Why #Meninism Doesn't Have To Be A Joke

Why #Meninism Doesn't Have To Be A Joke

Take a stand, man... and woman.
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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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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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All Good Things Are Wild And Free, Right?

Free your soul and be happy.
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The word 'free' can allude to many things. My mom always says that nothing is ever free. But what about your soul? Is it free? Does everyone have a free soul? I think that everyone has the potential to have a free soul but whether or not they decide to live that lifestyle is up to them.

Until recently, I never thought of myself as a free spirit, but I am. Although I didn’t begin with a free soul, I evolved into one. Life throws you trials and tribulations and it's meant for you to grow from these obstacles. And I have.

People always question me about my careless attitude. Careless meaning that I don’t care what others think. I never actually answer the question, but here’s the answer: once you figure out that you can’t make everyone happy by the decisions you make and start doing the things that make you happy is when you become free from others.

The phrase “damned if you, damned if you don’t” applies here perfectly. People will find something wrong with you and your life decisions no matter what you decide. There’s no way to make everyone happy, it's just not possible.

I don’t wake up in the mornings to please anyone but myself. To have a free soul you must do the things that make you and you alone happy.

Free souls are happy souls. Finding inner happiness takes time. It takes being at rock bottom to find your own happiness. Being happy within means that you don’t have to rely on anyone to be happy, and that’s how it should be.

When you give other people the privilege of holding the key to your happiness chances are they’ll fail you. Other people can contribute to your overall happiness but always remember who you are and put your happiness first because if you’re not happy with yourself then how do you expect to keep someone else happy?

Do you, boo. It’s so cheesy, I know, but it’s how to keep you and your soul free from others control. Live your life and live it like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t live your days full of worry, regret, and unhappiness. Do the things that are necessary for you to be happy, who cares what other people think. If you’re unhappy and they’re happy, how is this benefitting you? It’s not.

Be selfish. Be selfish with your happiness and your freedom.

You don’t owe anything to anyone. Once you figure out that your own happiness should come first that’s when you begin to be free. And just a hint, the people that you’re trying so hard to please and make happy, don’t care about your happiness. So why should you care about theirs?

If you want to be free, then do you. Do the things that make you happy, stop caring about what others think. Find that inner happiness that is guaranteed every day, because it’s your own.

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