An embarrassing short piece in Esquire, a men’s magazine which should be better informed. One paragraph starts as a punctuation free zone:
Davies a self-proclaimed ‘meninist’ commented…
The idea that Davies would ever term himself a ‘meninist’ is laughable, indeed he doesn’t even term himself a men’s rights advocate, as we know from a recent New Statesman interview. I know of no MRAs of any standing who term themselves ‘meninists’.
The ‘History’ section in the Wikipedia entry on menimism consists of the following:
The term meninism was used in the early 2000s to describe male feminists who opposed sexism and supported women’s right for equality in society, politics and at work.
By the next decade, the term was used on social media to make jokes which mocked and criticised radical feminism.
In 2013 the BBC reported that the hashtag #MeninistTwitter was being used on Twitter, first to share jokes about feminism, but later to share more serious difficulties facing modern men.
In 2015, Nolan Feeney of Time reported that those who used meninist hashtags “generally fall in two camps: people who use the term to call out ways they believe they’ve been victimised by feminism, and people who make fun of the first group for not understanding what feminism means in the first place”.
Well, that’s cleared up the confusion, I think we can all agree.
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