A recent surge in ‘meninists’ – that is, men who argue that their rights need to be addressed in conjunction with the rights of women – has prompted a conversation about the definition of feminism.
Last week 19-year-old Ryan Williams was the centre of controversy after he argued that tampons should not be free because women ought to be able to control their bladders.
Not only did it spark questions about his knowledge of the female anatomy and menstruation, but also about the challenges of being a woman in the 21st century.
Back in 2012, blogger An Anarchist in DC (who has since transitioned to a woman) wrote a post about why men need feminism.
It was rediscovered on Twitter this week, and people have been sharing it once more.
On Tuesday, author Hanna Jameson tweeted it, and people immediately flocked to share:
Here is the full text, in all its brilliance:
I’m a guy, and I need feminism. Not ‘men’s rights’. Feminism. Here is why.
Everything that MRAs [Men's Rights Activists] talk about that men can’t do or are socially punished for arise directly and immediately from misogyny. Misogyny.
Whether I am expressing my emotions, playing with children, baking, having sex wherein I am penetrated in any way, wearing the wrong colour, talking the wrong way, moving the wrong way, being sexually harassed/assaulted, or paying too little attention to looking like I’m not paying attention to how I look, when society punishes me or derides me or marginalises me for these things, it is happening because they are things women, not men, are expected to do, and our society at large f—king hates women.
Has that sunk in yet?
Men, can you even think of a single goddamn way you have ever been mocked that wasn’t related to something that a misogynist society sees as feminising? Even when large men are mocked for their bodies, they are referred to as having ‘man-boobs’ for f—ks sake.
How do you expect to improve those things with ‘men’s rights?’ What right are you fighting for? I can tell you what I think you’re fighting for. I think you’re fighting for the right to contain and control misogyny, and direct it back at women, where you think it belongs. You want to maintain your privilege but erase its consequences, and that’s why your movement is farcical; it’s a big f—king feedback loop. How do you expect men to be free from the peripheral effects of misogyny when you refuse to even f—king believe it’s real?