No, I'm not against it the idea of gender equality. Actually, I'm all for it. I grew up amongst peers of both sexes whom I considered to be my equals and thought it would always be that way. I thought we would have the same support, the same rights and the same opportunities. How wrong I was.
See, the problem is I am male. Whilst women enjoy an exalted status, support from government funded groups and who are celebrated for each success, men receive none of this. Instead, society seems to want to mourn the fact that many men are still so successful. The advertising media want to portray men as buffoons; the courts want to show paternal sympathies to women and the Government wants to restrict our equal access to politics. We die younger, but more public money is still spent on peculiarly female diseases, we receive our pension later, even though we pay more tax and we even have to pay higher car insurance because we're presumed to be a liability on the road (and we can never prove otherwise, regardless of how long we drive without a claim - my father's 50 now and still has to pay more than my mother simply because he is a man).
The BBC spends vastly more money on programmes women want to watch. They have a whole Government ministry of their own. They're far less likely to get a custodial sentence for an offence, especially if they have children, despite the fact that they are an equal threat to society. When they commit murder, they don't have to prove anything to suggest it was retaliation for domestic abuse. Even their names cannot be published when they cry rape against a man falsely, a crime which I believe equates to the act itself considering the repercussions. It's gone so far that men are presumed guilty whilst women are presumed innocent because of an ongoing stereotype that women are the more passive.
There are women only shortlists for Parliament (which makes it far easier for a woman to win a seat irrespective of ability, because less women overall apply). They're allowed to complain about the pay gap, even though this is largely due to working shorter hours or choosing to have a break from the workforce to bring up their children (I can assure you just as many men would take a pay cut to do the same thing if society let them).
feminists who demand positive discrimination...
And the thing that annoys me most of all is the feminists who demand positive discrimination. In short, that means my generation being discriminated against to compensate for the mistakes of our grandparents. I didn't benefit from that, so why should I pay for it? Why should opportunities be any different just because of gender?
The equivalent from a male perspective would be to withdraw men from all wars in which the UK was currently engaged and replacing them with women. It's not the current generations' fault that millions of men have died in past wars, but if today's men have to pay for earlier generations of unequal opportunities, then why shouldn't women pay for earlier generations unequal sacrifices of life?
Now, I don't believe these inequalities are caused by most women, but they certainly benefit from them and so do not oppose them either. And those in politics of both genders fervently support them, not because they're right but because there's a core feminist vote to be won to swing the marginals, and no male vote to counter it. Hopefully, that is all about to change.