Those of you reading the surrounding material might wonder why I’ve chosen a title such as this. The default assumption would be the usual sarcasm found in less civilized non-feminist or anti-feminist blogs. But that’s not case. I do think that feminism has brought us something of worth: the ability to analyze how one’s gender pertains to their treatment. Because of feminism popularizing the concept of gender issues through its focus on women, it has likewise resulted in our taking upon this gender-based focus to the topic of the male sex. And not just in feminism’s attempt to appeal to men’s issues, but for men to spark their own political consciousness independent of feminism. Feminism taught us to analyze the experiences of men as it pertains to them as men, and look at these experiences from the same angle feminists looked at the experiences of women.
Thanks to feminism, we are now able to identify instances of misandry and discrimination against men. Thanks to feminism, we are now able to recognize ways in which society disadvantages males and privileges females. Thanks to feminism, we are now able to apply a critical analysis to aspects of society from a distinctly male point of view, exposing how they portray and effect men. Thanks to feminism, we are now able to theorize the systematic oppression of men in a matriarchal society.
Of course, this is all in the realm of theory, much like feminism. Which is why I am not a mascul(in)ist in addition to being a non-feminist. But if women are going to have their own political consciousness, then so should men. If women are going to publish material and engage in activism designed to gravitate society towards their own interests, then so should men. Feminists clamored for equality, that they could do all that men had done. Well, now it is time for men to partake in that same equality, doing what women have done in the field of self-serving gender philosophy.
Hopefully, once these two sides have acclaimed understanding in the minds of society, we will begin to see just how many-sided the issue of gender really is, and finally reject such biased philosophies in the transcendental adoption of more open-minded understandings of gender. Despite the damage it has invariably done, we can still thank feminism for helping to inspire the holistic views of gender that will help us repair such damage.