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WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN MEN HEAR
Men have varying opinions when asked what they
think feminism is. Some see it as the understanding that
people should have equitable places in society regardless
of gender. Others see it as a movement of man-hating
lesbians out to cut off penises and take over the world.
We wanted to see what guys think of feminism in
Trinidad and Tobago so we posed this question to them:
What comes to mind when you hear the word feminism?
This is what they had to say.
I feel like heterosexual lifestyles are being marginalized
and mocked almost, by a movement that is moving towards
championing LGBTQI rights as opposed to overall women’s
rights To be honest though, I usually don’t comment on it
at all because it seems like there is almost nothing that
can be said by most men that will not be set upon. The
rules change constantly and what one needs to be sensitive
about changes constantly and everyone who doesn’t keep
up is a Neanderthal.
There seems to be a common misconception by men
generally of who and what a feminist is, and whether that
is because of ignorance or miseducation there will be no
overall victory until all of us come to understand what is
being said, what is being argued for and what is necessary
for us to move forward as a whole. The way in which it
seems as though the feminist movement shouldn’t be
criticized and cries down traditional roles and that would
not be accepted by that movement so why should it be
accepted by anyone else.
The first thing I noticed about feminists was their reluc-
tance to engage in reasoned debate when compared to their
willingness to engage in unhinged hysterics. I found out
later that this was because the main founding myths of
feminism were untestable axioms based in wilful ignorance.
The modern story of feminism is one of a sort of non-in-
clusive totalitarianism, unable to critique itself. For the
sake of women and men alike, it ought to be resisted,
ostracised and abandoned.
I immediately think of equal rights and opportunities
for women and more so equality between men and women.
Everybody deserves the right to be treated fairly, but
the world does not work like this. I hear women crying
for equal rights in this country, but it has been my expe-
rience that women in this country have it made. They
hold the best jobs, get first preference in family court and
pretty much get away with 99% of things that a man
wouldn’t dream of doing. Feminism, in my opinion, is
just another fad to get behind that hides the real, devas-
tating issues that collectively face humanity today.
Feminism refers to the idea that women are equal to men
and should be treated as such. Statistics generally show
that women are treated differently to men such as earning
less money than men for doing the same jobs and feminism
acts as a counter to this, advocating for equality.
Women are taking over the world. They are not accept-
ing gender-based stereotypes and rejecting traditional and
gender-based roles. Women are adopting what they would
refer to as an empowering attitude. So, basically women
becoming like men and that can’t be all positive.
For me, it’s seeing both men and women as people - not
putting them into categories on issues (including this one.)
I’m wary of any sentence with men are xxx or Women are
I could not be bothered to even open Men are from Mars
Women are from Venus because it just seems such a stu-
pid title. Probably because I grew up with two sisters and
their friends and mine - we just enjoyed doing stuff togeth-
er, did not have to be boys stuff or girly stuff.
What comes to mind is that I’m no longer sure what
feminism is. I used to be certain that the feminist move-
ment supported and strove for equity and equality for
women. But now, I feel like self-described feminists in
the public domain promote that women shouldn’t be
responsible for their own actions and should be surround-
ed by an invisible protective shield regardless of where
they go, what they say, or what they do. And while that
idea is chivalrous, I don’t think it’s the same as equality.
The F* word
[fem-uh-niz-uh m] noun
1. the doctrine advocating social,
political, and all other rights of
women equal to those of men.
2. An organized movement for the
attainment of such rights for
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