I know I have been called out because I've said "libertarians are like this" and then there is outrage amongst libertarians when I do that. Then its kind of amusing when those very same libertarians turn around and generalize about classes of people I group myself loosely with.
And I know there would be absolute hysteria if vast portions of the population were considered to be in total agreement with the current and previous US governments.
But this is largely how we view Israel. Some how the west has this vision that Israeli's all support the actions of the Israeli government.
You get the idea. We may be all Americans but we don't consider the government representing us or its behaviour. Yet many people persist in lumping people together.
Specifically, feminists. There are all kinds of women saying all kinds of things about feminism and they do not necessarily represent all feminists. Some feminists may say they hate men, but no doubt there were women who hated men before there ever was a feminist movement. And while I consider myself a feminist, I do not hate men nor consider them my enemy and I am certainly not a feminist who hates men. I love men. If that wasn't made abundantly clear in this post, I don't what will convince you.
This absurd group on facebook love to perpetuate the myth that 'all' feminists hate men. My opinion is men and women need each other. We are designed to be a team. I am certain there are women who want to be single or be with a female partner, like men, women have diverse needs and wants too. What I want feminism to do is to let women have as many options as men so that society will be a better place for all of us. As it is clear when we compare and contrast societies, western society is clearly better than societies were women have less power.
It is my opinion also that feminism will ultimately lead to the liberation of men too. Why? because I think the stereotypes of men can be as debilitating for men as they are for women. Classically, men have to be heroes, be brave all the time, never feel fear or pain, men must know everything, should never need help unless its totally guy, like borrowing a tool to lift a new motor into the car, never need directions, never be emotional, never need anyone to be there for them or for support, never need affection, never be weak... That must be tough on men! I am sure there are more classical stereotypes men must conform to too. Feel free to tell me.
To me feminism is purely about allowing me and my sisters the liberty of have more than the long-term occupation of housewife and mother. Some women want to be something other than nurse, school teacher, or hair dresser and be rewarded equally rather than thought badly for accomplishment. Women are told their whole life that eventually some man will come along.
But I think the stereotypes are mainly in place because of video games, television and the movie industries. Men have to always be self-reliant, brave and emotion-less on TV, movies and especially in video games. Woman might come in the end where she's young and beautiful and the man gets her as a reward at the end of the film. Very seldom do we see functioning marriages on TV, in movies and especially never on video games.
These industries are turning us into stereotypes so they can sell us stuff. Turning us into stereotypes is better for 1% business because that way they don't have to make a wide variety of stuff for us to purchase, they can churn out the same old pap and we'll eat it up because we want to identify with the main character.
On amazon there is a search criteria called 'billionaire romance' and it brings up 209 pages of search results. No wonder men want to get rich, but the tragic thing is there is little else for women to read but romance novels. No wonder women want to get married (to rich men) - all they read about is women getting married to rich men.
The same phenomena is no doubt in place for boys with video games. There are a variety of game types but many of the games involve male characters shooting up monsters or bad guys or whatever and at the end of it the guy feels like a hero for successfully accomplishing a mission. He would get a chick ordinarily, but that would involve dealing with a woman and why do that when you can simply rape her instead. As we see in the picture above.
No doubt some of the kids are saying they'd rape her because of peer-group pressure, and that would make them manly men... right? This is the problem of stereotypes again. More than likely most of these guys would just sleep on the floor. But would all of them? Defenceless people are treated badly. It is groups like the men's right group on facebook that dismiss rape statistics yet there is clear evidence that there is a strong rape culture present in the country, where confessed rapists get a bit of a tut-tut. Yet many women I know have told me they were raped yet they never reported it. Why, well clearly why put yourself through the ordeal? The police don't believe you and if you can get to go to court the rapist even if he confesses or there is a lot of evidence against him results in merely a slap on the wrists as this guy got a mere 30 days jail time! I am sure some women fabricate rape claims to hurt men, this article estimates that the women who report a rape, those numbers are between 2%-8% and 90,000 people reported being raped in 2008. Clearly rape is happening in the US. Just because some people may falsely accuse someone of raping them, it doesn't mean no rape is happening at all.
There is another advantage the 1% have in perpetuating divisions in society, it keeps people buying stuff. If you aren't in a caring/loving relationship, you are more likely to fill the voids in your life by spending. Spending money is our big distraction, our new opiate. Don't hate women because they want more options available to them. Because women don't hate men because the women don't want to be teachers/nurses or hair dressers. Even women who've been raped don't necessarily hate men.