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Kristen Stewart Shares Her Inspirational Views on Feminism

Kristen Stewart Shares Her Inspirational Views on Feminism

Kristen Stewart is photographed by fashion mogul Hedi Slimane for the February/March 2015 issue of Wonderland magazine.

Here is what the 24-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On women in film: “It’s silly to play the devil’s advocate when having a conversation about female roles in Hollywood, because then you’re doing this ‘reverse feminism’ thing that has become weirdly trendy recently. I feel like some girls around my age are less inclined to say, ‘Of course I’m a feminist, and of course I believe in equal rights for men and women,’ because there are implications that go along with the word feminist that they feel are too in-your-face or aggressive. A lot of girls nowadays are like, ‘Eww, I’m not like that.’ They don’t get that there’s no one particular way you have to be in order to stand for all of the things feminism stands for.”

On scriptwriting: “I wrote a sick short film that I’m really proud of. It’s more abstract rather than super narrative. It’s like a poem; it’s about water. People ask, ‘Why not just direct a feature?’ But I want to play around first. I want to have experience. I think the first thing I’m going to make will live in the in-between moments.”

For more from Kristen, visit WonderlandMagazine.com!

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  • leo

    Beautiful and intelligent. She is amazing in her last three films and stunning in Sils Maria. Finally, someone who has a brain in head.

    Her films will be delicacy, Kristen is an artist heart and soul.

  • Sandy McFarlane

    ……for once I actually really agree with her on the topic of feminism. She worded her thoughts on this very eloquently

  • Living in a box

    That statement actually really good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMuscKEmV3I

  • Hannah Abbott

    Stewart is a self absorbed imbecile. .. .

  • Jay

    I’m happy she stepped away for the limelight. It didn’t suit her, ironically for an actress she’s not good at pretending. She’s no media darling like Jennifer Lawrence, she not good at the hollywood game. Her last few films her new persona, it seems she’s finally found her footing, she seems more comfortable.

  • PFix

    It’s nice to see a woman stand by women’s rights. Women fought to hard to get where they are. It’s up to women of this generation to stand up for women who still today are doing the same job as a man and getting paid less because they’re female. That’s not equality.

  • FerCat

    Having more opportunities should get equal focus. Turns out there are much less female lead films than there were back in 2002.

  • Thomas

    She Came Out too early in her career.

  • Whitney

    tsk tsk tsk
    the person says that Kristen is as “imbecile” why? Win what with it? Orgasms?
    If you don’t like her ignores, why talk about someone who doesn’t like? Nonsense

  • Guest

    ok

  • PFix

    She’s a very open person. If she were gay she’d just say so and wouldn’t try to hide it. I don’t believe she is.

  • Kris

    Why to say that you are gay? It is not like you go out and say ‘Hey I am straight!’… It is normal and no need for announcements.

  • i♥britboys

    wish she had distinguished her personality already. She’s still ‘that’ girl. The girl who has no personality and becomes her lovers. She’s manlier than ever and she even copies Alicia’s mannerisms.
    And yes, she’s out of the closet, she’s hand holding (Hawaii, airport) and kissing (Hawaii) Alicia in public

  • guest

    Yes, talking in a magazine is a real act of bravery.

  • nickel

    Can’t imagine why young women don’t want to identify with feminism… maybe this?

    *——————————————————
    “The nuclear family must be destroyed… Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process.” — Linda Gordon

    “I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.” — Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor.

