First and most importantly feminism is not the study of hatred of men. Here, I’ll let google tell you so I don’t mess it up:
The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
**all quotes from here on out are actual points of argument from the oppositional side
I have not been raped, nor am I personally the victim of being underpaid, but in the same way you generalize all of “us” as playing the victim is what I am removing myself from now. Yes. As an educated 20 year old white women, I classify myself as a feminist. This does not mean that I believe that women are better then men, it means I believe in the equality of the sexes, the races, I believe in an equal playing field if you will. Because how is it fair that in the game of life there are people who have more privilege then others, this shouldn’t be some game of wrestling where the winner is already decided but a game of chance where every one has a chance at success and it shouldn’t matter your skin colour or your body parts. Yes, the necessity for feminism has changed and the issues are different, but they are still relevant. Because the person who decided that women were of a lower status was not women themselves, but an oppressor.
In Canadian universities alone, twenty years ago it was primarily male undergraduates, then male graduates then male business men and men who rule the country. This isn’t the same now, now especially at my own school the male to female ratio is high! I am glad I grew up when I did, that I have been given the opportunity to learn and have power and experience life in the same way that men are. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-004-x/2008001/article/10561-eng.htm
University graduates, by sex, statscan:
My attempt in this is to show the other side of an argument you failed to acknowledge, because if you are going to create a debate you must expect that someone will argue back, it should not matter who it is on the other end, but what they have to say, and as a part of that argument you should listen to their side. ARGUING ONE SIDE OF A DEBATE IS NOT ATTACKING, and if that is how you feel that you probably shouldn’t have delved into something as controversial as feminism, especially when your argument is solely backed up by yahoo answers and Wikipedia pages. Here’s what you do not seem to understand, calling your self pro-man and then adding that you believe in equality is total horse crap.
“I’m not an anti-feminist, like I said I support equality. Why is it that a masculist is anti-feminism, but a feminist is some sort of hero? I have a hard Time figuring out if you want woman to move forward, or just men to move backwards.”
To answer your question, to me, being a feminist is to believe in equality, obviously with anything there are different layers of intensity and yes there are going to be people who are anti-men, but to tell a whole group that believing in the liberation of their people is to be anti-men is plain wrong, because rather than that it is to believe in the liberation of humans, and how is that a bad thing?
This argument has been created by a link to double standards as seen by a community of masculinists and their ideas of feminism. Here’s the link: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090722202017AAmwNXT
“You don’t have to blame the male gender solely for your inability to succeeds, and this way of teaching is going to lead to generations of young women to think they’re entitled to whatever they want and the only reason they can’t have it is that men are being given these things undeservingly”
I am not one to place blame but in a world with two genders whose fault is it then that women are still being paid less then men? And is it an inability to succeed when the opportunity for education and work wasn’t there until recently, and even still, statistics show that there is a large wage gap. The gender wage gap is the difference between wages earned by men and wages earned by women. The gap can be measured in various ways, but the most common method is to look at full–time, full year wages. It is also possible to measure the gender wage gap on the basis of hourly wages. The most recent Statistics Canada data (2011) shows that the gender wage gap in Ontario is 26% for full–time, full–year workers. This means that for every $1.00 earned by a male worker, a female worker earns 74 cents. In 1987, when the Pay Equity Act was passed, the gender wage gap was 36%. The gender wage gap has been narrowing slowly over time.
The gender wage gap is caused by many factors, such as:
• women choosing or needing to leave and re-enter the workforce in order to meet family care-giving responsibilities, resulting in a loss of seniority, advancement opportunities and wages
• occupational segregation in historically undervalued and low-paying jobs, such as childcare and clerical work
• traditionally lower levels of education (although this is becoming less of a factor as more and more women graduate from all levels of education)
• less unionization amongst female workers
• discrimination in hiring, promotion and compensation practices in the workplace
Statistically 20% of women will be raped, that doesn’t mean that 20% of men are sexual predators. That Simply means that there are certain men who will attack multiple women and that happens to account to 1 in 5 women. Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police. And this is where gender comes in, regardless of one’s gender you are a potential victim. Barely any assaults are reported, and that should be a concern whether it is men or women! Rather than believeing in women’s rights I believe that believing in eqaulity is simply human rights, and that attacking women who have been assualted by someone and calling people who study womens studies brainwashed is the exact bullshit that the world should be avoiding. Why is it wrong for someone to be hurt and scared when they are assualted whether it is rape or “forced kissing” as both are sexual assault, it is any form of non-consensual sexual activity.
You are free to feel empowered however you can and I know posting this probably will not change your views but empowering yourself by putting down women is wrong and as a strong women I will not sit on the sidelines and not voice my opinion, I have an opinion, I have educated myself and I will voice my opinion, because that’s what the feminists you called “brainwashed” allowed me to do.
P.S. http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/feminism-is-poison/ …no one is arguing with you that t he ethnics behind using children to sell clothes is wrong, but just because some people who are involved with this are feminists does not mean that all feminists agree with its message.