You may have heard about the new anti-feminist trend headlining social media feeds. Meninism has been a trending topic on social media platforms, and has emerged with a strong following of men who call themselves “Meninists.” The hashtag #MeninistTwitter has probably already popped up on your Twitter feed, accompanied by quotes and memes shared by Meninists who demand equality for men.
Their argument? That feminism counts out equality for men, and that feminists are ignorant to their own sexist expectations of men.
Though some of these arguments seem fair, including a popular meninist tweet of a picture of a man holding a sign that reads, “I need Meninism because the movie “Magic Mike” promotes an unrealistic expectation of how men’s bodies should look,” the argument they are making falls flat. Why? Because the real problem is that these meninists don’t understand feminism.