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“Meninism” and Feminism

by Morgan Pangburn, In-Depth Editor

Photo by Sam Villanueva

Meninism is the belief that men need even more recognition in society than they already have. On the other side of the spectrum, Feminism, a term that mostly everyone knows, is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Meninism and Feminism are the “-isms” that really play into the main issue: sexism.

Feminism dates all the way back to 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention. This convention set the basis for the feminist movement: fighting for women’s voting rights and equality for all sexes under law. In 1969, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. Their goal was eventually accomplished when the 19th Amendment was adopted on Aug. 26, 1920.

Courtesy of The Women's Public Service Project

Courtesy of The Women’s Public Service Project

In 1921, Margaret Sanger created the American Birth Control League, which eventually evolved into Planned Parenthood. Present day, feminists continue to fight for issues surrounding Planned Parenthood as well as equal pay. Bottom line–most feminists are those who want to be equal to men. So, if that is the main goal of feminism, why has “meninism” come into play?

Meninism was originally used to describe men who were feminists. They supported feminist values and opposed sexism. Nowadays, a meninist is a male who feels as if men are victimized by the female treatment of men. Even more interesting, many females consider themselves meninists. They are against feminist views and in turn, support the opposite side. They believe that feminist protests and the desire for equality has gotten out of hand and done the complete opposite– infringe on the rights of men.  This is even more shocking than the meninist views themselves.  

Many people consider meninism as satire of feminism, which in a way it can be, but some men actually believe in its values. “Why can’t she open the door for me?” or “Where are men in history?” are some tweets that are common on the Meninist Twitter Page. If you really think about it, when are men not in history? This only briefly touches on the real issue.

Sexism is the prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of their sex. So, it’s obvious that feminism and meninism do not do anything to help solve the issue of sexism, and if anything they make it more problematic.

The real question should be why do we need to have the idea that one sex that is more dignified over the other? If both groups want the same treatment of each other, there should not be a debate in the first place. In society, men and women are not considered equals, but that doesn’t mean we will never be. It will take work from both sides–men realizing that women are just as capable as themselves and accepting women as their equals, and women showing their strength. If we are all able to “swallow our pride” there is no reason sexism should be an issue in the community, and hopefully the entire country.