Anonymous said: About the MRM/MRA, ever heard of Erin Pizzey? She founded the first women's shelter in England, but when she said that women abused men near equally, militant feminists sent her death threats, killed her dog, and she fled from England. She now works with the MRA as a result. If you don't believe me, look her up.
Yeah, I know about Erin Pizzey. What does that have to do with anything, though? Nobody likes militant feminists (radfems, we often call them), especially not actual feminists, because militant feminists set the very foundational cause of feminism BACK.
By its very definition, feminism is about recognizing the serious gender inequalities in the world, and recognizing that most of those inequalities stem from mistreatment and demeaning of women in particular. By helping raise up women (this includes ALL women, not just white women, not just heterosexual women, not just cisgender women - radfems often overlook or outright exclude these women in everything they do, in addition to the shitty things they did to Pizzey), the goal of feminism is to equal the playing field, not dominate it.
I still don’t know what goal the MRM/MRA are trying to achieve. Every MRA supporter I’ve seen is only trying to exacerbate the gender inequalities that already exist, not to mention their examples of male struggles can often be linked to a cause that feminism is already trying to help. I don’t understand why MRM/MRA even has to be a thing, to be honest.
- Terry Pratchett, "Equal Rites" (via blackcatula)
And for some animals, these things can be combined. Just ask mantids during mating season, and animals that use gastroliths for digestion.