Thursday, January 27, 2011

And Another Thing! An Anti-Feminist Rant

Another hater of feminism has succeeeded in exposing, primarily, his ignorance of that which he hates. Calling feminists "now amongst the most obnoxious bigots," Conservative MP Dominic Raab bemoans the plight of men in the UK. His proof of feminist bigotry. One item:

"From the cradle to the grave, men are getting a raw deal. Men work longer hours, die earlier, but retire later than women."

I'm not an expert in UK law or politics, but I'm hardpressed to believe the UK has labor laws mandating longer work hours for men than for women. Gee, could there be any explanations for these facts other than FeMiNiSm? Critical thinking and MRAs: shall the two ever meet?

He continues:

"Then there is the more subtle sexism. Men caused the banking crisis. Men earn more because they are more assertive in pay negotiations."

So, it is women who are primarily in charge of banks, then? So, it's not that men are more assertive in pay negotations, they're actually just more competent than women and, thus, deserving of higher salaries? And, if we don't kowtow to this obvious male competence, we're being subtlely sexist against men?

Not that he's a gender essentialist or anything. Or is he? Who knows. Certainly not him. At this point, he's just throwing spaghetti at the wall, hoping enough sticks to make a mess out of feminism:

"You can’t have it both ways. Either you believe in equality or you don’t. If you buy into the whole Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus theory of gender difference – with all its pseudo science - you can’t then complain about inequalities of outcome that flow both ways from those essentially sexist distinctions."

Who is the "you" here? Does he really think it's primarily feminists who buy (and sell) the "whole Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" bullshit?

Gah. As if.

Raab ends by encouraging us to all just get along by "ditching outdated gender warfare and finding practical solutions to the challenges couples go through together."

I'll ditch my "gender warfare" when people like him ditch their implications that were society not rigged for women and girls, men would still be perched atop their natural, god-given thrones being The Best at everything.

For, didn't you know that it's an anti-feminist/MRA truth that boys and girls are inherently different, except when boys prove worse at stuff? Oh yes, I think some people have it both ways all the damn time.

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