Over at Ampersand recently, Bean gave an excellent post on whether men can be feminists (Alas a Blog has recently subtly made the switch to a multiple people posting blog, I've enjoyed it). She finishes with this paragraph:
Then there's the other sort of non-feminist (in fact, sexist) man who claims to be a [pro-]feminist man. The one who uses it to get praise (and more) from women. I'm not sure what bugs me more, with regard to this type of man -- that he would attempt to do this, or that, for so many women, it works. Men are praised and nearly worshipped for doing what should simply be expected behavior. Taking care of kids, not being sexist, not allowing people to be sexist around him, not being abusive, not being a rapist. These are things that men should simply do as part of being a human. But, because they are men, they are praised. Says a lot about the sad state of our world, IMHO.
For the non-web savvy, IMHO = "In my humble opinion", but that's not my point.
In the meanwhile, The Onion this week offers these cooking tips which includes:
If you are a man, you deserve to be gushed over just for reading these cooking tips. That's so great!
I thought the coincidence was quite amusing. Plus The Onion is just, as normal, hilarious.
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