‘Star Trek’s William Shatner Stands Up For Men’s Rights: ‘Misogyny Exists’ But ‘Misandry Does, Too’ [Opinion]

Star Trek’s William Shatner, who portrayed the original Captain James Kirk, had a bone to pick with some of the new theories of feminism. Shatner posted his feelings on Twitter according to Mic.

“Feminism is great but terms like toxic masculinity are degrading. It borders on that imaginary concept to feminists: misandry.”

William Shatner said ouch. William felt degraded. Who wouldn’t agree with Shatner that a phrase like “toxic masculinity” might be hurtful to those who happened to be born male? The Star Trek veteran space traveler has been around the galaxy many times, but this sounds alien and dangerous even to Star Trek’s first captain.

William Shatner’s vocabulary might confuse some, but just as the hatred of women is called misogyny, the hatred of men is called misandry. Some do argue, as the Star Trek icon infers, that misandry isn’t a real thing, but Psychology Today acknowledges it with an article that begins with a rather awkward point.

“Misandry is by no means restricted to women. Indeed some of the most male-negative people out there are men.”

Star Trek veteran William Shatner’s point is that ideas like this are springing from the new third-wave of feminism, not that everyday women naturally hate men. It’s something that is being inserted artificially into western culture. Men, as well as women, are being introduced to the idea of misandry.

William Shatner’s point sparked a debate with trans feminist writer Mari Brighe according to Mic. Brighe replied to the iconic Star Trek veteran.

“‘Feminism is great except that part where it criticized men. Misandry is about as real as Klingons, Bill.”

William Shatner replied, ignoring the Star Trek reference to Klingons. William Shatner chose instead to stay focused, reinforcing his point about the new disparity in the treatment of men within the culture of feminism.

“You can say that about misandry all you want but it exists.”

William Shatner, in the spirit of Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk, wasn’t about to lose the debate, but Mari Brighe continued. Her answer was rather scathing and, if the roles were reversed, could be called sexist.

“Misogyny is a systemic violence that kills & oppresses women. ‘Misandry’ is a myth derived from men’s hurt feelings. #MasculinitySoFragile”

William Shatner received a condescending reply. With all due respect to Mari, men’s feelings are as valid as women’s and while the oppression, enslavement, restriction, and murder of women are a tremendous problem worldwide, it is no more the fault of William Shatner, or any other normal man in our society, than it is the fault of women.

The Star Trek captain’s point is that oppressing men and insulting the male gender in no way stops sick men and sick societies from hurting women. Nor does being critical of William Shatner, or blaming the entire gender for social ills, change the problem in any way. It only spreads the disease of hatred.

To create a society that harms or unfairly condemns all men in retaliation against the harm done to women in other parts of the world or by sick individuals in our own society is like a crazy episode of Star Trek. Why are normal men held guilty of other men’s crimes? Most strong men do not hate women, but rather protect, honor, and admire them.

Does Star Trek‘s William Shatner have a point? Are men being slandered, ridiculed, and treated unfairly? Is there room in society for manly men? For more see this from the Inquisitr.

William Shatner of Star Trek portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in the original series

William Shatner never killed anyone. The Star Trek icon is blameless in the trafficking of women, nor is he responsible for the abusive misogyny that is rampant in certain other cultures. Captain Kirk isn’t a serial murderer, human trafficker, or a wife beater.

Even though William Shatner has been accused of misogyny before, according to Mic, it certainly did not include any physical harm or criminal activity. It’s all just words online, so what makes William Shatner’s words worse than Mari’s words toward the Star Trek actor?

William Shatner’s masculinity isn’t toxic. Many Star Trek fans find it charming, so why the judgment? Isn’t Mari communicating a microaggression or two? Microaggressions toward men are just as common as microaggressions toward any other group, but they are rarely recognized according to Psychology Today.

“Many otherwise enlightened people seem to think that putting a man down by shaming him for the transgressions of a few criminal men or for his inadequate physicality is a sort of privilege or entitlement. They are not even aware of their misandry.”

