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[Men's Rights Movement]

I can understand why you may not take me seriously but I've observed several colleagues on this site slay arguments with data showing that MRA is not just the reserve of 'bitter friend zoned virgins'. No naming of names until they step forward

1) An introductory video on male disposability and utility-'Men' cannot be victims, only aggressors. Male victims are job titles i.e. utilities, not a social group or even individuals



2) PDF attached-the role that 'Disney princess mentality' (rising levels of entitlement complex and narcissism) has in shaping young women's attitudes towards men. Benevolent sexism-endorsing patriarchy when the system benefits them, then dismissing the disenfranchised

3) Hypergamy and victim mentality in the tabloids (remember that the layman is an avid reader of this)-http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...-rate-men.html

quotes:Logic would, or should, dictate that a high-flying woman who has everything going for her (looks, talent, drive) should,
by definition, attract a man who is her equal, if not her superior, in terms of looks, intellect and wealth. Yet in my experience, this is simply not the case.
Translation: 'I am such an attractive woman why are all the men who like me vermin'

proceeds to construct low-status men as abusers: 'Typically, men want lower status women because they feel they can control them. It can be threatening for a man if their partner has a higher IQ because they will often feel that makes the woman more desirable than they are themselves.
'That's when a man is likely to be unfaithful or aggressive as a means of asserting control over the woman.

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'If a man demeans a woman, it makes her feel low, neglected and disrespected. And if a woman feels humiliated, they will eventually come to believe they can't do any better and stick around with that man.'
It's a classic cycle of abuse, however subtle. The real surprise is that it appears to be happening to such brilliant women, and so many of them.' -so apparently it's OK to seek a low-status beta male to control, even his fault (remember male disposability)? :roll eyes:

the articles moves onto and concludes with legitimate tragedies, nonetheless dismissing the original statement smart women want to control men-'Tina, now a medical consultant, quickly became my best friend - and her (awful) choice of men soon became a big part of my life.
She left the stalking psychopath (with a restraining order) for a serial philanderer - only to end up in the hands of a terrifying but gorgeous German surgeon with a passion for heavy black leather coats.
He criticised her weight, publicly humiliated her and betrayed her without even trying to cover his tracks. She left him a few times, only to return sheepishly several weeks later.
One day, when she was flying back into London, my husband drove to the airport and effectively kidnapped her to get her away from this man. We soon heard the German circling outside our house like a rabid Doberman.
It was only then that Tina realised she was no different from the abused women on Oprah Winfrey - except that she had a PhD.'


Stupid articles like this make it difficult to take all victims of abuse seriously, when it's a truly tragic event irrespective of gender.

4) Comments section on Guardian http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/think...#disqus_thread


'When it's men, they deserve it. When it's women, they are victims.

A lack of concern for the well being of men is the norm. Over concern for the well being of women is also the norm. Everybody cares more about women than they do about men. Western society goes out of its way to elevate women regardless of its cost to men. We tear men down as a means of building up women.

All of women's shortcomings are a result of oppression. All of men's shortcomings are their own fault.

Media is constantly teaching women, and Disney is now teaching female children, to belittle men and boys and to hold them nearly constantly in contempt.

It is oppressive to disagree with #likeagril, but it's not OK to think it's wrong to have a society which is constantly treating the male sex as oppressors, and now oppressors who are deserving of their objectification, or as bumbling, incompetent bafoons.'
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Same reason white racism isn't really taken seriously (not that I believe it shouldn't).

Our problems are miniscule in comparison.
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(Original post by Smash Bandicoot)
I can understand why you may not take me seriously but I've observed several colleagues on this site slay arguments with data showing that MRA is not just the reserve of 'bitter friend zoned virgins'. No naming of names until they step forward
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We need to know what MRM is?
Men's Rights Movement
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Ah.

Because the right don't do protests ect.. and the left believe that all straight white males are the devil.
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I'd take men's rights activists seriously if they actually did something other than harass women on the internet.

Paternity leave, male rape victims being taken seriously, discussions around how harmful super-super "macho" masculinity can be for young boys, how "lad culture"/"peer pressure"/whatever it's called these days can make shyer guys' lives unnecessarily more difficult, men seen as "sissies" if they talk about their feelings... and yet...
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the left believe that all straight white males are the devil.
Well, if we're to go down that road historically speaking, wouldn't you say that white male people have caused a fair amount of grief?
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(Original post by молодой гений)
I'd take men's rights activists seriously if they actually did something other than harass women on the internet.

Paternity leave, male rape victims being taken seriously, discussions around how harmful super-super "macho" masculinity can be for young boys, how "lad culture"/"peer pressure"/whatever it's called these days can make shyer guys' lives unnecessarily more difficult, men seen as "sissies" if they talk about their feelings... and yet...
fair enough I respect that point and agree
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Well, if we're to go down that road historically speaking, wouldn't you say that white male people have caused a fair amount of grief?
Between the Greeks, Romans and British i'd say they've brought glory.

