The Real Young Men of Green Hope on ‘Meninism’

Green Hope’s new-fangled “meninism” club talks about their initiatives as one of the more controversial names in the GH community


Uma Bhat

The Young Men of GH host their inaugural meeting in the weightlifting room

“Meninism in regards to feminism club — feminism is not of any relevance to this club,” sophomore Parth Shirolkar ‘22 stated as he clicked the mouse to reveal the next slide of Green Hope’s “Young Men” club, which as of November 1st is not a school-approved club. “We’re solely here to discuss men’s issues, and girls are welcome to join this club if they want to, but to talk about men’s issues.” 

So agreed the rest of the twenty sophomores and juniors huddled in the corner of a weight room, laughing and joking together despite the hushed whispers and curious glances from outside: this is the “Young Men of Green Hope,” where meninism — a counter interpretation of feminism —  and “men’s issues” are talked about in what board members President Michael Lu ‘22 and Abhi Juvvadi ‘22 like to call a “safe” and “comfortable” environment. 

Meninism in regards to feminism club — feminism is not of any relevance to this club.”

— Parth Shirolkar

The term “meninism” has no doubt brought an air of perceived misogyny and sexism to the club, placing it into the eye of controversy. At the inaugural meeting of the club, many students poured into the room as board members discussed topics that would be the central focus of future meetings, like cancers affecting males and violence. One member of the Class of 2022 stated that he and his friends had dropped by to merely make fun of the organization, and one senior said that if she “felt uncomfortable” she would “just leave.” Juvvadi, who helps run the Instagram account for the club, stated that he was aware of such perceptions of the club, receiving an “insane” amount of DM’s from multiple feminists. 

“Ideally feminism is great — it’s helping with bringing equality of the genders, but at the same time, as women have their problems in society, men also have our problems, and we believe that we need some support in addressing those problems and fixing those problems, just like females also have problems,” he elucidated, arguing that meninism was not meant to disenfranchise the women’s rights movement. “Like we have other diseases that affect men more. [Problems include] Education, fatality rates, court bias, double standards perhaps, social nets, reproductive rights, violence against men…based on a study conducted from 2001-2009, the proportion of males dismissed from their jobs was 45% higher than females….” 

Austin Yao, Class of ‘21, agreed with Juvvadi, claiming that, “You can’t have gender equality without both maleism and feminism.” 

“Now, arguably females have more struggles and have had historically less rights, but that doesn’t mean males don’t have gender disadvantages as well,” he asserted. 

Lu, on the other hand, also claimed that the meninism club would help to address some of the points intended to be focused upon by the feminist movement. 

“I think one of the things we’re going to talk about in this club is the idea of toxic masculinity, which I’m sure you know about.” he went on to say. “I don’t like the way it’s portrayed though, but in our club, we’re going to encourage men to talk about their emotions, break gender norms, as feminists would encourage. We want to spin that negative connotation of things… we’ll present the facts, and let people listening come to the conclusions themselves.” 

Regardless, multiple members of the club stated that they joined to “bring more awareness” and “conduct outreach” to help solve male issues, which member Noel Garcia ’21 said were more “legal based problems” — like males receiving longer prison sentences —  and some “social issues” — like stigmas against males seeking therapy — which he said he was not “educated enough” about to speak on yet. “Once I am more educated about them, I will feel more enlightened and aware of what I am as a man,” he finished. Another member stated that he felt as though “being informed” about men’s issues would help him “raise awareness” in the future — “knowledge is power,” the member claimed: “Obviously I don’t think that we’re underprivileged or anything of the sort, but I do think that there are [sic] specific issues that we have to talk about, and now that we have a club like this we can raise awareness to help our community.” 

“Another thing is that men’s issues aren’t often discussed in the media,” Juvvadi stated. “whereas like women’s issues are often talked about in the media. And with all of these sort of things we want people to see what good they can get out of this club, how we can help other people … the goal of this club is to make the world a better place. Not to diminish the problems of women.” 

“Just because we have a club like this in no way automatically means we don’t support women’s rights,” member Pranav Kosuri concluded.