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I recently received a somewhat fitting, reassuring reminder from Twitter (see image below). It was a notification informing me that my report of ‘behaviour unbecoming’ from a particular user was deemed to be a rule violation under «hateful conduct».
This ‘nasty’ episode happened quite some time ago that I can’t fully remember exactly what the woman in question — @NanaMGNS is the handle, very much a former friend/acquaintance now — wrote but she basically went on a virtual tirade, calling me a misogynist (and then some) following a tweet I posted. (Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t provide the tweets in question when giving its response to complaints.)
«They say what they like about the other ‘side’ and this must go uncontested. This is their version of ‘equality’.»
From what I recall, my tweet was in relation to an incident I’d had with a Colombiana, in a dating sense I think. It was probably along the lines of previous blog posts where I’ve detailed what I see as some common traits in women I’ve encountered in these parts. See A prostitute by any other name or Ignoring is bliss for an idea of where I’m coming from in this regard.
The offending, nay ‘offensive’, woman, a radical feminist by all accounts, took umbrage at the line I was taking. Contrary to what she seemed to believe, however, I wasn’t having a go at all woman. I was merely commenting on experiences with, on this occasion, one particular individual whose conduct I’d also witnessed in some other Latinas. Again, not all that is to say, but some and enough to notice a connection among such types.
My bad luck that I keep meeting them. Or kept meeting them really; I’m largely managing to avoid them these days. So this was my perspective on real events that happened to me. I wasn’t making it up or just trying to have a cheap, unsolicited shot.
I say this notification from Twitter labelling @NanaMGNS comments as «hateful conduct» is ‘reassuring’ because in terms of verbal or written attacks against men by women these days the general attitude is to laugh it off. To lap it up even. «Sure you’re a man! Suck it up lad, grow a pair.»
Fair enough, I guess we are the stronger sex. Oh no, wait, isn’t that the thing these radical feminists are raging against? We’re only the stronger sex when it suits their narrative to say so. And how dare a man comment about women in the first place. How discriminatory and sexist. Only women can talk about women. What’s more, they can say what they like about men and it must go uncontested.
This is ‘equality’ for 21st-century radicals, of all shapes and sizes. ‘Careful now, don’t nonchalantly refer to their shape or size. You might get yourself into trouble.’
«I do more practical stuff to help feminism than most feminists.»
The thing is, I’m more on the side of the feminists and the quest for gender ‘equality’ than the campaigners might care to imagine. For example, I pretty much demand 50-50 when it comes to paying bills. Or, on the rare occasion where my earnings are more than the woman I’m sharing time with, I suggest we pay the appropriate percentage based on our income. For the first couple of dates I don’t bother bringing assets and the like into it, I’m happy to let that slide at the start. One wouldn’t want to over-complicate things.
‘Equality on our terms’
I also don’t go out of my way to be extra special with women on a day-to-day basis, that is to say, treat them any differently to men when it comes to engagements in the office or in public life (if a woman, um, takes advantage of me in a private setting, things could play out differently, closer to the way Mother [and Father et al., for equality’s sake] Nature intended). Unlike a lot of other men, especially here in the Latino world, I don’t condescend or patronise.
Yet, in the female-dominated advertising/marketing job I’m currently engaged in, I’ve been talked down to, indeed screamed at on one occasion for simply explaining, calmly, why the use of one English word worked better in a certain context over another, by a colleague who is of the not-so-fair sex, so to put it.
It’s safe to assume that had it been the other way around, a man carrying on that way towards a woman, disciplinary procedures would have been instigated. But we’re men, we’re meant to take all of this on the chin whilst constantly being told how everything is fixed to our advantage.
For these radical feminists, it’s a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’. Equality, «the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities» to give it its dictionary definition, is just that.
What some women appear to be looking for is the complete subjugation of men. They might just find that the status quo in many liberal democracies is already tipped in their favour. If it goes any further, we could all tumble over the edge.
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