I am impressed and slightly overwhelmed, I went from 0 responses yesterday to 7 today. I will do my best to address all the issues raised here.
Firstly, please keep sarcastic insulting off of my blog, it isn't useful in debate, it can create hostilities which I am attempting to end.
"Right, but we're all 'potential rapists'. Ever stop to think of the damage these kind of stereotypes cause? The damage that this kind of HATE causes to innocent people's lives?"
Well the issue is that i don't believe it is a stereotype, it is self evident that all humans have the potential to do things such as rape and murder. I as a feminist and a female am also putting myself within this category. I do not seek to dehumanise you or anyone else, of course people who have morals (generally) do not engage in such behaviours and I have nothing but respect for moral people.
You seem to be unable to view my blog in an objective light that would actually encourage thought and you are taking out your hate and anger on me when it is unfounded to do so. If you can find studies to show that men and women are not all potential rapists I would be interested in that reading, but as it stands you object to my statement based on personal offense (which was not intended).
If by the harm done by such stereotypes is the radical feminists putting it out as fact without adding women into the statement then yes I agree with you, and is in fact the point I was making.
I am sadly ignorant on these kind of issues (I have been doing some study into it recently but it is still very rudimentary). If you could point me in the direction of articles which could cure me of the affliction of ignorance I would appreciate it.
I will put forth my own thoughts on the matter though, purely speculating. To begin with I don't like the laws which give mothers an advantage in court proceedings, I would like to see that become more equal. I am very concerned with the happiness of both men and women within our society.
On the health side, in Australia we have a month dedicated to prostate cancer and male depression called "movember". I think that it is a good start, I know men have more issues seeking medical help (in particular for depression) then women due to gender stereotypes and roles. Part of my desire is to minimise the impact of gender stereotypes on both men and women.
In regards to my anti-monogamy views, it ties in with my view against marriage. When I speak about poly relationships I don't mean backward mormon ideals that allow a man to have many wives but prevent a woman from having many husbands, of course that is oppressive. I mean I support the right of people to have many sexual or emotional relationships and be protected by law. As it stands the best way of moving towards this more free society would be to dissolve the institution of marriage.
My experience of poly as it stands is limited, however I am in a relationship where both myself and my boyfriend are free to pursue sexual relations outside of the relationship.
I have thought long and hard about religion and its influence over my life and the life of others. It isn't a choice I came to suddenly based on my dislike of religious dogma. There was a time when I used to sit in silence and listen to christians tell me that I am evil because i sleep with members of the same sex and practise sex before marriage and other such things. Today however I do so less and there are a couple of reasons for this, I didn't just decide to discount religion entirely one day.
Firstly, I have never encountered anyone who believes everything in the bible (eg execution of adulterers and homosexuals) as such I am forced to view the parts of the bible they do believe in as part of personal bias rather then part of a definitive religious text.
I of course recognise that everyone has their own sets of bias, including myself, but I seek to neutralise bias in discussion, both in myself and others.
Secondly, I view religion as a type of oppression, where I support people living what lifestyle they think promotes their own individual happiness, such as living monogamous lives due to religion our other lifestyle choices, christians with the influence of the bible seek to force a way of living upon me, which I think limits the freedoms I should have.
Thirdly if the bible was viewed as it is, a text written 2000 years ago, it would aid my feminist ideals as societal values and norms of 2000 years ago are hardly going to be seen to be aplicable now.
I don't support an anti-monogamist state, I support a pro poly state. I oppose monogamy only as it stands now as an enforced way of life by the government and such institutions as marriage. As I said previously I support people living in monogamy if that is the way they find happiness.
I plan to co-exist with pro-monogamists by accepting their right to have control over their own sexual life but opposing their right to have control over mine. I shall as I do now, pursue a life that maximises happiness for myself in a moral way.