Man Hater!

July 13, 2011 at 2:59 am 4 comments

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Recently, I’ve been accused of being a man hater. I won’t tell you who did it, but it was hurtful. Apparently, I really hate men. I didn’t know I hated all men, but apparently, I do.

Someone mentioned that in a book she was listening to on tape, one of the characters, in the opening line of the book, discovers that he is a father of a daughter that her mother kept secret from him. She mentioned that it was a frequently used plot device, and I agreed with her. In fact, I think it’s practically a hackneyed cliché.

I told her that was a popular male fantasy, the child you didn’t know about that would carry on your family’s genes and, perhaps, even, your name, with no effort or responsibility on your part. The child, usually a son, is one you had no idea existed. It was raised with no money or responsibility on your part, and shows up magically at your doorstep, either finding you on its own or with the help of its mother, usually when it’s grown or very nearly so.

A son to have a beer with and carry on the family genes and name with no contribution of yours apart from sperm is so popular a notion that it carried some of the plot of the most recent Indiana Jones film, with Shia La Barf in the role of the grown son that Indy never knew about.

She mentioned that there were also popular female fantasies, such as the one with the Princess who’s rescued by a Prince who showers her with gifts and affection. This is dramatized most recently in the movies Maid in Manhattan and Pretty Woman. There’s also the ever popular frog who turns into a prince, modernized as the man who is in need of reforming, a la As Good As It Gets, where a single mother waitress takes on a bigoted OCD victim and makes him into a loveable curmudgeon.

She said I was trying to make men into villains by making my observation about popular male fantasies while making females into victims with theirs. Here’s my official take on all of this. We’re all victims here. The men lose out on their possibilities of being loving parents. The females settle for men who are less than they’re worth by taking on losers with the hope that they will reform. Jesse James, anyone?

Feminists often get cast in the role of “man hater,” simply because they won’t tow the line and, instead,  continue to work toward gender equality. What I didn’t expect is that someone who had professed to be my sister in feminism would taint me with the label of man hater simply because I continue to bring up obvious inequities and myths that perpetuate the sicknesses of our culture?

She actually dared to say that I should be glad that I don’t live in China or the Middle East and ease up because of that. You shouldn’t speak out about sexism; look at our sisters in developing countries. They have it so much worse in comparison. It is BECAUSE those sisters have it so much worse that we have a duty to carry on toward greater equality on our own homefront.

The feminist backlash has run virtually unabated since the early 1980s when the Reagan administration virtually ignored the needs of women and pushed all women back into the role of barefoot and pregnant. Whether through a systematic media campaign or legislation and court rulings, feminism was virtually eradicated. The 1950s returned in the 1980s. We were even betrayed by our own sex, with the efforts of Phyllis Schlafly and Beverly LaHaye, amongst other women. These were women who made a career out of encouraging women to return to the Dark Ages and failed to see the hypocrisy in their own actions.

And here I am, betrayed by someone that I thought was a sister in the battle for gender equality. Just yesterday I mentioned that divorce rates for stay-at-home dads are much higher than that of the general population, with about half of the divorces initiated by the wife and half by the husband. I said that was a travesty, and that if these men were contributing to child rearing and the maintenance of the household that they should be given the same respect that we would give to a female homemaker. Men shouldn’t feel like they are less than men because they aren’t the primary breadwinner in a household. And that somehow makes me a man hater!

I should mention what this same woman said about my recent article on slavery in the U.S. military that wasn’t covered in the mainstream media: I hate the military. That’s right. I hate the U.S. military. That’s why I want our boys brought home so they won’t continue to die so some soccer mom can fill the gas tank on her S.U.V. It’s because I hate the military. Really, I do.

She never thought that maybe, just maybe, the post was written because I HATE SLAVERY. I love our men in the military. I want them brought home safe and sound.

So, to all the people who call me a man hater or a feminazi, or whatever Rush Limbaugh is using as a misnomer for feminism nowadays, I say: Fuck you! I will continue to fight for what’s right. And what’s right is equal rights for both men and women. Men should get custody of children if they are fit parents. Females should pay child support. Men shouldn’t be ashamed of being stay-at-home dads. Parental leave for all. Both men and women should have equal rights to an education and a rewarding career. And we should stop having such rigid societal views of just what it means to be a man…or a woman, either. But frankly, men have much less freedom with that definition. It these views are what makes me a man hater, then so be it!

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Entry filed under: Ethics, Human Rights, Men, Prejudice, Social Commentary, Uncategorized, Women's Rights.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Craig Benno  |  July 13, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Interesting. I have to say that I haven’t thought you are / were a ‘man hater!’

    Equality for all…I totally agree.

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  • 2. Mary Ann Phillips  |  July 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!!

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  • 3. Mary@Barnmaven.com  |  July 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    When people respond to your opinion with a qualifier about you that doesn’t fit, I find its usually because something within their belief system feels threatened by your opinion — maybe something they instinctively know isn’t right but are so used to thinking that the ensuing cognitive dissonance engenders within them a need to make *you* seem like you are the one who is wrong. They resort to name-calling because they are unable to articulate any logical framework around their feelings. At least, that’s been my experience. Your friend has a social construct in her head about gender roles. Maybe she subconsciously recognizes that she’s subscribed to an archetype that on closer inspection is kind of…well, wrong. And because she doesn’t know how to deal with that, she attacks you instead. Just a guess. Because what you have written in regards to your opinion of feminism and gender equality seems pretty sane and straightforward. I can’t seem to read any “man hating” into it.

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  • 4. Dalrock Reader  |  July 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    “The feminist backlash has run virtually unabated since the early 1980s when the Reagan administration virtually ignored the needs of women and pushed all women back into the role of barefoot and pregnant.”

    Is this a serious statement? In any case, women seem to be doing quite well despite this. See Hanna Rosin’s triumphal TED talk.

    “I hate the military. That’s right. I hate the U.S. military. That’s why I want our boys brought home so they won’t continue to die so some soccer mom can fill the gas tank on her S.U.V. It’s because I hate the military. Really, I do.”

    The U.S. military protects a lot more than cheap gas for SUV-driving traitors to the sisterhood. In a very real, non-trivial way, it protects feminism, because it protects Western liberalism. Anywhere the West has little power is a place that is not very nice for women. If you want the troops brought home, you understand that the Taliban will retake Afghanistan, right?

    I want the troops brought home for other reasons, but that’s a different topic.

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