The fronts of feminism and masculinity have become the opposites of their dictionary definitions. According to Wikipedia, masculinity refers to actions that are typically associated with men. The manifestation of the stated features (which we will investigate later) is the issue, not the definition itself. On the other side, feminism refers to the promotion of human rights in order to close the gender gap. Despite the definitions being explicit, the two warring sides have attempted to advance their respective objectives by finding loopholes. But first, let’s examine the two’s historical backgrounds.
Historical background of feminism and masculinity.
The first of the two philosophies to emerge was feminism. Industrialization occurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which made labor necessary. As a result, at that time, women were recruited into the factories and industries. However, there was a serious infringement of women’s rights as they were even paid less for comparable work than men. This forced women (and men, too) to start organizations to fight for women’s equality.
At first, feminism was a positive thing. The fight against men instead of for women’s rights subsequently developed it into a toxic mentality. Feminism that prevailed in the first decades of the twenty-first century and the closing years of the twentieth century was harmful. Because it was thought that some of their behaviors might not be accommodated by feminism, the idea spread to increasingly diverse populations.
The advance into Africa.
Despite having its roots in the west, feminism spread to other parts of the world, including Africa. In Africa, a focus on girls’ education encouraged the society to close the gender gap. However, as was predicted, the boy child felt abandoned, and this marked the beginning of masculinity.
The proponents of modern masculinity emerged to challenge the feminists’ long-standing paradigm. And to some extent, they were correct. To the casual observer, poisonous feminists have long fought for equal rights but not for equal duties. But just like feminism, once-strong masculinity evolved into a group of men wanting to restrict women’s rights.
As a result, the two opposing sides came to a consensus that is already gaining ground and will likely endure into the foreseeable future.
The point of contention beteen feminism and masculinity.
Equal rights and obligations are the main point of contention. Historically, feminists have stood their ground. They are of the belief that society has ostracized them and is pressuring women to fill a subordinate role that was developed in previous societies. Feminists believe that traditional roles for women in Africa, such as childbirth, are no longer appropriate. On the other hand, proponents of masculinity believe that feminists are expecting more from them while providing nothing in return. They contend that because they are primarily responsible, they need to be in a more prominent position.
The driving force
According to me, there are issues driving this “conflict.” The attempt to replace nature with desire is the initial issue with the two camps. There are traits that lend the two genders to particular responsibilities but that’s a reality both sides don’t want to accept.
The urge to dominate the other gender, in my opinion, is another factor that makes it unlikely that the two factions would ever reach an understanding.
The second issue has to do with generality. Male supporters hold the view that all women are the same. Similar quotes from feminists suggest that all males are the same. If these false opinions are to procced then this impasse will never be conquered.
Rise of “Masculinity influencers”
The problem at hand is so significant that a number of characters have gained universal attention as a result of association. Advocates of masculinity, such as Jordan Peterson, have garnered widespread popularity. Andrew Tate, a contentious former kickboxer, is another prominent person who has become famous for airing his feelings on the same. Michelle Obama is known as the face of feminism, according to 48% of Americans though her role in pushing the feminism agenda is arbitrary.
After all is said and done, the conflict is just getting started, and this contentious time period will never come to an end.