Man, it makes me really sad to read this from someone whom I respect ordinarily, especially on a thread in a larger topic with behavior as outrageous as it is. But the extreme evil of behavior of individuals on one side of a debate doesn’t excuse such wrongheadedness. And I think you’ll find it clear from what I write that nothing I’m saying can possibly justify the actions of the individuals who would engage in the threats that initiated this thread.
Individual men facing gender discrimination is sexism. It’s certainly true that the most common manifestation of sexism in our culture today is what is faced by women, but just because that’s the most common and pernicious version, dosn’t mean it’s the definition of the term, nor the only use of it. The most common form of racism today might arguably be against black people, but, that dosn’t mean that racism == discrimination against black people, and that anything that isn’t discriminating against black people isn’t really racism. I think it’s clear that would be an absurd assertion. Not only are there other races that are discriminated against, I’d contend All of them to one degree or another, and other races have a pretty good claim to the top spot historically, and perhaps even today. Antisemitism, for instance, is just one type of racism, and, there’s a REASON it has it’s own word.
Sexism is simply the systemic discrimination of people due to gender. In many ways, the difficulties of transgendered individuals falls under the umbrella of sexism, but, I’ll not delve too far into that, to try and stay remotely on point. Outside that though, because we’re used to thinking of gender in terms of a binary thing, we’re less used to considering that it might be applied to different groups in different ways, like we are with racism.
Is the sexism faced by men the same, in substance, magnitude or scope of that of women? Of course not. But, to insist that it cannot by definition exist toward men is insulting to every male who works as a nurse, or, the dwindling number of male teachers in primary education. Or men who feel trapped into particular gender associated actions who would otherwise not do so.
Sexism is a problem that affects BOTH genders, locks them into one way of thinking, and, is ultimately harmful to people on both sides of the transaction. Combatting it enriches all, and, to describe it as a “woman only” problem not only is wrong, but, does that cause a disservice. If it really was a zero sum game, then any winners would require an equal quantity of losers. And nobody wants to be in that role. But if it’s a change that improves everybody, then you just have to break people from the us vs them mentality, and it’s an easy sell, everyone’s life improves.