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|Author: ||Precious Roy|
|Subject: ||RE: Has feminism become synonymous with misandry?|
This is the typical uninformed criticism of feminism. The perception is that feminists hate men individually because feminists fight against male privilege and male domination. Take child bearing as an example. Without children, society would crumble. Reproduction of the population is the most essential activity that goes on in our society. Women spend nine months dealing with often severe physical side effects of pregnancy. After birth, women continue with many physical issues from post partum depression to hair loss to weight gain to complications from birth/c-sections. Women receive no compensation for this even though society would cease to exist without this service. Instead, women end up making less money than men, have less job advancement than men and have trouble finding employment because employers fear that women with children will have to miss work too much to care for their children. Women who advocate for things like the family medical leave act and for things like government support for day care, head start programs and other things to help women overcome the burden of child care in the workplace are feminists, hate the system of male privilege that does not properly accomodate and compensate child rearing to the benefit of men and the detriment of women, but do not hate men as most of those women are married to a man and had a child with a man. It is just the ignorant people who get caught up in things like door holding and other superficialities that believe that feminists are just man haters.
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