According to Wikipedia, “Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.”
Feminism has also evolved over time, and historical differentiation has been attempted using the labels first-wave feminism, second-wave feminism and third-wave feminism.
Thus feminism has many tribes holding contrary views on a number of significant issues, as portrayed in the chart below. Further details regarding different forms of feminism can be found here.
The vast majority of feminists active in both social media and in lobbying government for policy change are at home on the right hand side of this chart. This group includes Jessica Valenti (pictured right) and Anita Sarkissian. These feminists are by far the most problematic in the context of the sorts of issues discussed in this blog.
In early 2015 only 18% of Americans considered themselves to be feminists (down 10% from 2013), and with most of those only having a superficial knowledge of feminist theory and its tawdry history. In Britain now the percentage of people claiming to be feminists is even lower, sitting at just 7%. Nine percent of respondents in the British survey asserted that feminism was “irrelevant”.
Nevertheless, the feminist hierarchy has no qualms about claiming to be the font of wisdom with regards to what (all) women want and how they should live their lives. Indeed the feminist’s sense of superiority knows no bounds, and they believe themselves to be equally well-qualified to lecture on how men think, and should live their lives.
When challenged in public debate, feminists are often quick to state that feminism is not about hating men. When confronted with hate-filled statements by prominent feminist spokespersons they then shift to the NAFALT (‘not all feminists are like that’) strategy. Yet how often does one hear feminists directly engaging with, and you know … actually rebuking, these alleged outliers within their movement? Umm, rarely? never?
As various posts in this blog demonstrate, although feminists nominate equality as their primary goal they vigorously pursue policies which create or maintain inequality, even going so far as to obstruct the efforts of others seeking to foster equality. Feminists compound their duplicity by using all available means to stifle and silence those holding opposing views, rather than engaging in open and positive dialogue.
There can be little scope for mutual respect and co-operation given that the bulk of feminists choose to position the male half of the population on a spectrum the ends of which are marked by indifference and loathing.
“Aw, come on ladies! Fuck this “equality” bullshit. I don’t want equality. I want some fucking LIBERATION! … Equality with men implies men are the standard. Fuck that bullshit. Men are the fucking oppressors! I want liberation from male oppression!” (Source)
As with very many others interested in men’s issues, I was originally very sympathetic towards the feminist message. Have you ever asked a feminist what reading she has done about male rights and male issues? I have, and I can almost guarantee that they will look at you as if you asked them if they could speak dog language. Having uncovered a surfeit of lies, hypocrisy and double-standards by that stage, this was the last straw for me.
Thus it finally dawned on me that most feminists believe that the only role for men in ‘their’ cause is to submit and be silent. This is clear in much of the material written by feminists, for example this article and the readers comments that follow.
Men are required to educate themselves about feminist concepts in order to (partially) redeem ourselves, or at least to do as we are told. There is no corresponding expectation on women, presumably as the male perspective is deemed to be so barren that we have no useful insights to impart. And in just one of their many feats of breathtaking hypocrisy, whilst feminists exaggerate the flaws evident in some men they studiously ignore the weaknesses and/or transgressions of many women.
Feminists promote the idea that women were utterly downtrodden before feminism arrived. In fact they have gone further and re-written history to support their belief in a patriarchy. This is explored in these papers: ‘Did men really have all the power throughout history?‘ and ‘Feminism against historical women‘. Yet still it doesn’t end there, as feminists:
- usually opt to attack their critics rather than deal with the actual issues that they raise
- persistently and blatantly misrepresent the position of their detractors
- wilfully misrepresent reality in order to support their position, for example through the use of bogus statistics
- wilfully misrepresent themselves as the natural spokespeople for women although most women choose not to identify themselves as feminists and/or are opposed to feminist doctrine
- are hypocrites in decrying bigotry and sexism whilst pursuing an agenda based around such policies
These are symptoms of a movement that now has big issues in terms of its relevancy and credibility. These are symptoms of a movement whose net effect is increasingly one which threatens social cohesion and exacerbates pressing social problems.
A November 2014 reader poll conducted by ‘Time’ found that the word ‘feminist’ was the number one term (and by a large margin) that people would like to see banished. Also discussed here. When feminists found out they were not amused (article nonsense but good readers comments). Unfortunately at that point ‘Time’ chose to back down and apologise – pathetic really.
This 2015 article stated that only 18% of Americans consider themselves to be feminists, although 85% are in favour of equality for women.
Feminism has devolved into what is essentially a powerful fundamentalist cabal of privileged white western women. These people have manufactured an industry instilling a heady brew of victimhood and entitlement to generate substantial personal benefit for its main players, whilst offering perhaps the last remaining state-sanctioned outlet for bigoted self-expression. Indeed some would go further and assert that feminism displays many of the characteristics of a cult – see how many points of likeness you can tick off on this list. The ‘redstockings manifesto‘ is a piece of feminist history about which most current-day feminists would have no knowledge, yet its doctrine still lies at the heart of what empowered feminists are doing in the here and now.
