Michael Moore Tries To Say That Women Are Better Than Men And Gets Shut Down By A Feminist
Hear us out. Feminism is not about putting women on a pedestal or claiming that they are powerless to make any bad decisions. (Though, many people like to think that it is, in a effort to bring the movement down.) It’s about equality. And implying that women can essentially do no bad is not only harmful, it’s just plain not true. And while Moore’s intentions were good (feminism can really benefit from white men in positions of power using their privilege to shed light on some pretty important topics,) they were inherently false.
Which is exactly what feminist Jessica Ellis was pointing out when she responded to Moore's tweet to contradict him. And the truth is, it was a pretty respectful shut down.
“My initial response was actually very personal,” Ellis said in an interview with Bored Panda. “I had been struggling with anxiety issues and going to therapy, where I realized I thought the fact that I had dark thoughts sometimes made me a bad person. I had also come to realize that part of the reason I felt that way is that women are raised on a doctrine of purity and that Moore (who I respect greatly as a filmmaker) was furthering that concept. When you are taught that all women are naturally sweet and wonderful, you can feel extra-extra crazy if you feel anger or depression or anxiety.”
One could argue that implying women are better than men is harmful to feminism alltogether, and instead it provides a platform to all the ill-informed people who claim that modern feminism is really just a thinly veiled front for misandry (the beleif that women should be above men.) Ellis also points out that it can be harmful in other ways, as well.
“It’s bad for women’s mental health to be held to an unrealistic purity standard,” Ellis said.
Check out the original Tweet from Moore and the replies from Ellis below.
No women ever invented an atomic bomb, built a smoke stack, initiated a Holocaust, melted the polar ice caps or organized a school shooting.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 29, 2016