“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. There’s no point in avoiding it, so we might as well start with it. In 30 seconds on Google, I found this article (first page of my first search about “radical feminism”) and this delightful collection of quotes (my favorite: “To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he’s a machine, a walking dildo.” Thanks for the gem, Valerie Solanas.). Though they’re not even that loud, but can seem so because anti-feminists like to cherry pick quotes and ignore the much greater number of feminist writings, people, and organizations that say otherwise. The goal of feminism is to create a society in which individuals’ genders don’t restrict them from an equitable shot at success and happiness.
It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” Pat Robertson famously said this in the 90s, and the sentiment still rings as true in the ears of many today. You don’t have to look very hard to find examples of “feminists” who hate men. It’s like misogynist but for hating men instead of women. But feminist doesn’t mean “person who hates men.” Feminist means “person who believes people should have equitable places in society regardless of their gender.” Some feminists may be misandrists. Most feminists actively disagree with the belief that women are better than men and think that feminists who are anti-men are going against the fundamental principles of feminism, which says we’re deserving and worthy human beings – women, men, trans* – and should be treated as such. It’s an unfortunate reactionary sentiment bought into by some people (misandrists) who also identify with the feminist movement. The whole “feminists hate men” thing has been tossed around for quite a long time now. The first “feminist” women who began advocating for equal status of women in the US did so in the late 1700’s, but it didn’t really pick up steam until the late 1800’s.
Primarily, the rights to own property, to attend college, and to vote.
In response to these requests, they were were labeled as anti-family, anti-God, anti-men radical hedonists.
That labeling has continued to today, because — surprise!
— a group with a lot of power (men) tends to do whatever it can to maintain that power (dismiss equal rights as radical).
It’s happened with every oppressed ethnic group (from the Irish to the Africans) that’s immigrated the country.
It happened with oppressed religious groups (from the Catholics to the Muslims).
And it continues today with the oppressed gender group. One of the ways I know this is true because there’s an entire book written about it.
An example of how we act irrationally is called diagnosis bias.
A particularly fascinating study showed that the smallest change in the way you describe someone can completely alter the way you perceive their behavior. A university class (unknowing lab rats) had a substitute professor.
To introduce the professor, the class members were given short bios.
What they didn’t know was that half the bios had been very slightly altered (e.g., exchanging warm, positive adjectives for cold, callous ones).