Full disclosure I am edit and revise this post as my thoughts evolve.
I have been a self proclaimed feminist and always kind of wondered why there were 'man hating' segments of that group.
Laurie A Couture pointed out that feminism has a propensity to disregard, intentionally the needs of other groups. And after many hours thinking about it- I came to the conclusion that that is true. This is by no means to say that I think that all is hunky dory and whatever, just that by forwarding the agenda of one social group we are by default neglecting and in a way subjecting them to violence-- not always physical violence but mental and emotional- which can be just as damaging.
Here is were I am struggling: women, African Americans, Jews, Native Americans etc have all been oppressed as individual groups throughout history. Each of these groups have amazing and powerful histories to tell and have amazing cultures to share- I am eager to learn as much about every culture I can get myself and my children exposed to.
But as long as we as a society define success as doing well in school, business, having the best house etc how can we expect those groups that have been started so far behind the starting line of white privilege? Change the definition of success? I am all for that.
But what about the drug and gang culture? How can we end that? I firmly feel that secure- trusted attachment and engaging unschooling is the best deterrent to that- rather than great schools.
Back to my point. Feminism can be considered a hate group when taken at is source. When feminism neglects that ALL people are worthy that ALL people are deserving then it becomes a hate group. When we realize that be being people. By being human makes us equal. I am not equal to a man because I am a woman- I am equal to another human because I am human.
We teach our daughters to be modest and not get raped we teach our sons to be gentlemen. But we neglect to teach our daughters to not rape. Girls can be sexually aggressive too. But boys often feel like they can't report it- it wouldn't be manly. What a tragedy for their sensitive souls and hearts. Boys in fact are probably the recipients of most sexual violence and domestic violence- and then they are punished for it. It makes no sense.
Laurie Couture, one of my parenting mentors and smartest women I know is a wonderful advocate for young boys, I can only hope to follow in her footsteps to help save and protect young boys and men. Her son is a shining example of a compassionate, smart, empathic young man.
Dayna Martin, another mentor and amazing woman is a mother to an amazing unschooled family and she is a daily inspiration of compassion, advocacy, and light.
There is a lot more to say on this but my pain meds are kicking in so I will be done now.