    “I haven’t the faintest notion what possible revolutionary role white hetero- sexual men could fulfill, since they are the very embodiment of reactionary- vested-interest-power. But then, I have great difficulty examining what men in general could possibly do about all this. In addition to doing the shitwork that women have been doing for generations, possibly not exist? No, I really don’t mean that. Yes, I really do.” — Robin Morgan

    “We can’t destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage.” — Robin Morgan

    “I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman, out of her own genuine affection and desire.”
    — Robin Morgan

    From her “The Demon Lover” (NY: Norton & Co., 1989 Morgan doesn’t hide her bigotry):

    * p. 138-9: The phallic malady is epidemic and systemic… each individual male in the patriarchy is aware of his relative power in the scheme of things…. He knows that his actions are supported by the twin pillars of the State of man – the brotherhood ritual of political exigency and the brotherhood ritual of a sexual thrill in dominance. As a devotee of Thanatos, he is one with the practitioner of sado-masochistic “play” between “consenting adults,” as he is one with the rapist.
    * p. 224: My white skin disgusts me. My passport disgusts me. They are the marks of an insufferable privilege bought at the price of others’ agony.
    * p. 229: Sex to this point in my life has been trivial, at best a gesture of tenderness, at worst a chore. I couldn’t understand the furor about it.
    * p. 316: Did she die of the disease called “family” or the disease called “rehabilitation”, of poverty or drugs or pornography, of economics or sexual slavery or a broken body?

    “And let’s put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism—the lie that there can be such a thing as ‘men’s liberation groups.’ Oppression is something that one group of people commits against another group, specifically because of a ‘threatening’ characteristic shared by the latter group—skin, color, sex or age, etc. The oppressors are indeed ****ED UP by being masters, but those masters are not OPPRESSED. Any master has the alternative of divesting himself of sexism or racism—the oppressed have no alternative—for they have no power but to fight. In the long run, Women’s Liberation will of course free men—but in the short run it’s going to cost men a lot of privilege, which no one gives up willingly or easily. Sexism is NOT the fault of women—kill your fathers, not your mothers”.
    — Robin Morgan

    “To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he’s a machine, a walking dildo.”
    — Valerie Solanas, Authoress of the SCUM Manifesto

    “Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation, and destroy the male sex.”
    — Valerie Solana, SCUM founder (Society for Cutting Up Men.)

    “The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness…can be trained to do most things.”
    — Jilly Cooper, SCUM (Society For Cutting Up Men, started by Valerie Solanas)

    “Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women’s movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage.” — Sheila Cronin, the leader of the feminist organization NOW

    “I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “Heterosexual intercourse is the pure, formalized expression of contempt for women’s bodies.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “In my own life, I don’t have intercourse. That is my choice.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “Under patriarchy, every woman’s son is her potential betrayer and also the inevitable rapist or exploiter of another woman.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “To be rapeable, a position that is social, not biological, defines what a woman is.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “Q: People think you are very hostile to men.
    A: I am.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “Men use the night to erase us.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “The annihilation of a woman’s personality, individuality, will, character, is prerequisite to male sexuality.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “Men love death. In everything they make, they hollow out a central place for death, let its rancid smell contaminate every dimension of whatever still survives. Men especially love murder. In art they celebrate it, and in life they commit it. They embrace murder as if life without it would be devoid of passion, meaning, and action, as if murder were solace, stilling their sobs as they mourn the emptiness and alienation of their lives.”
    — Andrea Dworkin

    “Men are rapists, batterers, plunderers, killers; these same men are religious prophets, poets, heroes, figures of romance, adventure, accomplishment, figures ennobled by tragedy and defeat. Men have claimed the earth, called it ‘Her’. Men ruin Her. Men have airplanes, guns, bombs, poisonous gases, weapons so perverse and deadly that they defy any authentically human imagination.”
    — Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women

    “On the Left, on the Right, in the Middle; Authors, statesmen, thieves; so-called humanists and self-declared fascists; the adventurous and the contemplative, in every realm of male expression and action, violence is experienced and articulated as love and freedom.”
    — Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women.

