I just had an encounter with a male feminist on the train today. Mere minutes ago.
Picture this : I'm on the MBTA with my laptop, reading some stories online before going to school. In my backpack, I have flyers about Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and The Boys Project.
Sitting near me is a tall young man with piercings and a skateboard. He seems college-age if a day. I hand him a flyer filled with information which could verily help any man in America. He reads them, scoffs and rather proudly tells me about his belief in the superiority of women over men, and that he likes the way things have been going lately for men everywhere. He thinks misandry is exactly what men deserve.
If that's not a feminist, I don't know what is. The scary part ? He was MALE and seemed to believe what he was saying.
I steel myself when dealing with man-bashing women I encounter almost daily.
For some reason, Male Feminists who agree with the Misandrists scare me even more.
What gives ?
He was so unlike an older man I ran into at the train station yesterday. I gave the man a flyer and he not only read it, he liked it. He congratulated me for doing the right thing and spreading the word about Men's Issues. He told me not to get discouraged.
His name was Tony, a Boston area black man in his late forties, a father of four who told me he believes in teaching youngsters of both sexes to respect themselves, achieving great things and staying positive.
These were both men living in New England. Exposed to the same brand of news, ect.
Why the difference ?