Notes on feminist news & issues
I have no idea what to think about men’s rights association and other such groups. Well, that is…I do……you see, I care for men’s right to be more human. I think men should not be automatically thrown into the role of provider, macho, rapist etc. Men should be able to wear skirts if they want without being called gay.
But the thing is that we live in a society in which men are in power. So if men feel that their rights are not being met they should talk to their fellow men (and join feminists). Instead, it seems that these men’s rights associations find that feminism is their enemy. They therefore seem to actually be organizations of men who are afraid to lose their privilege.
The reason that I write about it now is because I saw a youtube clip with propaganda for http://ncfm.org/.
I have no idea where this person gets his/her information. Apparently women rape men as often as men rape women, that is what s/he says, amongst other very strange things.I wonder where these ‘facts’ come from. Either s/he is lying or there must be an alternate universe full of research where s/he gets her his facts from. It is very American in this sense….republicans also seem to live in antirely different world from mine.
S/he start out saying that men have more risk of being exposed to violence. Well…yeah, I think so, but this violence is also inflicted by men. And notice how the emphasis is on feminist theory. But many feminists do not know much about this theory, they simply react to their own experiences.
Here’s some research that I think is referred to in the video: http://www.irinnews.org/report/90081/analysis-rethinking-sexual-violence-in-drc
It appears that men are frequently raped in Congo too and that women also make a percentage of the perpetrators. Therefore it is questionable to see rape in Congo as a gendered crime. However, it also cautions that the data may not be very good.
Of course such research is to be applauded. No-one should be raped, obviously.
So…I don’t know what to think of these men’s organizations….do they have a point? I am not sure. I think that feminists are appalled by male rape as well. I don’t think feminism is about men against women, but about equality. It appears then that the difference between men’s organizations and feminism is that feminism believes that as the world is now, men have all the power but that these men’s organizations think otherwise…..that seems to be the main difference.
That being the main difference, it is unfortunate that the men’s associations try to bash feminism (obviously their male members feel very threatened…which as I said above can perhaps be best explained by their fear of losing their privilege….and that in its turn means that feminism was right….but I digress). Because their goal is essentially the same as feminist’s goal (at least, that is what they say) they would do better to join feminist groups in the fight against gender roles and discuss with feminists about whether or not we live in a patriarchy and start doing research to prove that we are or aren’t.
I am curious about how they would deny or explain the fact that mostly men make up all commissions, governments, boardrooms etc. It seems that they are mostly busy with bashing feminism and defending themselves against a perceived threat from women instead of coming up with their own explanation for the obvious difference we see in the roles which the different genders play in society today. I don’t think that they have, but I must say that I am new to this whole issue.
It seems that they think that women are the powerful ones because women are responsible for the upbringing of children.
The surprising thing is then that if they want to do something about that, they are really also very well off if they would join feminists because feminists want women to no longer be the ones to stay home and take care of the children. Feminists are all for fathers staying home, as far as I know.