, we need to eliminate the patriarchy, but not to replace it with the matriarchy. We need to replace it with total equality for all genders and all sexes.
If you don’t think this is a problem with feminism today, I want to demonstrate some evidence.
Let’s look at some t-shirts I’ve stumbled upon the last several months that are for sale:
I feel like I don’t need to explain that these shirts are perpetuating the degradation of men, therefore not feminist at all. Wearing this kind of branding is only pushing us back from progress in cultural, socio-political, and economic perspectives. They are shamelessly tunnel-visioned in their message.
Not all men aren’t funny. Just some.
Now, let’s look at some feminist poetry. You all know already I don’t care for the way contemporary poets write their poetry, but it isn’t just for stylistic reasons.
Most of them claim they are feminist and empowering women when they are doing so in a toxic fashion. I want to analyze an Amanda Lovelace poem from her new collection The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One.
I want to parse this. Humanity has dealt with misogyny for millennia. That section, I am not picking apart.
The following section however insinuates that feminists lowering themselves to the level of misogynists is not only “self-preserving”, it is justified.
I call this hypocrisy.
I also want to highlight some news headlines which prove this is becoming a global topic and something we need to think about. These are just some from the past year alone:
The Guardian — “Could hating men become a crime?”
Even Etsy is laden with misandrist products, almost in glorification:
Let me clarify: I do not believe men are the sole victims in the life-long battle between the genders and sexes. Everyone has been or currently is a victim. We need to stop justifying hate toward anyone if we want to progress as a society.
In summation: All feminists need to look at the original definition of feminism. If they want to change it to include a requirement to hate men, then everyone should strive toward egalitarianism.
Thanks so much for reading. Cheers!