Identity politics is a broad movement in which people are categorized on the basis of characteristics that are often readily identifiable. Characteristics often include gender, race, gender identity or sexuality. While identity politics often uses terminology such as diversity it is really talking about a coarse form of diversity based on physical characteristics and ignores important forms of diversity such as diversity of thought.
One of the greatest misunderstandings about the men’s rights movement and anti-feminism is that they in any way involve identity politics. Merely seeking to address the problems faced by a particular group does not imply identity politics.
Feminism is increasingly tied to identity politics and post modernism.
The Oxford Dictionary defines identity politics as:
A tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.
Identity politics is inherently exclusionary even as it uses the language of inclusion. The men’s rights movement accepts anyone who wants to help us regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexuality or any other characteristic they might have. Every major men’s rights organisation has had women in leadership roles. This is because those women were willing and able to fill those positions. Anyone who wants to help MRAs address the problems facing men and boys is welcome.
Compare to feminist groups. Many exclude men from leadership roles and some exclude men entirely – calling them allies. Some don’t even want male allies. That’s identity politics.
This article is drawn from Wiki4Men. The original article can be found here.