My Twitter inbox recently had an influx of feminist-related tweets from a friend of mine. I was going to make a few tweets of my own with my own two cents on the issue, but I felt a blog entry of sorts would be better for that. The tweets in question talked about gender equality, a noble goal that I support. Sadly, I also feel it’s a goal that’s not going to be achieved anytime soon, and I personally blame two parties for this: Radfems and MRAs.
To me, both groups spew a hateful agenda. The radfems are by-and-large a bunch of misandrist evil matriarch wannabes who seem to think the best solution to oppression is to become oppressors or, to put it bluntly, replace the so-called “patriarchy” with a matriarchy. Cuz that’s somehow better (no, it isn’t). On the other side, we have the MRAs, an over-entitled bunch with some rather… antiquated views on how society works and a belief that women somehow “owe” them. Their logic can be described as, at best, “separate but equal" (we all know how well that worked out when we appled it to minorities) and at worst, misogynistic.
What makes both groups problematic is that they both have audiences willing to listen to them. People willing to buy into the radfem’s talks of “da patriarchy” and how women (or “womyn”) are somehow inherently superior to men, or people willing to give attention to the MRA and his fearmongering about female uprisings that seek to instill a blatantly sexist regime that will regard men as second-class citizens. Both groups are, of course, constantly at odds with each other, and their existence only serves to justify their hatred.
Both groups are, of course, deluded fucktards who largely blame others for their problems, be it real or perceived. The day we stop paying attention to either group, dismissing them as the extremists they are, is the day we can start making real progress towards gender equality. I would like to go into more detail about my thoughts on feminism, gender equality, and how I see the two as different ideals, but I think I’ve spoken enough about sexism for the time being.