and the crowd marched on without direction

In the United States, so much has happened in the past few days.  For those of you who are outside of our borders or are living under a rock, allow me to keep you updated.  On Friday, January 20th, at noon, President Obama and his VP Joe Biden passed the torch of presidency over to businessman Donald Trump and his VP Mike Pence.

This has created a stir in the US for many reasons.  First, Donald Trump has absolutely no political experience.  He did, however, run a successful hotel chain.  He hosted a TV show called The Apprentice, which essentially challenged average citizens to compete in business challenges to win a million dollars.  He also started a celebrity version, which involved networking and charity funding.  This show has since been handed over to California’s ex-Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Another reason that people don’t like him is his lack of filter.  A lot of people don’t possess a filter, no biggie, right?  Wrong.  Here are a few of his most famous offensive quotes.  He is a confessed sexual assailant and his lack of compassion lost the popular vote from the young voter population.

Despite all of this, he defeated his opponent, Hillary Clinton.  He won the electoral vote, but she won the popular vote.  (If you need a refresher on how the Electoral College system works, here you go.)

Following the Constitution, on Friday, January 20th, 2017, he was sworn in as the president of the United States of America.

Cool, right?  A wealthy businessman to help stop outsourcing and get us out of 20 trillion dollars in debt while maybe offending people in the process.

On Saturday, perhaps one of the largest demonstrations in history took place, known as the Women’s March.  An estimated 3.3 Million people marched to show their dislike for Donald Trump, or, their like for women?  Their thoughts on abortion?  Pro-Gender expression?  That’s the thing, everyone that I talk to has a different answer.

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Big deal, they all march for their own reasons!  But hardly, as the woman’s front is not united.

Stereotypical, Americans are stupid.  Yeah.  Ha.  Ha.  Ha.  I haven’t heard that joke before.  But this is something new.  This is a whole new level of groupthink… on both sides.

Upon visiting the Women’s March on Washington official site, it seems as if they advocate for essentially everyone except for straight, Christian, white men.

immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared.

It sounds GREAT.  But we live in America.  There’s no legal oppression.  They want to show the “new officials that we want our rights”, but legally, WE ALREADY HAVE THE RIGHTS!

People gather for the Women's March in Washington

We have Worker Protection laws.  Anti-discriminatory laws for businesses.  Public schools are there for free and for all.  No one is allowed to be denied into a college/program due to their religion, gender, or race.  We have political parties so that you can easily define which side you fall on (it’s worth noting that the majority of the marchers are Democrats and Socialists, and the ones nodding their heads in shame are Republicans {what Donald Trump is} and Libertarians).

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If you want to protest to the government, protest legal issues.  Legally, we are not being denied anything.  True, these laws and regulations may not always be enforced, but even still, that is an issue of the local office/agency, since checks and balances on a national standard keep our government fair.

They march for abortion, yet it is already legal (Roe V. Wade).  I do hope, however, that it soon becomes a state decision.  If you don’t want a baby, maybe try not to keep the future “nasty” and your contraceptives will not fail (again, I know that consensual sex is not the only way that children are conceived, but for the vast majority of cases it is.)

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They marched for gay rights, but surprise, that’s already legal, too!  If you want to protest oppression because of your sexuality, protest in your community or in your school.  Pro-tip, Southern states and Midwestern states are more likely to be conservative and not approve of gay rights, and if that bothers you, go up North or to the West Coast.

I’m rambling.  As always.  I always ramble.  But, here’s my final point.  These marches which are grasping our nation by the throat, yet they march to the wrong people for things that are already legal.  They march, yet they do not know where they are going.  Groupthink is dangerous, but groupthink without direction is deadly, both to those marching and those on the sidelines.

