I feel it is important that everyone must know where i come from. My experiences taught me that in order for both women and men to achieve true equality it was necessary for women to represent their gender in all fields in just as many numbers as men. I always though that the infighting amongst women was because our patriarchal world under-represented them much like how we Indians infight because the British Raj interfered in our natural evolution. Their interference had such far-reaching consequences, that we Indians still feel it every second that passes in the present. It is a gross understatement to say that the worst that the British Raj did in India was to loot us.
Growing up, i realised a few important facts. Firstly, there is no need for a Mahatma Gandhi to exist in today's world. The world is much smaller than what it was 60~80 years ago. As a result, it is far more easier to educate the average person (atleast in the first world) on the problems that people all over the world face. While it may initially seem like a good thing, it actually works to the disadvantage of a noble cause like women's empowerment. When the responsibility of representing women's empowerment falls on the shoulders of a single, but powerful, female figure like Michelle Obama, the responsibility of solving other problems in the world would also fall to her. To better understand this you need to visualise an alternate reality where the British rule in India persisted even today. You cannot begin to comprehend how much more difficult it would've been for Mahatma Gandhi to free India had he been born in the 1980s. He'd have had the additional responsibility of solving smaller problems (plight of troubled Indian immigrants all over the world) all over the world despite the advantages he'd have thanks to modern-advancements. Second and more importantly, i felt that in order for women to achieve true equality it was necessary for them to create their own success. Despite being wronged by women in the past, i would never fault a woman for telling me that i could never comprehend how important it was for women to be responsible for their own success. That is what the Wonder Woman (2017) movie means to women all over the world, including the men who've struggled alongside them. When i saw the first few trailers of Wonder Woman (2017), i expected to see Princess Diana and powerful Amazonians working together to defeat Ares and his minions. But that was not to be. I was upset that Antiope didn't get more screentime. Considering Patty Jenkin's potential, i expected Diana and Steve to engage in intelligent conversation concerning gender equality, misconceptions and stereotypes; something along the lines of the below YT clip but far more lengthier and well placed.
What we got treated to could be best described as juvenile and at worst an insidious plot to wean future generations of women from being attracted to the outlier Omega male personalities. I personally felt that the movie indirectly implied that the lines between tolerant/mainstream and hardcore feminist groups has completely disappeared let alone blurred. The final movie deviated so far from my expectations that i couldn't help notice the embedded subliminal message(s). It is only natural for women to find outliers attractive. Feminists should not justify tampering with the natural order of things i.e., either desexualizing outliers or inflating hypergamy, by citing desperation or in the name of accelerating evolution. Part of me is now convinced that women infight because it is genetic and not as a result of being starved of true independence/success in a patriarchal world.
I used to think that the mainstream feminist movement could succeed without first solving the problems that women faced in the middle-east. But after watching Wonder Woman (2017) i am not so sure now. In fact, i now realise that i was foolish to think that the problems facing Muslim women and New Zealand men weren't in any way connected to the feminist movement and they existed solely because their countries were isolated (and resisted integrating with the rest of the world). After watching Wonder Woman (2017), some part of me has started expecting the larger feminist movement to first solve the problems faced by both men and women in these countries. If you don't believe me that the men in New Zealand are suffering too, then please read the following personal account of a man who grew up in New Zealand -
Considering how quickly feminists came out in support of Chris Pine, a part of me is now wary of Pro-Feminist leaders and their respective agendas. I don't know their plans in detail but i have now realised that they're willing to go any lengths to push women's empowerment without any regard for the impact of their actions on future generations. I now believe that they themselves are well-aware that they will live only once further reinforced by the confidence they have in their connections and resources to protect their children. There is a silver lining to this however. My respect for Mahatma Gandhi and his ideals has greatly increased over the last few days i spent deliberating on the current state of women's empowerment and feminism.
Please take the time to reread this post. Once you understand my position on women's empowerment and feminism, only then will you learn how important it is to acknowledge [existence] the ideology that RoK promotes even if you may disagree with them.
Don't fret over respect and sincerity when the magnitude of the main theme concerning this discussion is much greater. Doing so will only derail this discussion. That is why i did not accuse @KyoyaHibari of shaming me (he came very close to doing so) even though i was well within my right. Only when you realise this will you then understand why RoK is shamed for believing in their ideology regardless of whether you (or anyone else for that matter) agree or disagree with them.