Anonymous asked: okay i agree with you that any person who is against equality is definitely a shitty person but being against the egalitarian movement isnt the same as being against equality. the egalitarian movement is flawed, i'm sure even you can admit that, and i personally believe it's flaws outweigh any of the positive contributions it has made to the world. i've never come across an egalitarian who actually cares about equality more than they care about finding flaws in the men's/women's rights movements
All movements involving human beings are flawed. I think if egalitarianism’s flaws outweigh any of it’s positive contributions it’s because the growth of people actually understanding it is just coming up as a relevant choice. For the longest time I personally have wondered: “Why should I be a feminist or mens rights activist when I care about the treatment of human beings as a whole?”
It didn’t make sense for me to join a movement that could be easily misconstrued as one-sided and at the worst, done for the supremacy of one side and the hatred/damnation of the “other side”. I certainly didn’t want to have to waste my time arguing: “Oh, we Feminists/MRA’s aren’t misandrist/misogynist.. we just want equality!” and I sure as hell didn’t want to align myself with a supremacist disguised as an activist for equality.
All an egalitarian should care about is equality but unfortunately the men’s and women’s rights movements are more eager to shut down this all-encompassing idea… and usually it is because they are clinging to the flaws within their own movements. I’ve seen more people suggest that being an egalitarian makes no sense because it’s “not specific enough”. However, I think that is as specific as one needs it to be. It just simply requires that you fight for what is right and respect the equal needs and rights of other human beings. If anything it requires a larger practice of empathy than the other movements.
Some egalitarians do get swept up in the flaws of the other movements, because while those movements claim to be in favor of equality, seem to be totally fine with doing whatever to invalidate and discredit egalitarianism… as if it couldn’t be a real movement. The flaws and the blind hatred that come out of the men’s/women’s rights movements are part of why being an egalitarian is so important. Those flaws impact other human beings… the one’s we’re all supposed to be sticking up for.
I definitely care about equality… I believe the human condition is in desperate need of it. As flawed as we are, I think there’s better potential with an ideology that promotes balance in it’s actions and in the name it bears.
That moment when you realise that all of the injustices that happen to marginalised human beings (or any human beings for that matter) are the exact reasons to be an egalitarian.
…and it seems like most people just don’t want to because there are too many syllables and it doesn’t have a ring to it like the other -isms.
…or it lacks the convenience of the other isms…
…or maybe they’re too busy hating someone to actually bother.
I’m actually going to hit it squarely in the temple here: You probably wouldn’t consider being an egalitarian because you probably are a sexist, racist, ableist, a career victim, an abuser, an apologist for abuse and injustice, a supremacist, a self-proclaimed social justice warrior, a special-snowflake, a misogynist, a misandrist, a misanthrope, queer-prejudiced, straight-prejudiced, trans-prejudiced, cis-prejudiced, a denier of any of these things because of a lack of “systemic, institutionalized (insert word you don’t believe in here.)” A radical feminist, a Men’s Rights ‘activist’, or not an actual human being or creature capable of rational thought and empathy.
I may as well say it: You probably aren’t even a person… and you’ve earned your fedora regardless of your sex, gender, ethnicity, etc…
dudes who equate feminism with equality with being allowed to punch ladies are so fucking scary. like, how badly do you want to punch girls, dude? how is that the first and most important part of equality for you?! WHY DO YOU WANT TO HIT LADIES SO BAD?! how often are you thinking about this?! i am terrified.
I suppose it has something to do with something Bill Burr said:
Some people probably see it like that… and harbor this aggravation. People can be vengeful and downright baby-ish. One of those natural, horrible things about human nature and backlash… it’s stupid no matter who is doing it.
Stop sexualizing my body stop shaming my body stop policing my body
I always thought that EVERYONE talked shit about/thought the fat, shirtless and hairy guys looked disgusting. Every time I’ve seen a fat shirtless guy, I’ve seen people talk shit about him. Every time I’ve seen a hairy dude with a tank top I’ve heard people joke about “that disgusting fucking grizzly bear playing basketball.”
…and honestly, I’d rather all of you keep your shirts on. Men, women, fat, skinny, hairless, pretty, ugly, etc… I’m a big person and I keep my shirt on when it’s hot. I look fucking terrible without a shirt on and I feel better about actually admitting that than demanding people not shame me for what is CLEARLY evident with my body. Hell, I’m almost never out without a longsleeve… I really don’t see what the big deal is. I drink water and don’t typically wear dark colours if I’m outside.
I will agree that the catcalling and jeering is absolutely not acceptable.
…no matter how fucking stupid those shorts look… and I just think they look stupid and really impractical. People can shout “don’t shame me” all they want, I just think they look stupid… on everyone.
Outside of that… I think it really just inspires me to move to someplace cold. So I don’t have to deal with any of these assholes… shirtless or not.