Attacking All Masculinity is not the Solution for #MeToo; It’s Just Another Barrier

by Vins
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The #MeToo movement is empowering women to live their lives and take control from their oppressors by showing that women everywhere are not alone in their struggles. But, as Richard Godwin reported in a March 2018 Guardian article, titled “Men after #MeToo,” men and masculinity around the globe are being villainized with ferocity. Those secure in their masculinity become insecure and those already insecure, cower.

Acknowledging that “men are not exactly giving the best account of themselves at the moment,” Godwin contended, nevertheless, that “most of us feel powerless in relation to our own lives, emotions, relations.” The process of calling out certain men for horrible things they have done has been swift, but has also produced unnecessary and, at times, unintentional casualties. In this context, Godwin wrote, “it’s often hard to discern any positive role for men, beyond apologetic retweeters of feminist memes.”

Godwin reported on the launch of the London-based Men’s Movement 2.0, which is focused on—in Godwin’s words—“the core precept of men’s work, which involves men sorting out their shit with other men.” At the same time, Godwin noted, the organizers of Men’s Movement 2.0 seek to distinguish it, and themselves, from previous men’s rights activists, who have given men’s groups a bad name

Source:  Richard Godwin, “Men after #MeToo: ‘There’s a narrative that masculinity is fundamentally toxic’,” The Guardian, March 9, 2018,

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