Over the past few years, I’ve heard a lot about Feminism. It’s come up time and again in the media, and this trend actually seems to be accelerating. Despite the less than ideal conditions that has brought this issue such attention lately, I’m happy to see people discussing it.
Have you heard of GamerGate? If not, Know Your Meme describes it as…
…the online backlash against perceived breaches of journalistic integrity on video game news sites that occurred as a result of the “Quinnspiracy,” an online controversy surrounding indie game developer Zoe Quinn’s alleged affairs with a number of men working in the video game industry, including Kotaku staff writer Nathan Grayson.
I don’t want to focus on #gamergate, because it’s just one of many attacks on women, but the highly abbreviated version is that a group of people on the Internet (mostly men) are upset that a woman may have had sex with some men. They’re so upset, in fact, that they’re threatening to rape and murder her and her family.
As a man, I find this deeply disturbing.
Feminism has gotten a bad rap over the years, and I suspect it has a lot to do with the name. Simply put, Feminism sounds exclusive to women… in fact, it sounds a bit anti-men. Feminism, in my opinion, has a major marketing problem.
What Feminism actually means is equality for men and women. It’s a noble goal, something to strive for, not attack. I believe this should be self-evident, but apparently not everyone sees it that way.
I’m writing about this because I believe that more people – men in particular – need to say that this isn’t okay. Speaking frankly, I can’t stand the term “Feminist” either… I think it sounds militant. It conjures images of angry women hating on men. However, I believe that the idea behind it is vital to the continued success of our society. I believe it’s simply the way things should be.
Why shouldn’t women be treated equally? How does their equal treatment hurt me as a man? That we’re threatening women with death for simply having a different opinion is absolutely shameful. We’re supposed to be better than that.
Us men have been ruling the world for thousands of years now. I think it’s pretty damn reasonable that women want equal say in the matter, and I hope you’ll chime in the next time you see a man threatening a person with rape and death. Seriously, what are we, teenage boys? Man…