    “The institution of sexual intercourse is anti-feminist” — Ti-Grace Atkinson

    “Feminism is the theory, lesbianism is the practice.” — Ti-Grace Atkinson

    “Rape is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear” — Susan Brownmiller; Authoress of Against Our Will p.6

    “When a woman reaches orgasm with a man she is only collaborating with the patriarchal system, eroticizing her own oppression.” — Sheila Jeffrys

    “Politically, I call it rape whenever a woman has sex and feels violated.” — Catherine MacKinnon

    “All sex, even consensual sex between a married couple, is an act of violence perpetrated against a woman.” — Catherine MacKinnon

    “You grow up with your father holding you down and covering your mouth so another man can make a horrible searing pain between your legs.”
    — Catherine MacKinnon (Prominent legal feminist scholar; University of Michigan, & Yale.)

    “In a patriarchal society, all heterosexual intercourse is rape because women, as a group, are not strong enough to give meaningful consent.”
    — Catharine MacKinnon, quoted in Professing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women’s Studies.

    “The more famous and powerful I get the more power I have to hurt men.” — Sharon Stone; Actress

    “Ninety-five percent of women’s experiences are about being a victim. Or about being an underdog, or having to survive… women didn’t go to Vietnam and blow things up. They are not Rambo.”
    — Jodie Foster; Actress – as quoted in The New York Times Magazine.

    “The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.” — Sally Miller Gearhart, in The Future – If There Is One – Is Female.

    “And if the professional rapist is to be separated from the average dominant heterosexual (male), it may be mainly a quantitative difference.”
    — Susan Griffin, Rape: The All-American Crime.

    “If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this will be accompanied by an evolutionary process that will result in a drastic reduction of the population of males.” —Mary Daly, former Professor at Boston College, 2001.

    “If anyone is prosecuted for filing a false report, then victims of real attacks will be less likely to report them.” – David Angier

    “Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometimes gain from the experience.” – Catherine Comins

    “As long as some men use physical force to subjugate females, all men need not. The knowledge that some men do suffices to threaten all women. He can beat or kill the woman he claims to love; he can rape women…he can sexually molest his daughters… THE VAST MAJORITY OF MEN IN THE WORLD DO ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE.”
    — Marilyn French (her emphasis)

    “My feelings about men are the result of my experience. I have little sympathy for them. Like a Jew just released from Dachau, I watch the handsome young Nazi soldier fall writhing to the ground with a bullet in his stomach and I look briefly and walk on. I don’t even need to shrug. I simply don’t care. What he was, as a person, I mean, what his shames and yearnings were, simply don’t matter.”
    — Marilyn French; The Woman’s Room.

    “All patriarchists exalt the home and family as sacred, demanding it remain inviolate from prying eyes. Men want privacy for their violations of women… All women learn in childhood that women as a sex are men’s prey.”
    — Marilyn French

    “All men are rapists and that’s all they are”
    — Marilyn French, Authoress; (later, advisoress to Al Gore’s Presidential Campaign.)

    “The media treat male assaults on women like rape, beating, and murder of wives and female lovers, or male incest with children, as individual aberrations…obscuring the fact that all male violence toward women is part of a concerted campaign.”
    — Marilyn French

    “I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He’s just incapable of it.”
    — Barbara Jordan; Former Congresswoman.

    “Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.”
    — Germaine Greer.

    “Man-hating is everywhere, but everywhere it is twisted and transformed, disguised, tranquilized, and qualified. It coexists, never peacefully, with the love, desire, respect, and need women also feel for men. Always man-hating is shadowed by its milder, more diplomatic and doubtful twin, ambivalence.”
    — Judith Levine; Authoress

    “Men’s sexuality is mean and violent, and men so powerful that they can ‘reach WITHIN women to ****/construct us from the inside out.’ Satan-like, men possess women, making their wicked fantasies and desires women’s own. A woman who has sex with a man, therefore, does so against her will, ‘even if she does not feel forced.’
    — Judith Levine, (explicating comment profiling prevailing misandry.)

