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The Man Hating Feminist Meme

Someone on one of my Facebook posts commented "I so rarely see evidence of man-hating feminism but I so often hear of it."

And, in a way, she's right. Feminism to a lot of people translates into hating men. Which drives most feminists crazy because most feminists don't hate men and their friends don't hate men and all they are really fighting for is equality and safety.

So, how come, given that you rarely hear a modern feminist talk about hating men do so many people believe in the idea of Feminazis and man hating feminists?

The answer - when feminism was just getting off the ground as a serious movement in the 70s and 80s it attracted a certain radicalized element - the same way all movements do when they are suddenly growing.

And, the super radicals were more than willing to give sensationalized quotes to journalists including:

“I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.” — Andrea Dworkin

“In a patriarchal society, all heterosexual intercourse is rape because women, as a group, are not strong enough to give meaningful consent.” — Catherine MacKinnon

“All men are rapists and that’s all they are” — Marilyn French

And various others that are fairly easy to look up.

Were these women representative - at all - of the feminist movement. No they were not. But they were a very loud and very vocal minority. And loud vocal minorities of any movement or group tend to be the ones who shape the public impressions of the movement or group. (See how the Tea Party is now the stereotype of the GOP.)

So, what can be done about it?

Not much until current feminists learn how to give sensational quotes to media outlets that make it clear that's not what they are about. And that's going to be hard, since what feminists want really isn't that sensational - because how do you sensationalize just wanting to be treated like a human being?


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