Richard Dawkins: "Is there a men's rights movement?"

The prominent evolutionary biologist told a crowd he wasn't aware that discrimination against men was a problem

Published December 8, 2014 8:36PM (EST)

Richard Dawkins                   (Lalla Ward)
Richard Dawkins (Lalla Ward)

Noted evolutionary biologist and atheist thinker Richard Dawkins addressed questions of gender discrimination in science head-on at a recent event at Kennesaw State University, responding to a question about the value of feminism in science and the necessity of the men's rights movement. Dawkins, who has been criticized for contributing to the atheist community's endemic sexism, said he believes feminism to be "enormously important" -- but he wasn't so sure about men's rights.

"Feminism, as I understand it, is the political drive towards the equality of women, so that women should not be discriminated against -- nobody should be discriminated against -- on grounds that don't merit discrimination," Dawkins said. "But I don't, I hardly -- is there a men's rights movement to be supported?"

The event moderator pointed out that in the United States -- or, at least, at Kennesaw -- the men's rights movement fervently promotes antifeminist viewpoints and does, indeed, have followers. (Recently, the men's rights group A Voice For Men began its attempt to co-opt a renowned anti-violence campaign, which was started to combat misogyny.) Dawkins seemed to have no idea.

"I know nothing about that," he said. "But if there is discrimination against men, then that's bad too. I don't know whether there is. I haven't heard of it."

Watch a clip from Dawkins' talk at Kennesaw below:

(h/t Raw Story)

By Jenny Kutner

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