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How anti-feminism is shaping world politics

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  • “the president reinforces the belief prevalent among critics of feminism that to be 'for women' means to be 'against men." Being “for women” does not necessarily mean being “against men,” because being “for women” does not necessarily mean “feminist.” But since we’re on the subject, you know who does a rather excellent job of reinforcing the belief that feminism is against men? Feminists. When Erin Pizzey, ***THE*** pioneer for domestic violence research and the founder of the very first domestic

    “the president reinforces the belief prevalent among critics of feminism that to be 'for women' means to be 'against men." Being “for women” does not necessarily mean being “against men,” because being “for women” does not necessarily mean “feminist.” But since we’re on the subject, you know who does a rather excellent job of reinforcing the belief that feminism is against men? Feminists. When Erin Pizzey, ***THE*** pioneer for domestic violence research and the founder of the very first domestic violence shelter in the world, published her book detailing her discovery that women were violent towards their male partners as often as the reverse, who was it that protested her and accused her of excusing male perpetrators? When she started accepting male victims into her shelters, who was it that sent her death threats? Forced the postal service to intercept her mail for fear she would be sent a bomb? Killed her dog? Forced her to flee Great Britain for the United States? Oh. Right. It was feminists. Who was it that successfully lobbied for the gender neutral law, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, to be replaced by the Violence Against Women Act, whose gender discriminatory language was in direct violation of the gender neutral law *that was already in place* before it? Feminists. Feminists did that. Who is infamous for saying that “Although consideration of male victims is within the scope of the legal statutes, it is important to restrict the term rape to instances where male victims were penetrated by offenders. It is inappropriate to consider as a rape victim a man who engages in unwanted sexual intercourse with a woman.”? Why, feminist editor of Ms. Magazine, Mary Koss, who went on to serve as expert panelist, advisor and consultant for the CDC no less than five times for their sexual violence research. Is it any wonder that very same CDC excludes male victims of female rapists from the definition of rape, instead calling it “made to penetrate” and severely skewing public perception of the issue of rape? (As an aside, refer to tables 3.1 and 3.5 in the following report... you just might be shocked: www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVS-StateReportBook.pdf ) Have you ever stopped to consider that maybe the problem is not the perception of feminism as man-hating, but the fact that feminism... yanno... is an ideology built on the hatred of men? Hm?

    “A host of illiberal governments have rooted a kind of anti-feminism at the core of their nationalist platforms.” What does anti-feminism have to do with being conservative or nationalist? I’m left of center. Just barely, but there it is. I am in favor of gender equality. Therefore, I am an anti-feminist. It’s really as simple as that. Y’know, I’m really getting sick and tired of refuting the same tired old red herrings again and again. “In Poland, a right-wing nationalist government...” — now, being from the States, I have no idea how right-wing or nationalist the current Polish government is, but you’ll have to forgive me for taking your rather frequent usage of loaded buzzwords with a grain of salt — “... carried out raids on certain women's rights groups and moved to strip funding from them on the grounds that they discriminated against men — because they only support female survivors of domestic violence.” Yes, how dare they hold groups claiming to be about equality accountable for treating non-gendered issues as though they are gendered, for shame, heckin Pastryarchy, #yesallwammyn

    The rest of it is, unsurprisingly, yet more falsely equating traditional conservatism with anti-feminism. Yawn. Look bish, I’m gay. A pillow-biter. A sword-swallower. A butt-pirate. A fudge-packer. Exactly how likely do you think it is that I am a trad-con? Hm? You think long and hard, now, but don’t hurt yourself. Face facts. Pro-gender equality is the populist stance, but pro-feminism is NOT. What does that tell you? It tells me that more and more people are waking up to the fact that feminism DOES NOT have a monopoly on the concept of gender equality. Never has, never will. Once they do a little digging, they might even discover that equality is not actually on feminism’s agenda, and go from simply non-feminist to full-on anti-feminist. Or, *GASP* they might even become MRAs. The horror. 🙄

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