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You’re an MRA

March 4, 2013

The dictionary defines Feminism as the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.

The quip is usually that if you believe in equal rights, you’re a Feminist. Yep, I’ve already talked about that before so I’m going to try to avoid repeating myself.

But there’s something I briefly touched on that’s worth a second glance. What’s an MRA? A ‘Male Rights Advocate’. Is there anything about Male Rights that promotes inequality? I certainly can’t think of one; similarly I can’t think of anything or anyone fighting for their rights that promotes inequality. Kind of a silly notion don’t you think?

So what’s a ‘Male Right’? The right to autonomy over their own bodies perhaps? Women are certainly continually fighting for that right today. The right to be treated as equals to women in social, political and all other areas of life? Sure; why not? The right to the same access to social services, protections under law and freedoms granted by the government? Sure, sure.

Because we’re still talking about equal rights. And you support the rights of both men and women don’t you?

Well, if you believe in the rights of men, being equal rights to women, you’re an MRA. Would you like me to repeat that? If you believe men should have rights, you’re an MRA.

Because MRA’s fight for equal rights. The equal right to be charged the same as women for committing the same crime. The right to see their own children and have a presence and hand in their upbringing. The right to social services which protect men from violence and abuse. The right to a good education so they can be a productive member of society without owning that society a debt of any kind.

I’d wager you do believe that the rights of men should be equal to women. I’d wager that you advocate for such things because you believe in equality and equal rights. So, as a fellow MRA; what exactly do you intend on doing about it?

Are you going to insure that you raise work place deaths for women to equal those of men? Or do you want to help men to bring that number down?

Are you going to insure that more women go to prison to equal men? Or do you want to help men avoid crime?

Are you going to insure that less women receive custody of their children to equal men? Or do you want to help men maintain a presence in their child’s lives?

Are you going to insure that women must sign up for selective services in order to vote (among other things)? Or do you want to help men abolish the draft?

I would welcome your participation in various MRA forums to discuss potential solutions to the equality disparities that the sexes face. Don’t mind the angry ones, even Feminism has its radicals.

  1. every coin has a flip side, I suppose, there must a men’s rights to feminism. Having recently being dumped by a feminist because of the subject matter I write, I am deeply interested in this subject

  2. Doug Spoonwood permalink

    Some possible solutions of these issues might have economic consequences that most MHRAs would seek to avoid. For example, Warren Farrell has argued that were we to try and get significantly more women into the death professions, the price for doing such would raise the construction cost of buildings to rates that basically no one would accept. Hence, MHRAs can seem lazy, because the problems they have concerns about can seem inordinately difficult to solve. They often feel, I suspect, it only reasonable to point out such problems and don’t hold their breath hoping that reasonable solutions could come into existence. I would NOT underestimate the value of taking about these issues, even if political action is not taken, because it can help men feel better understood.

    I have two petitions out right now, one to end the Selective Service System in the U. S. and another to require that women sign up for the Selective Service System Please sign one or both and pass along to others!

  3. Doug Spoonwood permalink

    Also, some of the issues you’ve raised, like the workplace death gap, aren’t necessarily problems. It isn’t a problem that more men die at work than women taken by itself… inequality of outcome is not necessarily a bad thing. The workplace death gap becomes a problem, however, when we people say and come to believe something like “women on average earn less than men” without taking into account the workplace death gap. It becomes a problem when we ignore men’s injuries and deaths. It becomes a problem when we think that women in general have it easier than men.

    • I grant you the argument that outcome disparities shouldn’t be used as an argument; they don’t tend to mean what we think they mean. But I recognize work place deaths as a problem in of themselves; autonomous from a gender issue. I’ll address that specifically in a little bit.

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