Bring an End to Meninism

It is my opinion that the youth of the 21st century is surrounded by a greater amount of ignorance than ever before in human history. Given that a vast majority of us now carry supercomputers in our pockets at all times, our egos are now fueled like never before with a false sense of wisdom that we gain from social media and constant interaction with our peers. It is this very phenomenon that stands as the backbone of the so-called “Meninist” movement which has reached massive amounts of recognition on social media, most notably on Twitter.

Grounded in the belief that feminism is no more than a movement of a few whiny females who are unhappy with the status quo, “meninists” dub themselves to be satirists, who merely mock the faulty reasoning or illogical arguments made by modern-day feminists. Meninism, however, could not be further from any version of effective satire.

The fact of the matter is, by exacting jabs and jokes at the feminist movement in a way that appears meaningless at first glance, meninists spread the ignorance which is perpetuated by individuals as radical as men’s rights activists, who truly believe women to be inferior members of society compared to men.

It should come as no surprise that some of the most prominent “activists” in the meninist movement are young men, usually teenagers in high school or college. Ignorant to the actual plight faced by young women across the globe, these individuals don’t seem to understand the implications of their actions online.

By making an effort to dismantle the legitimate societal critiques made by feminists, meninists further the logic which inherently has led to women being second-class citizens in society, a fact which can be observed through phenomena ranging from the lack of educational opportunity of women in the middle east, to widespread genital mutilation of young girls in Africa, to the gender pay gap which currently exists within the United States.

I have had many of my male friends ask me why I take such strong offense to comments from the meninist Twitter account, but I don’t understand how that answer could be any less obvious: meninism stands in opposition to gender equity.

I have noticed recently that many individuals have come to misinterpret the meaning of the word “feminist.” Somehow, the word has been twisted by the media to become known in society as a type of radical female whose aim is to place females above men in the human social hierarchy; it’s actual meaning could not be more different.

Merriam-Webster defines “feminism” as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes,” or “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”

When one chooses to wear the title of “meninist,” they are blocking the way of progress for gender equality both in the United States and abroad.

I, therefore, could not be prouder to call myself a feminist, and as a male, I see it as even more imperative that I stand as an advocate for gender equality.

Women only make up half of the population on this planet. If there is supposed to be any real advancement of women’s rights in the 21st century, we will all have to do our part to bring about necessary social change.

I am confident that with enough outreach, our generation will be the one to advance women beyond the title of second-class citizen.

Let’s bring an end to sexism.

  Let’s bring an end to meninism.