The next time you go time travelling, I suggest that you skip 1957.
>”Gender equality is a relatively new endeavor.”
It’s been tried before; it is older than you think:
>>”… -feminism, and economic growth had transformed older gender roles. Wealthy families now often educated their daughters and gave them bigger dowries when they were married, which translated into more clout for wives; and as women’s financial standing improved, they established the principle that daughters should inherit property like sons. Even among poorer families, commercial textile production was giving women more earning power, which again translated into stronger property rights.”
The above passage is describing events in China during the twelfth century. It is from, “Why the West Rules — for Now” by Ian Morris.
>”…feminism is a danger to you, this is because you’re feeling your privilege being endangered.”
How does applying the term “privilege” to name the danger make it any less dangerous? Why would I place myself in the path of danger under any circumstance?
I never actually described feminism as “dangerous” in the first place. Instead, I would describe it as a movement that has expectations of me to which I do not choose to conform.
>”How, exactly, are they benefiting themselves at your expense?”
There are documented incidents of Feminists disrupting speaking events, with the intent to prevent those events from occurring, because they disagree with the speaker. The benefit to Feminists is that they are able to suppress what they perceive to be a challenge to their hegemony (challenge to their privilege?) over the discourse concerning relations between the sexes. The expense is suppression of access to a variety of perspectives that are different from one’s own.
I will add the US federal Violence Against Women Act, the California and New York State Affirmative Consent Laws, and the US Affordable Health Care Act as examples of measures that benefit Feminists at the expense of others.
>”None of this is to say men’s issues don’t exist. Because they do.”
Men have complaints. Women have complaints. People have complaints. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world don’t care about your complaints. The other five percent are glad you have them.
>”…modern day slavery (sex trafficking) is being blatantly and largely ignored. … rape, sexual assault, and harassment is a plague…”
Bad things happen to people in this world? Why didn’t somebody tell me sooner?
As you, yourself, have written, men have grievances too. I could supply you with a list of those grievances, but I’d rather not have this conversation degenerate into exchanging lists of grievances.
>”Change is happening.”
Change is always happening. Any other news?
>”…the feminist movement is growing…”
It most certainly is. Be careful how you treat people on your way up. You will meet them again on your way down.
Feminism is growing, as is the opposition to it.
I hope you have better luck than the movement had 900 years ago. Here is the outcome of the Feminist movement in 12th century China:
>>”A male backlash began among the rich in the twelfth century, while Zhu was still young. It promoted feminine chastity, wifely dependence, and the need for women to stay in the house’s inner quarters (or, if they really had to go out, to be veiled or carried in a curtained chair). Critics particularly attacked widows who remarried, taking their property into other families.
…bureaucrats began rolling back property laws that favored women in the fourteenth century…”