Please read Seven things feminist hate to hear and absolutely can’t talk about, by Janet Bloomfield (22 April 2015) then view Feminism vs truth (22 September 2014) A short video by Christina Hoff Sommers
This June 2014 blog post by Ben Cobley looks at feminism from a left-wing political perspective. It’s quite heavy reading for those not into political theory but interesting and worth the effort.
Pierce Harlan has written an excellent article comparing the approach by feminists towards the treatment of those accused of rape with the lynch mobs of the American deep south.
An article by Julianne Ross (10 June 2014) entitled ‘The 8 biggest lies Men’s Rights Activists spread about women‘ was woefully biased and misleading. In fact the only good thing about it was the scorching rebuttal it led to, courtesy of an incensed MRA (NB: strong language warning).
A great Youtube video by Victor Zen called ‘Why Feminism is a Thing‘, and another one here called ‘Misandry: Let’s ask Tumblr feminists what they think’.
This article is about feminist double-standards when it comes to the issue of informed consent and rape.
This page is quite interesting in that it provides details of invitations issued to various people to provide information supporting their views after they made sexist and/or anti-male statements. And then read http://bellejar.ca/2014/03/28/why-the-mens-rights-movement-is-garbage/ (also reproduced at at http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/anne-theriault-/mens-rights-movement_b_5049999.html).
Sample also this excellent response from MHRA blogger Judgy Bitch
Even Pope Francis has some wisdom to share with us on the topic of feminism:
“What I would like to add is that feminism, as a unique philosophy, does not do any favors to those that it claims to represent, for it puts women on the level of a vindictive battle, and a woman is much more than that,” the pope wrote. “The feminist campaign of the ’20s achieved what it wanted and it is over, but a constant feminist philosophy does not give women the dignity that they deserve. As a caricature, I would say that it runs the risk of becoming chauvinism with skirts.”
More from Pope Francis on the issue of gender differences here.
Feminism has now devolved to the point that using pre-pubescent girls in expletive-laden videos to further their cause is not only seen as appropriate, but as edgy and cool. (See critiques here and here). There is now a second video by the same producers, the main theme of which is domestic violence. A further example of the inappropriate use of children to bang the feminist drum is discussed here.
John the Other defined feminism thus: ”A doctrine built on the pre-supposition of victimhood of women by men as a foundation of female identity. In its goals is always the utilization of the state to forcibly redress this claimed victimization. In other words, the proxy use of violence and wealth appropriation. In whatever flavour, and variation, these two basic features are common to every doctrine using the label feminism. Feminism is therefore, a doctrine of class hatred, and violence.” (Source)
The hidden classism of modern feminism (5 November 2018)
Why feminists are bullies, in a nutshell (3 October 2018) Video
Feminism: Qu’est-ce que qu cest? (9 July 2018)
A Scholar Asked, ‘Why Can’t We Hate Men?’ Now She Responds to the Deluge of Criticism (19 June 2018)
Are you weak if you make your man a sandwich? This is why real men don’t marry feminists (15 October 2017)
‘Women Against Feminism’ are mostly just feminists who don’t hate men (31 August 2017)
Kathy Griffin’s Apology Reversal Illustrates Feminism’s Maddening Identity Crisis (6 June 2017)
Camille Paglia Discusses Her War on ‘Elitist Garbage’ and Contemporary Feminism (14 March 2017)
Belinda Brown: Feminism is a toxic toy for the privileged (8 March 2017)
Feminists wage war against romance on Valentine’s Day (14 February 2017)
More divisive than Trump by Corrine Barraclough (4 February 2017)
I didn’t join the march. I’ve had enough of Obama’s hierarchy of grievance (22 January 2017)
The Sisterhood and a Profound Weariness: Unbiased Analysis (4 January 2017)
Having a son went from a dilemma to being the most valuable lesson of my life, by Polly Dunning (21 December 2016) Australia. Related Reddit discussion thread here. God help this poor little boy (and others like him) who should be allowed to grow up being accepted and loved, rather than have his gender bigot mum use him as a sociology experiment based around a perverse misandric cult.
How to make feminism great again (5 December 2016)
Yes, @kmo75947, Feminists Do Hate Men (16 November 2016)
An ex-Feminist’s thoughts on academia and the tactics of third-wave Feminism (18 October 2016) Reddit discussion thread
Most women in 2016 happy to be female, BBC poll suggests (10 October 2016) And so even with the patriarchy and all the dreadful deprivations endlessly described by feminists, more women are glad to be women rather than men.