I make no apology for our actions towards women or minorities.
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if MRAs stood up for trans men, black men, disabled men, campaigned for paternity rights, cared about male suicide rates more often than just using it to score points, actually did something other than harass feminists on the Internet then Id have more respect for them


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if MRAs stood up for trans men, black men, disabled men, campaigned for paternity rights, cared about male suicide rates more often than just using it to score points, actually did something other than harass feminists on the Internet then Id have more respect for them


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some MRAs do (I won't pretend for a second myself at present because I don't know enough) but male utility and disposability is as entrenched in society as misogyny and objectification is
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Between the Greeks, Romans and British i'd say they've brought glory.

I make no apology for our actions towards women or minorities.
How nice it must be, to be wilfully ignorant of world history.
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A crude example of encouraging male disposability and control in relationships in pop-culture: Olly Murs-'Wrapped Up'

lyrics http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/ollymurs/wrappedup.html
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To be ignorant would be to deny such events occurred... I do not. That does not however obligate me in any way to feel shame for actions which I did not commit.
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Because it started off as a parody movement on the web.

But some people didn't catch the satire, I guess.
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Because it started off as a parody movement on the web.

But some people didn't catch the satire, I guess.
do you have a neutral source for that assertion?
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They are not taken seriously because they show serious and sometimes wilful misunderstandings of cultural theory, historical context and the operation of privilege. Apart from being anti-intellectual, they take specious evidence from sources ranging from misogynistic comedians to red pill theory etc etc. Instead of addressing male-specific issues, even a cursory glance at online mens rights forums reveals a raging hatred of feminism and they spend all their time discussing feminism's supposed satanic character and no time talking about how to deal with issues men's face in contemporary society.

Moreover, they are usually biological essentialists and possess no understanding of sex and gender. Just a group of ill-educated men who don't like their privileges being challenged. On the issue of Karen Straughan's 'disposable male', /r/badhistory did a thread about it, and echoing her acolytes, her arguments are flimsy, presentist, and on the whole a poor mixture of bad history and anthropology.
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They are not taken seriously because they show serious and sometimes wilful misunderstandings of cultural theory, historical context and the operation of privilege. Apart from being anti-intellectual, they take specious evidence from sources ranging from misogynistic comedians to red pill theory etc etc. Instead of addressing male-specific issues, even a cursory glance at online mens rights forums reveals a raging hatred of feminism and they spend all their time discussing feminism's supposed satanic character and no time talking about how to deal with issues men's face in contemporary society.

Moreover, they are usually biological essentialists and possess no understanding of sex and gender. Just a group of ill-educated men who don't like their privileges being challenged. On the issue of Karen Straughan's 'disposable male', /r/badhistory did a thread about it, and echoing her acolytes, her arguments are flimsy, presentist, and on the whole a poor mixture of bad history and anthropology.
Can you assert bolded statements?

Of course it's an imperfect movement, and it has many embittered individuals who just want to rant. However MRA is one of the few if not the only movement which has the power to deal with men's rights. I know of no other I'm excluding feminism, because (see attachment re: HeForShe as an example). Also to generalise all MRAs as such is the same as to demonise all feminists as midsandrists.

Please link to r/badhistory on male disposability?

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/atta...7&d=1422682193

OK I had a brief look at r/bad history, well ofc the suffragette movement was progressive, I would imagine most MRA gripes are to do with 3rd wave feminism where the power balance began to tip
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do you have a neutral source for that assertion?
Lemme remind you of how the whole internet movement was resurrected.

Could 2015 be the year when downtrodden men finally grow a pair, rise up against the tyranny of modern feminism and cry, “I’m a meninist – and I demand equality!”It’s enough to get any self-righteous feminist choking on their quinoa and checking to make sure it isn’t April 1st – except that the meninist movement is actually happening in the real world.

Under the Twitter hashtag #MeninstTwitter, an online sexual revolution is gathering steam – and it’s ruffling more feathers than Bernard Matthews at the Vegetarian Society’s Xmas bash.

Oddest of all, nobody can work out whether it could possibly the beginnings of serious men’s movement or just another flash-in-the-pan parody [...]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11308455/Will-2015-be-the-year-of-meninism.html
Some people believe that MRA started as a mockery of feminism, but from what I remember it mostly turned into a mockery of men quite frankly. It reminds me off that whole "Anti-racist is really code for anti-white" movement that was spammed all over youtube comment sections 2012. Nobody was sure if it was satire or not, but people who there were people who were dumb enough actually buy into it. But after #gamergate I think people are done listening to MRA tbh. Well I'm bored of it.

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Lemme remind you of how the whole internet movement was resurrected.



Some people believe that MRA started as a mockery of feminism, but from what I remember it mostly turned into a mockery of men quite frankly. It reminds me off that whole "Anti-racist is really code for anti-white" movement that was spammed all over youtube comment sections 2012. Nobody was sure if it was satire or not, but people who there were people who were dumb enough actually buy into it. But after #gamergate I think people are done listening to MRA tbh. Well I'm bored of it.

The Telegraph is not really a neutral source, it's a fairly right wing conservative one in favour of traditional masculinity etc. I mean the latest article I read re: 'men get objectified, real men don't care, man up and hit the gym' is basically Redpill for the masses
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