The inflated definition of misogyny – A Voice for Men
Feminists are very quick to scream when they see or hear something they consider to be discrimination against women. According to feminists, misogyny is still rampant in society, and women are treated badly and unfairly. Really, though, what do they consider to be sexist?
The issues most feminists today complain about, are normal issues that happen to many people and are not gender based. Mainstream misogyny is very rare in today’s society, and if it ever occurs, people will know about it, report it immediately and it will be gotten rid of as soon as possible.
So, what are some examples of what feminists consider misogyny?
- If a man is chosen over a woman for a job, it’s considered misogyny;
- If a woman or girl doesn’t get taken seriously, it’s considered misogyny;
- If a woman or girl is not given complete control over her choices in life, it’s considered misogyny;
- If violence is inflicted against a woman or girl, it’s considered misogyny;
- If a female boss is not respected properly, it’s considered misogyny;
- If a woman or girl is falling behind in a class, it’s considered misogyny on the part of the education system;
- If a woman or girl is not given proper health care, it’s considered misogyny;
- If a woman or girl is poor or suffering financial stress, it’s considered misogyny;
- If a woman or girl gets in trouble for a reason she disagrees with, it’s considered misogyny;
- If a woman or girl in general is suffering, it’s considered misogyny.
Now, despite what feminists claim, these issues are not misogyny, because they are not gender issues. These issues happen to everyone, not just women and girls. Men and boys suffer from them as much, a lot of the time even more so. It has nothing to do with gender discrimination.
- People get chosen for jobs over other people;
- People don’t always get taken as seriously as they should;
- People aren’t always given complete control over their choices in life, and may be restricted for financial, health and/or other reasons;
- People suffer violence;
- Bosses and people in power are not always respected the way they should be, regardless of gender;
- People often fall behind in classes;
- People are not always given the proper health care they need or deserve;
- People suffer financial problems;
- People get in trouble for improper reasons, or at least what they consider improper;
- People in general suffer.
…but if one of those people are female, feminists immediately blame it on discrimination. Most of the problems feminists call misogyny are simple human issues that effect both genders. As has been demonstrated, feminists are not after equality. What they really want, by making these claims, is to change it so that only men ever suffer from these normal issues.
An example of this is how feminists continuously try to classify domestic violence (and in some cases, even violence in general) as a form of gender discrimination. Men can be victims of domestic violence too, so domestic violence is a violence issue, not a gender issue.
To demonstrate further the way situations are so easily labelled misogyny, here is a detailed example of a fictional situation:
A student at a school has just been accused of misbehaving. This student believes they have done nothing wrong, and is annoyed by the false accusation and is determined to have something done about it. The student complains to one of the teachers, but doesn’t use proper manners and instead uses shouting and foul language. The teacher disciplines the student for it, and the student has to do extra work after class.
The short story above does not mention the gender of the teacher and student. So let’s say, both the student and the teacher are male. It would be considered a normal dispute. Change the gender of both of them to female, and it’s still a normal dispute. However, make one of them male and the other female, and bang… it’s gender discrimination! The male in the situation is a chauvinist, and the female is being discriminated against, despite the argument having nothing to do with gender. It could also be noted that in situations like these, the male is the one who gets blamed the majority of the time, and the female is always considered the victim.
That, folks, is the inflated definition of misogyny. For something that is done by a man (or boy) to be considered discrimination against women (or girls), the woman or girl just has to disagree with it. Whether or not the problem actually has anything to do with gender makes no difference in what feminists decide to call it.
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