(5) How expectations changed because of gender stereotypes in modern society
Updated: Jan 21
Issues then raised concerning the topic of misandry, which means hatred towards men in greek. Misandry is seen through social exclusion, sexism, hostility, gynocentrism, belittling of men, violence against men, and sexual objectification. A term with a similar but distinct meaning is androphobia, which means fear of men.
With misandry being a consequence of gender stereotypes, raised many issues of misandry including the SCUM Manifesto published by Valerie Jean Solanas, a radical feminist whom in 1967 shot Andy Warhol because "He had too much control over my life". An apparent example of misandry due to feminism.
Valerie Solanas was a radical feminist who thought that men had ruined the world, and it was up to women to fix the world. They used the abbreviation SCUM because they saw men as scum and as a thing that needed to erase, her goal being the extermination of the male sex—an extreme example of misandry.
Mary Daly's utopian vision of a world in which men and heterosexual women have been eliminated is an extreme example of radical feminist theories. Daly argued that sexual equality between men and women was not possible and that women, due to their superior capacities, should rule men. Later in an interview, Daly argued "If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this will be accompanied by an evolutionary process that will result in a drastic reduction of the population of males"—an extreme example of misandry.
Anthony Synnott argues that certain forms of feminism present misandrist view of gender. He argues that men are presented as having power over others regardless of the actual power they possess. Some feminists define the experience of being male inaccurately through writing on masculinity. Synott proposed that misandry is fueled and generated by misogyny and that the concept of challenging misandry can be viewed as opposing feminism itself. Due to the increasing number of female-exclusive clubs and female-empowerment campaigns, Synnott states that this can cause an environment of male exclusion and cause a contempt of men.
The concept of misandry is fueled by the idea that men have more power than they possess which is the whole concept of misandry and that women should possess more power than men if humanity is to thrive. Misandry is against the fact that men have all this power and that they are threats to humanity are fueled by stereotypes of men based upon a small number of harmful men's actions.
Even though feminism has a goal of gender equality and world peace, it cannot be obtained if misandry is prevalent and trying to destroy the very concept of equality.