    “I feel what they feel: man-hating, that volatile admixture of pity, contempt, disgust, envy, alienation, fear, and rage at men. It is hatred not only for the anonymous man who makes sucking noises on the street, not only for the rapist or the judge who acquits him, but for what the Greeks called philo-aphilos, ‘hate in love,’ for the men women share their lives with—husbands, lovers, friends, fathers, brothers, sons, coworkers.”
    — Judith Levine, Authoress of My Enemy, My love

    “There are no boundaries between affectionate sex and slavery in (the male) world. Distinctions between pleasure and danger are academic; the dirty-laundrylist of ‘sex acts’…includes rape, foot binding, fellatio, intercourse, auto eroticism, incest, anal intercourse, use and production of pornography, cunnilingus, sexual harassment, and murder.”
    — Judith Levine; summarizing comment on the WAS document, (A southern Women’s Writing Collective: Women Against Sex.)

    “All men are good for is ****ing, and running over with a truck”.
    Statement made by A University of Maine Feminist Administrator, quoted by Richard Dinsmore, who brought a successful civil suit against the University in the amount of $600,000. Richard had protested the quote; was dismissed thereafter on the grounds of harassment; and responded by bringing suit against the University 1995 settlement.

    Delaney Nickerson, of the American Coalition for ABUSE AWARENESS, refers to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation as “The ****ing Molesters Society”. (Miami Herald, April 3, 1995) The ACAA is a lobbying group, which includes Ellen Bass (co-author of THE COURAGE TO HEAL), and Rene Frederickson, leading feminist psychotherapist and strong proponent of repressed memory theory.

    “Women have their faults / men have only two: / everything they say / everything they do.”
    — Popular Feminist Graffiti

    “I was, in reality, bred by my parents as my father’s concubine… What we take for granted as the stability of family life may well depend on the sexual slavery of our children. What’s more, this is a cynical arrangement our institutions have colluded to conceal.”.
    — Sylvia Fraser; Journalist

    “We are taught, encouraged, moulded by and lulled into accepting a range of false notions about the family. As a source of some of our most profound experiences, it continues to be such an integral part of our emotional lives that it appears beyond criticism. Yet hiding from the truth of family life leaves women and children vulnerable.”
    — Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women.

    “Catharine MacKinnon maintains that “the private is a sphere of battery, marital rape and women’s exploited labor.” In this way, privacy and family are reduced to nothing more than aspects of the master plan, which is male domination. Democratic freedoms and the need to keep the state’s nose out of our personal affairs are rendered meaningless. The real reason our society cherishes privacy is because men have invented it as an excuse to conceal their criminality. If people still insist that the traditional family is about love and mutual aid—ideals which, admittedly, are sometimes betrayed—they’re “hiding from the truth.” The family isn’t a place where battery and marital rape sometimes happen but where little else apparently does. Sick men don’t simply molest their daughters, they operate in league with their wives to “breed” them for that purpose.”
    — Donna Laframboise; The Princess at the Window; (in a critical explication of the Catharine MacKinnon, Gloria Steinhem et al tenets of misandric belief.)

    “If the classroom situation is very heteropatriarchal—a large beginning class of 50 to 60 students, say, with few feminist students—I am likely to define my task as largely one of recruitment…of persuading students that women are oppressed”
    — Professor Joyce Trebilcot of Washington University, as quoted in Who Stole Feminism: How Women Have Betrayed Women.

    “Men, as a group, tend to be abusive, either verbally, sexually or emotionally. There are always the exceptions, but they are few and far between (I am married to one of them). There are different levels of violence and abuse and individual men buy into this system by varying degrees. But the male power structure always remains intact.” —taken from Daphne Patai’s excellent critical work, Heterophobia

    “Considering the nature and pervasiveness of men’s violence, I would say that without question, children are better off being raised without the presence of men. Assaults on women and children are mostly perpetrated by men whom they are supposed to love and trust: fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, step-fathers.” — taken from Daphne Patai’s excellent critical work, Heterophobia

    “At Brandies I discovered Feminism. And I instantly became a convert… writing brilliant papers in my Myths of Patriarchy class, in which I likened my fate as a woman to other victims throughout the ages.”
    — Heather Hart 7

    “The simple fact is that every woman must be willing to be identified as a lesbian to be fully feminist” (National NOW Times, January, 1988)

