Facebook confirms it’s suspending the accounts of women who call men “scum” in the wake of the sexual harassment scandals that have sparked the #MeToo conversation on social media and beyond.
I support feminism to the point that I once called myself a feminist. I maintain that gender balance in all aspects of society is not only a necessary precondition to a just civilization, it is also the antidote to many social ills that plague traditional patriarchies, whether in the workplace, the statehouse, or the home.
But when feminism crosses the line into misandry, when it engages in or tolerates behavior that incites hatred against the male gender as a whole, feminism mocks its own goals and becomes unsupportable.
There are many men who are deserving of the worst unflattering epithets known to language. But to draw from that fact the conclusion that “men are scum” (or worse) is to put us all on a pathway to oppression and injustice from which no person would be safe.
Misandry disguised as feminism is hypocrisy. Facebook was right to take the actions that it did.