Monday, March 5, 2012

The end must be near...

as these can only be signs of the apocalypse:

At first this happened at the NCFM:

[NCFM was invited, alongside with NOW, to Earth Day] This will be the first time NCFM and NOW have equal billing at an event and the opportunity to work together. [...] On a personal note, I never thought we’d see NCFM and NOW on the same platform. Our logos will even be side by side on promotional materials and so forth. I am hopeful that together we find other common ground.

Then came this post:

Here is some research that looks at stereotypes about feminists. I have been saying that men’s Rights advocates that display black-and-white thinking (among other things) harm the credibility of the movement.

[...]Contrary to popular opinion, feminism and romance are not incompatible and feminism may actually improve the quality of heterosexual relationships, according to Laurie Rudman and Julie Phelan, from Rutgers University in the US. Their study* also shows that unflattering feminist stereotypes, that tend to stigmatize feminists as unattractive and sexually unappealing, are unsupported.

[...]They found that having a feminist partner was linked to healthier heterosexual relationships for women. Men with feminist partners also reported both more stable relationships and greater sexual satisfaction. According to these results, feminism does not predict poor romantic relationships, in fact quite the opposite.

What is next? Cats and dogs living together? Anyhow, it seems something is going on here and I am curious where this will lead.

From the last post, this was an interesting approach:

Allow me to suggest this approach to feminists. If you encounter a feminist, ask what feminism is. If their definition sounds like humanism, ask them what the difference is. If they say something like, “The difference is that feminism is a special focus on the rights and well-being of women,” ask if there should be such a focus for men. If they say yes, then you could probably learn some things from each other. If not, then I guess what you do with them depends on whether they show any capacity to dialog with sincerity. But first, ask yourself if you have a sincere desire to dialog, or if you just like to preach to the choir.

Very, very reasonable.

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