Down with ‘female supremacy’

Photo: A symbol from Germany’s Women’s Movement in the 1970s. Photo by unknown author [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

Giselle Berman/Staff Writer 

The idea of female supremacy is the exact opposite of feminism.

Is this surprising to you? If so, please, read on.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines feminism as “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities,” not female empowerment or female superiority.

If you’re not a feminist, that means you don’t support gender equality. Females who say “I support women, but I’m not a feminist” have no idea what they’re talking about. Men who outwardly resent feminism support the patriarchy and basically don’t want anything to change  – which I regard as an opinion as valid as others.

In mainstream thought, people are assigned binary gender roles: male and female. Masculinity describes strength and power. Femininity, on the other hand, represents domesticity and being delicate. This describes masculinity as the opposite of femininity, which isn’t necessarily the case.

We live in a society where masculinity represents power. Meanwhile, both physical and psychological aspects of masculinity found in women are undesirable. This is a problem that extremists – notice I didn’t say feminists – try to overcome by not removing body hair, rioting, running around naked and very often engaging in discourse that puts down men as a general whole.

These extremists definitely give feminism a bad name. If you want to have body hair, you can very well do so for yourself and because you support gender equality – not because “men suck.” The idea that everything is good in moderation revolves around the fact that every form of extremism results in negativity.

Women running topless down the streets and down catwalks as large publicity stunts to support the fact that all breasts are made of the same thing are taking the right idea and showing it off in a way for which society is not prepared. Afterwards, supporters of feminism that try to express themselves in less dramatic ways are shut down because of the rooted bias in response to the extremist expression of feminism.

Extremism doesn’t actually define feminism, or at least it shouldn’t.

We must remember that this belief is named “feminism” as opposed to the more descriptive label “gender equality” because females are the targeted gender in the undeniable patriarchy in which we live – especially when this revolutionary expression first came about. If you don’t want to do anything about it or don’t think it’ll change, your belief is absolutely acceptable, but I implore you to understand what “feminism” actually refers to. This way we won’t have so many stink faces in response to the word.

“Female supremacy” is the opposite of “feminism” because it’s the opposite of gender equality. Feminists don’t want females to gain more than males. Feminists don’t want the patriarchy to be turned around.

Feminists simply wish that females have the same rights and gains as males for doing the same things.

You’re allowed to disagree with this idea, but hopefully it’s not because you’re misinformed on the definition of the term “feminism.”

giselle.berman@fiusm.com 

5 Comments on "Down with ‘female supremacy’"

  1. While searching for something else, I just so happened to catch a glimpse of this post.

    Giselle, while I know your argument is not one for feminism but rather for a proper definition of feminism, I still think you don’t grasp the “extreme” aspect of feminism (at least by the definition you have given). You give the following definition:

    “Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines feminism as ‘the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities,'”

    My thoughts/questions for you are:

    (1) What do you mean by equal rights?

    (2) What do you mean by equal opportunities?

    (3) You stated the word “should” in your definition. This implies an objective “right” and “wrong”. That said, why “should” men and women have equal rights and opportunities? In other words, on what foundation can you stand upon to say that men and women should equal rights and opportunities?

    Thanks for continuing the conversation,

    Alex

    • Giselle Berman | November 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM | Reply

      Alex,

      First, thank you for your response.
      Whether I am for or against feminism is a different story. The definition I gave came from the dictionary mentioned– so I’m not the one who “means” should, equal rights, or opportunities. This column merely defines the term itself and implores people to use the word correctly.

