It’s only been five days, 2017…
When I woke up last January 1, surrounded by family and loving cats, I found myself at peace with the world. I thought to myself, “Wow, this is nice. I sure hope I can make it through the first week of 2017 without encountering something stupid.”
The Universe had other plans.
Globe Go (the same website that believes millennials are The Problem) recently published an article entitled “Why It’s Time That Feminists Fight for Men’s Rights”. If I’m getting my deets right, the post was on the shelf for just a hours before they took it down. I’ll get to how I feel about this later. The first half of my article is going to address Andrew J. Tan, the writer himself.
If you want to read the whole thing before reading my response, Google’s cache provides. We’ve also got screenshots if you want them.
Notes to Andrew J. Tan, from an Angry Feminist
This “feature article” had a lot of crap written in it, so I’m going to focus on the parts that really got my goat.
The gender inequality manifests itself in many ways. These include the supposed wage gap, objectification and sexualization of women, street harassment, or glass ceilings in women’s professional careers. These are the specific issues that western—and therefore popular—feminism is currently trying to fight. In the end, it boils down to gender equality and the dismantling of the patriarchy.
However, when the discussion of gender equality and dismantling the patriarchy comes into the picture, it’s often viewed from the point of view of either women rising up to the level of men, or removing the power imbalance from men and giving it to women. This way of thinking is wrong and will ultimately lead to feminism’s downfall. The objective should be about bringing balance to society. If the narrative is framed as though only men are the ones oppressing women, the movement will not succeed.
You will find this gem after several introductory paragraphs of whining about how Existence is Pain. The title alone was enough to make me vomit a little in my mouth. The trigger warning attached to the article (yes, you read that right) made it worse. This is a prime example of a deplorable lack of research.
Part and parcel of being a feminist in a post-truth world is having to explain to men and women alike that feminism isn’t just for women. Almost everyone on the internet assumes that feminism means being a strong, independent, bra-burning monster who blames guys for all the evil in the world. Heck, a lot of young women online who call themselves feminists think that this is the way that you’re supposed to do things.
Let me put my Cultural Studies teacher hat on here, and say that given the historical development of feminism, this isn’t too surprising. We often forget that ideologies grow just like human beings do. They, too, have their “Young and Stupid” phase. Criticism and discourse – together with an honest effort at understanding its origins – helps them grow.
Here is the first part of a video by Liana K, who does a lot of really cool YT videos on feminism and gaming. She can explain the history of Feminism a whole lot better than I can.
See, with things like this on the internet, on top of comprehensive Wikipedia articles with a LOT of legit reference links and sites like Everyday Feminism, there was LITERALLY no excuse for Mr. Tan to be a bleeping idiot.
And yet, here we are.
Let’s go on.