These are just some general observations surrounding the growing Men’s Right Movement (MRM), Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs), and the grudge match they have with feminist.
First, its very evident that the MRM is a direct decedent of feminism. Warren Farrell, a core member of the MRM, was once a long time and respected feminist. That was until he brought up inequalities involving men, and was forever banished. He seriously thought feminism was a co-ed dorm, when it has always been a sorority. If feminism had just made even a slight gesture that there are inequalities that affect men, the MRM would not even exist, and Paul Elam would be getting published in “Ms.” I could even picture there being a regular column titled “Thoughts from the Man Cave”, or “Mansplaining Zone” or some other title that reeks that particularly cutesy, unbearable bobo humour. They could have even kept around the Patriarchy gibberish, since as all Rad-Fems like to say “The Patriarchy hurts men as well.”
Second, the way feminist handle the MRA shows that while they hold a lot of control, they are not very good at using that power against enemies. If I were a feminist, I’d try to co-op the whole thing and use it as a tool to further castrate men and further other agendas. “See, why can’t men cry?” “Men can be weak as well!” “People ignore the plight of males because of those nasty gender roles.” All you really need to do to bring the MRM to a heel is to give them some divorce reform (making sure the state and technocrats can tamper even more in the family all along the way). Instead, feminist vitriolically attacking the MRM gives MRAs a ton of free press. These attacks are not limited to academic journals that the general public never reads, they’re out in the open mainstream media. There was even a SNL sketch that aired nationally.
Just skip though the guy’s commentary if it annoys you.
And before you say they’re too big to ignore, “A Voice for Men” tried doing a march on Washington and couldn’t get enough people. Who do you know personally who would call themselves an MRA, or even sympathetic? Unless you yourself are an MRA, probably none. This is the converse of the Streisand effect, but it leads to the same results. Also when feminist protest MRM events, they look absolutely insane.
The Fire Alarm: Good for silencing enemies and getting out of a midterm exam.
This is what a feminist looks like
But looking (or should I say being) insane has always been a problem for feminist and feminism.
Third, I’m not a MRA nor a supporter besides giving them an ear once in awhile. As I’ve already stated, it’s ultimately the beaten bastard son of feminism. In fact, I think a large take off the the MRM would be a horrible thing for most men and masculinity. It is a movement that highlights impotence of modern men, that seeks to turn the male sex into a victim class, with all the goodies that come along with it (political attention, being able to take the moral high ground, ect.) I’d rather have my agency than government handouts any day. In order to be in a designated victim group, it means sacrificing agency in some form. You could argue that the MRM is seeking to expand my agency, but that is not what they are about. They’re about weeping to Mommy Nanny State for more allowance money and an extended bedtime. It could be that their actions will bring about an expansion of my agency in some areas, but it will come at a steeper cost: agency is also dependent on the mental and emotional.
You can have all the freedom in the world, but if your will is weak and you believe yourself to be helpless, you will only hold agency in name only, and your actions will be that of a slave. This is the sacrifice groups make when joining The Rainbow Brigade: you admit weakness and helplessness, forever branded a victim, no matter circumstances. You could be a black billionaire, titan of industry, a success in every aspect, but you will always have to play the role of a sad little red lipped sambo, forever crushed by the invisible hand of white supremacy. If you ever denied this, or said that black people need to ignore the past and need build themselves up with their own hands, you will get branded as an uncle tom, race traitor, and the white liberals whom used to hold you up will drop you like dog shit, and even shoot snide remarks at you. I do not want this, and consider being forever barred from The Rainbow Brigade truly a privilege.
As for feminism, if you couldn’t tell from the tone of this article, I hold an even lower opinion of. The idea of gender equality is absolutely absurd. I can accept seeking to keep the law gender neural as possible, but even having a perfectly equal legal code is impossible. The fact abortion is an issue proves this. I believe gender is not a construct, but something ingrained into existence itself, much like math is. The sexes are a manifestation of this into existence, and while it manifest differently in various creatures, and even people, it is a reality. Males are superior in somethings to females, women excel men in others. A woman maybe better than most men in a male dominated field, but women plural is not, and we shouldn’t base our society on the delusion that it is achievable. You just end up mutilating the male and female psyche and spirit in trying to make us equal. We don’t need to force dresses on tom boys, but trying to force chess on girls that are not interested is more damning, because you make misfits of 80% of women. Femininity and Masculinity are sacred and weaved into nature, and when you move against the divine and nature itself, you’re fighting an uphill battle up a mountain with no summit.
I don’t need to be a feminist to say cutting off woman’s noses or clitoris is wrong, or that rape is one of the worst things you can do just short of murder, or that we should celebrate the accomplishments of women. If anything we should celebrate femininity itself, real femininity, not the awful contorted abstractions that leftist come up with. There is a war on women, and its not being fought by chicken sandwich chains or Evangelicals, but those who think because they can fill their big brains with bad information and ideas, they need to take a scalpel to the mind of millions of girls across this country, and contaminate them with their unholy doctrines.