Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Feminism versus Hating Men

Well, there’s no use pretending; there are some women who do hate all men and call that feminism . And I am sure that nothing that has happened in these women’s lives could possibly explain (or justify) that, oh no, not at all.
That said, other people- men and women- would define feminism more broadly. bell hooks writes that “feminism is a movement to end sexism.”
Rebecca West said “I have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
How many women have you heard say “I’m not a feminist, but…” Who benefits when feminism is something women have to be ashamed of, apologetic for?Secondarily, it would help men if they helped in the process of getting rid of their privilege- they’d gain greater freedom to express emotion and much richer relationships with women. We could stop playing the stupid fucking games.

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2 comments on “Feminism versus Hating Men

  1. Kevin Hillton
    December 23, 2011

    Wrong. Plenty of women refuse to be treated like doormats by men (or women) who would slap you for calling them feminists. People of all nations, ethnicities, ages and genders want to be treated with respect and care. This is not part of any ‘ism, it’s plain human decency. Feminism is however, a hate movement, pure and simple. It is led, staffed and championed by women who stand on podiums and scream their misandry for the world to hear.

    • dwighttowers
      December 23, 2011

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Here’s a quote from Rebecca West
      “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”

      bell hooks, who describes feminism as a movement to end sexist oppression, has some – in my opinion – interesting things to say.
      “Feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression. Its aim is not to benefit solely any specific group of women, any particular race or class of women. It does not privilege women over men. It has the power to transform meaningfully all our lives.”

      here’s a bit more about her
      http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/09/12/catching-up-on-feminist-theory-1-bell-hooks/

      My experience of feminism is somewhat different from yours. As a movement, it is not “pure and simple” – movements aren’t, they’re messy, contradictory things.

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