Via Rebecca Watson’s twitter ( she was interviewed for the article), an article from R.Tod Kelly in the Daily Beast about the history and current state of the Men’s Rights Movement in North America (all the expected content notes apply).
Certainly it made me think about the perniciousness of the “both sides are just as bad” narrative, because women’s groups simply do not write and speak this way about men. And when I think about all the energy and effort feminist groups put into trying to fix the stuff in this world that is bad for men, the injustice of these men portraying themselves as the victims and the heroes of these issues becomes even more frustrating.
Kelly does an excellent job of teasing out the shooting-self-in-foot, nose-cutting-off-to-spite-face aspect of the MRA approach:
This, of course, is the real tragedy of the MRM. Male victims of domestic abuse need more help than they’re currently getting, as do male victims of sexual assault. Lower-income divorced fathers need a different system to ensure the well-being of their children. But all of this help requires both financial and political resources, and getting society to allocate those resources requires support and interest from the larger tax-paying community.
What the MRM doesn’t seem to realize is that every time they lionize someone who says a four-year-old girl drowning is a good thing, or giggle over a leader bragging about taking sexual advantage of a woman who’s too drunk to understand what’s happening to her, or theorize that fat women want to be forcibly raped, or float a preposterous claim that women’s brains are physically incapable of comprehending morality, they only put those resources that much further out of reach.
I didn’t look at the comments. I didn’t even check to see if they had comments. I think that’s for the best.