Feminism Versus Equalism – Perception Is Everything

No. Elizabeth Warren for President, with Henry Rollins for VP

No. Elizabeth Warren for President, with Henry Rollins for VP.

“If it’s a man’s world as they say, then men, your world is a poorly run carnage fest.” ~Henry Rollins, commenting about the Steubenville rape case.

It’s not a new idea, but it’s definitely one that needs to be popularized (and a quiet cheer for Rollins’ website being down–current to 2013-03-19 23:40–due to a 503 Error, which likely means it’s overloaded by traffic).

I’m dumbfounded by men who are considered “good” men, who consider themselves good men, who are honest and hardworking and will “stand by their bros,” but there’s no ethical problem associated with lying to women or cheating on them (the lie of the promise of fidelity), as if women aren’t human. As a musician, a phrase that comes to mind is

“What happens on the road stays on the road.”

Yes, we acknowledge that many women feel the same way about men, but the ridiculous “war of the sexes” is waged on a slanted field that benefits our (at least) 5000 years of male ruling class.

that awkward moment when you call everyone out on their shit

Equalism is a cop-out. Equalism denies history, sugarcoating the fact that there was a time when our grandmothers and their non-reproducing women peers had the voting rights of housepets. To recover from the ills of history, history must be acknowledged.

“We know you happened, Patriarchy, and that you continue. You cling to our mindspace for dear life. You thrive not just across the ocean, but across the street.”

As a term, Feminism, like many words, has an arms-length relationship to its roots. Once it meant “equal rights for women”; now, to reasonable people, it means “equal rights for all.” That’s just a fact. Feminism is vital to the healing of adults raised by bias, and even more so to children growing up with (hopefully) an enlightened perspective.

We should let pass no attempt to malign Feminism by accusing it of being something it isn’t.

In the age of branding, we know perception is everything.

[EDIT: I’ve changed my mind, and non-destructively edited] I believe the term Feminism has served its use, and we should retire it in favour of Equalism. Feminism is now a loaded term that lets stupid people say “Feminism… feminine… female… Yeah, the rise of females and Feminism is the cause of all our problems.” If we adopted Equalism as our overarching term (kind of like how Climate Change replaced Global Warming in the pursuit of accuracy), any daring claim that Equalists are to blame for our ills would make those accusers appear as stupid as they are. [Again, green is new, red is old and no longer the way I see things. I was naïve.]


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