Monthly Archives: September 2014

Feminism vs. Family — an interesting discussion

The following is a 30 minute discussion of four women discussing family, mating, dating, etc. The conversation is an interesting one, seemingly out of the bounds of the Feminist narrative (but it isn’t), and refreshing in some parts. I don’t agree with all of it, but that is part of what makes it interesting.

 

Why aren’t men having this same conversation? Simple: we aren’t given the choice. The speaker answers her own question: men aren’t expected to make the choice, his choice is a simple one, provide and protect. Failure to do so–and be hot and sexy and high status–leads to being divorced. To the degree that he fails to continually “upgrade”, he risks a divorce and losing not only his children, but a great part of the accumulated wealth that he has spent his life building. He does not have this conversation because it is not an option for him. Wendy blames this on not all men being “amazing doting fathers.” She claims that “women hold the burden of family” while ignoring that the man sacrifices his time with the family in order to keep it alive. Wendy makes a lot of noises about being some form of egalitarian, yet if one listens to her, one can’t help but notice that the reality is that pretty political speech aside, she holds men in poor regard. It isn’t that men “don’t have to make the choice” it is truer that in most cases they cannot.

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Dear Hermione

The men’s rights movement extends to Italy. Nice. The author reflects many of my thoughts, and has introduced me to a new concept: Gender Mainstreaming. Imagine, a 30 year old UN program, and I’ve never heard of it. I have now, and I’ll have to dig into it.

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it came to my notice that recently you had a speech at the UN, under the flag of UN Women, to call men and boys to support women.

It might be a surprise for you but we, men, already do it, and have done it for a long, long time. Of course, few of us are mighty as Harry Potter, and we can’t fix everything, actually we have issues in fixing our own issues. We are just human, as strange as it may seem to some people.

At first glance, I wondered: “Is she presenting a new movie?” Then I realized you were just appointed as a “goodwill ambassador” by UN. What a great achievement for such a young woman. Did you take the fast lane? However, I understand you are used to red carpets.

Beside you, the comforting presence of Ban Ki Moon, chair of UN, whose profession is to justify the…

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I didn’t fail the Bechdel test, but I cheated. You kind of have to.

As Eldritch points out, this article is brilliant.

Mens Rights Sydney

So, what is the Bechdel Test, and why does it seem to be so surprisingly difficult to pass such a seemingly simple set of criteria?

To begin with, the Bechdel Test is a simple and easy test to see if a work of fiction, such as a movie, book, video game, or other piece of media can meet absolute bare minimum feminist standards. The concept is that if you can’t even pass such an easy test, you really can’t be trying that hard.

The test itself is comprised of these three criteria:

1: There must be at least two or more women
2: Who talk to each other
3: About something other than a man.

Huh. Well that really does sound easy doesn’t it? Why do so many things fail the Bechdel Test, then? Is it some conspiracy against women? Is it some awful sexist thing where women are only…

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Feminism is a Jewish plot to take over the world

YouTube is an interesting place, where one can find just about any idea. I recently listened to a video that suggested that Feminism is a Jewish plot, to, presumably, dominate the world. I could live to 100 years old and never have thought that up myself. I have also heard that Feminism, if not developed, was at least assisted by The Rockefeller family, and the American CIA.

I certainly don’t buy the former, I have heard claims on video by a main who purports to have heard directly from a member of the Rockefeller family that they did, but this is mere hearsay, and claim that I have not pursued.

Here’s my take on it.

Feminism is not a Jewish plot– it is not any kind of plot. It is the by-product of instinctual forces of social animals, shaped by culture and technology.

While the Women’s Rights Movement dates back to the beginnings of the American movement of abolish slavery, Feminism, a wholly different animal, only started in the late 60’s, supported by a technological environment that allowed women to control their fertility, with medical technologies that reduced the rate of deaths while giving birth, and allowed most everyone in the Western world (which is where Feminism originates) to have full, warm, dry and safe. Feminism only came into being, because most survival requirements are no longer imposed on us. Notice that as we grow in tech, that the complaints become thinner and thinner? “Cat-calling” (read: simple bad manners) is now considered “an issue” and is labelled as sexist. Those who do so, it seems, have not bothered to look up the word’s definition.

Culture, government, books, television, the internet are an environment of tools that allow for things to be amplified, and since we no longer struggle for food and shelter, we have the mind-space to dedicate to such stimulus, such thoughts, and thus to be persuaded. And with an ever-increasing population, there are more people in close proximity to be persuaded to the point of action.

It’s not a Jewish thing, it’s a people-are-animals-in-an-environment thing. It is an emergent property of a variety of conditions coming together, no more a conspiracy, plot, plan or scheme than steam being produced when cold air, water and heat are brought together.

