What is Masculism?

30 Nov

One of the stated missions of this page is to attempt to develop a coherent form of men’s rights advocacy known as “masculism”. Not all men’s rights advocates will agree with this definition or what it stands for, but this is the definition I am attempting to create and arrange theories and policies around:

Masculism is a movement that advocates for the rights, equality and dignity of the male sex in an egalitarian framework.

Masculist theory is not intended to negate feminism or return to a patriarchal model: it is intended to supercede both.

Both traditional and feminist systems of thought and policy have, in various ways, diminished the rights, equality and dignity of men and boys.

Masculism would defend these rights, as well as those of all human beings, arguing for an egalitarian framework that moves away from the feminist model of male = oppressor, female = victim, and moving toward a more comprehensive and less misandrist worldview of oppressor = male or female and victim = male or female.

This definition of masculism is contentious even among men’s rights advocates, and even I believe it is nebulous and subject to further consideration and revisions, but this offers at least a general view of what is meant by “masculism” on this blog and what I am trying to work toward.

International Men’s Day: were you blown away by the media frenzy?

28 Nov

If you didn’t already know, International Men’s Day is held on November 19th each year, which came and went just over a week ago.

How did you celebrate it? Did you head to a schmoozy business luncheon? Attend a cracking lecture at your local university?

Probably not, because this is how International Women’s Day (held in May) is feted each year. Events are held, shit gets talked about, journos write a few rants. Probably zero concrete outcomes are achieved, but there’s general awareness of the issues and a whole bunch of sycophantic audience nodding.

By contrast, International Men’s Day (IMD) is generally met with comparative silence, although there were a couple of mentions in the mainstream media this year.

Ally Fogg, writing for the Guardian in the UK, thankfully discussed the emergence of IMD and the general men’s movement as necessary and important. He did an okay job of encapsulating the spectrum of thought on men’s rights – from right to left-wing – while paying the predictable lip service to women and women’s rights. I sense he is situated somewhere toward the left, but the intentions underpinning his work seem to be for men. I’m still uncertain if he’s one of the anti-masculinity warriors or not, though. Worse, the Guardian then went and published this misandrist rubbish on the same day, arguing for quotas for women in Europe’s boardrooms. Coincidence that it was published on IMD? We don’t reckon.

Meanwhile, in Australia, Susie O’Brien wrote a piece entitled “This weekend celebrate the blokes in your life” (published on The Punch, news.com.au’s op-ed subsite) which genuinely called for greater attention for men’s issues and men’s rights. There was, again, the usual lip service paid to women’s rights and feminism, and what I found to be a problematic conclusion, suggesting, albeit humourously, that the end game of men’s rights might be her demanding her husband to cook her dinner. It was redolent of the kind of white-knight male pro-feminism you might find on The Good Men Project: something along the lines of men’s rights meaning destroying masculine roles for men and “freeing” them to be able to do the shitty, subordinated, feminized roles. Masculism: you’re doing it wrong. Nonetheless, nice to see it raised – although it was poor form for News Limited/The Punch team to run the article on Saturday 24th November. Why wasn’t it published on IMD itself – which, besides being more appropriate, was a weekday with much more site traffic?

The “event” of IMD was similarly ignored in academic circles and at universities, where International Women’s Day (IWD) is often welcomed and celebrated with initiatives, morning teas, guest speakers and lectures, etc.

Of course, there is a whole other argument about the necessity for either IMD or IWD. I won’t pretend that both can’t be seen as inherently kind of pointless. The world would function just as well without this self-congratulatory annual event: some would call it an excuse for a whole lot of hot air from academics, and maybe that’s all they are. Certainly, I can see why people – especially men and masculists – would roll their eyes at IMD, because it seems like a waste of time and effort, and most men aren’t interested in patting themselves on the back just for existing: they’d rather prove their worth at work, be it in the boardroom or on the battlefield or on the football pitch or the minesite or elsewhere, and if they really need to be rewarded for something, it should be something they’ve achieved, not just being a man.

My thoughts on this are mixed. I can see why masculists would disengage and ignore IMD and similar hand-wringing activities, but at the same time, there needs to be parity here: if there is a much-heralded IWD earlier in the year, this creates a gaping vacuum for men in the mainstream gender discourse. More crucially, masculism as a broad movement is lacking any form of mainstream exposure.

Using International Men’s Day as a mouthpiece for the masculist movement as a whole might be a shot for us to gain wider exposure/recognition in 2013 and beyond.

Feminist Bullshit: “Gender-neutral toys” (read: feminizing men)

27 Nov

My impetus for starting this blog was to create a means of not only talking openly and robustly about masculist ideology and theory, but also being able to call out feminist and/or misandrist bullshit for what it is.

