To be honest, I haven’t heard there were was a movement for males fighting for rights, but the right to do what? After all, we live in a male dominated society. Men have certain privileges based on gender stigmas and stereotypes. Why the hell do some men feel downtrodden? Then again, America has the KKK, Neo-Nazis and the alt-right in a white dominated society, and both groups are comprised of those with societal advantages think they have it harder than those who actually struggle, but express their outrage with profanity and epithets and wishes of violence and death.
Most, if not all, followers of this movement seem to be pretty loathsome bastards. However, in their fractured psyche, it’s the world’s fault they’re deplorable. On the interwebs in certain forums and websites founded by douche bags, they make their rage known against their common enemies: women, feminists and guys named ‘Chad’…or guys not name ‘Chad’…or guys they call ‘Chad’ which is any dude that can get a date outside of an escort service.
But there is hope. There are literally hundreds of blogs and websites that can school you on the art of picking up women in the hopes for casual fucking. Also, they are safe havens for sad sacks to wail against the evils of feminism which – to them – are not out for women’s equality but vaginal supremacy instead.
A term that’s mentioned quite often is the ‘manosphere’, the universe for (toxic) masulinity. It was used when terrorist Elliot Rodger killed several people in Isla Vista, California almost four years ago on May 23. Many news articles have cited that Rodger frequented in several men’s rights sites and adapted many of their poisonous philosophies. After the terrorist attack, many men, including those not of the movement, tried to distance themselves from his actions, reminding women that not all men are this screwed up.
While it’s unlikely they’re all unhinged or ballsy enough to go on a rampage like Rodger, toxic masculinity is still everywhere. Anyone could be the next victim. Anyone. Including men.
Even though sexism has been around since our ancestors started walking upright, and the term ‘men’s rights’ has been traced back to the 1850’s, the men’s rights movement itself is relatively young. It was an offshoot of the men’s liberation movement in the 1970’s. This movement was more about examining feminism, masculinity and the role of men in both concepts when it divided into two opposing forces. There were men who supported feminism while a second movement was against it. The latter would invoke a hefty amount of women hating, anti-feminism. They’re menacing enough to even catch the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Don’t get it twisted. There are dangers men face like workplace deaths, homelessness, barriers created by race and class and dealing with what it means to be a man without it harming others and themselves. But men’s activists don’t really care about that as much as they want to be mad at women, mostly feminists, and scare them back into the kitchen to a time before they could vote.
With issues such as child custody, circumcision and homelessness, the vitriol always have women in mind either in comparison or as benefactors. Men’s rights activists (MRAs) believe feminists are man haters the same way some white people think that people who denounce racism hate white people or the equally dumbass belief that the Black Lives Matter movement hates police. Any criticism or fight against a threat to basic human rights is always – ALWAYS misconstrued as hatred against the ones who’re involve or benefit from it. It reeks of the privilege they don’t believe they have!
The movement is seen as laughable by many. Mostly when such activism is about obtaining the same kinds of rights that only certain people get, most of the people fighting do so through peaceful and civilized means. But when it comes to movements by those who gain the most from an unequal society, they come off as offensive as possible. Like the alt-right, MRAs work overtime to offend, insult and even harm to keep discrimination going against the people they hate the most, the people who are TRULY trying to survive in an unjust world. They don’t give a fuck if what they do is stupid or problematic. Their hatred for women must be a priority in order to win the gender war they gladly want to be on the wrong side of.
UPDATE: Gentlemen’s Foundry wrote a response to this post here in case you’re interested in what he thinks. Click on the link at your own risk: