It’s a new phenomenon that’s taking over Twitter, and soon enough, it will become a movement. But what is it? Is it important? And does it make sense?
#MeninistTwitter has been trending on Twitter for the past couple of months; and I can’t say that I’m surprised. In an age when we women constantly shout out for equality, it was bound to happen that men would end up jumping on the bandwagon, too.
And I agree that they should, actually. So far, what meninists have done is call us out when our feminist ideals, accusations and requests go too far.
- At a time when we want to be equal to men, why can’t more of us pay on the first date?
- At a time when we want to be seen as strong and independent, is there really any room for chivalry?
- At a time when we say that we want equal pay, is it right for us to go to a club and enter for free when men still have to pay?
They’re big questions and I’m undoubtedly biased as I’m not a big fan of present-day feminism. But if we’re going to be true to ourselves, then we need to ask this: are we fighting for equality or simply fighting?
These meninists are clearly taking the piss, but what all this does is put that which we sometimes say and do in perspective.
- I like it when the man I’m with opens the door for me; am I putting myself down?
- I like it when a man finds me attractive; am I putting myself down?
- I like it when a man takes charge; am I putting myself down?
The answer to that is a resonating ‘no’, but it also means that we need to calm down on our ideas of what makes a strong, independent woman and what doesn’t.
I have worked for decades, I have taken care of my child, I have bought myself a house with my own money, and I have bought my own jewellery.
I have also managed to become an architect, quit, and become a writer; I have funded my child’s education by myself; I have inherited; and I have even filed for divorce – all without the aid of a man, and all thanks to the feminists who lived before me and made it possible for me to do so.
But I can’t help but feel that we sometimes don’t cut men or society any slack. Things were very difficult 50, 100 or even 200 years ago, and most men are not okay with women being treated inferiorly.
With that said, maybe we need to start fighting for a more equal society, where both men and women are truly equal, and stop expecting to be treated in a certain way, but expect general consensus to see us in another.
What do you think of Evelyn’s argument?
Are you worried about the rise of Meninism or do you agree with it?
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