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  •  I'd give that a little more credence if he (1+ / 0-)
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    bothered to actually read any scholarly feminist work instead of depending entirely on self-labeled feminists in internet comment section, as well as strawman depictions of them. While I won't say I haven't encountered the occasional misandrist, making a countermovement is more harmful than helpful; it can be very easily shifted into blaming the victim.

    Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

    by ConfusedSkyes on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 10:56:59 AM PST

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    •  To be fair though... (0+ / 0-)

      ...Actions speak louder than words.

      Make no mistake: I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment that your friend would be wise to study the canon of scholarly Feminist efforts, given his self-identification as both a Feminist and a men's rights advocate.

      At the same time, it is very easy to look toward what one might think of as the organized arm of Feminism, and how their advocacy efforts are directed.

      For instance, the National Organization of Women has campaigned against increasing father's rights, currently disputes the existence of parental alienation syndrome, and requested that the Obama administration direct stimulus funds away from hard-hit industries primarily employing men and into relatively stable industries primarily employing women.

      The point I would like to convey here is that irrespective of whether these actions were warranted or not, they do little to convince your friend (and others like him) that Feminism is a movement that advocates equally on the behalf of both genders.

      As for whether the men's rights movement, or any such counter-movement, could be considered more harmful than helpful; alas, I fear that this is an issue I cannot speak to. I will definitely have to give the matter some consideration.

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