A Unified Feminism: Let’s Walk the Walk
One downside of the internet of today is that we all inadvertently get stuck in echo chambers, exacerbating the already powerful confirmation bias at work in our brains. This is a massive factor in the intense polarization happening on all fronts of our societal conversations.
One particularly hot topic right now is Feminism. Although it has “fem” in the name, feminism is not about placing women above men. It is about recognizing their historic systematic placement below men, and working toward equality.
There are extremists in all camps, and unfortunately their voices are the ones that get amplified. (See the SMBC comic reproduced at the end of this post for a great illustration).
Recently, the Men’s Rights Movement has gotten a lot of attention. They too have extremists. But they also have a lot of moderates, who are seeing the extremists from feminism and feel they are fighting for equality.
I think we moderates need to unite.
We say that everyone’s experiences need to be taken seriously. We say that men’s issues (like being treated like predators, being conditioned to not express emotions, etc.) are important to us. We say that we are working toward equality.
On the Men’s Rights Subreddit, posts typically talk about experiences of men of feeling dismissed by extremist feminists, of ways men feel their feelings are not being considered, and of ways they feel they are discriminated against.
If feminism dismisses these claims, we are a bunch of hypocrites.
Let’s practice what we preach. Let’s walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Let’s make videos that go viral about legitimate men’s issues that we include in our movement. Let’s stop the polarization, and not let the voices of a few cloud our vision for equality.
Let’s ditch the extremists on both sides, unite with the moderates from the Men’s Right’s movement, and create a powerful, unified movement for gender equality together.
P.S. This should go without saying, but this is not an attack on feminism. I think many are doing a great job and pushing for real feminism and equality. But I think there are people who go too far, and I think pretending they don’t exist or that their ideas are okay because there are equally disturbing extremists on the “other side” is counterproductive.