In her think piece for The Guardian, Jessa Crispin points out the hypocrisy of male feminists and calls them “a joke.”
Jess Crispin, a social activist and the author of Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto, argues that liberal men don’t understand feminism in her Guardian think piece.
Crispin, an advocate for the abolishment of marriage, has often criticized male feminist and has called them a “joke” for both sides of the political spectrum. She says while male feminist in public may call themselves “allies”, in private these same men are completely different.
Crispin points to the wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations coming out against liberal men such as Harvey Weinstein, who have publicly “championed” women.
“The only thing that’s surprising is how many of the men who have long abused their power have gotten away with it in part by hiding it behind a sheen of progressive politics and claims of feminism.”
Crispin stresses these men may “perform” the role of ally, but they have not “encountered feminism at all.”
“Sure, they took a class at their liberal arts college, they think it’s terrible what women have to go through with the catcalling and the unfair beauty standards, and they absolutely think it’s unfair some conservative Christian politician can deny a woman access to an abortion. They believe all the right things when it comes to women’s issues, but they still treat women as if they were objects there only for their sexual use.”
Crispin argues feminism should teach men to get rid of this toxic mindset and be a “spiritual awakening” where they confront all the ways they have participated in the oppression of women.
“And until it is, feminism might as well not exist for men. That so few men even seem to realize this work is required does not bode well for the near future of masculinity.”