Heard that from a self-proclaimed "feminist" going on about how men naturally always enslave the world etc. Did it ever occur to her that her right to voice her opinion was won primarily by men? Of course women's activism was nothing short of revolutionary..but consider: It's been mostly men who fought in battle so that our citizens could engage in activism at all. It was armies of mostly men who fought to free slaves, liberate Europe from the Nazi's, etc. And of course we have more women that serve today and I know I respect them just as much as all men who serve, but statements like "men only bring oppression" when men have been liberators, really gets me steamed.
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Well, I feel kind of torn here, because while I wholeheartedly agree with you about the statement "men only bring oppression into the world" being absolutely ridiculous and, in my opinion, just as dangerous and disrespectful as any form of misogyny, I disagree with your defence that men fought wars to liberate people. In hind sight, sure we say everyone went to war against Germany because we all knew Hitler was a horrible guy who was torturing and murdering people, but we all stood by an ignored/engaged in anti-semitism for years before that. Generally speaking, I don't see war as a benevolent or liberating source- people fight wars over territory, religion, resources, politics etc, but it usually has very little to do with activism. And even when people SAY it's about activism, it's sometimes a form of "liberation" that the people themselves aren't ready to accept or embrace. We tend to take a one-sided view of things like communism= evil/bad, democracy= benevolent/good and things are a lot more complicated than that. Which is why black and white statements such as "all men are oppressive" are pretty ridiculous and show a lack of complexity rather than intelligent contemplation of the facts.
P.S. I don't mean to negate the role men have played (and still do) in gaining rights for oppressed people or to minimize the role any soldier plays when he/she gives up their life to serve their country- both are tremendous.3