Is the Men’s Rights Movement Garbage? We Think Not.

HuffPo feminist blogger Anne Theriault tells the rest of us why the men’s rights movement is a joke. Please take the time to set her straight on the comments section at HuffPo.

I need to take a moment here to talk about the Men’s Rights Movement, because there seems to be some confusion. Actually, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion.

Over the past little while, I’ve had a number of people challenge me on calling out men’s rights activists (hereafter referred to as MRAs). “But men are oppressed too,” people say. “Feminism is sexist, and it teaches men that masculinity is wrong.” “Straight, white men aren’t allowed to be proud of themselves anymore.” “If you believe in equality, then you should want men to have the same type of activism as women.” “Everyone is entitled to their opinion.”

First of all, yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But let’s not pretend that all opinions are created equal — some are based on fact, and some are total bullshit. Like, I could tell you that I believe that vaccines cause autism, and that would be my opinion, but it would also be demonstrably untrue. So let’s not pretend that all opinions should be given the same consideration, because we both know better than that.

Second of all, let’s get one thing straight: men, as a group, do not face systematic oppression because of their gender. Am I saying that literally no men out there are oppressed? No, I am for sure not saying that. Men can and do face oppression and marginalization for many reasons — because of race, class, sexuality, poverty, to name a few. Am I saying that every white cishet dude out there has an amazing life because of all his amassed privilege? Nope, I’m not saying that either. There are many circumstances that might lead to someone living a difficult life. But men do not face oppression because they are men. Misandry is not actually a thing, and pretending that it’s an oppressive force on par with or worse than misogyny is offensive, gross, and intellectually dishonest.

MRAs believe that feminists are to blame for basically everything that’s wrong with their lives. The Men’s Rights Movement is a reactionary movement created specifically to counter feminism, and most (if not all) of their time and resources go towards silencing and marginalizing women.

They do things like starting the Don’t Be That Girl campaign, a campaign that accuses women of making false rape reports. They attend feminist events in order to bully and intimidate women, they flood online feminist spaces with threatening messages, and they regularly use smear campaigns and scare tactics to make the women who don’t back down afraid for their physical safety. They do literally nothing to actually resolve the problems that they claim to care about, and instead do everything they can to discredit the feminist movement.

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8 Responses to Is the Men’s Rights Movement Garbage? We Think Not.

  1. Mike says:

    I can’t stomach reading the contents there. So much stupid on display, extremely discouraging.

  2. Tina Granstrom says:

    Feminism is in itself guilty of the same things she’s saying the “MRA’s” are guilty of. Anyone who tries to squash another’s existence is wrong. Feminism add a whole has caused severe destruction on men. They are trying to wipe out the make gender and be the supreme and preferred gender. They advocate false accusation against men. Listen, women are by far more violent and destructive than men. “Hell hath no fury, like that of a woman scorned…” why do you think that statement was formed? I think she’s the one that needs to go look in the mirror and so some self evaluating.

  3. This woman is a hate-filled idiot.

    First off, the feminist movement was never about equal rights. The suffragette movement of the early 1900s was, and those women had legitimate complaints. The right to vote, the right to work, the right to equal pay, and they got legislation passed to that effect. What they did not do was engage in misandry or advocate for abortion on demand and no fault divorce.

    In the 1950s, the US Communist Party published a ten-point document on how to take over America. I read it on Frontpage Magazine years ago. It’s basically a plan to destroy the nuclear family, control the media and the schools, ostracize white men, etc. The radicals in the 60s used it as a blueprint.

    Problem was that the male radicals in the movement were horribly sexist. They basically thought of females as good for only sex, cooking and cleaning. So the female radicals broke off and formed their own movement in the 70s, feminism. But it wasn’t about equal rights, the suffragettes had already won that argument for women decades before. No, this was about men are bad, women are good, marriage is a prison, being a wife is being a slave, pregnancy is a disease, a fetus is a parasite, abortion is necessary, and on and on.

    It’s a movement based on male hatred, and ultimately self-hatred for the women who buy into this destructive movement.

