I will use feminism as a showcase. This is the definition on Wikipedia: “(…) range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women.”
I agree with equal rights for men and women. I have nothing against that. Actually, I agree that everybody should have equal rights, not just men and women, everyone.
But I think some feminist activists go beyond absurdness. It doesn’t look like it’s about feminism anymore. I really feel sad when I hear “don’t even think about helping me, I’m an independent woman.” I just want to be a gentleman and hold the door! Another extreme example is implementing a regulation to force hiring women. Don’t take me wrong. I’m not saying women shouldn’t be supported, just it shouldn’t be enforced.
The next statement will probably be quite harsh for someone, so take a deep breath: we are not equal. Every individual has different advantages and purposes defined by nature. For example, I will never give birth. Only females can give birth and have the mother instinct to make the best care of the kids. Or I can eat whatever I want, and you can have an intolerance to carbs or dairy products. You will not have issues with pollen as me. And so on.
Not that long time ago (sadly somewhere still valid) when you were born into some society, you had to stay in that social class for your whole life. You had almost no chance to live another life. That’s sad, and I want everyone to have an opportunity to do what they want. But I strongly disagree with creating those opportunities artificially. Any law or movement enforcing hiring to fulfill charts is a terrible idea. Maybe the company can be well balanced on paper, but the problem is still there, just a different one.
By the way, many women are sad because there are no gentlemen around. Well, no wonders if just an act of gentlemanhood is offensive to extreme feminists. Those extremists are hurting others. Sometimes even themselves. Unfortunately, they don’t realize their action is actually more like revenge. Sure, be feminist, I’m feminist too, but be aware of absurdness. It doesn’t do any good.
Any extreme reaction is dangerous and, in some cases, can be even more harmful. Don’t exchange one extreme for another.