In the military, it helps nothing.I agree. Equality of opportunity is at the root of my personal definition of feminism, which is giving to women the same opportunity, rights, and responsibilities given to men. This helps men, too, since, for example, it rules out an all-male draft, or the presumption in family court that child custody should go to the mother by default.
I know a lot of military and/or ex-military guys. Unfortunately, having no draft or a gender-blind draft won't really change much. It's common before deployment for many female soldiers to suddenly and coincidentally get pregnant, thereby ruling them out from active duty for a duration of time. This also means units often ship out without all of their personnel, therefore making everyone's else's jobs harder in said units.
Accuse me of generalizing if you want, it's just a common story I've heard from men who have served in recent tours of duty.
And the family court situation is a lot more complicated. A magic wave of a feminist wand won't and hasn't yet changed that. I argued with you in the past on how feminist organizations have actively fought against attempts to reform the family court system to be more fair and equitable. They've also fought against efforts in Canada and the USA to make DV services more accessible to male DV victims. In the UK, feminists fought to minimize sentencing of females in criminal court. A noble venture, except they already get sentenced less severely on average (when factors like prior criminal record and severity of the crimes are equal). So they essentially fought for a greater disparity in a system that is already not fair and balanced in its treatment of the sexes. They've compared male circumcision in the first world with female circumcision in the third world, muddying the facts and obscuring the fact that MGM happens just as often as FGM in the third world and is just as dangerous and traumatic due to often unsanitary conditions and bad medical science. They have supported the Gender Inequality Index, a ranking system that has been shown to use unfair metrics and leads to skewed views on the available data.
I never listen to feminist rhetoric. It's a nice sentiment and I wish they were serious about it. I always look at the actions of the organizations and individuals. If their actions are actually in support of egalitarian treatment and opportunities, then I am all for giving them credit and supporting them. Too bad that isn't the case most of the time.
I am all for it and any other political movements so long as they remain primarily humanist movements at the core. Lost sight of that element and any remaining intent is suspect.