Some MRA/Anti-Feminist Arguments
MRA/AF argues that if you accept chivalry, you want preferential treatment and believe you are superior. However, they also argue that if you REJECT chivalry, you are ungrateful and unrealistic.
MRA/AF point out how much physical work men have to do in industrial, heavy labor, service fields and how this is further evidence feminists or women want preferential treatment. But when feminists fight for women to have these fields open for them, they are told they can't do it anyway.
MRA/AF point out how men usually get the dangerous, combative military jobs and this goes to show how EASY women have it. But once again, when feminists fight for women to have equal opportunity in these DANGEROUS, LIFE-THREATENING fields, they are told that women should not have those options.
MRA/AF point out that men are also gender stereotyped, but fail to address that these stereotypes typically work in reinforcing their privilege/working in their favor. Usually stereotyping them as being the more competent, logical, intelligent and more powerful out of all genders and/or sexes.
MRA/AF points out that men are also idealized in media, but fail to analyze that these idealizations fit within male power fantasies of physical prowess/physical power, athleticism and having the ability to intimidate simply by using one's presence or body.
MRA/AF point out that men are also "sexualized" in media, but fail to address that this so-called sexualization usually involves them initiating sexual encounters, flaunting their virility and potency through a barrage of media that glamorizes straight male sexuality (e.g. - music videos, ads, etc) and portrays this sexuality as something that can be used to GAIN STATUS. While women who are sexually active and overt about it LOSE cultural status.
MRA/AF argue that men are more oppressed than women, while completing ignoring the fact that most countries are ran by men, most media corporations are also ran by men and most of the worlds resources are distributed and controlled by men.
MRA/AF argue that the fact the world is patriarchal is EVIDENCE of women's inherent incompetence, while simultaneously ignoring how cultural conditioning to conform to gender stereotypes would make political and corporate fields less appealing to many women and also how workplace discrimination plays a role in hindering a woman's ability to be promoted into positions of power with equal pay. They also fail to assess the issue on a historical level, ignoring how centuries of being denied access to equal education is what has made the number of female inventors, philosophers, academics, etc, far less in comparison to the number of males who had the opportunity to specialize in fields of their choice and to harness their potential.
MRA/AF argue that feminism is no longer necessary, while at the same time referring to male feminist allies with misogynistic and homophobic slurs meant to intimidate them out of their political and ideological views on gender equality. They are often called in MRA circles, "manginas" and "gender traitors." Women in general are subjected to hateful, gendered slurs even if they are not defending feminism. Our degraded status is the default setting our society has placed us at.
MRA/AF argue that feminists think all men are naturally "dogs" or hormonal, neanderthal-like brutes but when feminists try to place emphasis on using diplomacy in place of violence, and assertion over aggression, feminists are accused of trying to "feminize" men (with the stigma that encouraging compassion, empathy and constructive verbal reasoning over physical violence is a BAD THING!!).