It was a very shocking experience for me to be male shamed by the gender that I identify with the most. Basically, male shaming is making a male feel guilty about being a man just because he is a man.
I can’t speak for all men, but it cuts deep to be told that
- “You can never understand women!”
- “Your privilege prevents you from seeing the plight of women!”
- “Suck it up like a man!”
- “You guys don’t have it as nearly as bad as us women!”
- “You’re just afraid of losing your male privileges.”
- “You’re afraid of a strong woman!”
Male shaming can also mean that you are being shamed for not being a stereotypical male. In my specific experience, I was simply targeted because I was a male speaking about feminism. Why was I speaking about feminism? Because I am a feminist.
From the worldwide perspective, I understand the need for feminism. That’s why I am a feminist. However, here in America—feminism is a joke. I’m not talking about equal rights for men and women feminism. I’m talking #YesAllMen, misandric feminism.
Why is male shaming even a thing? If you want to shame me for something that I have done or that I am in control of, go for it. I can’t control that I was born and raised as a male. I can’t help that my male ancestors asserted their dominance over my female ancestors. I can help how I choose to affect the world and I am more interested in helping more women overall than just a few women who are upset about a shirt.
According to some statistics from 2007, 27 million people are in modern-day slavery across the world. 80% of that number is women and girls. Why aren’t we hearing about this? Do “feminists” not care about the plight of women? In the video I mentioned that 11 million women were trafficked into the United States last year. That number is an estimate based on the tenfold increase of the number of human trafficking operations that have been discovered.
This is something that you are going to hear me speak out more about because an activist should attempt to help the most amount of people possible and not only address issues that pertain to her. Shame is not going to help us achieve our goals and shaming will never change the world. We shouldn’t tell people to develop “shame resilience.” No one should. You can’t make things better for a group of people by putting another group down.
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