Speaking My Mind!

As I mentioned in another post, I am a proponent of equality. If there is a feminism, there should be a menism. I wrote an article for the school newspaper declaring that there is a lot of oppression on this campus regarding “male privilege.” Well, last week, it seems someone leaked the fact that I wrote such an article, and I was addressed by a rep from our feminist group. I was told I would be demonized, that I would not have any friends, that I was wrong, etc. They wanted me to revise the article without the word “menism.” But, see that is them oppressing me again because I cannot say what I wish. I will say what I wish; I will not be silenced. I am tired of the fear, and I am tired of this inequality. I agree with the feminists to a certain extent, but they take it too far. It only ends up hurting their cause. I will post the “offending” article below:

Here at Antioch, we are lucky enough to have the privilege of expressing our beliefs and values. We have the ability to stand up for what we believe in and become passionate for the causes that strike our fancy or something that truly pulls our heartstrings. At Antioch, as a young woman, I recognize the importance of this, and it excites me that this college can give me the means to create social change for the causes that I believe in. In fact, this is why I chose to come to Antioch in the first place. However, I have found that sometimes it is a little difficult to express our own views. In all honesty, I have found that I am more afraid to speak up here. When one person’s or group of people’s beliefs begin to infringe on the rights of others, this no longer becomes a cause. It is now oppression. I realize that this may be a strong claim, but I have been here on campus long enough and have talked to enough people that I can safely say that many people on this campus are extremely uncomfortable expressing themselves because they do not wish to offend others. Yes, some things should not be said, but when it becomes the norm that no one is allowed to speak their mind, this is no longer a discussion over whether a comment is offensive or not. It becomes an issue of one group dominating all others.

This campus is full of feminists; in no way do I wish to offend or anger anyone on campus. In fact, I actually agree with many of the sentiments that the feminist group supports. I identify myself as female, and I sympathize with a lot of people out there. I agree that women need more of a voice and that in many ways, women are underestimated and are discriminated against due to the kind of society that we live in. However, I do not believe that it is right to take away other’s rights in order to promote the own self-interest of another ideology. This is where Menism comes in. Women at a young age are exposed to discrimination. Everyone does it without thinking. Maybe you have told a four-year old girl she is pretty. Surrounded by emphases on beauty, women grow up in a world that sexualizes her, and oppresses her in this way. On the other hand, men are told they need to be strong, that they cannot cry, and that they must take care of poor, submissive women. Men are oppressed too, because society portrays them as evil, unemotional, and superior over women. This is a stereotype. At Antioch, we are supposed to deviate from the stereotype, not add to it. Whenever a white male opens his mouth to speak, the tendency here is to shut him down because he is “white privilege.” Antioch also stresses diversity. If we hear the same opinions over and over again, how is this diversity?

I am a woman. I love that I can be represented. I enjoy this right as a human being. Men (especially white males) do not. Maybe people think that since in society men have all the power that Antioch should be different, but I think that it should be everyone has the right to be equal. If there is a feminism, why not a menism?  I am a woman, so I can talk about men’s rights. I will not be ostracized like a male would be if he wrote an article like this one. So, how is that equality?



2 thoughts on “Speaking My Mind!

    • Thanks! I really appreciate that. You would think that at a liberal arts college that there would be less hostility and more progress. Instead, those who speak out against the louder, more radical groups are demonized. It is extremely frustrating, especially when the college boasts diversity and social change. These passionate people are, indeed, attempting to achieve social change, specifically the feminist group on campus, but they are so radical that their cause is lost. It only results in fear to speak one’s mind and oppression of one’s voice. I know I will get a lot of crap once the article is published, but at least I will have spoken out, hopefully dispelling the fear that others have and encouraging them to speak out too.

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