Before you read any of this, watch the video above, or this won't make a whole lot of sense.
This video posted on reddit has started a discussion over the meaning of feminism, the need for a men’s rights push, and whether our society has unfairly labeled women as victims and men as perpetrators. Reddit, with its majority-male user base is often accused of having issues with women, but the discussion was refreshingly thoughtful.
First, a quick explainer on what was in the video from user PVS3 (all emphasis mine):
That second paragraph caused a stir, and spurred a conversation about what feminism is, and what feminists are like.
Wazula42: “That is not a feminist position. That has never been a feminist position. I have no idea why reddit thinks feminists think women are/should be seen as victims when the entire movement is centered around proving the opposite.”
Logicom goes further, and wonders if there is an imbalance in discussions about feminism, and if men’s rights isn’t something that exists in isolation for 99% of the world:
“You know... while I'm here I have a question. How many of you guys have actually brought up these sorts of concerns about sexism and men in a context that doesn't involve feminism?
“I'm sure it pops up in threads in gender related subreddits but outside of those the only time I've ever seen anyone bring up how men are treated or how they're portrayed in books, movies, television shows and video games is when someone else brings up women's issues or feminism. Do you really care about these issues or are you just bringing them up out of habit to deflect away a feminist argument? “
There’s lots to chew on here and plenty more on the reddit discussion page (what’s here is a small fraction, selected for thoughtful, articulate comments). Let us know where you weigh in here, and how far you think we have come in the struggle to have a healthy and sensible relationship between men and women.