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The Problem With “Not All Men”

“Not all Men.” If you’ve been active online these past couple of days and for the past few years, the phrase above would not be new to you. It has become the slogan that pops up whenever women talk about rape, misogyny, and when they share stories of their experiences with sexism and toxic male behavior. The responses they always get are “Not all men are rapists,” “Not all men grope women in public places,” “Not all men are sexist.” Of course, this is true, but when the argument is there to swing the discussion away from the oppression of women, just to protect masculinity, we put a dent in the fight against the prevalent issues women. It has become the norm for men to come out in droves to defend themselves and make clear that they are not to be counted amongst the men that hurt women, without actually…