The trouble with reading comments and not the article itself, there’s always the risk of taking things out of context. I was not saying women are making claims of harassment out of vanity. I was saying that, with any movement, when the extremists decide that “The only good Indian is a dead Indian,” the generalization itself will fractionalize the movement. And when the only way to be a true member of a movement is to be “a victim” instead of a true supporter, then it becomes mob mentality. Margret Atwood said the same in her article “Am I A Bad Feminist?” Her example was the Salem Witch Trials, which grew to the point when many lives were needlessly lost, simply by allegation. I wasn’t diminishing what the women’s movements are doing today. There are many examples, as I mentioned, of women be subjugated, underpaid, etc. But when someone like Cyndi Gallop says: “As soon as we get [these] men out of the way, and replace them with smart, clever women, the better,” this is a generalization attacking men—not the men specifically responsible. The backlash today isn’t coming from men as much as women who don’t want to live in this kind of fractionalized world. It becomes too much of an “us or them” mentality. That’s when movements fall apart—not because of the initial intentions (which are good), but that it suggests all blame rests on one group (in this case, men).

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