      Best,
      Giselle

  2. Acid Kritana | May 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM | Reply

    I have a couple of things to say.
    1. Just because the definition in the dictionary says something, doesn’t mean that the definition is objective reality. I have seen too many times how Feminism objectifies men as a whole, regardless of their sexuality, race, gender starting point, or other and is very biased. This is what I have observed.
    2. Just because you believe in equality doesn’t make you a Feminist. I believe in equality, but I focus on men’s rights/issues/problems, which is why I’m a Men’s Rights Activist. And I have seen many times where Feminists actively fight against equality, even if they are the less extreme parts of the movement. Men have issues, such as a higher suicide rate and a higher rate to become a victim of all crime, but the conversation often gets bombarded and silenced by Feminists.
    3. Feminists aren’t as intersectional as they claim. They often leave out trans men, gay men, black men, and other men, for simply being men. They also claim that what we face isn’t real, such as the fact that gay men are 5 times more likely than lesbians to become a victim of a hate crime.
    4. Patriarchy and the gender pay gap are a myth. The definition of patriarchy is, “A system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.(Google)” Basically, a system in which women are held back and men are pushed forward. But it simply isn’t true. One, women can and do become government officials and women are often pushed forward in society and hold a lot of power. Male government officials usually want to impress “women,” which turn out just to be Feminists, and thus they can hold power without being in power. Men and boys also fail school more often, make up about 1/3 of college and degrees, die at higher rates, become victims more often, have little to help them when they are victims, and more. This society is better for women than it is for men. Next, the gender pay gap. It has been debunked a thousand times over. Men just earn more money on average. Men work longer days, they take less sick days and less vacations, are more likely to ask for raises, chose higher-paying jobs on average, and more.
    5. Most people do not like Feminists. In a recent study taken in the UK, it was found that while about 7% of women identified as Feminists, 92% of women said that they believed in gender equality. Many people, aka the vast majority of the population, want to see Feminism be labelled as a terrorist organization.
    6. Feminism hates men. It will shut down conferences talking about men’s issues, such as men being 4 times more likely to commit suicide, or at least try to. We’ve gotten fire alarms pulled on us, our entrances blocked, protested, and more, for simply wanting to help men.
    7. Feminism lies. Feminists will hide the fact that men make up at least 40% of domestic abuse victims. That most domestic abuses cases are reciprocal (two-sided), and out of the reciprocal ones women make up the majority of the initiators. Of the fact that out of the non-reciprocal (one-sided) cases of domestic abuse, women make up 70% of perpetrators. In fact, lesbians are the most likely demographic to domestically abuse an intimate partner in some way, shape, or form, while gay men are the least likely demographic to domestically abuse an intimate partner in some way, shape, or form. Another thing that Feminists don’t tell you is that female-on-male domestic violence is far more common than male-on-female domestic violence by a wide margin.
    8. They use false facts that have been proven to be wrong. Such as the “1 in 5 women will get raped” “statistic.” It has been found to be false. It over exaggerated the number of female victims and under exaggerated the number of male victims. In normal society, men and women get raped in about equal numbers. But when you add in the prison system, men are far more likely to get raped. In cases of male prison rape, the majority of perpetrators are prison staff. It’s not like the male victims can say no, since they could lose privileges such as reading. And when you’re more likely to be incarcerated and have a 63% longer sentence, you want to keep something to keep you busy. Female inmates are also 3 times more likely to sexually assault a fellow inmate in some way, shape, or form than male inmates are.
    Final word: Before someone calls me a “whiny straight white man,” I have two things to say. One, what’s wrong with being a white straight man? Two, I am a biracial, gay trans man.
    Also, thanks for listening.

  3. “because females are the targeted gender in the undeniable patriarchy in which we live” – no, they are not. While by law, all genders are treated equal, women enjoy in fact many privileges over men, especially in Western societies (men enjoy some privileges, too, but depending on the weight you give each or the other, you can call both privileged or oppressed).

  4. An unlikely way for gynarchy would be reverse laws banning men from wearing dresses and skirts so they are banned from wearing pants. Declaring them a women’s only privilege women would still have the option of dresses and skirts. Men would wear dresses and skirts giving women economic and political control thus ending and preventing a return of the patriarchy. As self taught crossdresser and having been around women in pants while I wore dresses and skirts it felt natural not exposed nor vulnerable.

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