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  • Wed, 24, Jun, 2020 - 5:00:AM

Beware the fake male feminist

You know him. One of him. If you’re involved in feminist conversations, you will have encountered a version of him.

He thinks women should be smart instead of sexual. It’s one or the other. Because women can’t be both.

He finds female sexuality shameful. He thinks less of women who wear their sexuality openly. Don’t you realize you can be more than that he ponders. He tries not to look at their boobs. Or their bums.

He hates when women degrade themselves like that. By, you know, showing themselves that way. Wait. He is sex positive though. It’s just… bad when they do it solely for men. He thinks. He’s a little confused.

Anyway, the asset he finds most attractive is the brain. He wishes more women would use it. He tells them as much. Trust me ladies, guys like a girl with something to say.

He doesn’t like to be challenged, though.

He digs lesbians, but doesn’t really know any. He doesn’t know any trans folks either. He knows a couple of cis male gays and he thinks they’re fucking rad. They’re not flamboyant at all. They’re just like regular dudes.

He finds angry feminism a bit counter intuitive. You’re not going to convince people that way.

Sometimes he wishes you’d let him explain equality – and it’s not because he’s a man. You’re just a bit close to the issue – it’s harder for you to be rational about it. Wait, why are you getting angry about THAT?

Feminism is a dry, academic debate to him. You don’t have to cry about it.

Still, he doesn’t really do feminism unless he’s being watched.

He doesn’t really do feminism unless he’s going to be thanked.

And why shouldn’t he be thanked? There’s nothing really in it for him. He’s just a good guy. Don’t scare away the good guys!

His feminism is an investment. He’ll ask for the payoff, someday.

And it’s not like he doesn’t do the work. He read Tina Fey’s biography. He even skimmed Amy Poehler’s. He posted about it on Instagram.

He really doesn’t get why he should be called out. He calls himself a FEMINIST for chrissake’s. He’s starting to wonder why he even got into this issue.

Back in the day it was cookies and slaps on the back.

Now, he’s being challenged.

Now, he’s getting uncomfortable.

At the end of the day, that’s not how feminism is supposed to work.

At the end of the day, this isn’t really fun anymore.

At the end of the day, he thinks he can do feminism better than these chicks.

At the end of the day, he’s your garden-variety misogynist.

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