I watched the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
As a feminist, hearing about Mayweather’s history of domestic violence should have driven me to boycott the match. Unfortunately, as a fight fan, knowing about Mayweather’s behaviour also made me want to watch the fight; I really wanted to see him be defeated.
Every punch that Pacquiao landed was satisfying, even though having watched it makes me feel like a terrible person.
While I disagree with Pacquiao’s hard line stance against birth control of any kind, it was easy to root for a guy who consistently pours the money he wins back into his community and a variety of charities. Reportedly, Pacquiao will even be giving away half of the prize money he earned from his fight with Mayweather.
Let’s also not forget how awesome it was that Pacquiao invited Jimmy Kimmel (dressed as Justin Bieber) to join him for his grand entrance.
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There are just so many reasons to love Sir Patrick Stewart.
He gets into the Halloween spirit, for one.
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Tagged Amnesty International, Combat Stress, Comic-Con, Comicpalooze, Doctor Who, domestic abuse, Fame Day, feminism, Hamlet, Harry Potter, Ian McKellan, Jean Luc Picard, Lord of the Rings, Men, Patrick Stewart, Professor Xavier, Refuge, respect, Ring the Bell campaign, sexism, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, television, video games, Violence, women, X-Men, YouTube
Let’s be clear right here and now- I’m not talking about “masculinism” in the original “let’s recognize gender discrimination against men too” philosophy. No, I’m talking masculinism in its modern day sense: the general idea that women have somehow hijacked everything it means to be a man, and have either watered down everything manly, or made it socially unacceptable. This is the gripes of countless dads and uncles around the country at every kid on the team getting a medal given an intellectual motor.
That’s not to say that there are certain points which these guys aren’t correct on. In custody battles, the courts are almost certainly going to side with the mother on the basis that her gender somehow makes here a superior parent. That’s stupid. If a man were to make a pass at a female co-worker, the consequences would in all likelihood be more severe than if the positions were reversed. That’s unfair. A man striking a woman gets a visceral reaction out of us, a woman striking generally does not. That’s sexist.
Now promoting gender equality is perfectly fine. After all, when a person hits a person, that’s all that really matters. Gender (or race, creed, religion, etc.) don’t make the act any better or worse. But tragically, that positive element of the movement is mired down by all the psychotic and apologetically misogynistic madness that makes up the other 50%. Stuff like:
- Equating circumcision with genital mutilation (or even wrongly declaring that women are exempt from any such practice)
- Declaring the existence of a “war on men”
- Complaining of the lack of existence of any day celebrating men
- Complaining the women are somehow exempt from heavy, dangerous, and strenuous labor (again, what planet are these people living on?)
- And countless other bat**** crazy claims of male victimization and persecution
Again, as stated above, there is a double standard, and while any inequality in the rules is obviously unfair there’s no way on earth we can possibly imagine that these offenses against men in any way stack up to the offenses against women. Is there female domestic abuse of males? There is. Is it as much as male domestic abuse against females? Not even remotely. Does that mean that one side is more right or wrong than the other? Of course not. The same basic logic applies to pretty much each and every one of the nutty gripes the masculinist movement brings against the supposedly woman-dominated world we’re trapped in. Other claims are quite simply false. The idea that women somehow have a “glass floor” protecting them from working physical labor or living in rough, dismal conditions is simply an utter lie. Women are disproportionately the majority in sweatshops around the world. Not two hours ago, I drove past a homeless woman on the street, and I saw another one the day before (although it could’ve been a hipster, I’m not entirely sure). Again, it’s true that men are sometimes treated unfairly on the basis of their gender, or subjected to a double standard. However, the degree to which men are persecuted and the degree to which women are persecuted are leagues apart.
That’s not to say that injustice to a man is any less unjust, but rather, when you’ve got a paper cut and the person in the emergency room with you is missing an arm, you should still apply a band-aid, just maybe without griping about it.
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Tagged circumcision, custody, domestic abuse, father, feminism, Feminist, gender, gender issues, glass ceiling, glass floor, harassment, homelessness, human-rights, labor, masculanism, masculinist, Men, mother, poverty, sexual harassment, society, sweatshop, war on men, war on women, women