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Feminism needs to include men to obtain equality for all

“Feminism will make it possible for the first time for men to be free.” – Michael Kimmel

I’ve written a few posts in the past calling for  re-evaluation of the feminist movements action plan (posts here) because the way they are going about getting to their goals isn’t working. The feminist movement wants better lives for women and trans folk. We want equal pay and no-more harassment on the streets. We want to end rape culture, slut shaming and victim blaming and we want to move from the culturally accepted patriarchy to something more equal.

And we can’t do that without men.

Men are as much a victim of the patriarchy as women and trans folk are. Most offences that happen to women and trans folk because of the cultural patriarchy will live in, happen to men. Men just don’t see it. The reason why women and trans folk are getting so up in arms over the offences of the patriarchy is because we can see it happen. We are the visible victims of rape culture, slut shaming and gender policing. We can quantify the atrocities committed against us and express why it makes us angry.

Men haven’t been able to do that yet.

Similarly women and trans folk haven’t been able to see men’s inability to see the crimes of the patriarchy. Feminism has yelled at men, told them they ...