What right does anyone have to throw out terms like “toxic masculinity,” which was William Shatner’s original complaint?

The Late Leonard Nimoy with William Shatner

William Shatner’s debating opponent made Shatner’s point with her own comments. Nobody is allowed to offend certain groups, but it is fine to be brazenly critical of men and others not covered by the protective dome of PC. It was in that spirit she addressed William Shatner.

Invalidating William Shatner’s feelings, and the feelings of all men, is a rather insensitive point of view. Mari’s reply to the Star Trek icon would immediately be condemned as scathingly condescending if a William Shatner said something like that to a Mari. Again, try reversing the roles and genders and that is very inflammatory talk.

Mari infers men like William Shatner can just take it because they are supposed to be tough, like Star Trek‘s Kirk. Why the double standard? Isn’t Mari’s entire argument sexist and detrimental to equality?

William Shatner continued in a series of tweets, but apparently, Mari had said enough. The Star Trek icon continued, with Captain Kirk-style logic.

“You just keep believing it doesn’t exist and keep on hating men. I’m sure it makes you sleep better at night. Sorry but I’m real. Two peas in a pod with different equipment. Misogyny exists. Problem is that she didn’t want to accept misandry does, too.

So is William Shatner right? Does misandry exist? Does misogyny? Neither should, as it is as alien to the natural order as something seen on Star Trek. Men and women are hardly natural enemies. The two are intended to compliment each other. A series of human societal mistakes has created both of these pathological conditions, and if misandry didn’t exist before, perhaps Mari proved it exists now.

What William Shatner of Star Trek fame is talking about is recognized in psychology even if feminism is currently refusing to acknowledge it. Psychology Today calls it the political demonization of men.

“Political Demonization: This new sexism, reverse sexism, is widespread in feminist and pro-feminist literature – or propaganda, one might say, – but largely ignored. One does not criticize feminism! But a fair number of feminists have criticized men in sexist terms.”

Far from the tender and glowing terms required by the politically correct standard for describing virtually any other group, masculine men like William Shatner get a rather bizarre vocabulary of terms applied to them. Betty Friedman compared suburban husbands to “SS prison guards.” Rosalind Miles reportedly referred to the male gender as “the death sex,” according to Psychology Today.

William Shatner could be correct to question such strange analogies. Since when is being a suburban wife so repressive? Is Betty Friedman talking about some rare dysfunctional home? It sounds more like a parallel universe or again something out of a bizarre outer space culture on Star Trek than modern western society.

William Shatner, like old-school first- and early second-wave feminists, believes men and women are not so different. Everyone is human and subject to bias, but no one needs to hate the opposite gender. Sure, working with others can be frustrating regardless of gender, and marriages can be difficult, but temporary frustration is hardly hatred or a sign of gender inequality. Systematic hatred of either gender is toxic to society.

The primary building block of society is the family, even on most of the alien worlds of Star Trek. It all amounts to men and women, boys and girls getting along within a family. The plan is to love, not hate, the opposite gender. It’s been that way since the beginning of time.

William Shatner is speaking out against damaging divisions within society. Breaking the natural affinity between men and women could logically cause a breakdown in society, creating something as alien as any planet on Star Trek. In order for men and women to be truly equal, they must work together in the family and in the workplace and cooperate within every community.


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Star Trek‘s William Shatner is right. Bias against men is just as bad and just as common as bias against women. Gender bias is just as damaging as racism. Ostracizing the males accomplishes nothing and is detrimental to the common cause of survival. It is simply more division.

William Shatner stood up for men’s rights, but women’s rights are equally valid, and there can’t be one without the other. The goal of feminism has always been equal rights for both genders, not one gender over the other. Strong women don’t need to degrade men to be their equal.

Star Trek‘s William Shatner spoke out for equality and fairness in defiance of any unfair and unequal system.

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