    There is no meaningful men’s rights movement at this time, because it’s not organized and doesn’t have a spokesman. And even if it did, it wouldn’t be meaningful if men don’t focus on changing the law. That’s what the suffragettes did, and they achieved reform.

    Change presumptive paternity to determinative paternity–a mandatory paternity test after birth, and the biological father is required by law to pay child support, whether the woman is married or not. Change no fault divorce to just cause divorce. Change abortion on demand to abortion upon the consent of the father in a marriage situation.

    As the law stands now, it is perfectly legal for a woman to marry a man for his money, abort his child, get pregnant by some boy in a bar, slap her husband with child support for a child that isn’t his, divorce him for any reason or no reason, take half his money and assets, including the house, have her boyfriend move in so they can raise their love child together, all on her ex-husbands dime.

    There can be no men’s rights movement that does not address these issues with the law. It can’t be a case of masculism vs. feminism. That’s a losing argument. It’s like this ludicrous idea of a male pill. You’re subjugating yourself to her position–“Why should I have to take the pill, why don’t you?” You’re arguing from a position of weakness. The fact that there is no such thing as a male pill, and there never will be, is beside the point. You’re making a weak argument, and you’re not focussing on changing the laws that deprive men of their rights.

    The suffragettes had an argument. There is no reason why a woman should not be allowed to vote. Yes. There is no reason why a woman should not be allowed to work. Yes. There is no reason why a woman should not receive equal pay for equal work. Yes. They won their argument.

    There is no reason why a man should have to pay child support–that would be 20% of every paycheck for 18 years–for another man’s bastard, just because his wife had an affair. There is no reason why a married couple should be allowed to break up willy-nilly–they had to get a license before they got married. They knew what they were doing, or at least she did, maybe he didn’t. There are legitimate reasons for divorce, any form of physical or emotional abuse, infidelity, financial irresponsibility, etc., but simply getting bored and changing your mind is not one of them. I believe that abortion is murder, but in a marriage situation I don’t believe it should be solely the woman’s decision.

    Without focussing on changing the laws, there cannot and never will be a successful and meaningful men’s rights movement. The strange irony of it all is that men wrote the laws that deprived them of their rights. At least the suffragettes knew what they were doing.

    The feminists are just a bunch of whining, complaining, bitchy little girls. Ignore them. Focus on changing the laws.

    • i says:

      Once again Gawain, your comment is spot on. I couldn’t agree more, but unfortunately, I don’t see it happening. Most of the people in the western world, especially North American, are too apathetic and complacent to stand and fight for anything that may take some sacrifice. I would even go as far as saying that I see many, if not most, actually enjoying their new slave status. They do say after all that ignorance is bliss for a reason. Perhaps when we fall on true hard times again, like it was at times in the past, people will wake up. As it is now, happiness for most is to be able to live consuming in comfort and never really having to think too deeply. It will only be severe pain and hardship that force them out of this miserable, pathetic state of mind. And frankly, most will probably be overcome and expire quickly at the first onset of true strife, and I for one, won’t mourn for them, nor will I miss them.

      He who is not willing to fight in this life does not deserve it.

  4. Dennis says:

    Arguing on HuffPo takes incredible patience. “Trying to maintain civility” is a just cover story for glaciating free discussion and ideological censorship as far as I’m concerned. Give a little more wiggle room to those you agree with. Take a little longer to approve the comments that go against the author.

  5. Sam says:

    Good luck trying to “Set her straight”. Huff Puff moderators delete most comments that aren’t feminism friendly. I got banned altogether for daring to disagree.

  6. Dennis says:

    If you try arguing with them it will basically come down to “Wahhhh, I get pregnant, so I’m owed the world” or “Women suffered X half a century ago and that’s more important than whether or not men are suffering it now.”

  7. Aservant says:

    Reality is truly inverted in today’s society. Here we have a woman calling men who fight against an extremely corrupt system that swindles, abuses and cheats them at every turn “garbage”, while she, as a “professional journalist” for a well known publication, writes with profanity and adolescent colloquialisms. And yet, it is to be believed, and probably actually is by most, that these men are “stupid”, while she is “intelligent, wise, and mature”.

    She is the poster child of the carnage that feminism has wreaked upon the western world. May God help us.

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