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27 January 2014 @ 12:46 am
Modern-day Feminism is the Fox News of the Left  
Fox News basically believes that because all the other news channels and general public are a little too progressive as they see it, they need to hyper-focus on one side of the problem, and be raging juggernauts of SUPER ULTRA EXTREMEST CONSERVATISM to 'cancel out' the combined influence of their opponents. I'm not projecting here; this is an actual thing, and something that an actual Fox News pundit has said.

Feminists (the modern extremist kind) are the same way, but with sexism. They see that the world is full of billions of tiny injustices toward women, hyper-focus on one side of the problem, and decide to be raging juggernauts of SUPER ULTRA EXTREMIST ANTI-MALE SEXISM to counteract it, because they think it will help balance things out for women.

It doesn't help. It's entirely counterproductive. Fox News knows this; they're owned by a giant media company, which is in one business and one business only: making money by selling media consumption. They do this intentionally, because they know it will make people angry, divide and polarize the public and block real progress, ensuring that their capitalizing on public outrage is perpetual.

I'm a socialist, and a humanist. I believe in progressive social change, equality, justice, fair treatment and compassion for everyone, regardless of race, color, age, gender, religion, social status, or physical or mental health. I acknowledge that we have come a long way on all of those fronts, but that we still have a long way to go. We have serious, widespread and systemic problems on all fronts ranging from mundane prejudices to full-blown oppression, and it's not going to go away anytime soon, but it is getting better. In fact, it's gotten a lot better, just in the last half century. On some fronts, in the more civilized parts of the world, we're almost there... but I don't think we'll see a time to celebrate in our lifetimes.

We owe a lot of that progress to civil disobedience and rebellion against oppressive societies, and forcing change through governmental oversight. The closer we get though to a better society, the more we need to rely on bringing both sides to the table and reaching a mutual understanding. We can't fight civil wars over things like equal pay and respect for each other, because wars only further divide. The only way to continue making progress at that point is for both sides to accept and understand that we're all human beings deserving of fair and equal treatment, and to act on it together. That takes a serious and concerted effort from everyone involved to extend an olive branch; put aside your petty differences, and treat others with respect and understanding, the way you want to be treated.

Feminists screaming the battle cry that all white men are misogynistic scum just waiting for rape to be made legal so they can finally embark on the rampage of violence and hate against women they've been waiting their whole lives to do, is no more productive toward achieving gender equality than patriarchal fanaticists who think women should be property forbidden to do anything without orders from a man. As much as these feminists will try and argue that all men think exactly that, it's not remotely true. In most of the world, that kind of oppression died centuries ago, and all of the hyperbole and distortion only serves to insulate feminists from any progress and derail any attempt to bring them to the table to help fix things.

There are a lot of men who are, like me, on the side of progressive social change and gender equality, and any time they try to enter the discussion to help out and bring real positive change, they get character assassinated by feminists accusing them of all kinds of terrible prejudice, hate, and violence toward women, simply for being male. This is not feminists reaching across the isle. It's them pushing themselves away and actively undoing good faith so they can continue to play the oppressed victim.

It needs to stop. When you attack us for being men, it's no different than if we had attacked you for being a woman, and we haven't done that, or anything to be deserving of such an attack. You can play the victim of the white male patriarchal establishment all you want. We get it; life isn't fair. But don't you dare attack us personally for trying to help.

I know I'm going to catch flak for this, but I don't care because it needs to be said. Frankly, anyone who's going to personally attack me for my stance on the matter isn't someone I or any forward-thinking progressive needs in their life anyway, so either agree to disagree, or don't let the door hit you on your way out.