    “Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women’s movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage” (feminist leader Sheila Cronan)

    In response to a question concerning China’s policy of compulsory abortion after the first child, Molly Yard responded, “I consider the Chinese government’s policy among the most intelligent in the world” (Gary Bauer, “Abetting Coercion in China,” The Washington Times, Oct. 10, 1989)

    “Overthrowing capitalism is too small for us. We must overthrow the whole…patriarch!” (Gloria Steinem, radical feminist leader, editor of MS magazine)

    “Marriage has existed for the benefit of men; and has been a legally sanctioned method of control over women…. We must work to destroy it. The end of the institution of marriage is a necessary condition for the liberation of women. Therefore it is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to live individually with men…. All of history must be re-written in terms of oppression of women. We must go back to ancient female religions like witchcraft” (from “The Declaration of Feminism,” November, 1971)

    “We are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    From ‘A feminist Dictionary; ed. Kramarae and Triechler, Pandora Press, 1985:

    MALE:…represents a variant of or deviation from the category of female. The first males were mutants…the male sex represents a degeneration and deformity of the female.

    MAN:…an obsolete life form… an ordinary creature who needs to be watched…a contradictory baby-man…

  • TRUTH

    lol, you are funny!

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    She’s dumb as f*ck, but unfortunately a whole contingent of zombies will now think she’s cool and progressive because she went lesbian.

  • ♥ Ms_Ariz

    Uh, no she’s not an open person. She never confirmed her relationship with Robert Pattinson and in other interviews has said she doesn’t talk about relationships. Besides, she doesn’t have to say anything. She’s SHOWING us. Geez. The only people who are in denial of her being gay/bisexual are die-hard Kristen fans. The rest of us doesn’t care.

  • Outsider

    Oh, please…dont be stupid.

  • http://www.ChristopherAllman.com/ Christopher Allman

    Feminism seems to come and go on a 6 year cycle. It is way way in, full of weird rules and public shamings for those who don’t adhere to the party line. It is mean spirited and snarky. Then, it goes way way out. I think it is starting to go out again…which is good I think. I think many parts are psychologically unhealthy. It is unhealthy for young women to always see themselves as victims and unhealthy for boys to always be seen as the villain. Gender equality, yes, awesome. Feminism? Everyone loses. (and yes, I know the dictionary definition of feminism)

  • Constance Cappadonia

    Kristen.is.smart.talent.beautiful.and.she.rocks.I.would.like.her.to.direct.movies.she.stands.up
    To.what.believes.I.admire.her.alot

  • Lexi

    Open people don’t go around playing “guessing” games, and she already admitted she likes to “keep ‘em guessing.” She’s one of the biggest fakes and hypocrites in Hollywood, and that’s saying something in a town full of BS artists.

    She couldn’t be honest if her life depended on it She’ll never come out and make a statement, just more hand holding and BS interviews like this one where she brags about some script she’s written or some dumb poem she wrote. The girl is a giant sucking hole of neediness.

  • Lexi

    Kristen is a high school drop out, plain, ordinary, and she sucks. I would like her to retire. I couldn’t admire her less. She is a lousy actress who admits that she can’t create a character and plays herself over and over.

    She is no feminist, she had an ah the husband of a co-worker. That kind of says more about what she thinks of female solidarity than the BS she spews in this interview. She’s a massive hypocrite. Always has been and probably always will be.

    She says one thing and does the opposite. That’s the definition of being a hypocrite.

  • Lexi

    Give up, LenaJ. No one believes she’s a nice girl or a good actress. She was snubbed by the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit awards and of course the Oscars.

    They don’t give Oscars to liars and cheaters who can’t act. A PR team will only get her so far. She doesn’t have what it takes to earn the respect of her peers.

