Waste Through Hate
There has been a lot of concentrated backlash against feminism lately. The “men’s rights activists” are on full alert in forums, and many loyal conservatives are trying to belittle the We are Women march that happened in DC. Fortunately, I’ve seen little support for them on a large scale, and I hope that people will continue to understand that what feminists are working for is not the degradation of society, but a system of support and equality for all.
What really disturbs me about the backlash is the way that anti-feminists are trying to belittle us. There is no argument, only snide comments and insults. They sit and laugh at our attempts of being visible, and invite others to laugh along with them. I wonder where the honest discourse has gone. I wonder why we can no longer have different opinions without demonizing each other. I don’t blame others for having a different opinion from me. I only work towards making sure that those opinions and lifestyles don’t end up hurting other people.
This active need to tear down others is so saddening. Gay marriage hurts no one. Equal rights for all genders and races hurts no one. But people still refuse to allow these basic rights, and they do it through hate and scorn.
Why are we so obsessed with how others make themselves happy? Life should be happy, and we should be praising each other and building each other up for being so happy! Instead, some people make it their personal prerogative to destroy happiness that doesn’t even affect them. Their concern is solely for themselves. They worry. Worry that somehow, this is going to come back around to them. Make them less moral, take rights from them, raise their cost of living. It’s just not true. Equality has time and again shown to improve the lifestyles of people, and if the morals of others damages your own morals, then you weren’t convicted enough as it is. Besides there’s no harm in your morals being changed so that you are a more accepting and loving person!
We should be working together against what really makes us unhappy. What really takes away our rights and raises the cost of living, ruins our lives and the lives of those we love. We should be working together to end sexual violence, poverty, abuse, and a myriad of other issues that ruin lives every day.
I don’t know you, but I love you. I want you to be happy and to have a fulfilled life. I want you to do something that makes you proud of yourself, that lets you know that you are worthwhile. Hating others is never going to give you that feeling of joy. So if your first action is to attack that which doesn’t hurt you, take stock of why you want to hurt others. Question your own values and the purpose of your attack.
On a practical note, being hateful is going to get no one on your side but those who already hate as much as you. You can mock and laugh together, but at the end of the day, nothing gets done. Nothing changes. The only difference in that day is that you took action to hurt someone else, and there is no joy in that.