Restating the Obvious for Those Who Still Refuse to Get It
FEMINIST does not equal FEMALE!
I shouldn't even need to call attention to this. Well, not in an ideal world anyway!
FEMINIST does not equal FEMALE!
And as I have stated elsewhere, nobody is born a feminist!
Feminist is an ideological posture. Female is a biological fact.
Ideology versus biology. Get it?
If you can't distinguish ideology from biology, then I fear greatly for your mental health, my friend! Femaleness is one half of the sexual dimorphism that began way back in the primordial soup, and jump-started the growth of terrestrial life into a rocket ride of fantastic complexity that would have otherwise been impossible. By contrast, feminism is a prefabricated way of thinking about life which allows certain thoughts and disallows others - but it is not life itself!
And that makes a huge difference.
Michael - our methodical, systematic German philosopher hereabouts - has favored us with another of his superlative treatises, and I think some of you will find it to be as 'on target' as do I in the present case:
I think the people in that forum neither know much about feminism nor do they know much about the so-called men's movement. If they knew as much about feminism as we who criticize it, there's a fair chance they would be on our side. The question is... should we care trying to educate them, when most of them are determined to never get their index fingers out of their ears anyway?
For them, it's much easier and more fun rooting for feminism than educating themselves about its basics. It looks like in the minds of most women, there's still this 2-step marketing formula at work:
"(1) feminism = good for women
(2) I'm a woman => feminism is good for me"
The result of accepting (1) and (2) as true of course is: "Anyone who criticizes feminism, criticizes me personally."
That's why they think they have an obligation to hate us, Fidelbogen... it's not because they know us (they don't), it's because they know nothing about feminism. They never cared about their party's manifesto, because they just assume their "leaders" will mean no harm. Of course their leaders ignore the consequences of feminism too, and so it's a perfect recipe for disaster.
I wouldn't be worried about that forum, in fact I think it's a good sign. The more they bitch and fume about us, the more they help us spreading the word. The more noise they make, the more noise will reach male or female ears belonging to people with their soul, senses and judgement still being intact.
They want to portray us as backward-oriented, violent macho men because that'd be an enemy they know how to defeat. But there's nothing they can do about people being more civilized and non-violent than they are, and who systematically and calmly dismantle the cult of feminism right in front of their eyes.
And it's not us who resist change, it's them. We don't want to turn back the clock hundreds of years, instead we're the ones with our instincts still being intact: We see what the future will look like if everything remains on its current course, and it's the scorched earth of a cold-hearted, brutalized, estranged society we see.
Have you already noticed this one, Fidelbogen, at #546?
"The idea of a men's rights movement is just... mind-boggling. How can they possibly believe it's necessary? This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the most basic ways society works."
Maybe that user should spend more time living among the people on this planet, instead of travelling in a Tardis through fantasy worlds. But here's the thing she unintentionally points to: I really believe it's wrong calling ourselves a "men's rights movement" because a) it's not true (already women are joining) and b) something along the lines of "human rights movement" is more inclusive and productive and gets more to the point. And it accelerates core meltdown in feminists. :-)
Well. . . it has already occurred to me to call the movement simply "the Movement". In fact, I call it that already! Still, I think it is good to keep the phrase "men's rights" in the air for as long as that remains an issue - at least to help in getting the word out efficiently. Once feminism has been effectively wrecked, we might phase into "human rights movement".
The thing is - in order to effectuate that core meltdown, it is important to make clear exactly WHAT is being melted, so that people know what to focus the heat of their gaze upon.
As you might expect, I have always felt that counter-feminism is a viable choice of terminologies in this context. ;-)