Part of the dialogue on Men’s Rights is the notion that men have it bad too. And I agree. There are issues (like Mental Illness) where men have it bad. There are issues like abusive partners which affect men too.
However the problem is the self proclaimed champions of “men’s rights” are often lacking when it comes to dealing with men’s issues. For example? When Gamergate Trolls who weren’t interested in “ethics in games” and were more interested in lolz/racism/homophobia/giving games an even more shitty reputation/being cocklords of the highest order/all of the above? The MRA rather than take a principled stand against such tossers were quite likely to be chuckling along.
Which lead to the bizarre statement that MRA aren’t interested in “divisive” dialogue on race and sexuality. In other words? MRA aren’t willing to stand against racism. Remember many of these people live in the USA where being “black and male” is often enough to warrant different treatment. Where Black people rioting over an extra judicial killing and over police brutality was treated as a terrible sin while white kids rioting over pumpkins was treated as “hijinks”. In a world where men who are not white are still discriminated against, the MRA were unwilling to defend people of colour. Or Gay Men.
So if the MRA aren’t going to defend men who genuinely face regular and institutionalised bigotry and instead try and excuse it (bear in mind? The guy called me nigger. It isn’t ignorance… Indians often call black people nigger NOT because they are racist but because they listen to Rap Music. Rap Music without the context of slavery and the racism that followed. Indians who are told that it is bad often are puzzled as to why Black people would try to subvert the meaning of that word.). This is someone from the western world who is aware of the social, political and historical usage of the word “nigger” who willingly used it on someone solely to defend games/men. In response rather than say “that’s bang out of order! Sling your hook mate!”, the MRA responded with “Yeah! We are subverting the meaning of the word” and “Freedom of Speech” and my personal favourite? Trying to use the British Meaning of Fag.
Because when you are called a fag online, it is because the charming young man on the other side thinks you are a cigarette.
So it’s clear that A Voice for Men is more like a Voice for Not All Men. A Voice (for mainly white and straight) Men. Sure they have their tokens but their mainstream seems to simply not give a damn about actual men’s rights issues. They merely pay lip service to the notion of equality and men’s rights. What they are is “anti-women”. And anything goes. It shows in their association with racists such as Vox Day. And it shows in their latest piece. [Read more…]