So...I was reading this on Feminist Critics, and I feel that it was begging for a blog post! The title of the page is entitled, "What Feminism got Right." Now, many of my MRA readers and some of a particular neutral variety might disagree, but I have for the most part decided that both sides of the gender war thingy mabobber are at least right.
So...to make a stand on where I stand with some issues and feminist ideas:
1. There is a gender systemAgreed. This has been known to psychologists for at least 30 years, just pick your theory of choice of how it happens(except Freud for the love the gods anything but Freud). Remember kiddies, gender does not equal biological sex.
Males and females are socialized into masculinities and femininities. Masculine and feminine behavior is not simply determined by biology.
2. The gender system is damagingAgreed. We should let kids decide for themselves who THEY are.
Masculinities and femininities can be damaging and dehumanizing to both males and females.
3. Women are oppressedDisagreed, I might have been open to the idea maybe in ancient times or the Middle Ages, but to make that claim from the Renaissance up is frankly ridiculous.
Women have suffered various types of systematic mistreatment throughout history, and continue to do so in the present. This mistreatment is unjust. If it can be called “oppression,” then women suffer gender oppression.
4. Sexism existsAgreed and disagreed. Misogyny, for the most part, is a reaction to misandry that men face(but I do agree that both of these attitudes could and should be addressed) . I do not
Sexism—hateful, contemptuous, bigoted, or discriminatory attitudes based on sex—is real. Sexism can be institutionalized socially and politically. The feminist identification and critique of misogyny has mitigated it to a degree, though institutionalized misogyny still exists.