Do Anti-Feminists Understand Feminism?

Some thoughts on Anti-Feminism.

Everytime some­one begins to cri­tique — or even out­right unfair­ly slams — Feminism, one of the most com­mon respons­es is the old script­ed and regur­gi­tat­ed line, “You don’t under­stand Feminism”. This is iron­ic, con­sid­er­ing Feminism at large doesn’t real­ly under­stand why any­one would be opposed to the ide­ol­o­gy either (they often assume it’s because “Male Supremacists don’t wan­na give away pow­er” or “want the right to rape”, which is non­sen­si­cal because… who the heck in their right minds would want the RIGHT to RAPE?)

The assump­tions are many, but actu­al­ly try­ing to under­stand the oth­er side is a wis­dom of its own. Unfortunately, Feminism in gen­er­al (not nec­es­sar­i­ly some “Feminists”) doesn’t have that.

For instance, I’ve been a Feminist all my life until this year, when Feminism has offi­cial­ly lost the debate and cares more for cul­tur­al war­fare. I under­stand why a per­son would want to be a Feminist, and that “inten­tion” is sacred, even though the act of being one isn’t. One doesn’t just get “bet­ter informed” than “mis­in­formed”; Einstein can’t just cre­ate rel­a­tiv­i­ty equa­tions then just be “mis­in­formed” about his own cre­ation. In oth­er words, most Anti-Feminists — who used to be Feminists — have sim­ply under­stood MORE about the impact of the ide­ol­o­gy and move­ment. The only rea­son they would turn 360 degrees and go against their moral con­di­tion­ing is IF they real­ized that the side they’ve been sup­port­ing is not only flawed but also has been more dev­as­tat­ing to human life than bring­ing about ANY pos­i­tive impacts.
And yes, Feminism has tram­pled on basic human rights more times than any oth­er ide­ol­o­gy has in any pro­gres­sive nation. So much so that peo­ple end up dying every day because of Feminism.

In oth­er words, the idea that “Anti-Feminists don’t under­stand Feminism” is patent­ly false. Just as a lot of skep­ti­cal Atheists (not nec­es­sar­i­ly “ide­o­log­i­cal Atheists”) don’t trust Christianity because they under­stand the Bible bet­ter than the Christians them­selves, so to most Anti-Feminists don’t trust Feminism: They just under­stand Feminism, sci­ences and pol­i­tics bet­ter than Feminists them­selves do. While Feminists talk about “the his­to­ry strug­gles of women against the vile patri­archy in the time of suf­frage”, Anti-Feminists actu­al­ly under­stand it wasn’t real­ly as sim­ple as most Feminists espouse it to be, that the sit­u­a­tion was more com­pli­cat­ed, with many cam­paigns and many sides, many con­flicts, and thus many dif­fer­ent results. Anti-Feminists under­stand the many pos­i­tive impacts that some schools of Feminism has had, but they also under­stand the over­whelm­ing­ly NEGATIVE impact that Feminism has had on people’s lives.
Any human­i­tar­i­an would under­stand that peo­ple should not be so “dis­pos­able”. Their strug­gle and suf­fer­ings should not just be swept under a rug and blamed on “those fringe extrem­ists”, doing absolute­ly noth­ing about it. A true human­i­tar­i­an cares for people’s well-being.

A true human­i­tar­i­an would NEVER be a Feminist.


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