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Women Cannot Have Logical Arguments – Claire

I am a feminist. I believe that, as a woman, I deserve equal rights, and I do not see anything wrong with this. I think that it’s unfair that there are women in cultures who are silenced and do not even have the opportunity to speak up for themselves; that there are women who do not receive education or basic human rights. I do not think it’s okay for there to be wage gaps solely based on gender, and I am not alright with the thought of being seen as anything less than who I am because I was born female. That does not mean that I hate men. That is not even close to the truth. I am a feminist, not a misandrist. There is a difference, and we will get into that.

  • Premise 1: Feminism is a form of misandry
  • Premise 2: Misandry is harmful to men
  • Conclusion: Therefore, feminism is harmful to men

Okay. Let’s do this.

  • Premise 1 is not factually correct. While there are some who claim to be feminists but believe in misandry, that is not what the concept of feminism is; the Oxford dictionary defines feminism as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes,” while misandry is defined as the “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against men.”  There are extremists in all groups, but if a woman tells you she is a feminist, do not mistake that for a misandrist.
  • Premise 2 can most certainly be accepted as true. Hatred in any form is harmful, and to have hatred targeted at a collective group can do serious damage.
  • This is a valid argument. However, we can see that there is a major flaw contained within premise number one, which is not factually correct. Therefore, while the form is valid, an error in it’s content damages both the truth of it’s premises and the soundness of the conclusion.

Feminism in itself is not harmful to men. I chose this topic after coming across something known as the Red Pill Theory; I found a reddit post titled Do Not Try To Engage Women In a Logical Argument. Feeling petty, I decided to use this as the basis for my Logical Argument assignment.

Nice one, Claire! Thanks, Claire!

My argument seems pretty basic, right? Apparently not. The Red Pill is an internet community on Reddit that is primarily based off of men who believe that woman have it easier than them.  I came across this article on Business Insider, and I recommend reading it if you would like to know more about the Red Pill.  The fact of the matter is, there is an internet community promoting misogyny, and it is not okay.

“It’s more than a perspective, in fact: It’s a philosophy.  The basis of this philosophy, which underpins almost all conversations in this community, is that females get away with things by virtue of being female…feminism is considered a damaging ideology.”

(see logical argument above as I make illogical noises of protest)

Another winning quote from this article:

“Female oppression is a myth and men are the ones holding the short end of the stick. That said, men and women are inherently different due to evolution, so each gender should carry out its designated role in society. For example, females should raise children at home and men should work and have sex with women.”

The fact that the same quote saying that oppression is a myth has designated women to the role of staying home and raising children is as frustrating as it is scary.  The ignorance is hard to read.  There is still so much educating to be done, but the fact that there are so many who do not understand the basic premise of feminism is still mind boggling to me.  Really, it all comes down to this: feminism is NOT the same thing as misandry, and feminism is NOT harmful to men.  What is harmful is a collective group of people getting together online to promote misogyny.

Please take the time to educate yourself; I myself still have SO much to learn, so feel free to leave links to articles below if you have any!  In the mean time, here is an article I would recommend checking out if you want to start with something basic.  The educating starts here.

 

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