  • Simona Henderson

    Kristen isn’t intelligent. I suspect she is also ashamed of being gay. She appears to be Deflecting her relationship with a lesbian by espousing her interest in feminism. Well I wasn’t aware feminism was something you just gave mouth service to, I thought it was a way of being through actions and practices. Homewrecking, husband stealing and stripping off for roles is hardly enlightened behavior of a feminist. Distracting her liaisons with a lesbian with this mumbo jumbo, seems dishonest and unsavory. Just come out already. No need to be ashamed if she’s so “badass”. Because this new excuse for her behavior as “feminist” looks very suspect considering the timing. JS

  • Daisy duck

    Dear lexi, what rock have you been hiding under. Everyone knows that both the Emmy and Oscars are big popularity contests. Kristen had been considered for an Oscar but after the Emmy didn’t elect any black actors, the academy had to cave. She has been elected for a french oscar. No other actor has had that honor for thirty years that is American actor. There are many fine actors who have never won an Oscar or an emmy. That should show you how the cards are stacked.

  • nickel

    Dont worry I wont be. I’ll never vote another closet misandrous democrat into office again.

  • Outsider

    LOL you ppl…

  • Muse96

    A lot of women will read it. Who said it was brave? It’s a women’s magazine and women read it. Geez.

  • Muse96

    You decide what your personal business is and she has the same right. She doesn’t have to open up about her personal relationships if she doesn’t want to. What an angry person you are Lexi. Go get some therapy.

  • Muse96

    And you determined that by your limited knowledge of a person? What you say says more about YOU as a person than it does her.

  • Muse96

    She’s focused on her career. She’s not dating anyone. The whole thing with Alicia is crazy. If two guys were hanging out does that mean they’re gay? I think she’s messing with your heads. She knows the media stuff is nonsense and has been dealing with it heavily for the last 5 years with Twilight. She’s not saying anything because she is getting tons of publicity, keeps her name and picture in the headlines for the movies that she has coming out. The reviews are good. Keeping quiet is for the naysayers who are always looking for something bad to say. And….she doesn’t feel she has to say much about her personal life. Feminism is an global issue. If she wants to promote it…that’s her right just as it would be yours.

  • Muse96

    She said she likes to keep them guessing because she’s not going to talk about it. You don’t know this person really and you’re on a crazy rant. You need anger management!

  • Muse96

    @FerCat – You’re absolutely right.

  • Muse96

    She’s laughing all the way to the bank at these stupid rumors. You should all be as sure of yourselves as you are of her. @Simona – You’ve accused her of everything except murder and haven’t said one good thing about her. Why would she make anything public for people like you to chew up and spit out? Hate is poison to the hater. You poison yourself by trying to inflict that poisonous hate on others. Honestly, you need therapy to fix your own life.

  • Muse96

    @Christopher – You seem like a reasonable person on this thread – Do you know any macho men? Many of them are abusing women and wives everyday. Beating them into submission. Rape, women sold into slavery. It’s about women being able to survive, take care of themselves, and not be disenfranchised in the work place because they are women. Women still get paid less than men for doing the same job. There are some basic things that need to change. Every group has it’s radicals but most women just want basic equal rights in the job market. ie: Women newscasters. They have to sit on a stool that’s way too high with a sexy dress on, their legs crossed uncomfortably, and the networks can require this. They do it to get the work. It doesn’t mean they enjoy it. If they get older, they get fired because they’re no longer youthful enough for the networks. Sitting next to them are men as old as the hills and it doesn’t matter how old they look. It’s not even feminist. It’s just not fair treatment.

  • http://www.ChristopherAllman.com/ Christopher Allman

    Hello Muse96, thank you for saying I seem reasonable. You too seem reasonable. You seem like a genuinely good and kind person and I thank you for taking the time to make a careful and thoughtful reply.

    I have known a few macho men….but honestly, not too many.

    For most of my life I was I thought of myself as a feminist or feminist ally and saw the world basically as you did. But, the past few years, I began doing a lot of research on gender issues and my entire perspective has changed.

