Some of you (aka the dedicated Teamales amongst you) may remember the post I did a month ago about ‘Meninism’ the term for men who oppose gender equality and you may also remember that I said it was a three part exploration so voila. Here is part 2.
I was talking to Science KT- you don’t really need to know her right now but just in case you’re wondering, in the film version of my life she would be the secondary character that accidentally saves the day via cake- about this post and she said antifeminism felt worse when it was a position taken by women, after all, how can you oppose the movement to liberate you? I thought she had a very poignant perspective, one that is shared by many feminists, so it seems only right that we venture onto the #WomenAgainstFeminism Tumblr page and delve into the minds of the unconverted vaginas. Warning: it might get quite sad down there so if you want to watch a YouTube video of a cat nuzzling a baby bunny beforehand I completely understand.
Here is our first woman against feminism and her reason for being so? The fact she believes she is equal and therefore American feminism is whining. I mean firstly, it’s incredibly disrespectful to say that somebody is ‘whining’ (unless it’s a small child that wants another mini milk) I’ve been told many times that complaining about catcalling is whining and as that’s such a huge problem in mine and many other women’s lives, I always find it so upsetting to simply be brushed aside. If it wasn’t an issue then it wouldn’t be talked about on the mass scale that it is. Secondly, so what if you feel equal, what about everyone else? In the UK and USA we’re not being burnt as witches or sold as sex slaves, but in many other countries that isn’t the case. In Saudi Arabia women aren’t allowed to vote.
This next girl opposes feminism because she likes being treated like a woman- which makes sense because of course feminists love being treated like men. I’m sorry but what does ‘treated like a woman’ even mean!? On the Titanic being treated like a woman meant you could get off the boat first, in church recruitment however being treated like a woman means you will never be the pope. I’m assuming this girl wants to be treated like a woman as long as the treatment she’s getting suits her.
Can I just express my love for our posse’s new name: no longer are we feminists but now we are FEMS. I genuinely like it, thanks Trish (you look like a Trish) for that one, I’d credit you for it but we all know fems are liars so I wouldn’t believe me if I were you. I mean, realistically everyone is a liar and a hypocrite, right? How many children actually confessed to breaking their Mum’s favourite mug? Exactly *This Is How We Do voice* not meeee.
Despite what you think, I really do hate Tumblr. There are some very extreme views from the so called ‘Feminazis’ and therefore those influenced by social media get an incredibly one dimensional- and quite scary- view of the feminist movement, the same goes for the people opposing it. In the midst of everyone’s passion we start to confuse ‘everything that’s a problem’ with ‘feminism’. One of these problems is rape. This highly traumatic experience is flung around too casually on the internet, after people making comments like ‘omg Brian looked down my top I should do him for rape’ create the idea that consent is a joke. Sexual assault is a complex and variable issue, not one to be whacked around like a golf ball.
Yay! I was so scared I wouldn’t find one of these but now I’ve found one and it’s about to bump this post up from a solid 6 ½ to a controversial 9. This lady, who is possibly about to be eaten alive by her pet snake, is claiming that egalitarianism is the answer to our problems but she isn’t a feminist. Wait whaaaaaaaaaaat? According to Google an egalitarian is: believing in or based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities and then feminism is: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. There wasn’t an overlap was there? Good, just checking I hadn’t missed something.
The final one comes from the stunt double for a 2008 looking Katy Perry who isn’t a feminist because she doesn’t hate men. So actually it’s a good job she’s not part of the movement, we all know us fems hate men. Men have boy germs and spend too much time being CEOs for us to like them. Even the feminists which are men- the ones that have been completely disregarded in her classy notebook note- hate themselves. Does no one see how silly that sounds? Imagine hating men! I would have no one to gold dig from.
I guess it gets us thinking, why are so many women so quick to disassociate themselves from a movement that will benefit them and the generations to come? Are they scared of the responsibility equality brings or are feminists not promoting their beliefs in the right way? Do they really want to prevent our progression or did their husband’s just hack their Tumblr accounts and unknowingly post their photos with laddish clip art captions? In the words of Caitlin Moran (aka Queen)
How did we lose so many people along the road to equal measures? Teamales, whatcha thinking? Comment below and remember to like and follow if you thought this post was alright.
‘What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? ‘Vogue’ by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES?’