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The double standard for certain extreme feminist groups allowed to be offensive and demeaning to the male gender.
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   Natalie Stange Arguing A Position Essay Draft 2 English 1121 32 July 12, 2014 True Feminism: The Fight against Demeaning Language The discussion on gender equality is unfortunately tainted with bias and assumptions, since modern society still has yet to shake the dogma of gender roles. Gender roles influence us from the advertisements on T.V to who is expected to pay for the first date. Even within the gender equality fight. Unfortunately, a generalization that woman are entitled to a degree of compensation, and in this case of leniency, for misogyny has given radical feminist groups the freedom to make disparaging and offensive remarks about the male gender in an attempt to validate their points. The cause for gender equality is undercut entirely when demeaning language is used by either gender. Radical feminist groups should not use demeaning language for the male gender to make points, because it is extremely offensive, is a text book example of a logical fallacy, and it contradicts the principals of gender equality causes. Much of the language used by extreme feminists to describe the male population is offensive, demeaning, and aggressive. Certain extreme feminists and feminist groups have gained immense attention for making offensive comments. So much so, in fact, that feminism itself has been conjoined with the term “man hating”  by those offended. The website Woman Against Men compiles a list of quoted examples of demeaning statements made publicly by  radical feminists. Quotes, such as, “” I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig. ” -   Andrea Dworkin ”, - Woman against  Men , and “”To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he‟s a   machine, a walking dildo.” - Valerie Solanas ”, - Woman against Men , are both examples of extreme language that are used to emphasize the speakers point. Each of these examples demeans the male gender and perpetuates inappropriate ideals.  When making a point, the use of disparaging remarks to validate an argument is a classic example of the logical fallacy Ad Hominem Circumstantial  .   Translated from Latin, the  phrase Ad Hominem literally means “to the man”, and is commonly known as the “He would, wouldn‟t he?” fallacy within philosophy . Logical fallacies are arguments that use poor reasoning, and within philosophy there are many categories. The Ad Hominem Circumstantial implies that a group‟s argument i s not invalid due to being predisposed to a particular stance on the matter. Within the gender equality movement, the male population claims that feminist groups use terminology that is deemed demeaning and unjustified. Extreme feminist groups counter that claim with the argument that woman are put down and offended by demeaning language by men consistently. Hence, and within the criteria of Ad Hominem Circumstantial, extreme feminist argue that such language is justified by the previous actions of their aggressors, males. As quoted  by an editor for Mrs. Magazine, ““I feel that „man - hating‟ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class- hatred against the class that is oppressing them.” -Robin Morgan ” -  Knight, Leslie.  Robin Morgan‟s claim  is a classic example of the logical fallacy, Ad hominem. The use of radical language to evoke a response is tactic that is frequently, and incorrectly, used. As stated in an article written on the science of swearing presented by the Association for Physiological Science, states, “ It is far more common to see strong offensive  words used as emotionally arousing stimuli  —   tools to study the effect of emotion on mental  processes such as attention and memory”. -  Jay, Timothy. Radical feminist groups use this tactic to try and make their points more effective. True feminism is instilled with the ideology of gender equality, which is contradicted by the use of demeaning language for the male gender.  According to certain groups, feminism in its purest form is meant to be in support of full gender equality. Certain extreme feminist groups, such as Woman against Men, peddle the idea that men are unequal and underserving of respect. Unfortunately, these extreme points of view are given more attention than the true feministic view of gender equality. The loudest and most memorable voices within a movement do not always represent the majority. As mentioned in the article 'Feminists are Sexist', published  by The F Word.UK, “ At the end of the day, there are feminists who concentrate on men's issues, some who do work on both genders, and some who concentrate solely on improving the world for women.  All   are useful aspects of feminism. ” -  Redfern, Catherine.  The author also explains how feminism is beneficial for both genders when in its true form. Unfortunately, many opinions on feminism are based on the louder and offensive feminist groups that garner greater attention through their extremism. In conclusion, radical feminist groups should not be allowed to use offensive language for the male gender because it is contradictory to true feminism ideologies, is a classic example of the philosophical logical fallacy  Ad Hominem Circumstantial  , and it is extremely offensive to males. Extreme feminist groups like these present many examples of what to avoid when supporting a cause. Groups like these will unfortunately never be silenced, as is their right, yet  they do a great deal of harm to feministic and humanistic causes and if cannot be silenced, should be ignored.
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