22 down, just 11 to go in my refutation of the supposed 33 reasons to be a feminist and so far, I’m just not impressed. In fact, I’m noticing that many of these reasons are inherently sexist on their face, they worry only about the problems of women and entirely ignore the problems of men that may be as bad or worse. The unfortunate reality is that many self-identified feminists who outwardly decry sexism are among the worst sexists themselves. Funny, huh?
23. Because approximately 3 million girls are victims of female genital mutilation every year.
I agree, that’s a horrible thing, but it’s totally out of context. In the United States alone, 56% of all males born are circumcised before they ever leave the hospital. In 2011, the last year I could find records for, there were 3,999,386 births. Assuming an equal number of male and female births, that makes 1,999,693 males born and 1,119,828 circumcisions done in this country alone. I could find no data that any female circumcisions were done at all in the U.S. in 2011. However, other countries have a much higher rate of male circumcision. Islamic countries, where most female circumcision is done, circumcise boys at a rate above 70%. I was unable to find any records of how many total Muslims are born per year, but certainly since Muslims tend to breed at a relatively high rate, that number must be high and 70% of all boys are circumcised, dwarfing the number of female circumcision. Yet the feminists aren’t making any noise about male genital mutilation, are they?
24. Because there are approximately 2 million victims of sex trafficking each year. 85% of the victims are women.
And 15% are men and they’re not too worried about them, are they? The reality is, studies have shown that many women voluntarily get involved in sex trafficking so they can travel the world. It is relatively rare that women are simply kidnapped from poor countries against their will. This kind of thing is very rare in the western world. In 2008, there were reported 83 cases of sex trafficking in the U.S., but only 9% of these cases were legitimate. While I’m right with you in opposing human trafficking and slavery of all kinds, I don’t have to be a feminist to do it.
25. To spread awareness and knowledge about what feminism works for. Equality. Everyone who has a mother, sister, daughter, son or a friend would want them to have respect and rights, right?
Except it’s not. I’ve already shown multiple cases in these posts that they are not after equality for all, they’re after equality for women and where women have more rights, they want to keep it unequal.
Yes it is, so what? It’s a woman wearing a men’s shirt. She’s not naked. She’s not being abused. What is the problem here and why? I know feminists are going to throw out some vague “objectivization” nonsense, but come on, give me a real, well thought out answer. What specifically is wrong with that image? Do you think they don’t do exactly the same thing for women’s products? In fact, here’s a shot from another clothing commercial. this time for Scultz Jeans in the UK. Is that an offensive ad? If not, why not? Again, a lot of this has been addressed in previous points, women seem to think that if a woman is portrayed scantily clad, it’s offensive, but if a man is shown the same way, it’s empowering. Make up your mind, we only need one standard.
27. Because domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
Domestic violence goes both ways. Male-on-female violence is certainly a problem, but there’s just as much female-on-male violence that largely gets ignored in our society. Some studies have shown that women who assaulted their male partners were more likely to avoid arrest even when the male victim contacts police. Others have suggested that women who batter their male partners were more likely to be seen as the victims instead of the instigators. Police officers will often treat female-on-male violence as an insignificant crime and treat male victims as “pathetic figures”, ignoring the fact that violent women are more prone to use weapons in their assaults and thus, cause proportionally more damage to a man than a man would to a woman. Experts estimate that 62% of women in shelters are just as violent as the men they escaped and that judges tend to disregard a history of physical violence by women, even in cases of violent murder of a male partner.
28. Because this is a fact: In 31 states, if a woman has a child as a result of rape, her rapist can sue for custody and visitation rights.
There is no law anywhere that specifically grants rights to rapists. This is a completely misleading claim. Men have a right to sue for custody and visitation rights for their own children. In these 31 states, they haven’t specifically closed the loophole for rapists. However, even if a rapist does sue, the chances the courts are going to grant visitation or custody are pretty much non-existent. If the rapist is convicted of rape, it’s almost certain that anyone whose name is on the sex offender registry is never going to get legal contact with a child, even his own. Besides, the woman is entirely free not to record the name of the father on the birth certificate, making it very difficult for the biological father to even take the case to court and, as I said, winning court is a virtual impossibility anyhow. This is a patently dishonest statement.
