MRAs have to go to great lengths to find examples of ‘misandry’, since ‘misandry’ does not exist on any institutional or cultural level. Individual women (and men) may well hate men as a group, and if they do, they probably have very good reasons for that hatred, but that does not prove that there is any ‘anti-male’ bias in society.
Well, one MRA thinks he’s found an example of ‘misandry’ … in a cartoon aimed at little girls!
So, what is wrong with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Misandry. […] Males are being underrepresented, there are no male lead characters in this show. […] Spike is a baby dragon, not a pony, plus he has a minor role in the show, thus he cannot be considered as a main lead. […] Big Macintosh is another secondary male character in the show. He is shown as a shy young stallion who lives in a matriarchal family and can barely talk. See? Males are reduced to silence in My Little Pony. […] Shining Armor [sic] is only there so that Princess Cadence can have a background story. Equestria is a matriarchal society. Every single leader in Equestria is female and every male who tries to get power is a villain. […] Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are both semi-goddesses queens, they have no know [sic] close relative and are immortal. […] Princess Cadence is shown to be the nice queen whereas King Sombra, a male, is a villain. […] The Ponyville Mayor is a female as well, males have been shown in Ponyville but do not seem to occupy any important job. […] Spitfire is the leader of the Wonderbolt Academy even though they could have chosen any of the males for once. […] The Apple family seems to follow the same rules. Granny Smith and Applejack are both heads of the family. Big Macintosh never has a word to say in that. […] Big sisters are shown as more important that fathers (Rarity & Sweetie Belle) and brothers (Applejack & Apple Bloom).
Yep, that’s right, the existence of one tv show aimed at little girls, where there are more female characters than male, which shows that women can be any type of person, not just a side-kick or Smurfette, where almost every episode passes the Bechdel Test with flying colours, that shows problems can be solved through kindness and intelligence rather than violence, is ‘proof’ of ‘misandry’.
This is what male supremacism looks like, a man raging against the fact that little girls get a cartoon that might actually make them feel good about themselves; under male supremacist ‘thought’, every time a woman or girl gets some crumb, that means men are loosing out, and that’s ‘misandry’!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep on saying it over and over again, there is no anti-male bias in society. Lots of men are powerless, lots of men are oppressed, but no man is oppressed solely for being male.
Society is male dominated, all institutions with any power or influence are male dominated – government, business, banking, the military, the press, academia, medicine, science, the arts – and women have to become male-centric in their thinking if they want to be admitted (Margaret Thatcher and Condoleezza Rice are two very good examples here).
The ‘Men’s Rights’ movement is fooling men into thinking that their problems stem from ‘misandry’, rather than other factors such as class. It’s similar to how poor whites in the American Deep South were persuaded to vote against their class interests in favour of the (mis)belief that poor African Americans were the source of their problems; any structural analysis would have told them that they had more in common with the poor African Americans than the rich whites, but racism was easier, and, now, for disadvantaged men, misogyny and male supremacy are easier than class analysis.