What is the opposite of feminism?
Let’s begin with the idea that feminism as a political and cultural movement is meant to support, promote and elevate women in a society. The end of the abuse and exploitation of women as well as providing opportunities for their betterment sounds like a fine and dandy goal. Reaching out to the downtrodden and elevating them is a staple of human conscience.
The Oxford Dictionary defines feminism as: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
If we apply the same definition to men, what word would describe the support, promotion and elevation of men in a society? The opposite of feminine is masculine, but there is no such thing as masculinism.
However, when men stand for the support and elevation of men in society, there is a word that is commonly used and applied with derision.
It is defined as: exaggerated or aggressive patriotism; excessive or prejudiced loyalty or support for one’s own cause, group, or gender: a bastion of male chauvinism.
In our current society, the promotion of women is feminism and the promotion of men is chauvinism. Feminism may be criticized as a movement, but generally it is accepted and tolerated if not openly pushed. Chauvinism automatically triggers a negative connotation, especially toward men.
If I advocate for women and enthusiastically work to elevate them, I might be called a feminist, which is ok.
If I advocate for men and enthusiastically work to elevate them, including myself, I might be called a chauvinist, which is not ok. Churches do not want their sons to be chauvinists. However, it is ok for their daughters to be feminists.
Now, women might argue that it is ok to promote the good of men, but only as far as it first secures the good of women (i.e. their happiness).
With an understanding like this, men will always have the winds of fortune blowing against them.