Wikipedia hijacked by ideologues

I’ve long been a big fan of Wikipedia, and refer to it almost every day. So I was interested to learn that Michael Klein and a German journalist, Arne Hoffmann, have co-authored an open letter about German Wikipedia to the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales:

http://sciencefiles.org/2012/07/29/ideological-hijacking-german-branch-of-wikipedia-threatens-to-fail/

They invite people who support the letter to write to them at science-watch@hotmail.co.uk, and I’ve just submitted the following:

Michael, thank you for raising this important issue, and I look forward to seeing how Wikipedia respond. I would add that the same problem is apparent at times in the English language version. For example, the Wikipedia entry on ‘antifeminism’ has the following statement under ‘Definitions’:

Michael Kimmel, a men’s studies scholar, defines antifeminism as “the opposition to women’s equality.” He says that antifeminists oppose “women’s entry into the public sphere, the reorganization of the private sphere, women’s control of their bodies, and women’s rights generally.” This, he says, is justified by antifeminists through “recourse to religious and cultural norms, and sometimes … in the name of ‘saving’ masculinity from pollution and invasion.” He argues that antifeminists consider the “traditional gender division of labor as natural and inevitable, perhaps also divinely sanctioned.”

Kimmel’s definitions of anti-feminism aren’t held by any anti-feminists of my acquaintance, and I believe they misrepresent the positions of the majority of anti-feminist activists and writers. We don’t oppose women’s equality. We oppose the relentless special treatment of women and girls in general, and feminists in particular, which is proving highly damaging in many ways, gravely affecting the family, marriage, government, business, media, academia, and much more besides.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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2 Responses to Wikipedia hijacked by ideologues

  1. Cid says:

    Very nice post, Wikipedia has long been co-opted by idealogues in certain areas. I also don’t know any anti-feminists who are against women’s rights either, even the MRAs on the more “extreme” end. I’m sure there are some people like that, but they must be in such a tiny minority that they shouldn’t even register.. I suppose it all stems from making “women” and “feminist” completely interchangable terms that if you’re against the feminists, you MUST be against women too (even if you’re a female anti-feminist like myself). Ah sigh.

    • Thanks for your comment. It’a always particularly good to hear from female anti-feminists. The confusion between ‘anti-feminist’ and ‘anti-women’ stems, I think, from the fact that feminists have operated out of the public eye for 30+ years, and journalists with very few exceptions (e.g. Quentin Letts of the ‘Daily Mail’) are supportive of the ideology at worst, or uncritical at best. The level of understanding of the general public about the scourge of militant feminism is very low, which is one reason I’ve recommended Swayne O’Pie’s book to so many people. The UK edition is ‘Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism’, the international edition ‘Exposing Feminism: The Thirty Years’ War Against Men’.

      I hope to read more comments from you in the future. Thanks again.

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