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It seems quite difficult to read anything by feminist writers today that doesn’t come back to the idea of patriarchy. This concept has, in my opinion, actually taken away a lot from the feminist struggle. When most people think of the struggle of feminism, they think of women overcoming the dominance imposed upon them by males; however, if you are a little more clever, you will realise that this is only half of the issue. The other side is the dominance of males imposed on females by females. This realisation requires a little more introspection by women, admittedly.

When a feminist writer blames male dominance in society on patriarchy, they are not considering what women are doing wrong to deny themselves access to the dominant positions in society. Thus, the need to be introspective and work harder to attain betterment of oneself is negated. This is a major step backwards.

While playing the victim does demonstrate how a perpetrator is doing something bad, does little to encourage oneself to improve or change. So, I would say that there are other reasons than just the idea of the patriarchy for, for example, there being so few female CEOs in the world.

I believe that one issue is that many so-called ‘masculine’ activities are quite beneficial to the introspection of an individual. One example is sports. When women don’t play sports because they think that competitive activities are a guy thing, they miss out on the chance to criticize themselves. In sport, it is quite evident who is better and who is worse. In other activities that are usually non-competitive, like art or dance, this is less obvious (of course, comparing Picasso to a common person is an easy call, but comparing two people in the same range becomes extremely debatable). When you do poorly in an art class, there is no game sheet to say how few points you scored. You are not reminded constantly of your shortcomings. In sport, assuming you are playing in the right level for your skill, you are constantly reminded about what you can do better (this is why playing against poor players will generally stagnate or even degrade a player’s skill, since they don’t worry about what they are doing wrong). This forced introspection and encouragement of betterment is a strong influence on the development of a child’s mind, inside and outside of sports.

This is only one example. No doubt there are other activities deemed ‘masculine’ that help men develop into the kind of people who will work a little harder to achieve dominant positions in society. So, this is actually a kind of feminism, in my opinion; just one that goes against the grain of what many feminists seem to advocate these days. In short, parents instill the skills needed for successful girls — those parents must realise that many ‘masculine’ activities are quite beneficial to their children’s development.

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Feminism is a Misnomer


The idea of feminism has become anathema to many people. Why is this? I believe that it is not because of the few fringe feminists who proclaim extreme statements (though, that does add fuel to the fire). I believe that it is much simpler: the word “feminism” is inherently divisive.  However, this should not be the case.

The misnomer lies in the initial creation of this word: its prefix refers to only women. Unfortunately, I have no alternative word that would supplant “feminism” (sexual-equalism just doesn’t have the same impact). As a result, the word implies a superiority of women’s issues or at least a battle solely on behalf of women. In my opinion, this is not truly what feminism is or should be.

My definition of feminism is different than most dictionaries. I believe that feminism should be a striving for equality and fair treatment among both sexes. I am not the only one who believes this. It is to the detriment of society if any member is treated unfairly or unequally. Further, I would assert that it is to the detriment of either sex if the other sex is treated unfairly or unequally.

In this way, men’s rights should be fought for by feminists as much as women’s rights.

Some people will scoff at this statement and say, “Men are in the position of power, they are the ones monopolizing the rights.” This is a very simplistic way of looking at the world. The fact is, we need to consider women and men not as monolithic entities, but as a single descriptor of individuals in society. There are poor, disabled, homosexual white men. Are these men the monopolizers of rights? Every individual has different qualities and it is unfair to lump them into a giant group of “men” or “women” only.

Therefore, if examples of men having higher conviction rates than women, or male genital mutilation (circumcision) should not be swept under the carpet or laughed away. Men being portrayed as bumbling morons on sit-coms should also not be ignored (Note: some shows, like the Simpsons, demonstrate various kinds of men, so this is no problem. However, other shows these days seem to make all men on the show appear like some kind of simpleton who somehow earns money).

So, sometimes people are surprised when I refer to myself as a feminist.  I’ll admit,  it does seem like sycophantism for a man to proclaim that they are a feminist, according to the standard definition of the term. However, I claim to be a feminist with my aforementioned definition in mind. In this way, it is not impossible for a man to be a feminist with my definition; nor is it embarrassing.

Regarding a new word to supplant feminism, I have not thought of anything. Any suggestions would be welcome. 🙂


When we thought it couldn’t get any worse than a failed shoe bomb, the incompetency of terrorists proves us all wrong.

It seems that the Taliban have downgraded their prior terror of explosives, suicide bombings and ambushes of military targets to shooting unarmed young girls.

Malala Yousufzai, a truly brave young feminist, has become the victim of what can only be called a cowardly act. Usually, the use of an adjective like “cowardly” is a highly biased term; however, in this case, all but the most extreme viewpoints would consider shooting an unarmed 14-year-old girl anything but cowardly.

On top of this, they failed. She didn’t die, and is now recovering in hospital. Perhaps the Taliban needs to set its sights a little lower: killing an unarmed girl is a little too difficult for them.

Of course, this raises the question: why are the Taliban resorting to such ridiculous and atrocious behavior? The answer is that Malala Yousufzai is working to promote progress in her country while the Taliban are fighting for a return to the good old days of the Caliphate — a time when, not coincidentally, the Islamic world started to fall behind the rest of the world intellectually.

Apparently, according to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan — the perpetrators of the attack — the young girl Malala Yousufzai provoked this attack by being pro-West and admiring Barack Obama. Both qualities, I would argue, are good things, not bad things.

First, people often confuse being “pro-West” with being “anti-East.” This is a false dichotomy. Being pro-West means being proud of the institutions that the West has provided to allow Western countries, and countries that have followed the lead of these Western countries, to become prosperous and fair. In this case, the institutions of the rule of law, sexual equality and the separation of the church (or mosque) and state seem most critical.

Second, the major reasons that the Taliban are anti-Obama, is because he is the leader of America and is working to promote human rights across the Islamic world. As the leader of America, Obama must be evil, otherwise, their conspiracy theory driven narratives would collapse like a house of cards. Needless to say, this is not a genuine reason to be anti-Obama. As for promoting human rights, this is again, an affront to the attempt to regress to the time of the Caliphate, as has already been discussed.

Unfortunately, deeper critical thinking about their own ideology is nearly impossible for members of organizations such as the Taliban, partly because the vast majority of them are illiterate and don’t have access to better information.

Further, they are not fighting to promote life in this world, but rather, the hereafter. Herein lies the largest problem. It is true that they love death more than we love life. No person who isn’t part of a death cult ideology would ever consider shooting a 14-year-old for expressing her opinion.

We can only hope that this shooting will draw attention to the barbarism of the Taliban and hopefully more Muslims will reject, rather than be inspired by, the tenets of Taliban ideology.

In short, the Taliban has not only failed to kill this young girl, but may have set in motion the death of its own organization.

If you found this interesting, check out this article I found from a slightly different perspective.

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