Why #Meninism Doesn't Have To Be A Joke

Why #Meninism Doesn't Have To Be A Joke

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Gender equality is a hot blooded topic in today's society, especially among young Americans. The feminist movement seemed to swell overnight, and with good reason. Spawning from the feminist movement, the #Meninist movement has been breathed into creation. The basic idea of Meninism is to point out the "hypocrisies" in radical feminism. Urban Dictionary has a conveniently provided a definition to the word Meninist.

Meninism started as a clever hashtag on social media sites, such as Twitter. Several #Meninist Twitter pages have been created, and their beliefs are actually interesting. The following tweet discusses how first-world feminism ignores the problems of women around the world.

Many feminists seem to have a mixed reaction to the satirical movement, some tweets I found were too violent to even post in this article. Talking about committing violent acts against men who wear #Meninist apparel, or being involved with the movement. This is one of the more tame tweets.

The movement, however, does not have to be a joke. These times now are filled with wide and diverse changes. Gay marriage has been legalized in all 50 states, gender identity is now a more open subject, and men's right can be explored. Men despite being viewed as the more powerful sex often can receive the short end of the equality stick.

We'll take the example of false rape accusations. Studies conducted by those such as Eugene Kanin found that false rape accusations being filed rose. A following up study found that about half of these accusations were completely false. For more information about these studies, you can read, False Rape Society Archives.

Among men winning custody of their children, a study reporting that men received full custody of their children only about 17% of the time in a study as recent as 2007. The diagram and more information can be viewed at Child Custody.

The statistic of men on men and women on men rape statistics are horrid. Fewer than 1 in 10 male on male rapes are even reported, an article by Nicole Johnston cites that male rape victims are often unable to seek asylum in the legal systems, that are "40 years behind in the area of male rape, and men are treated differently by the courts." Male Victims Left To Suffer In Silence

Male rape victims at the hands of females are even more disgusting.In the article Against His Will by CNN, James Landrith spoke out against his abuse. "I want people to understand that it's not about how physically strong you are," he says. "We [men] are conditioned to believe that we cannot be victimized in such a way." In the same article, "Males have the added burden of facing a society that doesn't believe rape can happen to them ... at all," says psychotherapist Elizabeth Donovan.

The Meninist trend does not have to be this big satirical joke. Taking a stand for men's is a just cause. Meninism and Feminism can coexist, just not at the level they are out right now. Meninism does not have to be pointing out hypocrisies in feminism, but should truly advocate for men's rights. I myself believe in Humanitarianism, the belief that we are all human and should be treated equally. If you are a man, take a stand for your rights, for your fellow man, and your fellow woman. If you are reading this article, research ways, and means to boost both sides up, together; to coexist. The past 6 years have proved to be extremely progressive, and society as a whole can keep moving forward, man and woman alike. I implore you, fight for yourself, fight for someone else; fight for everyone.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Pride? Pride.

Who are we? Why are we proud?

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This past week, I was called a faggot by someone close to me and by note, of all ways. The shock rolled through my body like thunder across barren plains and I was stuck paralyzed in place, frozen, unlike the melting ice caps. My chest suddenly felt tight, my hearing became dim, and my mind went blank except for one all-encompassing and constant word. Finally, after having thawed, my rage bubbled forward like divine retribution and I stood poised and ready to curse the name of the offending person. My tongue lashed the air into a frenzy, and I was angry until I let myself break and weep twice. Later, I began to question not sexualities or words used to express (or disparage) them, but my own embodiment of them.

For members of the queer community, there are several unspoken and vital rules that come into play in many situations, mainly for you to not be assaulted or worse (and it's all too often worse). Make sure your movements are measured and fit within the realm of possible heterosexuality. Keep your music low and let no one hear who you listen to. Avoid every shred of anything stereotypically gay or feminine like the plague. Tell the truth without details when you can and tell half-truths with real details if you must. And above all, learn how to clear your search history. At twenty, I remember my days of teaching my puberty-stricken body the lessons I thought no one else was learning. Over time I learned the more subtle and more important lessons of what exactly gay culture is. Now a man with a head and social media accounts full of gay indicators, I find myself wondering both what it all means and more importantly, does it even matter?

To the question of whether it matters, the answer is naturally yes and no (and no, that's not my answer because I'm a Gemini). The month of June has the pleasure of being the time of year when the LGBT+ community embraces the hateful rhetoric and indulges in one of the deadly sins. Pride. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the figures at the head of the gay liberation movement, fought for something larger than themselves and as with the rest of the LGBT+ community, Pride is more than a parade of muscular white men dancing in their underwear. It's a time of reflection, of mourning, of celebration, of course, and most importantly, of hope. Pride is a time to look back at how far we've come and realize that there is still a far way to go.

This year marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement launched onto the world stage, thus making the learning and embracing of gay culture that much more important. The waves of queer people that come after the AIDS crisis has been given the task of rebuilding and redefining. The AIDS crisis was more than just that. It was Death itself stalking through the community with the help of Regan doing nothing. It was going out with friends and your circle shrinking faster than you can try or even care to replenish. Where do you go after the apocalypse? The LGBT+ community was a world shut off from access by a touch of death and now on the other side, we must weave in as much life as we can.

But we can't freeze and dwell of this forever. It matters because that's where we came from, but it doesn't matter because that's not where we are anymore. We're in a time of rebirth and spring. The LGBT+ community can forge a new identity where the AIDS crisis is not the defining feature, rather a defining feature to be immortalized, mourned, and moved on from.

And to the question of what does it all mean? Well, it means that I'm gay and that I've learned the central lesson that all queer people should learn in middle school. It's called Pride for a reason. We have to shoulder the weight of it all and still hold our head high and we should. Pride is the LGBT+ community turning lemons into lemon squares and limoncello. The lemon squares are funeral cakes meant to mourn and be a familiar reminder of what passed, but the limoncello is the extravagant and intoxicating celebration of what is to come. This year I choose to combine the two and get drunk off funeral cakes. Something tells me that those who came before would've wanted me to celebrate.

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