On the heels of the liberal Women’s March during the inauguration weekend, the hashtag campaign that started a few years ago, #AllMenCan, picked up steam. This is another of those movements where people hold up handwritten signs to show how sensitive they are. In this case, it’s a bunch of men telling the world they stand by women.Read more here.
What it really amounts to is well-meaning guys looking like a bunch of saps. Why? Because this campaign isn’t about respect for women. It’s about promoting feminism. And the two aren’t one and the same.
We have a legacy of male entitlement? What about female entitlement? In sexual assault cases, a woman’s word is often taken over a man’s. Men are often presumed guilty until proven innocent on college campuses. In custody cases, women are given preferential treatment. The welfare system is constructed in a way that allows women to raise children without men, thereby shutting out fathers.
Women can abandon their duties as mothers by killing their offspring, and they’re celebrated for it. But if a man abandons his duty as a father, he is shunned by society. Men pay for dates more than women. When women are out of work, that’s okay, but men face stigma.
Again, where is this mysterious patriarchy that’s so powerful in our nation? It’s doing a pretty bad job of getting men preferential treatment structures.
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Clearly, these men have bought into the propaganda that Trump is out to get women and that they have to prove that they’re not misogynists. The president has offered no policy proposals that threaten women in any way, a point that is often made to women who supported the march. When asked how their rights are being threatened, they keep coming back to “reproductive rights.”
As for their need to prove they’re not sexist, this is a trap. When you try to prove you’re not a misogynist, you will become enslaved to women’s will and whims. It’s no different than white people having to prove they’re not racist. You can’t prove a negative. You will never be able to do enough to prove that in the deep recesses of your heart you’re not what these women think you are—a sexist pig.
There’s nothing wrong with men wanting to support women on legitimate issues. It’s great to promote goodwill, love, and respect among all people. But that’s not what’s going on here with the #AllMenCan movement. Men who buy into it might think they’re noble souls and deserve praise, but they’re really dupes whose consciences have been taken captive by a feminist ideology that isn’t about empowering women. It’s about empowering the state—because to get what they want, they need the state to be big and powerful and involved in every area of our lives, from health care, to our families, to our churches, to our employment.
That’s not good for anyone—not women, and certainly not men. So if men really care about women, they’ll do what real men do: refuse to participate in movements that undermine individual liberty. Instead, they’ll respect themselves as men and show women love and respect in their personal lives, not scribble their intentions on a piece of paper and post it online.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
"So if men really care about women, they’ll do what real men do: refuse to participate in movements that undermine individual liberty. Instead, they’ll respect themselves as men and show women love and respect in their personal lives, not scribble their intentions on a piece of paper and post it online."
The latest "insidious attacks on masculinity" come from the #AllMenCan" movement. D.C. McAllister reports at The Federalist,