Oct 4, 2011 · 6:15 PM
It has now been 40+ years since the Feminist Movement in America began and at this Meetup we'll discuss, in particular, how this affected the male gender. Have men become so feminized from long-term exposure to feminist ideas in schools, at home, at work, in politics, in movies (where dominant, butt-kicking female action stars are increasingly prevelant), and from decades of depictions of emasculated "girly-men" portrayed as the cultural norm in the mass media that there's few masculine "Men" left? Is Feminism to blame, or is something else at play?
And how has this affected such dynamics as in 1)heterosexual romantic relationships; 2)the traditional male/father role in the home whereby women increasing "lead" the family; 3) politics; 4)the workplace; 5)the legal system and the way society now treats criminals as "victims" and virtually anyone with hurt feelings (in certain contexts) can initiate a lawsuit - and be taken seriously; 6) the educational system; 7)appropriate personal "boundaries"; etc., etc. etc. Are there increasingly too few emotionally-strong/masculine role models for men left (particularly in urban areas) that virtually no one even understands what it means to be a man?
Even numerous "scientific studies" now suggest that children raised with 2 female parents are the best developed and receive the best care (based on the standards of those doing the studies). Do we even need Men anymore, other than as sperm donors? Are Men obsolete?
Helpful event links provided by Alex:
>The Male Privilege Checklist: http://tinyurl.com/3ngq7yf
>Ways sexism harms men: http://tinyurl.com/3u56yzs http://tinyurl.com/3kj2s2h
>More ways sexism harms men: http://tinyurl.com/25tjqxg
>Feminism 101: http://tinyurl.com/27fo5a5
>Criticism of the "Men's Rights" movement: http://manboobz.com/
>Libertarian Feminism: http://tinyurl.com/273ctu
>Women and the Invisible Fist (more on libertarian interpretations of feminism): http://tinyurl.com/3hu2fuq
BASIC EVENT STRUTURE
>Introductory comments by members, including how the question relates to Philosophy
>Briefly defining the terms in the question
>Arguments suggesting Men are obsolete (from list #1-7 above)
>Arguments suggesting Men are not obsolute (from list #1-7 above)
>What are the consequences if Men are obsolete?
>Concluding remarks of participants
NOTE: No purchase is necessary to attend this event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:15pm; but we typically do not start the actual discussion until up to 30 minutes later, allowing members to get something to eat, socialize, as well as to arrive a little later than the posted time.
Tsom is a quiet, fast-casual restaurant with an international salad bar, as well as dinners ranging from $5-$8. The average meal is around $6 + tax. Our last Meetup at this venue was held on the patio, but due to unpredictable parking lot noise at the last event here, as well as the warm weather this time of year, we'll be inside for this event. (Please do not bring outside food into the venue.)