Editor’s Blog: Excuse Us ‘Poor, Silenced Social Males’

Recently, I came across a post written by Bridget Crawford of Feminist Law Professors entitled “Poor, Silenced Social Males,” which left a considerably bad taste in my mouth.

Crawford’s post was in response to MUSED’s first issue for the month of March, in honor of Women’s History Month.  The features for that week touched on women’s reproductive rights, sexuality and the racial undertones women face in music.  We encouraged leading media outlets, writers and bloggers to share our content with their readers and continue the discussion, as we believed both of our communities could benefit from the dialogue.  However, Crawford’s enthusiasm for her particular cause seemingly blinded her to the greater cause we were promoting.  Her response to our outreach took on a debasing tone to convey her point – of which, I’m still not sure warranted a 320-word post.

I clicked on the website’s “About” description [and there was] nothing about a commitment to women’s rights or gender equality.  How come?  Maybe that was the hook to get me to visit the site or blog about it.  Fair enough.  (It worked!) But would an explicit commitment to equality make the magazine less appealing to the “social male”?  And what is a “social male,” anyway? He who is the opposite of anti-social? He who is socially conscious?  And what about the claim that the male voice really been “silenced…inside and outside of our communities”?  The male voice talking about gender equality may be silenced, but MUSED perpetuates, rather than than breaks, that silence.

As an online magazine, we have a mission and values that extend beyond promoting our own agenda. In order to establish ourselves as a progressive site for young black gay men, we engage in conversations that help move us toward that direction.  As a freelance writer and consumer of all things online, I had a hard time finding an online resource that we could relate to, so I created this platform to fill that void, and hopefully provide a platform for other groups are being marginalized daily.  Yet somehow, Crawford in her rant appears to believe that her issues are the only important ones.

No one is up in arms about websites committed to three-legged female dogs doing back flips or even sites capturing the latest ‘diva cups’ on the black market; however, Crawford tried – erroneously – to degrade our purpose.  I am not apologetic at all for the content we produce here on MUSED.  Articles and blog posts featured on MUSED are reflections and experiences from our editorial staff, all of whom come from different walks of life.

I hope that Crawford realizes the contradiction in her own logic and recognizes that MUSED does not take the position she prescribes.  I also hope that she realizes there are other diverse groups besides feminist law professors who share dialogue within their community.  This really speaks to a larger context.  Please excuse us “poor, silenced social males” for having an opinion we’d like to share.  Crawford’s notion, in her own words, “perpetuates rather than breaks” the divide and objectifies that if people are not talking about your issues, you’re not relevant.

Drew-Shane Daniels is the editor-in-chief of MUSED. He is also a contributing writer for other sites to help pay his student loans. And a branding and content strategist. He loves tacos, dark liquor and Dr. Pepper.

  • http://revolutionarypaideia.com Antonio Maurice Daniels

    For Crawford to originate from and advocate for a minority group, you would think that she would not promulgate such elitist statements. Her viewpoints represent an extreme brand of feminism that has been left behind many years ago. I think she feels like MUSED may take away from her platform. However, she has to be very cautious about turning people away from her platform with such elitist statements she made in reference to MUSED. Crawford must understand that all minority groups share a linked fate. At the end of the day, she was just hating. Excellent response, Drew!

  • Brent

    That was some bs. How does she like everything but the about section?

    • http://revolutionarypaideia.com Antonio Maurice Daniels

      Her critique is random at best.

  • E

    You only excerpted part of her initial post. She said your email said, “Mused is committed to advocating for equal rights for women and men” but then the About section talks about men, men and not even anything about being a “progressive site for young black gay men,” like you say. So don’t say the site is about advocating equal rights and then just talk about men and silenced men without saying what the site’s about. Don’t keep us on the DL in the About.