Wikipedia Suggestion (self.MensRights)

MensRights

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I keep scanning through Wikipedia articles regarding various feminist theories and am getting more and more alarmed by the tone and manner in which material is being presented. These articles are written, establishing opinions as a matter-of-fact as opposed to explaining the factual points of their subject matter. I'm seeing far too frequently theory being written off as truth and it's really starting to disturb me.

Since I rather not continue making submissions of preposterous entries I find in Wikipedia just for us to circlejerk our opinions on it, I'd like to propose that we help fix up the language of these articles to help eliminate bias.

I don't agree with half of the opinions or theories I read about feminism, but they are theories that people believe and as such should be properly documented within Wikipedia. They should cover what, when, who, how and why and not make presumptions that the world has problems based on patriarchy or other social constructs. Here's an example I found in the article of Gynocriticism

Under FUTURE, the entry is: > Gynocriticism is a literary theory that is relatively new and continues to evolve. Until the patriarchal ideology of the female is resolved and gender inequality and social subjugation are neutralised, then it remains necessary to review and examine the female literary canon. Indeed, even when gender inequality is no longer an issue, interrogation of 'female' literature will remain valuable, as it is the study of sameness and difference in gender that delineates the 'female' literary theory.[3]

You cannot say "until the patriarchal ideology of the female is resolved and gender inequality and social subjugation are neutralised, then it remains necessary to review and examine the female literary canon," because it establishes as fact the opinion of the theory.

Why do I post all of this? I used to browse here fairly regularly, and I realized that this sub was mostly an echo-chamber. You want to fix gender bias? This is a way to help that doesn't involve leaving your computer and doesn't require anything more than being mindful when using Wikipedia. I urge you all to fix, not vandalize or delete this sort of thing as you find it so that it doesn't become a greater problem.

Wikipedia is an important resource and I'd hate for it to be subject to this type of thing. For those that are out of the loop, this is second year feminists to have publicly proclaimed to be "fixing" wikipedia because it's "too masculine" in its content, layout and diction. This is an encyclopedia for god's sake.

4 comments submitted at 04:29:36 on Apr 1, 2014 by sputnikv

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  • rg57
  • 4 Points
  • 05:15:24, 1 April

Be sure that potentially biased statements cite references, and that if the statement is supposed to be a general fact, the references are actually meaningful (not just some blogger or propaganda outlet). It can be legitimate to report what biased sources are saying, but not to credit it as fact.

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  • iethatis
  • 3 Points
  • 04:58:53, 1 April

Also, the more people learn Wikipedia's editing guidelines (provide references, keep a neutral tone, use the talk page, etc), the more likely that the changes will stick. Also, if each person "adopts" an article, and keeps tabs on it over a long period of time, fewer bad changes will fall through the cracks.

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  • rightsbot
  • 2 Points
  • 04:30:16, 1 April

Post text automatically copied here. (Why?) (Report a problem.)

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  • AloysiusC
  • 2 Points
  • 05:27:12, 1 April

I agree. It would help if you listed the affected articles you found.