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I have been wondering about this lately. If someone had contempt for me because of my gender identity and sexual identity, would it be transphobia, misogyny, misandry, or homophobia/heterophobia? Could it be a mix of those?
This is a problem that I have been struggling to conceptualize for a while but I think I can do it now. I see these attitudes as being the same and I believe it is hypocritical of anyone condemning one of these attitudes while actively indulging in one of the others.
I believe all of these attitudes existed throughout history, and the current storm brewing over the western world, is just more of the same shit, that has always existed but they have been twisted in insidious ways.
I believe people of all genders and sexual identities have been oppressed by a tiny fraction of the species. The better you fit in with the crowd the less you felt the oppression, but the oppression was still there. Current discourse on oppression revolves around a one-sided view of history and ignores that life wasnít fair for a huge portion of the species.
I take a similar view to Pelle Billing(his excellent blog is here.), people didnít choose their roles, they adopted them to suit their environment. It wasnít like men chose to be the ones who were expected to risk their lives for the sake of others, and it wasnít like women chose to be the baby machines and homemakers, this was just an extension of the environment that existed in. Gender expectations are the source of all bigotry and discrimination.
I accept that both sexes are diferent on some level, but I also accept that thereís a bit more to role that our innate differences. I seriously believe that most forms of bigotry based on sexual or gender is rooted in that same source-sexism. I argue that anyone seriously embracing any of these views are contemptous of some characteristic of either male or female sexuality, masculinity or femininity, or
People can be assholes. I have accepted this fact early in life, I have accepted that people will not understand me, or accept that Iím different than the rest of the kids in school/work/everyday life. Do I get aggravated when people pretend I donít exist? Absolutely. However, I do not believe this to be a form of oppression, I just think the person in question is a dickhead.
One of the most aggravating things in the LGBT community is the constant need to portray LGBT people as victims, this is something that feminists do. And while I can understand the frustration and hopelessness that some of us feel, I donít think itís beneficial to portray any group of people that way.
While I appreciate some feminists like Clarisse Thorn, who is one of the better feminists out there, but there are plenty of them that are like Twisty Faster are prone to hyperbole and yellow journalism.
While there are some aspects of feminism that I like, there is enough stuff in it to make me reject it as an ideology. I do not like itís constant need to demonize my sex because of a few assholes, because letís be honest here, some dudes are indeed pieces of shitÖand some women are as well.
This leads me to the MRM. I appreciate and accept that there are plenty of good examples of misandry in society. However, I have seen some bullshit spewed by some MRAs and others are prone to hyperbole as some feminists are. While I certainly believe that some men and women are capable of having shitty behavior, I do not even believe this is a majority of men or women.
As I said, people can be assholes, but I donít really think most people are assholes. Perhaps itís a product of my upbringing or my understanding of how things work, but I see no reason to accuse a majority of people of some grievious crime that they didnít commit or have any intention of doing. Why
It seems that the world of the MRM is gaining steam and that I should start a blog related to the topics at hand andÖgive my perspective as a bisexual gender queer MRA and LGBT activist.
I will focus mainly on male rights issues however I will also post on LGBT issues.
In my first post I want to address my opinions about a couple of things.
1. LGBT people will better served by seperating themselves from the feminist movement and doing itís own thing.
2. I think that there are some issues with the MRM that need addressed and I will touch on these issues in later posts.
3. I believe that people will be better served with conservative/libertarian politics and my posting will reflect my politics.
That all said, I am excited to start this blog and deal with the challenges that come with being both a LGBT activist and male rights activist.
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