An Open Letter To Neo-Masculinists, MRAs, And General Dudebros Everywhere
Hardly a call to feminism is it? With a title like “An Open Letter to Neo-Masculinists, MRAs, and General Dudebros Everywhere”, it just has to be click bait. Besides what the heck is a Dude-Bro? I checked the Urban Dictionary and its not me!
But Oliver Chaseling make his point. If you’re a man who is afraid of feminism then you are afraid of your own masculinity.
Then I don’t know what is wrong with me. Did I take the Blue Pill? The one where “You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.” Which isn’t me I’m afraid.
Perhaps it’s Mum’s fault. But then my brother is the same. We were brought up to treat women with respect. We were never brought up to control them. And in the falling forward that is life and learning to walk, I found that I had one job. That job is to ensure others gain their absolute best potential and that others don’t lose out to the worst one has experienced.
Which isn’t masculinity. Masculinity sadly is limiting. Chaseling calls it a tower. Masculinity separates men from women. Women on the other hand see feminism as unifying and freeing.
Fortunately, some men (#notallmen!!!) see feminism as an alternative. One where they can truly be themselves without having to fake masculinity! How do you fake something you’re not good at? That’s masculinity defined!
Besides I’m exasperated with people who focus on those differences alone. They have the same arguments over and again. See any random sample of social media (even the Quasi-Presidential tweets!) for verification.
Yes its Us versus Them. Feminism versus Masculinity. Left versus Right. Winners versus Losers.
Conflict is so boring that I’d rather explore the horizons that we have in common. I’d rather stop yelling. Listen a little. Learn a lot. And wait for the time (like Chaseling) until the barriers dissolve. Then we all can do some good and have some fun! Sounds like anti-masculinity, doesn’t it? I’d rather call it compassion.