Explain how a "patriarchal and misogynistic" what ever, can oppress men and benefit women, as in the case of my uncle, as in the case of many men. It breaks the very definition of patriarchy and misogynistic if it oppresses men and benefits women! To continue to use such terms is like saying a junk yard is a transportation system or that a cat is trash compactor, its moronic! Contrary to the tenets of feminism? Tenets that claim every man is a rapist and batterer? tenets like these: "The annihilation of a woman's personality, individuality, will, character, is prerequisite to male sexuality." -- Andrea Dworkin "The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness...can be trained to do most things." -- Jilly Cooper, SCUM (Society For Cutting Up Men, started by Valerie Solanas) "To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he's a machine, a walking dildo." -- Valerie Solanas, Authoress of the SCUM Manifesto "All men are rapists and that's all they are" -- Marilyn French, Authoress "If anyone is prosecuted for filing a false report, then victims of real attacks will be less likely to report them." - David Angier "Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometimes gain from the experience." - Catherine Comins "I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it." -- Barbara Jordan; Former Congresswoman. "The simple fact is that every woman must be willing to be identified as a lesbian to be fully feminist" (National NOW Times, January, 1988). "We are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men." -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton "I feel that 'man-hating' is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them." -- Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor. "And let's put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism--the lie that there can be such a thing as 'men's liberation groups.' Oppression is something that one group of people commits against another group, specifically because of a 'threatening' characteristic shared by the latter group--skin, color, sex or age, etc. The oppressors are indeed ****ED UP by being masters, but those masters are not OPPRESSED. Any master has the alternative of divesting himself of sexism or racism--the oppressed have no alternative--for they have no power but to fight. In the long run, Women's Liberation will of course free men--but in the short run it's going to cost men a lot of privilege, which no one gives up willingly or easily. Sexism is NOT the fault of women--kill your fathers, not your mothers". -- Robin Morgan Exactly what privilege did my uncle have when he got to the court? How could he have divested him self? If you care about inequality in the world then your an egalitarian, if you only care about the oppression of women then your a feminist, of course this means you don't give a shit about the oppression of men, the oppression of races, the oppression of the old, etc, etc, if you do care about those issue but have so far only acted on feminist issue because those are the most precedent to you then your still an egalitarian, we all got to pick our fights, can't solve every problem in the world, but if you were witnessing a women beating up a man would you stop it? If so then your not a feminist, a feminist would walk by and cheer, as the quotes above from the most outspoken feminist imply. Yeah that makes no sense at all when there are many women that make these presumptions and oppress men with them, to keep blaming men as the sole "societal dominators" when the issue is clearly more complex and gender diverse then that is either delusional, sexist, or both.