29. Because we need to be aware of the sexism that surrounds us and say NO to it.
Apparently this only refers to male sexism toward women because among feminists, there’s a lot of female sexism toward men and that’s fine and dandy. In fact, it seems that women are far more sexist these days than men are if you apply a single standard to both sides. I’ve seen people complain that women on TV are often scrutinized for their choices of fashion and their makeup, but news flash for you, it isn’t men, by and large, that are doing that, it’s other women! For things like the Emmys or the Oscars, feminists complain that a woman’s dress may be criticized while a man’s suit is ignored, but the women are the ones who are paying absurd amounts of money, having famous designers make them something that stands out, specifically because they want to be noticed! It’s a simple fact that feminists have made gender their number one priority, something that is, by it’s very nature, sexist. If the goal is to have a gender-blind society, they are failing the test miserably. Gender is all they pay attention to. It’s all about quotas. It’s all about keeping up with the proverbial Jones’. They complain that the United States has never had a female President, yet ignore the fact that women have gotten significant traction in just the last couple of years. Maybe if there were some women ran that were worth voting for, we’d have one. Feminists are aware of every instance of perceived sexism around them, except for the clear and present instance right in their own front yard. Interesting, hmmmm?
Video games have traditionally appealed to a predominantly male audience, it’s hardly surprising that the character models, both male and female, would be designed to appeal to that demographic. Today, lots more women are playing games and in those genres where they are more prominent, the models are not nearly as bad. Take the newest Tomb Raider game, Lara Croft, who was traditionally depicted with big breasts in a halter top and shorts has been re-envisioned as a more realistic character in both body type and abilities. If this isn’t a strong female character, I don’t know what is. How about characters like Jade from Beyond Good and Evil? How about Samus from Metroid? What about Cortana from Halo? Or Jill Valentine from Resident Evil? These same kinds of characters can be found in movies and television as well but they’re routinely ignored in favor of any female character that’s even the remotest bit sexy. Feminists want something to complain about, not something to point to as a positive advancement.
31. Because female fetuses are being aborted in China because they are not wanted.
Once again, how are feminists in the U.S. going to change the culture in China again? Exactly what impact does declaring oneself a feminist have on Chinese cultural traditions? None? Just as I thought.
32. Because women who are seen, who stand up for their rights and express their opinions often get threatened and hated.
If this wasn’t so absurdly hypocritical, I’d be laughing. News flash for you people, *EVERYONE* who stands up for their rights and expresses their opinions gets threatened and hated. Welcome to reality. Where this gets ridiculous though is the fact that men who are seen, who stand up for their rights and express their opinions, especially when those opinions oppose those of feminists, get some of the most vile threats and overwhelming hate I’ve ever seen. Ask the MRAs. People need to learn to stop being such delicate little flowers and deal with the reality around them. You don’t see the MRAs setting up “safe zones” where they can feel “protected”, that’s the schtick of the feminists. They want an echo chamber where only their own views and opinions are heard, then they go out and attack anyone who dares to speak out in a free and open forum.
33. Because three men in Sweden walked free after raping a girl with a glass bottle until she started to bleed.
This is a bizarre entry, it refers to a single event and seems absurd as a reason to adopt a feminist worldview. After all, there’s no way to correct this “injustice” no matter what position you adopt. Truth be told, I wasn’t able to find much information on this particular story, there really wasn’t a lot of data on the criteria the judge used to make his decision, therefore I cannot speak to whether this was a good judgement or not. However, I see feminists simply leaping to the conclusion that it must have been a bad decision because it isn’t one that makes them happy and I don’t see that being a very worthwhile position to take.
In the end, absolutely none of these 33 reasons is a legitimate reason to be a feminist. I think that there are many women (and men) who currently identify as feminists, who really don’t understand what it means. They will claim that they want equal rights for all and that’s a good thing, an idea I heartily support, but that’s not feminism, that’s egalitarianism. Wanting equality across the board is a good thing, male and female, black and white, gay and straight, everyone deserves to have equal rights and equal protection under the law. It simply makes no sense to identify as a feminist, which is an inherently sexist position to take, just as you wouldn’t declare yourself to be for racial equality and then join the KKK. You cannot bring about equality for all by only focusing on the issues of one group, it is inherently irrational.
Let’s not forget what feminism really stands for and who better to remind us than the women who are largely responsible for starting and organizing modern third-wave feminism. These are your leaders, gals. These are the concepts that you support by defining yourself as a feminist.
“I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honourable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.” – Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor
“In a patriarchal society, all heterosexual intercourse is rape because women, as a group, are not strong enough to give meaningful consent.” — Catherine MacKinnon, quoted in Professing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women’s Studies.
“The simple fact is that every woman must be willing to be identified as a lesbian to be fully feminist” (National NOW Times, January, 1988).
“All men are rapists and that’s all they are” — Marilyn French
Is this what you really believe? If it is, you’ve lost all respect from me, although I doubt you care. If not, then only you can do something about it. Stop labeling yourself as a feminist and join me as a decent human being who wants equality for all and superiority for none.