Wow, where to start. This video is an apologetic for years of oppression and abuse of women that has manifest itself into what we would now call feminism. I think of it as “masculism,” a way of recapturing the sphere of identity politics away from the stereotypes of the “feminine” identity and prescribing it for men who would otherwise have feminist thoughts. However, they refused to integrate any feminine characteristics into their daily actions and thus stand against feminist theory. Think of it this way, all humans have dry skin at one point or another. Why is it then that women often have softer skin? Think of skin care lotions and the commercials that go along with it. It’s the reinforcement of softer, smoother, more feminine traits in order to sell the product to women. Package that same bottle of lotion in a blue container with red writing on the front that says “For Men,” and the sales for men skyrockets. So long as men don’t feel threatened by the approach of an idea or opinion they’re ok with it. If it reinforces their own self-worth and conceptualization of the world then they’re generally agreeable. Move over feminism, this is masculism at its inception.
Here’s what they had to say:
Based on the “Manifesto for Conscious Men,” a collectively-written document from a number of men who feel that a new definition of masculinity can help redress the imbalances of patriarchy and welcome a new era of loving appreciation between men and women. A group of these men speak from the heart and offer a collective apology, on behalf of their gender, for past abuses of men against women.
We recognize that this video and the manifesto may offend those who believe that there is currently no imbalance between the sexes, or that collective apologies are foolish. While our position is definitely that men and women are equal — and that fact is not currently reflected in most cultures in the world today — it has never been that collective apologies are mandatory to achieve recognition of this equality. We only believe that collective apologies can be helpful and healing when offered freely and accepted freely. There is no onus on any viewer to accept this apology, or even our right to offer it (as that would instantly invalidate any apology). Alternatively, we do not deny anyone’s right to withhold apology, collectively or individually. But for those who do accept our apology or our right to offer one, we hope that it can stand in place of one that may never come otherwise. We have received thousands of comments, and while the majority are positive, many of them are highly abusive or offensive. We are happy to welcome all points of view, but not expressions of violence or hatred.