GOD THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT
all men are responsible. all men are necessary to dismantle sexism. all men have to check their thoughts and behaviors. all men should enter male spaces and speak up for the rights of women when their peers do not. ALL men. do not give me this “not all men” bullshit because if you are silent and only care about your feelings instead of fighting for women then you /are/ one of those men. saying “not all men” lets men think that they arent involved with the issue when they are
#YesAllWomen is trending on Twitter right now.
This is very important.
Right now, men just need to shut up, read these and learn. We HAVE to do better.
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.