That’s right. EVERYONE should be a feminist—man, woman, or other. (Alien, I guess?)
So these “meninists” that infest the Twittersphere really cook my noodle. Boil my skin. Put gray hairs on my young head. In other words, they get on my last nerves.
For those of you unfamiliar, “meninists” is a play on the word “feminists.” (“Menimist” spelling is also commonly used.) The hashtag “#meninist” sprung up on Twitter not too long ago and various men took to tweeting things like “Do you expect me to open the door for you? I’m a gentleman” and “I’m a strong, independent man who doesn’t need no woman.” (Okay. I’m not going to lie. That last one’s a little funny to me.)
I certainly didn’t think much of it at the time. I took it for the joke that I thought it was and even retweeted some tweets. Some men even made valid points about men being able to have a say in abortion and how men get body shamed, too.
Fast forward to now as I realize that some men actually think this way and are anti-feminist. Some men even go as far as to wear “meninist” t-shirts.
Many meninist Twitter accounts have sprung up as a result of the hashtag. A popular one called “@meninisttweet” has nearly a million followers. No worries. The creators were sure to put “it’s just a parody” in the bio.
Hmm. Did you know that I believe that gay people don’t deserve to be treated unfairly? I do. But I’m going to create an entire Twitter account dedicated to making fun of gay rights. I still respect their rights, though. It’s just a parody.
Sorry to ruin the fun. Fuck that “it’s just Twitter” mentality. It’s never just Twitter. Feminism, like racism, gay rights, and the rights of other disadvantaged groups, is not to be taken lightly.
I just don’t think feminism is anything to make fun of.
Meninists may cry that they are only critiquing feminism’s “double standards,” but you can’t critique something when you don’t know what it is. Before you act so quickly to jump on the anti-feminist bandwagon, actually know what you’re opposing. And I know you don’t know what feminism is by the “critiques” you supply.
ATTN: “the next train’s coming” has moved!
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