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She sums it up pretty well.
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  1. Hi, just ran across this. I like your views, but one thing bothers me – one that your contribution shares with most, but that I consider misguided.
    As a white, gay, MRA-sympathising, slightly left of center man, I have both experienced extreme prejudice, disgust, and even violence because of my sexuality (something that has changed radically in just two decades), and privilege – not only because of my race, but because of my nationality, my relative intelligence, my looks (nothing spectacular, perhaps a 6), my weight, and my access to a good expensive liberal arts education in the US (in part through the generous redistribution system of my native country). So while I notice my white privilege just last night as I walked through a large European train station and the police stopped most non-white men, I see (and this took me decades to admit) no privileges in being a man. In fact, in just the past year, I lost out on three excellent jobs because of objections from gender equality control instances (women only made up 38% of people at the middle management level in question in the last case).
    So please help me let go of this conflation of color and sexuality with gender. The dynamics are completely different, both now and historically. Even in ostensibly misogynist Saudi Arabia, while women’s lives are severely restricted – until recently, wives needed written permission from their husbands to travel – so are traditional male obligations. Accused male rapists have little in the way of due process. husbands are legally obliged to uphold his wives living standard, even if she gets a job and he loses his (and she can sue for it). And, as in Victorian England, husbands are legally responsible for all debts their wives incur and crimes they commit.
    That system is certainly oppressive – but for BOTH genders. In contrast, race relations have been unilaterally oppressive, and atrociously so. Slave owners could treat their underlings as they pleased; even the few laws in place prohibiting severe abuse against slave women, crippling, and killing, were often not properly enforced – and if they were, the punishment was a fraction of what it would have been had the victim been, say, a white woman from a higher social class. In fact, a book I read recently argued convincingly that the reason slaves were traded decently in many cases were purely economic; in the first half of the 19th century, competitive pressures grew tenfold and plantations had to improve productivity continuously. That meant teaching slaves more skills and giving them incentives to perform. But essentially, they were not really considered even human: Even Harriet Beecher Stowe, rightly extolled as one of the leading proponents to abolish the horrific institution of slavery, openly opined that the negro race was inherently inferior and unfit for civilised society and should be shipped back to Africa – a sentiment that nowadays even the KKK would find too extremist.
    While the restrictions on blacks were horrifically exploitative and any vestiges of humane treatment motivated by profit and pragmatism rather than empathy, the widely publicised restrictions on women were the result of well-intentioned but, at least from today’s perspective, misguided wish to protect women and children (and the survival of the tribe). The reason universal male suffrage was pushed through almost a decade before women’s suffrage was the impending war effort and the need to draft hundreds of thousands to a life in trenches with death lurking all around. Certainly, giving them the right to vote was the last they could do, but how could you expect women to make such sacrifices? Only after it became clear that suffrage would be tied to military obligations only for men, die the suffrage movement overcome the (mostly female) resistance to what was initially seen as a trivial concern of the upper classes. Similarly, the reason, under Victorial law, husbands had some legal authority over the wives, was because he would be held responsible, to the full extent of the law, for her actions – both debts and crimes, including murder. And, ironically, the reason female jurors were not allowed in the US until the turn of the century, was that all-male juries were extremely reluctant to hold women (without husbands or legal guardians to take the fall) guilty, freeing, famously, a serial-murder – only women, unconstrained by the perceived obligations of the strictly enforced male gender role at the time, were willing to.
    Men’s rights concerns are often dismissed as unwarranted because of perceived male power. That is why detractors, whether instinctively or with calculation, insist on linking them with color and sexuality. The people sympathetic to the horrific plights some men face because of their gender should fight such insidious comparisons. Initiatives like Milo’s recent scholarship for straight white mails is a case in point: beneath the sarcasm and punditry, many people will see this as confirmation of the oh-so-attractive and self-aggrandising and gender-role conforming bias behind wholesale dismissal of men’s rights. It is also unwarranted: while I certainly agree that there are instances where whites suffer because of their race, such as the completely ignored minority of poor whites in South Africa, the discrimination is not by any means systemic in nature. By contrast, as a person vigilant to over come my prejudice, even I am racist: in my choice of friends, life partner, and in the simple self-preservation instinct: Walking down an abandoned street and seeing a rowdy group of teenagers at the end, black skin color makes me slightly more likely to decide to turn around and avoid walking past them. The prejudice is slight compared to the importance of neighbourhood, time of day, demeanor, dress, and of course gender, but it certainly stems from racism.
    I find these comparisons, mostly from feminists but echoed across society, particularly disgusting considering that, as far as I know, all major men’s rights concerns affect black and Hispanic men much more than white or Asian. Women’s privilege in the criminal justice system is in the order of 69% for sentencing alone, but 75% if you happen to be black. Most accused rapists freed by DNA evidence by the innocence project are black men. And violence – overall, domestic, and even, by some accounts, sexual – affects the lower sociological groups disproportionately.
    It is this kind of callousness, entitlement, and racism that has turned feminism into the pernicious, powerful, and destructive element it is today. It is destroying lives and dividing society. We have to expose this kind of viciousness, especially to the feminists out there, many of which I call my friends, who overlook these aspects in the firm conviction that feminism is about equality or freeing both sexes from gender roles. In that vein, if anything, we should embrace the logic, not the abuse, of the concept of intersectionality. Saying that straight white men are getting a raw deal is not only incorrect, but downright counterproductive.

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