In my line of work, I do a lot around father involvement in education, and as such, have put a lot of time and effort into researching fatherhood itself.
I am also the partner of a man, the mother of a son, the sister of a brother, the daughter of a father, and the aunt of several nephews. I have many more male friends in my life than women, and in fact, get along with women much better here on EP. ;)
Anyways, what I want to first express is that I am a feminist, as defined by Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler, in that "feminism is the radical notion that women are people."
So are men. And what I have observed in this country at least is that men, as fathers especially, have been disenfranchised from their natural role as nurturers and providers.
Gender equality is tricky simply because men and women are not interchangable. We are different, and how do you treat both sexes fairly when these two genders have different needs?
You have two popular animated sitcoms: Family Guy and The Simpsons. Look at the main male roles. I personally love both shows, but the men are completely stupid, inept, alcoholic, obese messes that their gorgeous wives, whom the neighbors lust after, patiently tolerate and even find attraction in.
This is what kids and teens are watching. This is the popular role for men today. Either that, or they are killers. Or drug addicts.
And fathers have almost no rights. Legally, men are...well, emasculated is the perfect word, isn't it? If a woman has a child, and the parents are unmarried, they really do have none but what the mother consents to. How is that possibly fair?
So, I discovered the Masculism movement. And here's irony-while Feminism is accepted by this spell check, Masculism is not. It's virtually unheard of. So here are a few facts to round out my story.
Masculism is the advocacy of men's rights and the adherence to, or promotion of, social theories and moral philosophies concerning issues of gender with respect to the interests and legal protection of men. The term masculinism was coined as the counterpart of feminism in the early 20th century. The shortened form masculism appears in the 1980s.
There is no consensus as to what constitutes masculism. Some feel the word describes a belief that the male and female genders should be considered complementary and interdependent by necessity. Such ex
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