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    • superjonelle

      So women are not free agents in their decisions? They are simply responding without will to men’s power to corrupt their values? You cannot solve sexism and misogyny from the ground up, by attacking individual actions, it must be attacked from the top down, by resolving unequal legislation and sexist oppression. This is why a few democratic politicians’ actions are not a “war on women.” This ability to pick apart tiny instances but not see the bigger picture completely demonstrates the entire conservative misunderstanding of how prevalent and ingrained sexism is in our society. It’s like saying that if men agree to stop staring at womens’ butts and cat-calling, then sexism is over. That’s a symptom, not the disease.

    • superjonelle

      williamc27: Ok, that’s a really weird way to interpret what I said, especially since I’m assuming you consider North Korea to be some kind of threat, while the feminist movement is about a better life with equal opportunity for all genders and races. Yes every human being SHOULD sympathize with the feminist movement because it is in the interest of all human beings. It’s all about starting out with equal footing, which currently does not exist. If someone does not sympathize, then I will assume they are either ignorant, or bigoted. Based on your comparing my hopeful view (that men would ideally sympathize with a movement that promotes equality) to intolerant fascism, I would assume you fall in the ignorant category, but I’m just the optimistic sort. However, this is not what I was saying in my previous post. To clarify my sentence, replace “should” with “I would assume you would” and you will understand my meaning. I was not using should as an imperative, commanding him to sympathize with feminism, I was displaying how I would ideally assume it to be.

    • superjonelle

      No, if a woman is called manly as opposed to feminine, it is usually not meant to be a compliment, because she is expected to conform to feminine standards, just as a man is expected to conform to masculine standards. I do believe that both insults came into existence because men resort to them, to either put down their male or female competition. If women use the insult, it is because of a standard created by patriarchy.  However, being compared to a man is more likely to be intended as a compliment if used in the context of how well a job was done, or how intelligent a woman is, or how good a woman is at athletics. In this context, the assumption is that a woman is not good at these things so she has stepped into man-territory if she is accomplished at the skill. This is extremely belittling. It is important to note that using the opposite gender as an insult is not helpful to either gender, and feminists are not saying one is any better or worse than the other, because it imposes standards rather than simply allowing a person to just be.

    • superjonelle

      Forced to feel like a pig? So sorry that our standing up for ourselves makes it hard for you to differentiate whether or not you are the aggressor. If you are not the aggressor, then you should agree and sympathize with the feminist movement. No one is saying you specifically did all these things. You need to pull yourself off the defense and realize that the reason there are more posts about sexism against women is because men are still in the position of power. Men hold a large majority of executive and elected positions of power. Men make more money. Men brutalize women’s bodies. You need buzzfeed to make a clarification with lists like these to say that not ALL men behave this way? Having that knowledge should be enough for you. Man guilt is just not a real problem compared to what women face. No one is forcing you to feel like a pig, I’m glad that you maybe show some remorse in this statement and therefore hopefully do not commit many of the smaller instances of sexism displayed in this list. However, I am forced to feel like a slut because I have large boobs and do not want to cover my entire body on a 100 degree day.

    • superjonelle

      To say a man should “Man up” is actually technically an insult to women, because of the implication that he is lacking manliness, and therefore acting like a girl, which in this situation is a negative insult. It’s ok for a man to have feelings and it’s ok to recognize that men are affected by the image of manliness portrayed in the media. Men, like women, do have to deal with gender identity issues. However, for as long as men are in a position of power (displayed simply by how many elected female officials there are, how many executive females there are, how men are STILL likely to receive a higher salary, and especially by how the female body continues to be at risk of harm by the hands of men who feel entitled to raping her based on how she dresses), your comments will not be welcome while the topic of sexism against women is being discussed. It surely doesn’t help your point of view when you see women respond with “boo-fucking-hoo” and so forth, but you have to understand the sheer volume of sexism women deal with compared to men. That is the point of lists like this, to call attention to the tiny things men may not realize happen on a daily basis. When something derogatory is said about a man, it is often an individual instance or an attempt to reclaim equal power by women. Men tend to perceive this as a threat to be overthrown, when in reality, women are still not anywhere near the same level as men. There are women in this world who are not allowed to go to SCHOOL. The fact that that exists for some women is a blow against every woman in the world. Women’s bodies are objectified WAY more than men, and the amount of time and money and energy focused on looking a certain way is way more prevalent among women than men. It’s undeniable! The psychological effects of the female image in the media are so damaging to women, it cannot be compared to what men experience. If you think it can then tell me how much you spend on makeup and skin care products and how much you cry about what size clothing you are. If this was TLDR, then simply put, when a woman is saying “I have these 100 problems”, then you are not going to get any sympathy stepping up to talk about your 5 problems. Sorry you maybe got insulted once, that’s a bummer, but there is just no comparison.