Yes, yes I know the title is the same as that documentary about punk fathers, but it just fits so well with this topic.

Feminism. It has become a dirty word for most, with a lot of people refusing to call themselves feminists. The actions of the few have ruined it for the many, with radical feminists causing men’s balls to retract and women to deny any associations with the movement.

I recently posted on a nerd forum about my blog, hoping to attract readers and contributors. I got a few thumbs up but the first reply asked me if I associated myself with the feminist movement. I was taken aback by his question and quickly stated that this blog was not really pushing any sort of political agenda, but for the most part equality, which is by definition what feminism means. The back and forth conversation was very polite however, and I may have changed his, and others, views on what it is to be a feminist.

It really got me thinking about what feminism means and through my research discovered that this particular gent was not alone in his negative views against feminism. The creator of Feminist Frequency often receives negative feedback because she is “associated” with the feminist movement and is currently under fire because she is starting a project that sheds light on sexism in gaming.

The definition of feminism states that it is a movement that wishes to establish equal rights for women while defending their rights politically, economically and socially. I think where it went wrong is that a group of what is known as, “radical feminists” swung the pendulum in the opposite direction and began to spew hate for men, essentially putting men down and raising women up.

Because of all the man hate and extremely over the top view points on how women should act, to be a feminist is now considered a bad thing. This is unfortunate. There are way more feminists out there than people realize, everyone is just afraid to identify as such. Men can be feminists, a resource that has yet to be tapped because so much of the focus is put on women. As the other half of the population is male, they too should pull their weight when it comes to female rights as equality benefits humankind in general.

I think that if more people realized what feminism was really about, and this includes the radicals, then more people would choose to identify themselves with the movement. This can only be beneficial as the more people care about women’s issues the better our world will be.

About Mighty Damsels

I am a sick and tired nerd. Male characters have dominated the action/sci-fi/fantasy genres for far too long. No more will women be in distress, cast as the "girlfriend" or made to wear tight leather pants. Ladies! Raise up your swords, M16's, phaser guns and pens! Mightydamsels.wordpress.com

5 responses »

  1. Levy says:

    I think the whole radical feminism issue is the reason why communities like /r/MensRights exists. I’m actually a frequent lurker in that community, which focuses on pointing out double standards and the inequalities faced by men in this day and age. It sort of goes back to the post earlier concerning “women and children first.” While the idea that women are special and should therefore be treated like fragile things has died off for the most part, the expectation pushed on men to be the “big strong men that take care of the women” hasn’t died out.

    It seems like the world is focusing on the needs of one gender and expecting equality to come from that. Equality in these issues isn’t like adding to a scale and seeing how many rights we can give to one side to balance out overall. Men still have little to no say when it comes to the legal system and children. False rape accusations, child support, child custody, circumcision of infants, the list goes on and each of these issues gives birth to a whole slew of other problems. There’s a quote by a guy on Youtube that goes by the name of TheAmazingAtheist. Although I don’t agree with him on several issues, this quote makes the most sense. “Feminism is the idea that we can make both sexes equal by focusing solely on the issues of one of them.”

    I’m not saying women don’t have problems in today’s world. I’m just saying that if the focus is put only on half the population, true equality will never be a reality. I prefer the word egalitarianism to feminism or masculism.

    • Well put, Levy. And now, because you are a man and have said these things, a radical feminist would probably be hateful towards you when you’ve only spoken the truth.
      Thanks for the comments!

      • Levy says:

        I find it easier just to throw them into the same category as the WBC, KKK, and White Supremacists. People who have incredibly hateful ideals, but continue to exist because of Freedom of Speech. “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” -Evelyn Beatrice Hall

    • KellySpricht says:

      This is fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I’m very excited to read the rest of your blog. My friend and I were just having a conversation about feminism: where it is and the implications that arise because of it. Spot on!

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