Did you hear about Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes’ rage against women in a recent HuffPostLive segment?
McInnes leveraged his time slot on the web streaming show to broadcast his disdain for things like feminism, women in the workplace, abortion, and even hipsters (his bread and butter for nearly two decades).
The comments have erupted across the media outlets. ‘Feminism has made women less happy’ was the headline that grabbed my attention, and as a thirty-something who has constantly battled society’s definition of what I ‘should do’ with my life, I was compelled to open up the link.
So I watched McInnes’ web rage, skeptical of the guy who has habitually exploited and made huge amounts of money off of a slew of things that don’t exactly help or further humanity- and certainly not women or families to which he purports to have all the answers.
For those not ‘in the know’, between Vice’s slick cover are features and photos of a slew of things that most people would find abhorrent from wretchedly pitiful drug addicts and suicidal teenagers to naked young women and pets that have been tattooed by their masters. Whatever sells a few bucks, eh. Certainly, that’s been McInnes’ M.O., raking in fortunes from insulting others. He’s the ultimate punk in the truest sense of the word, battering and bruising even his most ardent fans as if to say that the joke’s on them.
But when it comes to big social issues (like women in the workplace), this is *not* the guy I’d point to as a shining example of someone who offers a well-balanced and articulated argument against modern feminism. Instead, a person who spews hatred to incite publicity (of which this blog post regretfully contributes) really doesn’t deserve a place at the debate table for those of us genuinely interested in better understanding how we can make society work better for women, men and families.
We would be much better off listening to the stories of WOMEN and MEN in our own lives if we want to begin to figure out how we can fix the tough situations that many of us find ourselves in.
A good starter is this piece by Anne-Marie Slaughter for The Atlantic last year, which raised considerable debate by both sexes on the subject of women and work life balance.