I've already talked about that Social Policy class where we discussed feminism and my problems with that, but there was so much wrong with that class, that I just have to go back to it.
In this class, the discussion turned to single mothers and the issues that they face. The instructor, a male, brought up how the incidence of lone parent fathers was on the rise. This was dismissed by more than one student. After stating that lone parent fathers now make up more than 20% of lone parent families, someone commented, "we'll talk when the numbers are equal". At the time, there was a lot going on in class and I didn't think too much of it, other than "what an idiot" kind of things. Later on, it started to bother me.
I can see the point of "we've been through so much oppression, that we can only think of ourselves right now", but this was more than that. There was a sense of gender-centrism that pervaded the comments. I'm not sure some of the people in there understand what feminism is supposed to be about. It's about equality. If we're ok with some inequality based on gender, then we're pretty much okay with inequality in general, are we not? I had prepared a whole speech on the topic as a rebuttal of what was said, but I called it off.
I really don't think that in practice, any of these people will be oppressive towards men. I think, even know, that they understand that it's all people we're serving, not just those like us, and they just wanted to be all "girl power"-ish. That's fine. When I was planning my outrage, I felt I had to teach, but looking at it more critically, I think I just wanted a soapbox to stand on to rant about something. Looking like the feminist male social worker to the extreme would have been just been an added bonus.