There is plenty of reportage on what the batshit crazy gender feminists are up to, and unfortunately for the Swedes, Sweden is usually a hotbed for this kind of nonsense. (They brought us those lunatic, misandrist feminists who argued the way men sit on trains is a symbol of their oppression of women … it would be hilarious if it weren’t true.)

Now they have again delivered on the insanity front: a major toy company in Sweden has released what they are calling a “gender-neutral” catalogue.

As is par for the course with gender-feminists, all they have done is reverse the gender roles and call it “progress” and “enlightened” and “politically correct”: a girl holding a doll was replaced with a boy, and a boy holding a toy machine gun was replaced with a girl. Clever!!!

This is, of course, mindnumbingly stupid. Having a boy shown with the gun and the girl with the doll actually reflects the target market for those toys and the fact that boys are more likely to want to play with guns and girls more likely to play with dolls. That is basic. This doesn’t stop parents from buying their daughter a toy gun if she wants it, and vice versa – it simply reflects the market for the item.

Reversing this is not inherently intelligent. It is not enlightened or clever. It does not deserve a gold star or a pat on the back. It deserves to be ridiculed for what it is: reversing gender roles to feminize men and boys.

As if there weren’t enough misandry and feminizing of men going on already, it’s now too often lauded in some circles as “good”. It isn’t. And it reveals an insidious double-standard of feminist thought. Feminists used to argue that rendering women as feminized/domestic/weak was offensive to women and disempowered them. An empowered woman would be using a gun! And yet, en masse, they now routinely feminize men in order to psychically castrate them and make them seem like a weaker counterpart to the “strong” female.

KIND OF HOW THE PATRIARCHY THEY SO HATE USED TO DO TO WOMEN!!!

But this irony is lost on most gender feminists.

The outright reversal of gender roles has nothing to do with equality or egalitarianism, and everything to do with feminists wanting superiority and attempting to subordinate and feminize men and boys.

It is insidious and should be rightly condemned.

Hopefully parents and the general public will reject this stupidity and the profits of the company suffer.

Gender-neutrality in the law is egalitarian. Simply performing crude gender role reversals in the public discourse is not egalitarian: it is, as far as I have seen, universally employed in order to advance the insidious and misandrist portrayal that all women are strong and empowered, and all men are feminized weaklings.

It is feminist bullshit of the highest order.

The spark for a masculist revolution

6 Nov

I was driven to create this blog after reading the umpteenth misandrist (male-hating) journalistic article that completely dehumanized and vilified all men.

Not a day goes by in 21st century Western culture when several articles and/or blog posts aren’t published in the mainstream media about sexism against women, about misogyny, about how women are inherently good and victims, and men are inherently bad and oppressors. Every day I think to myself that surely, eventually, in the interests of balanced journalism they will run a response by a male, something that actually calls out this malignant misandry in our culture and stands up for men’s rights and dignity. This still hasn’t happened on any of the mainstream media websites I frequent. I’ve even given the media outlets the benefit of the doubt – maybe their staff are overworked on other articles and there are no freelancers sending in a counter-response. So I’ve tried to be the freelancer, sending in articles to attempt to get a male, masculist voice heard on these issues. Not a nibble. And when masculist readers comment on these articles, their responses are often either later deleted or never make it to the screen: I and many others have had many a comment deleted, and have been subsequently blocked and banned from pages and sites. I have never been abusive or offensive in my commentary: I am careful to word everything as unproblematically as possible, even simply asking bloggers and other commenters to not silence male voices. That simple request got me a ban.

My intent here, then, is to create a place where my voice and the voices of other masculists can be heard and published without being silenced. I wish to provide here the counter-arguments to mainstream media articles that are misandrist or anti-male: they cannot silence our response to their sexist, oppressive attitudes. Banning us, deleting our comments, shaming, silencing and blocking us will no longer work: these reactionary tactics will not silence honestly-held, ethical, egalitarian and much-needed masculist beliefs.

Our ‘About’ page says more about masculism and how we conceptualize it, but even this is nebulous. As much as this page is intended as a hub for equality and publicly voicing the masculist response to the growing amount of misandrist rhetoric in the Western mass media and popular culture, it is also an attempt to gradually build a definition of masculism itself. The word does not exist in most dictionaries yet – though we will change that. Moreover, there is a wide range of men’s movements, from the mythopoetic men’s movement to the Men’s Rights Activists, Men Going Their Own Way, male feminists, and more: we intend to find the common threads of belief and unify ourselves as, essentially, masculists: eschewing patriarchal and feminist ideologies to synthesise a new ideology that actually fights for male equality, and for the right and dignity of all men and, frankly, all people.

We call for a non-violent movement that rejects existing dominant ideologies that are misandrist and creates an ideological, intellectual and socio-cultural paradigm shift.

We call for a masculist revolution.