This touches on an important point and what I think is a common misconception, so thanks! When I’m saying misandry isn’t a thing, I am not saying that men do not experience widespread harm based on gender roles. I certainly acknowledge it and it’s a problem we need to address in our culture. Working to alleviate the harm that gender roles cause men is a crucial part of feminism.
But all of those problems, from the policing of masculinity, to the promotion of violence, to the shaming of emotions, they’re not a product of “misandry” — they’re a product of misogyny.
Because all of that horrible stuff that harms men stems from a culture that bars men from expressing themselves in any way that is perceived as remotely “feminine.” Because the worst thing for a man in our culture to be is like a woman. Hatred of women = misogyny. Misandry doesn’t mean social institutions that harm men. By definition it means institutionalized hatred of the male gender. There are many issues that harm men in our society, but misandry isn’t one of them.
It’s Google verified- gender inequality still exists in the world.
Last week it was announced that the Bank of England would put Jane Austen on the £10 note, making her only the third non-royal woman to appear on British currency. We took it as good news, but a lot of other people… er… really didn’t. One of the women who successfully campaigned for women’s inclusion on bills has been getting tons of abuse and rape threats via Twitter and has responded by taking the site to ask for their “completely inadequate” system for reporting abuse. The cause has taken hold, and now there’s a petition with 60,000+ signatures to have Twitter add a “report abuse” button to individual tweets.
Today I was in the break room at my job and everyone was watching some shit called “Guy Code” on MTV. Which. Is. Just. Terrible. And everyone was laughing, because “Ahahaha, misogyny” and I didn’t hide how offended I was, but everyone thought I was just being snarky. I felt like wrecking somebody but I couldn’t go on a real tirade of any kind because I was surrounded by “work friends” and my manager was right outside. It’s been over three hours but I still feel like going Hulk on everything.
Generally, I don’t make a habit of making news posts about things that happened on the Internet more than a year ago. Unless, of course, it managed to slip everyone’s attention and is just blowing up now. I also don’t make a habit of writing news posts about random people on the internet being jerks. Unless, of course, they’re not random people at all, but people with significant power over either legal matters or the media we consume. The case of “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With,” or rather, the content of the commentary on the post of that name by writer/director James Gunn last year. See, in between last February and now, Gunn was tapped as the director for the first new set of characters to be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 2, The Guardians of the Galaxy.
This is disgusting. I’m not familiar with Gunn’s work and I admit I know very little about Guardians of the Galaxy. But I LOVE the other entries in the current Marvel cinematic-verse, and - with the possible exception of Iron Man - I think their portrayals of female characters are fantastic. I really hope these comments have some consequences. Marvel was slowly making strides for women in their properties. I hope they don’t relapse with this guy in the director’s chair.