William Shatner takes on feminists for dismissing misandry, promoting 'toxic masculinity'

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    William Shatner is under fire for offering some mild criticism of contemporary feminism.

    "Feminism is great," he tweeted on Monday, "but terms like toxic masculinity are degrading. It borders on that imaginary concept to feminists: misandry."

    For sharing that reasonable perspective, Shatner was hit with a 1,300-word rebuttal in The Mary Sue, and compared to "men's rights activists" in Mic.

    "When Shatner brings up misandry as if it's in any way the same as misogyny and deserves the same level of scrutiny," The Mary Sue writer declared, "it's hugely ignorant, irresponsible, and sexist."

    For his part, Shatner did not cave to the backlash. Instead, the actor doubled down in a series of tweets engaging with his detractors, insisting that misandry is a real phenomenon.

    When one social media user argued feminists have never spoken positively of masculinity, Shatner pushed back by praising the movement's earliest incarnation, replying, "I disagree. The original feminist movement was about equality. Somewhere along the line a few decided differently. They are the exceptions."

    Rather than reconsidering the wisdom of terms like "toxic masculinity" or their own reflexive dismissal of the possibility that misandry might exist, feminists lash out at anyone who dares to question their doctrine — even when they're sympathetic to the cause.

    When people such as Shatner (who endorsed Hillary Clinton as early as 2014) offer reasonable perspectives that push back against radical tenets of feminism, they're called sexist and treated as enemies of women.

    That's no way to convince skeptical Americans that the real definition of a feminist is someone who believes in the fundamental equality of men and women. The definition of a feminist that the movement itself actually endorses necessitates a person embrace concepts like toxic masculinity and intersectionality.

    To build a broader movement, feminists should start by accepting the criticism of sympathetic observers instead of slamming them as sexist.

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    Leave it to Captain Kirk to take on the gynocracy that modern 1st world feminism. William Shatner has just gained a few more cool points. His criticism of feminists is spot on. Notice how most feminists and their allies in the femcentric mainstream LGBT movement bash anything associated with masculinity. They reflexively parrot the words "hypermasculine" or "toxic masculinity" as pejoratives to describe any typical male behavior or person they have problem with which is pretty much all of us who aren't effeminate gay men or emasculated straight men.
     
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    Leave Kirk alone! He doesn't just understand angry feminists, he's been one himself!!
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