March is recognized as Women’s History Month. This is number 3 and final part of our miniseries on women’s issues. The subject to be discussed is the phenomenon known as “meninism.” Of course meninism can’t be talked about without mentioning its counterpart, feminism.
The Meninism Movement
What exactly is meninism? Meninism can be considered a various number of things. Some say it’s a movement calling for the equality rights of men. Others consider meninism to be a rebellion against feminism, which is a threat to their masculinity. While most believe meninism is a blatant mockery of feminism.
Some of the issues meninists (those who believe in meninism) believe exist have to do with numerous double-standards. Meninism even has its own Tumblr to express their opinions. Here are some examples of their gripes:
- Why can a woman ask a guy his height, but if he asks for her weight, that’s wrong?
- Why can’t men ever get into clubs for free?
- Why do men have to spend hard earned money on dates? Why can’t men get asked out, picked up, and fed?
- Men should have a say in abortion. It’s their child as well.
- If a man disagrees with a woman, it’s sexist.
It’s hard to differentiate between those who are serious and those who are joking. These gripes are very insignificant. While some are bringing up these points in a humorous manner, others really believe this is a problem for men.
— Markus Lenz (@MarkusLenzz) December 16, 2013
Meninist Views On Appearance
Whether they are joking or not, meninists vastly point out the double standards when it comes to physical appearance. Does feminism have anything to do with appearance? No, but it is a big deal in meninism. Do you think they have a valid point?
What is Feminism?
With all this talk about the meninism movement, we need to learn what exactly feminism is. Many of the meninists feel that the modern form of feminism is all about wanting to belittle men. What is the true definition of feminism? Feminism is based upon the philosophy that women are equal to men. Feminism wants to achieve equal political, economical, and social rights for women.
This doesn’t sound like something that is all bad. Feminism wants women to have the same rights as men. Such rights and abilities include the right to vote, hold public office, equal pay for equal work, and to education. Feminism also wants to protect women from rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.
The major problem with feminism is how it is portrayed in the media. Not only the media, but other outlets such as religious leaders, teachers, politicians, etc. mislead the public on the purpose of feminism. When you think of “feminist”, the thing that comes to most men’s minds is a ” hairy man-hating lesbian.” Of course, with any movement there are extremists. Unfortunately, the media gives them the most attention. In order for feminism to shine, they need to re-brand their image. Feminists need to clearly state what it is they are fighting for. Equality is a fight both sides can back. The goals of equality for both sexes is something that most people would not have a problem with.
Feminist Origin of Meninism
Over the past year, it seems that the word “meninist” emerged out of nowhere. This word is not new. However the meaning the word has taken on drastically changed. The term “meninist” was originally used on a feminist website. Meninists originally were considered a “global organization of men that believe in and support the feminist principles of political, social, and economic equality.” The newly formed definition of meninism seems to be a mockery of its original meaning.
There needs to come a day when there is no need for such words like feminism and meninism. Once equality of the sexes is achieved, it should be known as humanism.
Also In Episode 30
Comedy Central pulls insensitive jokes from its upcoming Roast of Justin Bieber. Amongst the insensitive jokes that were said, the ones that used the death of actor Paul Walker were deemed too cringeworthy. Although this is comedy, it appears certain topics are just off limits.
Bud Light offends people with their St. Patricks Day tweet. The tweet featured a picture of a group of women wearing green and stated, “On #StPatricksDay you can pinch people who don’t wear green. You can also pinch people who aren’t #UpForWhatever.” Many people felt that Bud Light was promoting sexual assault. They quickly deleted the tweet and apologized for it. Was Bud Light in the wrong or did people overreact?
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