The trumpet blasts of the monstrous regiment, by Terry Barnes (26 September 2016) Australia. Good read
Generation of young women is ‘wracked by anxiety, lack of confidence and despair’ caused by financial, work and housing problems (22 September 2016) UK
The things feminists say, by Sargon of Akkad (video)
Why ‘Feminazi’ is a perfectly valid word (18 August 2016)
The coming diversity disaster, by Shay Tan (24 July 2016)
Feminists treat men badly. It’s bad for feminism, by Cathy Young (30 June 2016)
Why are modern women angry? (27 June 2016)
6 Feminist Myths That Will Not Die (18 June 2016)
The Reality of Feminism (a short video presentation)
Random Shit 68: Why Modern Feminism is Complete Bullshit: The Ultimate Facts Sheet
“Nice” feminism: How a hate movement uses its grassroots against men, by Hannah Wallen (4 June 2016) Recommended reading
Julie Bindel Is Right: Marriage Can Never Be Feminist (So Don’t Marry a Feminist) (1 June 2016)
The Cult of Feminism, by Krista Milburn (31 May 2016)
Robert Stacy McCain writes many great articles about feminism. Today (25 March 2016) he published two that are both well worth reading:
What Feminism Is and Isn’t and Feminism: Impossible to Parody
And here is a more recent effort called The Myth of the Masculinity Crisis(recommended reading!)
This person goes through all the reasons given to justify the need for feminism, and de-bunks them all one by one (and cites relevant sources)
The Corruption of Feminism (22 March 2016) Video
Why I No Longer Identify as a Feminist (19 February 2016) Recommended reading
The Transformation Of Feminism Into A Hate Movement And Their Censorship Of Free Speech (12 January 2016)
How to fight your way out of the feminist fog, by Allen J Frantzen (undated)
There’s a Special Place in Hell for Feminism (10 February 2016) USA
White women are the angriest Americans, according to a new “rage survey” (4 January 2016) USA
A truthful little peek into how the feminist mind works (1 January 2016) Reddit discussion thread
Has Feminism Made Women Happier? A Comprehensive Review (31 December 2015)
When is a feminist not a feminist? (18 December 2015)
Fear and Loathing: An Oberlin Feminist on Men, Republicans and Heterosexuality (17 December 2015) USA
The Feminist Fear Factor (30 November 2015) Great article for any man who has ever been told that he’s frightened of independent women
What’s so funny about a men’s rights debate? (29 October 2015)
How to be a feminist (October 2015) Video
Equality, Feminism, and the Zero-Sum Game (18 October 2015) Reddit mens rights discussion thread
Feminism = Madness (8 October 2015) USA
Will Feminism’s Next Big “Wave” Finally Be the One That Drowns It? (5 October 2015)
It’s time to shame ‘shame culture’. All this trivial victimisation has to stop (5 October 2015) UK
Anti-feminism is the new feminism, by Elizabeth Hobson (14 September 2015)
Hateful Guardian writer Julie Bindel proposes Feminazi concentration camps for all men (5 September 2015) Further good paper on this subject here (by The Other McCain)
A Critique of Feminism: A Humanitarian Won’t be Silenced about Sexual and Domestic Violence (24 August 2015)
Feminist Tumblr: Don’t Even Ask (2 August 2015)
Feminism in one word (27 June 2015) Video
Feminism and the turn against enlightenment (11 June 2015)
Feminists don’t challenge radical Islam because real misogynists are terrifying (9 June 2015)
Scholar: ‘Grievance Feminism’ Crippling Debate on Gender Politics (5 June 2015)
Belinda Brown: A century of feminism has failed us. Women have betrayed men’s trust (1 May 2015)
Feminism Born from Boredom, Not Oppression (28 April 2015)
7 things feminists hate to hear and absolutely can’t talk about, by Janet Bloomfield (21 April 2015) Recommended reading plus many readers comments
Feminism for beginners, by Ken Gallagher (19 April 2015)
Is Feminism Dangerous, Dogmatic, and Antiquated? Maybe! (April 2015)
The feminist definition of oppression (24 July 2014) Youtube video by Sargon of Akkad
The courage of building bridges (9 April 2015)
Feminism does not mean equality unless you are a misogynist (29 August 2014)
It’s not enough for men to turn up. They have to do the work, by Clementine Ford (13 March 2015)
Sex v. Gender. Understanding political correctness (12 February 2015)
Feminist Author @PennyRed Quotes Bolshevik Commissar’s Anti-Love Advice (17 January 2015)
Nick Reading of Men’s Rights Edmonton talks about raising awareness of the true nature of feminism (7 January 2015) Videos
Feminism: The movement of low hanging fruit (4 January 2015)
Why feminism needs to end: It’s time to work towards equality by Chris Good (6 December 2014) Why we need a parents liberation movement by Jennie Bristow (27 June 2008)
Four reasons feminism is alienating teenage boys (13 November 2014)
A Lesbian Theory of the Penis (11 November 2014)
Is feminism feminism’s ideal abusive spouse? (8 November 2014)
Applying feminism’s Duluth Model to feminism itself
62p AN HOUR: What women sleeping 16 to a room get paid to make Ed and Harriet’s £45 ‘This Is What A Feminist Looks Like’ T-shirts (2 November 2014)
Feminism: Today’s Women’s Ku Klux Klan (31 October 2014)
Radical feminist violence against men in America (14 October 2014)
What misandry means to me (1 July 2014)
Shut Up, because Rape (2 October 2014)
Janet Bloomfield re-writes a feministing.com article about gender hate (14 September 2014)
Feminist activist women are masculinized in terms of digit-ratio and social dominance: a possible explanation for the feminist paradox (9 September 2014)
Feminists care about equality? Bullshit. They stand directly in the way of it (8 September 2014)
A reader’s comprehensive comment on men’s rights, from the Telegraph UK (July 2014) Reddit mensrights discussion thread
Do men hate women – justifiably? (20 June 2014)
23 quotes from feminists that will make you rethink feminism (17 May 2014)
Modern feminism has got it wrong about men (15 May 2014) More than 2,000 readers comments!
