Everyday Feminism is an online magazine that addresses a wide variety of issues that are generally centered on gender. This particular article, “Let’s Talk About the Reality of the ‘Men’s Rights’ Argument”, addresses the Men’s Rights Movement and how they are going about discussing different issues faced by men in society. From that simple description one could see some value in creating an outlet where men can discuss and address different social problems, but unfortunately Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) and Meninists have not been very successful in creating a unified voice that is proactive and one that truly seeks gender equality.
This particular article looks at three main issues that MRAs discuss: Affirmative Action, Custody, and Masculinity. Arguments for the first two topics are often misguided and neglect to look at the hard facts. In addressing the argument that women are given certain jobs just so that a company can meet a quota the author not only points out that this is false, but also says, “Women only make up 20% of elected officials and only 5% of CEOs of fortune 500 companies (an historic high!). And women still only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts – and that’s only for white people!” In regards to custody the author emphasizes the fact that courts are gender neutral and do not have an inherent bias for women as many meninists would argue. Finally, there is something to be said about societal pressures men feel when it comes to living up to a masculine standard. However, what is often over looked by MRAs is that feminism already addresses this issue. Feminism also is not working to try to make men more feminine, another concern of the movement. Overall the article does a great job of cutting through to the heart of the issues at hand.
The article concludes with very sharp and pointed commentary on the legitimacy of meninists and MRAs. It says, “People find #meninist humorous because it is still socially acceptable to belittle feminism. And why is it still socially acceptable to belittle feminism? Because despite some men’s claims that sexism is over, it is still socially acceptable to belittle women.” Feminism is a movement to create gender equality for all. Meninism is the same old story of misogyny bound together with a new cover to entice a new generation.
If you are interested in reading more here is the link to the article: http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/03/lets-talk-about-mens-rights/