There was an opinion piece published in Friday’s Washington Post that really deserves more attention than it got. It all starts with the provocative title, “Why can’t we hate men?”

The piece is by Suzanna Danuta Walters, director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University. “So, in this moment, here in the land of legislatively legitimated toxic masculinity, is it really so illogical to hate men?” she asks.

She concludes with a list of instructions for men, seeing as there are too many to just get rid of:

So men, if you really are #WithUs and would like us to not hate you for all the millennia of woe you have produced and benefited from, start with this: Lean out so we can actually just stand up without being beaten down. Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything. Step away from the power. We got this. And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong. #BecausePatriarchy. It is long past time to play hard for Team Feminism. And win.

Lean out? Um … we’ll think about it.


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