Misandry Analysis

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Confirming: The feminist movement in modern America should be labeled as misandry because it has become more about female supremacy than equality.

Young, Cathy. "Stop Fem-Splaining: What 'Women Against Feminism ' Gets Right." Time.com (2014): 1. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 Sept. 2014.
Summary: In a TIME Magazine article by Cathy Young titled “Stop Fem-Splaining: What ‘Women Against Feminism’ Gets Right”, Young explains what the internet movement, Women Against Feminism is all about and why what they’re saying is often true and accurate. Her primary thesis is “But, while the anti-feminist rebellion has its eye-rolling moments, it raises valid questions about the state of Western feminism in the 21st Century -- questions that must be addressed
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The overarching thesis of the article is broken up into a few sentences near the ends of the paper. Begley writes “What feminists really hates is the patriarchy -- the web of institutions that systemically oppress women. And to tear it down, we need as many allies as we can get. Telling half the population that we hate them, even in jest, is not the way to do that.” In the article, Begley illustrates a large group of feminists who use the word “misandry” to satirize the women who do not consider themselves feminists because they love men. Begley calls it an “inside, inside joke” amongst the feminist. Begley concedes the points that some of the media and products that surround this ironic misandry can be “amusing” and using the words of those against feminism to boost the feminist agenda could be helpful. However, Begley’s main argument against “ironic misandry” is that it alienates women who don’t believe in “man-hating” and more importantly, men. Begley discusses that there are men who identify as feminists, but are turned off by the current language of modern feminism because it demeans them. Begley concludes the article by calling ironic misandry “bad …show more content…
The article could be used in this research paper to show why the adoption of the term “misandry” a) exists and b) is harmful. If some feminists use misandry and identify as misandrists (even ironically), there could be some validity to the position of the paper. Sarah Begley is the Digital Operations Editor for Time.com and writes many articles on feminsim. Begley appeals to the ethos in her article by using words like “we” when talking about women and feminists, creating a shared identity between herself and her audience. TIME published the article on August 12th, 2014, so it is recent. Begley includes some statistical data, using a poll by the Huffington Post about what percent of people actually consider themselves feminists. The anecdotal evidence she uses mostly is from the side of the women using misandry ironically. She includes a conjecture that the “right kind of guys” understand the misandry joke and a Twitter account called @NoToFeminism, which riffs upon the Women Against Feminism movement. She utilizes facts of what the dictionary definition and etymological roots of “misandry” and concrete examples of ironic misandrist rhetoric in the media. She also includes the use of ironic misandry by feminist blogger, Leandra Medine on her blog “Man Repeller.” Begley identifies as a feminist, so her writing is biased in the sense that she believes in the feminist cause, but just doesn’t think this

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