    For example, one of the most surprising statistics I have learned is that domestic abuse is not a gendered issue. Crazy huh? It is split almost 50/50 between men and women (actually, women are slightly more likely to perpetrate it, but it is close to even) Here is an article about it from Jezebel http://jezebel.com/5509717/domestic-violence-are-women-as-abusive-as-men

    and here are over 200 scientific studies confirming it. http://web.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

    The pay gap? Turns out it is actually a myth. The differences in pay is entirely due to different choices men and women make, not discrimination. Here is an article from a left leaning source on the subject http://billmoyers.com/2014/04/08/debunking-the-myth-of-a-mythical-gender-pay-gap/

    As for sexual assault. Again, this is one of the most surprising things I have learned is that there is also close to a gender parity!

    In fact, in one study of 300 college age males, a whopping 51% (half!) had been sexually assaulted since the age of 16, most often by a female.

    Meanwhile, many serious issues impacting boys and males have all but been ignored, largely due to feminists insistence we focus primarily on females. For example, in the 1990′s, girls pulled ahead of boys in schooling and have not looked back. Now, boys are severely struggling, dropping out of school and college at alarming rates. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/02/the-boys-at-the-back/?_r=0

    Men are 77% of homicide victims, more likely to be victims of random assault than are women. Men are 70% of homeless, 78% of suicides, 93% of workplace deaths.

    Men are the overwhelming majority of the prison population and receive longer, harsher sentences for the same crimes.

    (in general, it is black men who bear the largest burden of our culture’s ignoring and sometimes outright mockery of men’s issues. ‘wut about teh menz’ ‘i bathe in male tears etc’.

    During the recession, men were 80% of jobs lost and in general, lower income jobs for men are ceasing to exist.

    On top of all this, there are even 5 legal rights which women have that men do not http://thoughtcatalog.com/janet-bloomfield/2014/08/5-legal-rights-women-have-that-men-dont/

    Men’s health has been all but ignored. For every 1 scientific article written on men’s health, 23 are written about women. There are 7 federal agencies dedicated to women’s health and zero for men.

    In many ways, men have come to be seen as villains. Can you remember the last time you have heard anything positive said about men? I cannot. Usually it is more like, men are gross, men are pigs, men are idiots etc etc.

    I used to feel nothing but shame for being a man and would look at other men with something like..disgust.

    However, learning about how men and women are in fact very similar, both for good AND for bad, has helped me feel better about my own gender and no longer ashamed.

    And what I have listed here are not even all of issues boys and men currently face. Here is a list of others (including some of the ones I have mentioned here) http://genderallies.org/issues-impacting-men-and-boys/

    And this is all occurring in a time that even feminists have dubbed “The End of Men”, where our culture benefits women more than men. http://www.munkdebates.com/debates/gender-in-the-21st-century

    To be sure, this does not mean women do not also experience their own issues and prejudices, but women have a mainstream framework in place to discuss and advocate for issues specific to their gender (feminism) while men have none.

    This is why I support the Men’s Rights Movement and strongly push back against the mockery, belittlement and demonizing this movement has received from the media.

    I believe that in the past decade or so, the Feminist movement has been hijacked by extremists. Most feminists I know are decent, kind people, but those writing articles and leading organizations are not. They write articles in mainstream media outlets celebrating their own hatred of men and desire to ‘get even’. http://genderallies.org/why-criticize-feminism/

    If regular, kind hearted, thoughtful feminists such as yourself knew the issues currently facing men and boys, and the way feminism has sometimes contributed to these issues, I believe many would feel alarmed.

    This is why I speak up. I know most feminists are good, decent people and it is only lack of awareness that causes these issues to be ignored and sometimes mocked. This is a blog I have created to try and advocate for men and boys http://genderallies.org/ and to try and extend a hand of friendship to feminists, so we can all work together and end this ‘girls vs boys’ mentality that seems to have infected our culture for too long.

  • Muse96

    Thank you for all the sites, etc. I guess the key word should be equal rights. Like, Justice for everybody harms nobody.

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