Feminism could never have come to any kind of power if it weren’t for men who (other than having played an enormous part of creating such an environment) have lent them their voice, money, resources, contacts, etc. We are now finally at a point in society, in this year 2014, where men can look at our parts, and question whether we choose to use our brains, or our knee-jerk responses.

The trick is not to blame, to scapegoat and to hypothesize; the trick is to change our mindsets, our behaviours, and what treatment we will accept from others. In short, the solution is for men to build and demonstrate genuine self-respect, to expect to be treated with respect and on that solid foundation, to extend it to others.

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Domestic violence: is society sexist against men?

Yet another social experiment with the same results yet again.

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Automatic Sperm Extractor

A Chinese hospital in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, has introduced a new machine that makes sperm donation even easier- an automatic sperm extractor. I’m all for hands-free technology, but have scientists gone a little too far with this invention?

The effortless machine features a massage pipe that can be adjusted to suit the height of the user. All the gentleman has to do is plug in the frequency, amplitude and temperature and off they go. It’s also fitted with a small screen for those feeling uninspired.

According to the director of the urology department of the hospital, the machine is designed to help individuals that are finding it difficult to retrieve sperm the old fashioned way. We’re not entirely convinced that standing in a room shared by many other people and being milked like a cow is going to help, but their efforts are commendable. Here’s to technology.

Personally, I think that this belongs in bars, especially strip clubs.

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Spider-Woman’s Big Ass is a Big Deal!

I love this guy’s style. I haven’t watched any of his other videos yet, but I’ll get around to it soon. This is how I would speak, were I glib.

See Maddox’s channel here.

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The term “fair competition” is an oxymoron.

And so is the expression “unfair advantage.”

The comment that “it is the typical regulating of women” is correct, but it is attempt to regulate to provide some women who aren’t as competitive with an unearned benefit; it is an attempt to lower the bar for some women, yet disguised, by presupposition, as a disadvantage and some form of harmful discrimination.

I’m all for having unisex male, female and intersex competitions. Let us have weight lifters and sprinters, swimmers of any configuration compete with one another as athletes, rather than a given sex. Perhaps another way to do it might be to compete by weight classes, as do boxers.The problem with the conversation being held, is that they are focusing on one issue: the type or quantity of testosterone. Much of it is lawyerly nit-picking to score political points. There are many factors that make male-like bodies superior in some sports: generally quicker reflexes, the physical construction of our bodies that provide beneficial mechanics and so on.

Tangentially, if we are to place limits on how much testosterone a woman can have to fit in a certain class, shall we also test, to ensure that men have a minimum level of testosterone?

If “equality” and “fairness” means anything, and we wish to be non-sexist, and truly impartial, then let us allow the playing field to be what it is, and not trying to shape it to some ideological notion. This having been done, however, none may complain should men or “high testosterone” people win the majority of the competitions, then spin it off as another instance of “male oppression.” Lack of special treatment is precisely what unbiased, impartiality, fairness is.

Feminists usually claim that Feminism is about women being equal to men. “No special exceptions to anyone” is equality of opportunity. Equality of outcome requires partiality and bias.The term “fair competition” is an oxymoron.

I wasn’t a powerfully strong boy, but I’ve always been strong in slow endurance tasks. I can lift 100lbs more times than most, but 300lbs less times than most and my light and long endurance isn’t all that strong. Shall we make a special class for my body type?

As a male, I’ve never been afforded “special treatment” (called “privilege” by some) or offered a special category to compensate for my weaknesses relative to other humans, in fact, as a man, I am expected to compete with those that have superior skills or abilities. I have no problem with this, it is part of becoming a stronger, better, more skillful and more reality based person.

I have limitations. As one who is colour blind, none have ever made exceptions for me. I cannot pilot a helicopter, for example, yet, I do graphic design nonetheless. When I need to play with colours, I ask for help.

Why, I wonder, is it that society has never created a special category of colour-blind helicopter pilots? Should the government create special programs for me? Adapt their entire military to cater to one of my physical weaknesses, one that is quite common?

I don’t think so. Part of life includes dealing with limitations. Part of adulthood is is accepting them, and working around them. It is a virtuous discipline that one calls “character development.” I recently spoke to Mike Buchanan; he observed that the women at the Detroit Men’s International Conference were a true pleasure to be around. The women were strong, thoughtful and confident (dare I say “empowered”?) This is the by-product of choosing to live life on reality’s terms, to be an adult with character.

If someone thinks they can compete, let them enter the arena of their choice to succeed or fail, let them accept the credit for their success and responsibility for their losses. Let them live their lives and live collaboratively, to do anything else is little more than infantilizing people.

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