This is a comment by 24KAuGuy on the Comment of the Day: “There are no excuses left to justify the lack of support for men.“
“I think it’s important to note that not supporting gendered awareness campaigns that emphasize the woman = victim and men = abuser stereotype is not the same as disregarding the abuse of women.
“Being in support of campaigns that are not specifically gendered is not the same as supporting campaigns with a gendered message in support of men only. In fact, I’ve mostly seen the desire for specific gendered campaigns for men mentioned by those who wish to see gender specific campaigns for both men AND women.
“Some of the very worst abuse I have suffered came at the hands of women. Much of that abuse was justified in their minds simply because I was male. Over the years of sexual, physical and emotional abuse I was told that I was dirty and deserved what I got simply because I was male.
“I grew up hating my male-ness and it has taken me a long time to accept who I am and although I may not fully love myself, I am taking great steps towards that.
“From my own experiences I know how damaging gendered campaigns like this can be to people like me and I am highly in favor of campaigns that are gender neutral.
I want to see everyone supported equally. I absolutely believe that wanting equal support for all—and many other things about me—make me a good man.”
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