I like this because it illuminates that even the seemingly benign dictionary definition shows a disregard for men. Saying that Feminism’s goal is to achieve equalilty of women with men implies that in the past men were above women and now men need to come down. That is not only wrong but it takes away men’s humanity and makes them vulnerable in all the areas that men’s rights activists (and also many women on here) are highlighting. In the past men were not above women, but men had certain advantages and many challenges and likewise women had other advantages and challenges. We were all oppressed by nature. It was the industrial revolution that freed us from that oppression and made it possible for us to live more flexible roles. But Feminism has really only fought for more flexible roles for women and has actually made men’s roles even more rigid than they were before. I oppose Feminism because I want both men’s and women’s challenges and advantages to be recognised and both of them given greater scope for a more flexible lifestyle.
One keeps hearing again and again that Feminism freed women from housework and allowed them to fulfill their aspirations, as they hadn’t been able to do before. Considering that Feminism took off in ‘western’ countries in the 1960s when in the previous decade time saving household appliances had become widely available it is very much debatable whether it was this ideology or the fact that there was not much left to do in the house that allowed women to go out into the world. When I visited Pakistan I had a bit of a moral dilemma with the fact that people tended to employ poorer people as maids. In Germany some people have a cleaner come into their house once a week for a couple of hours. I always thought that if I make something dirty it’s my duty to clean it again and even if I can afford it I wouldn’t want another person to clean up my dirt. And also house work is a much better work out than going to a smelly and expensive gym. But even though I am certainly exhausted after the roughly three hours of housework a week that I do I am having a different attitude as to who really cleans my dirt. I pull a vacuum cleaner through the house that sucks up all the dirt from the ground as well as any spiderwebs on the walls and the ceilings. Every two weeks I chuck my clothes into the washing machine, 2 hours later I put them on the line. Dishes I love doing as a enjoy immersing my hands in the warm water, especially when it’s cold outside. Most people use a dishwasher though and many even a dryer for their clothes. My house is clean, despite me working and I can do without a maid. I cannot do without affordable appliances and electricity. Now imagine a country where most people cannot afford these appliances and where those who can afford them don’t acquire them as they are useless when there are many hour long electricity cuts every day. Now tell me again how Feminism freed ‘western’ women and how it will free women in Pakistan.
in my world it was just Christmas and Easter at the same time as I noticed that there was a Karen Straughan video out there that I haven’t yet had the pleasure to watch. Since I have done so now, I cannot not share this excellent piece on the life of male and female children in the North America today.
What an excellent show that sweetened my commute to work and back. Required listening for everyone interested in the current debate on Feminism and the movement against the ideology.
I love the BBC and thus criticising them doesn’t come easy. Disregard for male lives is just so ingrained in human culture that the venerable British Broadcasting Cooperation is not safe from it.
Listened today, as most days on my commute to the Globals News Podcast as a journalist was interviewing the former advisor of the Israeli army:
“From a legal point of view, because you used to advise the Israeli army on the legality, you would argue that it is proprotionate to kill women and children and know that you are doing so because in the process you might get a hamas member or a hamas weapon store?”
Apparently in the view of this BBC reporter Paleastinian men are either hamas frighters or less than collateral damage. They do not even deserve mention. It is simply expected of men to die without anyone shedding a tear.
When will Feminists allow themselves to realize that for centuries men have given their lives so that women can live. Without men’s sacrifice neither I nor any of these contemptuous of men Feminists would be here today. Humans would have never become the most dominant species on earth if we had not regarded men as disposable. But now that we are 7bn and the planet has hardly enough resources for all of us it is high time we start regarding men as precious as we have always regarded women. Between 1901 and today the difference in life expectancy between men and women has widened from 1 year to 5 years. In the US sex selective abortion favors girls over boys. If we continue like that we will end up with a planet without men – a Feminist’s dream come true. But before that will happen humanity is likely to end. We need men as much as we need women and civilian men killed in war deserve as much of our empathy as civilian women killed in war.
Seeing her picture reminded me of the American woman who power messaged me yesterday all day to tell me what a cold hearted human I am for not wanting to save Pakistani women from their oppression. I her mind Pakistani women are not allowed by their husbands to leave the house, the only exception being under a tightly closed burka. Sending her an Express Tribune article about fashion obsession had no impact on her. Personally I find headscarves uncomfortable. When wearinng one in a few rural areas, mainly in order not to be recognised as a foreigner, I kept bumbing my head against things ;-) Many people also wear them to protect themselves from the sun, just like man people in Germany wear hats in summer. I personally don’t get sunburn on my head and prefer the fresh air to reach my skin when I am sweaty. But people have different preferences. This seems hard to accept for Feminists. I feel unconfortable in shoes with heels, with long fingernails, with unshaved legs, when walking … But I don’t declare people who don’t cycle everywhere, who don’t shave their legs, who like long fingernails, shoes with (high) heels … oppressed. People who say such things are in fact oppressive!