What Men Really Think When They Hear the ‘F’ Word

feminism
[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 women.

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 psychotic lesbians out to cut off penises and take over the world as we know it.

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. -offtherecord

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. -poetrydude

The first thing I noticed about feminists was their reluctance 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-inclusive totalitarianism, unable to critique itself. For the sake of women and men alike, it ought to be resisted, ostracised and abandoned. -mathisfun

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 experience 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, devastating issues that collectively face humanity today. -justintrilby

I immediately think of equal rights and opportunities for women and more so equality between men and women. -thegoodlife

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. -civicman5000

Women are taking over the world. They are not accepting 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. -hillsandvalleys

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 yyy.

I could not be bothered to even open Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus because it just seems such a stupid title. Probably because I grew up with two sisters and their friends and mine – we just enjoyed doing stuff together, did not have to be boys stuff or girly stuff. -#notimpressed

What comes to mind is that I’m no longer sure what feminism is. I used to be certain that the feminist movement 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 surrounded 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. -deepsouthrasta

 

(A piece by Dante Hash)

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