In both Feminism and Men’s Rights activism there is a great deal of talk about feminization of spaces. Feminization isn’t or at least shouldn’t be some bogey man emasculating men and/or empowering women. Feminization is the process of making a space more suitable for women. Much like guns, feminization is a tool. It’s a question of how this tool is used.
There are many spaces that are not inviting to women. These spaces are not suitable for women. Making these spaces more suitable for women is potentially a good thing. One of these spaces was public education in the 60’s. The school system was not suitable for women with ambitions beyond making babies. The system was very suitable for boys with ambition. The public schools of the 60’s needed to be feminized, made more suitable for women. There needed to be programs to encourage girls to have more ambition and higher life goals than making babies. Making public schools work better for girls is a great example of how to properly do feminization.
On the con side, the schools where properly feminized by the late 80’s or early 90’s. The public schools no longer had separate classes for boys and girls where boys where taught life skills and girls where taught how to fold laundry. The schools where equally suitable for both boys and girls. Feminization didn’t stop there. Since the early 90’s we have had 20 years of pushing the public schools to be even more suitable for girls, at the expense of making them much less suitable for boys. The issues we face today with public schools is not how suitable for girls they are, but how suitable for boys. We need to address the boys crisis. This can’t be done by making the schools even more suitable for girls. We need to make the schools more suitable for boys. We need to re-masculinize the schools not to where they where in the 60’s, but to where they where in the 90’s.
The other big con side of feminization are essential aspects of spaces. Spaces like sports are more gender blind than most people realize. It doesn’t matter one iota what someone’s gender is if they can kick the ball father than the next person. Gender doesn’t matter if you can run faster than the next person or jump higher or run farther or throw farther or what ever aspect of physicality the sport is testing. To make sports spaces more suitable for women you must degrade the essential aspect of the spaces gender blind testing of runners.
To feminists: Feminization of a space is not by default a good thing. While there are certainly spaces that feminization would be a good thing, it is not the default. If there is a space that you think should be made more suitable for women, you need to show it’s both currently less suitable for women AND that by making it more suitable for women you are not undermining some essential aspect of the space.
To MRA: Feminization of a space is not by default a bad thing. While there are certainly spaces that have been over feminized, this is not the default. If you want to argue against the feminization of a space you need to show that it’s either already equally suitable for men and women OR that feminization will undermine some essential aspect of the space.