Last year, on June 11th, you tweeted an image titled “Male Privilege”, tagged with the hashtag #IDontNeedFeminism and #EqualityForAll (see below). I am emailing you in response to this specific tweet that you shared to the public. Though I do appreciate what opinions and thoughts you have, as any individual has a right to have, I would like to share with you some of the reasons why feminism is for everyone.
To start, I think this would be a good opportunity to define the term, “Feminism”. This word that so many people associate with a negative connotation, is defined by Bell Hooks, the author of Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, as, “Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” According to your post it seems as though you do not feel that these three factors are focusing on men as well, whereas true feminists believe it is a men’s issue too. The system of gender roles harms everyone, including males. Defined in the article on Everyday Feminism, “Feminism is about changing the gender roles, sexual norms, and sexist practices that limit you and punish you when whenever you deviate from them”. Feminism is not about the focus on women. It is about breaking the social norms on gender serotypes and roles.
According to a well known anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities, one of the primary reasons why males are more prone to death is because males are learning from their male role models abusive ways. Dr. Katz states in his TEDtalk, “The same system that produces men who abuse women, produces men who abuse other men”; “Most male victims of violence are are the victims of other male’s violence”.
Again, everyone is free to have their own opinions and be able to express, however I hope my words have given you the chance to be challenge in your thinking and to open a door for there to be more discussion on the understanding of feminism from various aspects. If you are further intrigued, I have listed below a couple recourses on feminism.
Thank you kindly and I hope to hear back from you.
Hooks, Bell. Feminist Theory from Margin to Center. Boston, MA: South End, 1984. Print.
Katz, Jackson, PhD. “Violence against Women-it’s a Men’s Issue.”YouTube. TEDx Talks, 11 Feb. 2013. Web. 28 May 2016.
Kreitler, Katy. “Why Men Need Feminism Too (Really, You Do!).” Everyday Feminism. Everyday Feminism, 20 Aug.Web. 28 May 2016.