First things first, I think it’s important to note the meaning of feminism. Feminism is about creating a society where there is equality for men and women regarding opportunities, rights and responsibilities in all spheres of life. A lot of people still mistake feminism as hating men or believing women are the superior gender.
Not quite. Enter misandry. Misandry is “the dislike, or contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against men” (i.e. the opposite of misogyny – the hatred of women). Misogyny is a more widely known term because we live in a man’s world where male domination of households, corporations, cultures and societies has and continues to be the norm (whether we like to admit it or not).
Don’t get it twisted, misandry does stem from a variety of reasonable and unreasonable places. Partly due to the fact that abuse against women is more prevalent than that against men, or because our fathers and brothers have failed to protect us and act in a manner that validates our existence as equal human beings. Centuries of practices that deem it ok for men to be entitled more privilege on the basis of their gender have resulted in a wave of women who really just hate men.
Either way, feminism and misandry are completely different things. Feminism is about equality and misandry is man-bashing. Before you stand for a cause, know what exactly it is you’re standing up for.