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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Men and Feminism!

According to Jesse Game-Brown, the question from a male perspective is never why are you a feminist but more so why as a male do they identify as feminist. 

He states, "Well, I firmly believe it’s true that men and women alike are all hapless gears in the gender binary machine. And I like the term egalitarianism and its objective, but to me the term seems insufficient in the context of gender." For those who are not aware a egalitarianism is rend of thought that favors equality for particular categories of, or for all, living entities. Egalitarian doctrines maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status. This does not particularly characterize a type of equality or a formulation of what this equality entails, which is why he prefers the term feminism for the following basic reasons:

1) Men are forbidden from partaking in anything associated with the feminine; and women are simultaneously expected to emulate femininity and reject it. 2)Un-gendered bodies are almost ubiquitously read as male. Ask any first grader the gender of a ghost or spider in a storybook to demonstrate this internalized pattern. Any creature in a video game is a him. 3)Systemically, men are still in power. The gender associated with femininity is yet marginalized. 4)Gender reform has a long, exceptional history of discourse and activism under the name of feminism." 

He speaks on such great topics pertaining to not only the power and strength behind the name "Feminism," but he also speaks on behalf of the term not pertaining to a certain sex and/or gender. Discourse and uproar about gender began in the women’s rights movement. He discusses the problems that are directly connected between men and women and how it is not just a fight for women alone but a necessity basically for men to be involved. 

As a group they are already ahead of the starting line in society and beneficially advanced for their sex alone and he is aware of that, but to be a male who believes in feminist issues I applaud him for publicly stating so and addressing the complexity and difficulties it takes to explain these issues to society. Change takes a while to come, but with faith and overtime in your efforts a change will come and it takes both men, women, transgendered, mothers, fathers, children, varieties of race, class, etc for a wave to make a motion. To find out more about his article "In Defense of Feminism for men click here"

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