It’s interesting how a few Twitter posts using the hashtag #MeninistTweet can lead to a small movement. Meninism has been on the rise for a few months now, but what exactly is it?
It’s hard to define as meninists themselves don’t seem to be able to agree on one definition, but the bottom line of meninism, I would argue, is the attempt to bring awareness to the inequality that 21st century men face on a daily basis. Some say it’s satirical, others are more serious.
Questions like: “Why do women want equal pay but expect the guy to pay for dinner,” and “why don’t women date short men but expect us to date overweight women,” are asked on MeninistTweet’s account, which has over 700,000 followers.
That’s right, apparently it’s not just us women feeling unequal, but also men, which kind of makes us equal again, doesn’t it? You see, it’s confusing. And it’s problematic, as meninism can be described as a counter-movement to feminism. In other words, meninists are people fed up with the apparent ‘hypocrisy of feminism.’ However, feminism – at its core, is not hypocritical at all, but aspires the abolition of a sex hierarchy, which is often confused with ‘equality’ or ‘identical treatment’ for men and women.
Keeping the original meaning of feminism in mind, meninism and feminism are technically the same movement, or should be, making one of them redundant. But maybe there is some good in meninism as it is true that feminism mostly focuses on the inequality that women face, when at the same time, nowadays there are serious issues for men, too. Male victims of domestic violence and rape, for example, still seem to be taboos in our society.
If the 700,000 self-proclaimed meninists out there really want to make a change, they will have to get over their first-world problems of having to pay for dinner, and focus on the more important stuff. And most of all, they will have to get the “true” feminists on their side, and ignore the ones that don’t understand feminism. Either way, it will be interesting to see where meninism goes.
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