I consider avowal of the following claims by both parties a precondition for any good-faith dialogue involving differences of opinion related to feminism and/or MRAs/MRM.

I avow the following statements:

  • There are important differences of opinion among self-identifying feminists about what the term feminism means (or should mean).
  • There are important differences of opinion among self-identifying MRAs about what the term MRA means (or should mean).
  • If a person self-identifies as a feminist, based on this information alone, I have only a rough idea of what their beliefs may be.
  • If a person self-identifies as a MRA, based on this information alone, I have only a rough idea of what their beliefs may be.
  • Self-identification as a feminist is not exclusive to one gender.
  • Self-identification as a MRA is not exclusive to one gender.
  • Conceptions of ‘feminist’ and ‘MRA’ exist that are compatible with the possibility that one person be both a feminist and an MRA at the same time.
  • There can be no canonical definition of feminism. So categorical statements of the form ‘feminism is …’ or ‘feminists are…’ ought to be treated with skepticism.
  • There can be no canonical definition of MRM/MRA. So categorical statements of the form ‘The MRM is …’ or ‘MRAs are…’ ought to be treated with skepticism.
  • Self-identifying feminists include people who are compassionate and reasonable.
  • Self-identifying MRAs include people who are compassionate and reasonable.
  • Self-identifying feminists include those who trivialise the abuse of men.
  • Self-identifying MRAs include those who trivialise the abuse of women.

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