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This Powerful Comic Will Tell You The Real Reason Why Men Need Feminism

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What most modern day ‘feminist’ campaigns, that have been recently going viral on social media, fail to address is how patriarchy affects men too. As this comic suggests, it’s not ‘us vs them’ but a vision of a society based on mutual respect, equal rights and representation in every sphere. It is also important to point out that it’s not just men who are perpetrators of the patriarchal culture that we need to get rid of, and women aren’t just victims. So, it’s not very wise to take convenient polarised positions but understand that patriarchy is a cultural construct and affects all members of the society in more ways than are explicitly easily visible to us.

Patriarchy dictates men to aggressively assert their masculine identity and any ‘feminine’ trait in them is looked down upon with disgust. The members of the society are expected to fit in to their predefined gender roles and behaviour, which can put a lot of psychological pressure on men at times as they might be forced to act in defiance of how they genuinely feel. This powerful comic explores this issue in a very simple yet engaging way.

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  1. shreya rungta

    All of the above is true and and an eye opener. If we share this , enlighten people , results are going to be powerful.

  2. gautam govinda

    took it from 9gag?

    1. Akhil Kumar

      No, found it on imgur.

  3. Gaurav

    This cartoon is just a pointer. proverbial tip of the iceberg and as usual a large group is oblivious. till everybody is on board of the complete import of the message. progress cannot be made

  4. Ashish

    Nice share …

  5. Mousumi Mukherjee

    very thoughtful and creative way to convey serious message…well done!

  6. ratan Kk

    I’m sharing this for all those who live a life which confuses them more than their partners. ..Think of a man who lived a life of a family man without a family; a father without children and died lonely but peacefully in his sleep without troubling anyone. .The irony is he goes empty handed with a gut feeling of unloved person ,desiring to feel to be wanted and be LOVED on his own terms…not knowing that the world has changed.Relations demand equality… because if relation is called life partner- it demands unconditional full “Material” support and children …!!! well, they demand unconditional Fatherhood” No ifs…. No buts…Give them all that you have but don’t demand love in return. ..What a shameful existence. .I think in dyeing he should now rest in peace getting love from God…

  7. Shubham Tripathi

    Hi, Akhil!
    I think you’ve written one of the most powerful and intelligent articles in this topic I’ve read. You brilliantly demonstrate how a wrong practise affects every one in one way or the other.
    That’s the essence of society. Any wrong practise will affect each and every person in some way. Any good practise will also benefit each of us. So we should think hard before we “informally inflict” our opinions and views on others and ensure we all benefit in the long run.
    Well written and keep writing!


  8. ashish

    awesome bro. a different and real perspective.

  9. sapna sehgal

    it sensitizes us to the fact that men are forced to behave in a certain way because the prototype has been set and they find it difficult to break the mould. Its easier to tow the line than to start a new one.

  10. Shubha

    Transgenders are also extremely oppressed due to patriarchy.

  11. Shubham

    100% true.Many men supported feminism cos they too wanted liberty from patdiarchy.
    However,soon feminists changed the battle to equality in a battle of men vs women……. ruining a once great liberal idea

  12. Chaula

    Root cause of such a bad situation in India is that right from the age of 3 years boys are taught “if you are a boy then don’t cry like a girl”. Or “you should not express your feelings in public are u a girl?’ Well whats the harm if he cries? Doesn’t he feel sad. I think every Indian male has a right to express his feelings as freely as any girl in India. Girls play cricket so even boys can play with dolls and ghar ghar.

    In Canada in a daycare, guys are taught to do laundry, to bake, to make the hair for the dolls. And they help in cooking. Hence when they are 18, and want to leave the house they leave knowing everything. Everything should be taught equally to girls and boys.

    And if our boys go abroad, don’t no how to cook and are strict vegetarian then imagine the situation.

    If girls can be virgins until marriage then y not boys? Both of them have an equal right in this very personal matter.
    Hence we are the one abusing their masculinity right from their childhood.

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