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1. That’s kind of like asking “Why do you support ‘gay rights’ instead of ‘sexual equality’?” Or “Why do you support ‘black empowerment’ instead of ‘racial equality’?”
Answer: Because straight people and white people don’t need to be lifted up; they’re already at the top.
You’re correct that “feminism” and “gender equality” are different rhetorically. However, social justice movements based on equality are justifiably focused on empowering the disempowered; that is, they are named after the minority group that needs more help getting to that equal status.
2. Do I hear a little “not all men” in there?? Here’s the deal: Feminists know that not every man is sexist, a rapist, etc… Obviously!
However, ALL men are empowered by their gender— socially, economically, and institutionally. When we “generalize” men as the majority group, we’re merely noting that fact.
Just some further food for thought:
Men who get defensive about their privilege in the face of feminism often fear a flip in the current hegemonic structure. In short, they fear being treated by women the way many men treat women today.