Saturday, March 7, 2015

When MRAs act like Feminists

I often disagree with modern feminists, but one of the reasons I don't throw my lot in with MRAs (even though I agree with them much more frequently) is because they sometimes register the same silly complaints as feminists, just for men instead of women. Or, if their complaints aren't silly, then they aren't very important in light of other, more serious and more solvable, legal problems that men face. I find myself asking them the same question I ask feminists: "Is this really the forefront of your war? If so, you've won the important battles: just go home."

One example of this comes from the Facebook page "Discrimination Against Men", which recently expressed its outrage over an Instagram campaign to "Reverse the Male Gaze", which feminists praised because it 'gives men a tase of their own medicine', as it were: 'Let's see how YOU like being stared at and objectified in public!" The comments on this post expressed a similar dislike for the campaign.

But hang on, if the purpose of this campaign is to show men how bad it feels to be gazed upon in public, then doesn't getting mad about it actually prove the feminists' point?

"How do YOU like being 'male gazed' in public?"
"I don't like it at all!"
"Exactly, and neither do women."

You know what I say? Let 'em take pictures! Let 'em look at me! If I'm in public, then people are allowed to look at me and yes, take pictures of me. You think I care? You think I'm "oppressed" by this? I'm not, and neither are you.

George Orwell's "Animal Farm" becomes relevant once again:

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."


  1. Nobody is mad about that. The entire point was to point out feminist nonsense it had nothing to do with being upset. Note that they said "Oppressive male gaze", they were being sarcastic you're just not smart enough to pick up on it.

  2. Re: The comments on this post expressed a similar dislike for the campaign.

    You should have documented the "dastardly" comments. That would have totally corroborated your observation "Is this really the forefront of your war?"
    and justified the invocation of George Orwell's Animal Farm LOL.