freeblr is a good example of the way patriarchal masculinity in capitalism organizes itself as a complex outsider discourse that is at the same time both disaffected by and encouraged by traditional bourgeois culture. This discourse community is actually seated at the core of public discourse, at its center, and, as such, feels under greater scrutiny than the plurality of other communities within the greater public sphere. That is, the other communities are always under scrutiny that the traditional community claims for itself. Scrutiny is oppression for these men and their allies, for to see white masculinity is to transgress the social order in the free market. This feeling “under scrutiny” is used as fuel for reorienting masculinity as an estranged and alienated discourse and coherent identity without actually moving from the center, composing it as a liminal minority discourse community from which attacks on others are justifiably launched. In this way, any criticism lodged is always represented as a straw man or purposeful misrepresentation of what was actually intended, even if the men don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about.
r ppl srsly this confused about gender-based oppression?????
men aren’t harmed by the patriarchy
BECAUSE THEY ARE THE PATRIARCHY
they are not victims here
each of them make the decision every single day to oppress women
just as all white people are actively choosing to be racist every second that they aren’t being anti-racist
we do not need our oppressor’s participation to get free
literal actual human beings are the components and parts of the systems/institutions of oppression
it doesn’t harm ‘everyone’
it harms the oppressed
and benefits the oppressor