A lot of discussions and talks have been happening on campus. In particular, violence against women and misogyny have been some of the biggest topics among students. As a campus that is extremely liberal in my opinion, this is to be expected. However, I keep over-hearing conversations that label many men as advocating for misogyny. Though this is true is some cases, I think it is important not to generalized all men and create stereotypes. Just because not a lot of men participate in events that deal with these sort of issues does not mean that they hate women.
In my opinion, a lot of men love women. By using the word love I mean that men appreciate, admire, and are fascinated by women. I truly believe that this is true for a lot of men. Because 1% of the population controls the majority of the wealth in the world, and that 1% tends to be men, it is easy to label ‘all’ men as oppressors against women. Of course, there are those lunatics in the world that do not belong to the 1% that cause harm to women on a daily basis, but in my opinion, men love women.
Instead of advocating on how horrible misogyny is (which is important to address), I believe that we would progress more if we advocated for philogyny and ways to appreciate women, and to teach men to love women in every way possible.
The teaching of philogyny can be very useful for both women and men. This way we can end the stereotypes that all men are ‘oppressors’ if they don’t actively participate in the women’s movement. In order to draw more men to this cause we need to advocate for philogyny, because this will end the aggressive and generalized views towards men, and focus the combined strength of women and men towards the people (mostly men) that are the true oppressors of women.
I love women and it is times that we encourage all men to show their love for women and to bring equality for women in the world we live in. Philogyny is the way to go if we want to succeed in this cause.