I recently saw a documentary on a gang of neo-Nazi skinheads in the UK, and it tracked down 3 former members a decade or so later to see how their
lives had changed.
Actually one of the women involved with one of these men gave a shocking example of misandry.
She said that her parents only wanted daughters, and they were not pleased when they had a son after several girls.
Her brother ended up in hospital as a baby because he was neglected and malnourished.
Now that was a case of primary (hateful) misandry.
I was very disappointed that the documentary makers did not follow this line of investigation, because these men all showed signs that their
dysfunction stemmed from somehow not being wanted, or they were somehow considered disposable in their formative years.
I'm not sure whether it was psychological reasons just for those parents to neglect their boy-child, or whether it was class or culturally specific
(perhaps boys are just considered too much "grief" or "trouble"), or whether some institutional reason favored girls over boys?
To me misogyny and misandry actually function as mutually reinforcing trends.
They are probably most effective as analytical tools when focusing on specific groups, and not all groups have the same strength of misandry or
For example, it would probably be difficult to speak of "misandry" in countries and cultures where laws or social pressures blatantly discriminate
against females, for example by banning education for girls.
In such cases it is probably understandable for the oppressed person to hate the oppressor.
That being said though, there's probably mixed feelings amongst men and women in such systems, where some men may also not feel free and support
feminism, while some women might be very patriarchal and conservative.
ism" is becoming a hot topic amongst gender workers looking at especially female religious narratives that reinforce traditional
patriarchy from women (ostensibly for women) under the banner of "empowering women".
Such systems go beyond individuals.
Apart from proposing equality for all, it's actually very difficult to make judgements from the outside, without being accused of using gender to
promote Western imperialism or cultural hegemony.
That's not to say we shouldn't speak of them (with an awareness of the limitations), but unless one takes on a very radical position one could also
dwell into politically incorrect territory and imagery of inherent "savagery".
However, in most "northern" or "Western" countries things have changed since 1970, and the first wave of feminisms.
So the potential certainly exists to deconstruct misandry, and to encourage men to become more familiar with feminist deconstructions and opinions
(and there are many types of feminism, and even dissident feminism).
On education in the US, for example, there was an interesting book titled: The War on Boys: How misguided Feminism is harming our young men
was written by Christina Hoff Sommers, and originally published in 2010, although I'd hope the new edition will encourage more male input into the
debate, also globally.
edit on 5-11-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)