Follow the link to this amazing article. Its a bit long, but very well written and well structured. Basically the author is trying to take the heat away from modern feminism by pointing out that it is still required, not all feminists hate men and that feminism actually leads to equal rights for both genders. She also discusses the fact that we should all be humanists anyway, which I have recently started to identify as. Most of the time when I say I am humanist no one really knows what that is so I typically add that I am a feminist as well.
I have written a post before about the negativity around identifying as feminists and how a lot of young people don’t like to claim that title. I have also mentioned awesome websites like Why I Need Feminism which have people send in pictures of themselves explaining why feminism is still relevant today.
As it is a long weekend, and I am a huge procrastinator, I have spent a fair amount of time on Youtube. Because I subscribe to Feminist Frequency, I also get to see a lot of counter-videos that dissect her opinions. Youtubers like the Amazing Atheist who have challenged Anita Sarkeesian, have been met with disdain from Fem Freq fans. Disdain being a gentle description of the verbal diarrhea posted on the comments for his videos.
This is a video dissecting Sarkeeisan’s beliefs, and is just one of the many who do so. While they all bring up valid points, I would also like to point out that they do it in a calm and educated manor.
The reason why most people discredit feminism is because when someone makes a bold, anti-feminist statement, they tend to be met with passionate and fiery responses from feminists. I myself am guilty of jumping the gun on a few occasions and making conclusions before someone has finished explaining themselves. To make myself clear, I do not condone the hateful things these feminists are saying, I just want to point out how easy it is to get angry and say something you might regret later.
To counter that, look at all the fiery anti-feminist rants on the internet Feminism has been blamed for the fall of America, the decline of marriage, genocide etc. Its hard not to feel a little prickly about people who dislike feminism. Furthermore, the commenter’s on Youtube and Reddit like to fall into a habit of threatening violence against women in a really scary way. Even if a woman isn’t speaking to feminism, if she says something that certain people don’t agree with, she is often met with threats of rape or other gender specific violence (check out fatuglyorslutty.com, I have posted it on here before).
People on both sides of the issue can go a bit overboard with what they say, and the internet has allowed people to speak their minds without taking any responsibility. I doubt most people would be able to say the things they post online to someones face. But, sometimes they do make it to real life, specifically at rallies .
This is a video, specifically edited to showcase a few voices that instead of helping feminism, aimed to further demonize it. Have your opinions, believe in them, but do it in a calm and articulative way. The protesters that prevented people from attending a talk by Warren Farrell were bullies, hypocritical bullies. It made me upset that they believed that attacking the police was the right thing to do when they were just doing their jobs. One man in the video calmly explained that he had never heard of Farrell and just wanted to hear his side, something these protesters didn’t consider doing. If equality is to be achieved, then both genders need to be brought into the discussion.
We all have the right to our opinions, but share them without threatening others, please