Feminism can’t be bad because it’s definition is … (12 March 2014)
See a man talking about feminism: What could possibly go wrong? (7 August 2014) Mangina mocks men who wish to participate in the gender debate. Many readers comments in the same vein, but with some interesting responses.
The fascism of feminism: Domestic violence and family Where feminism went wrong by Janet Bloomfield
Just one in seven women describe themselves as ‘feminist’ (17 October 2012) (UK article)
Leaving the sisterhood: A recovering feminist speaks, by Elly Tams (13 August 2012) with 349 readers comments
7 ways black sociology shows what is wrong with feminism (26 July 2014) Janet Bloomfield
Men: Stand up for yourselves and we will HATE you. The new feminist war cry (29 March 2014) by Janet Bloomfield (Judgybitch) Brilliant + well-researched piece of writing
Excellent analysis of feminism (21 July 2014) by Suzanne Venker
Giving feminism a bad name (28 May 2012)
Women against feminism is a thing. And we’re confused (14 July 2014) and here is one feminist’s thoughtful response ‘Feminism is fabulous, we just have to smile more‘ Fighting sexism in all the safe places (8 July 2014)
The end game of feminism, by Roosh V (13 February 2013) Deals with the many and varied double-standards of feminism
Man-hating feminism more than just a myth (20 May 2013)
Feminism the noble lie, by Robert Sheaffer (1997)
http://washingtonexaminer.com/shocker-fbi-dumps-southern-poverty-law-center-as-hate-crime-watchdog-partner/article/2546305 (Significant because SPLC’s designation of MRA’s as ‘hate groups’ is often trumpeted by feminists)
http://www.avoiceformen.com/feminism/university-of-ottawa-students-trample-free-speech-mensissues/ (Popular feminist strategy to prevent people from being exposed to ‘the other side of the story’)
Feminism hurts women too (12 February 2014)
A catalogue of feminist lies and cruelty (12 February 2012)
http://blog.honeybadgerbrigade.com/uncategorized/dear-feminism-nafalt-goes-both-ways-part-1/ by Hannah Wallen (7 May 2014)
Where did feminism go wrong? (2 September 2009)
Why Modern Feminism Is Illogical, Unnecessary, and Evil (2 August 2009)
How the Feminists’ “War against Boys” Paved the Way for Islam (4 September 2006) An extract from which reads as follows:
“In the year 2000, Swedish feminist Joanna Rytel and the action group Unf**ked Pussy entered the stage during the live broadcast of the Miss Sweden contest. She also wrote an article called “I Will Never Give Birth to a White Man,” for a major Swedish daily, Aftonbladet, in 2004. Rytel explained why she hates white men — they are selfish, exploitative, vain, and sex-crazed — and just to make things clear, she added, “no white men, please… I just puke on them, thank you very much.” ”
I presume this 2009 article from The Guardian was meant to be tongue-in-cheek but I don’t find humorous
http://www.infowars.com/twitter-feminists-campaign-to-killallmen/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZcTG2yFcBE&feature=youtu.be (On the #killallmen campaign)
Take the test: Feminist shenanigans or satire? (30 April 2014)
Finally, have a look at these Karen Straughan (aka ‘Girl Writes What’) videos:
Here Karen features in a panel discussion on the topic of “Do we need feminism?”
Karen challenges the feminist paradigm of helplessness (April 2015)
Related posts within this blog:
On the censorship of non-feminist perspectives and opinions
Beware the ire of an angry feminist
Not all feminists are like that (NAFALT)