Esquire: Sophie Walker, Women’s Equality Party leader, to challenge “Meninist” MP Philip Davies in upcoming election

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.[1][2][3]

By the next decade, the term was used on social media to make jokes which mocked and criticised radical feminism.[4][5]

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.[4]

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”.[6]

Well, that’s cleared up the confusion, I think we can all agree.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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