Recently, twitter has been trending with #Menimist tweets from guys who are insisting that they have the rough end of the stick on the topic of gender inequality. Now let’s get some things straight:

feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

menimism: to believe in and support the feminist principles of women’s political, social and economic equality.

Besides the fact that the Menimism tweets have no idea what they’re calling themselves, they’re approaching this problem the wrong way. Rather than supporting gender equality and feminism, they’re having a contest with women to see who has it worse with gender inequality. Some of them are posting things that make good arguments, but most are ridiculous and just fighting fire with fire. What all of us, men and women, should be doing is supporting equality of both genders.

Feminists do not claim they are better than men. Feminists do not claim that women are the only victimized gender. Feminists do not only want equality for women! (Real feminists, anyway.)

Next time you see a tweet that has to do with meninism, I urge you to call it out. Instead of fighting each other, feminists and “meninists” should realize what they’re doing: adding fuel to the fire. If they take a step back maybe they’ll realize they’re after the same thing.


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