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Men are oppressed

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Started: 2/26/2014 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Billgonzo

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A man is oppressed in many ways. Men may be at the top of the Hierarchy of power, giving them social dominance, but the very construct of our gender roles create expectations that oppress men and women. A man is is emotionally oppressed for one. A man can not express emotions without the feeling that some one (man or women) is going to belittle them for acting like a girl. A man is expected to dominate when it is just as natural for a man to be submissive. There is a ton of pressure on a man to be a "man" as defined by our society. I really wish more people would talk about this. I am a feminist in that i advocate equality between men and women. Many men feel like "Feminist" is a bad word, a word for a "crazy bitch" (i do NOT agree with this but many men have a violent response when presented with the hierarchy of power and how (white, able bodied) men sit atop) It is hard for someone to turn against their societal status when one only longs to be happy. To recognize that men are unfairly above everyone else in the world would mean that a huge shift in our culture would have to occur....this is terrifying for some people...people who are comfortable with they way this are (for them).
samanthastill

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Men have so many privileges that are handed to them in this society, and most (not all) men don't even realise they have them.

1. Men's odds of being hired for a job, when competing against female applicants, are their favour. The more prestigious the job, the larger the odds are skewed.

2. Men are far less likely to face sexual harassment at work than female co-workers are.

3. If men do the same task as a woman, and if the measurement is at all subjective, chances are people will think men did a better job.

4. On average, men are taught to fear walking alone after dark in average public spaces much less than females are.

5. If men choose not to have children, their masculinity will not be called into question.

6. If men have children and provide primary care for them, they will be praised for extraordinary parenting even if they're only marginally competent.

7. If men have children and a career, no one will think they're selfish for not staying at home.

8. When men ask to see "the person in charge," odds are they will face a person of their own sex. The higher-up in the organization the person is, the surer they can be.

9. As children, men could choose from an almost infinite variety of children"s media featuring positive, active, non-stereotyped heroes of their own sex. Men never had to look for it; male protagonists were (and are) the default.

10. Men can turn on the television or glance at the front page of the newspaper and see people of their own sex widely represented.

These are only a handful of ways that men are in no way oppressed. Men certainly do have "masculine" stereotypes which can be harmful, but they don't even compare to the stereotypes and oppression that females face on a day-to-day basis.
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