"No future triumph or metamorphosis can justify the pitiful blighting of a human being against his will." Peter Zapffe
From Antiporn Activist Network.
The things that have attracted me to the anti-feminist movement (and a lot of others like me) is that I don’t want to be talked to like I’m an idiot. Personally, my whole youth was full of being collectively chastised for the poor behaviour of my fellow classmates.
However, just like I’m seeing with AN, I need to acknowledge the fact that those “fellow classmates” do still exist and are unfortunately a very large group if not an outright majority.
So while I need to step back from my anti-feminism, I still feel like feminist articles, images, messages… need to acknowledge that there are smarter men out there. Perhaps I’m just not getting that these things are not aimed at me, but I do see a lot of (perhaps casual/accidental) generalisations ‘men do this…’.
This image is very good, but my gut reaction was “duh! of course! What about women, is there a version for them?” But, as I noted earlier, the dumb majority need this. I don’t need to identify so much as a ‘man’ anyway.
Thanks for triggering in me these thoughts.
Yes, there are plenty of men who need this infographic. If you don’t, then good! It’s not for you. If it makes you think, then all the better.
The problem with what you’re saying is:
1. Most men buy into patriarchal constructs, just like most people buy into the indoctrination they’ve been fed (whether it’s religion, nationality, race, intelligence, class, etc) and have no particular reason to question it. This is just human nature. It hurts to go against your own sense of identity.
2. Feminism should not adapt itself to men’s needs. The whole point of feminism is to provide a space where women can articulate criticism of social institutions that operate on the basis of woman-hatred. In doing so they will criticize men’s actions as a class. It’s our role to recognize that they are not blaming us individually for doing these things, but that they’re talking about the class “man” in which we were socialized. If you take it personal, then ultimately you don’t understand the point.
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