In an effort to continually grow and evolve, we’re trying something new.
We’ve run a few Editorial Masterbitch Theaters, where your faithful editors unleash all our pent-up energies on whatever piece of nonsense crosses our inbox/RSS feeds/Internet searches and gets our hackles up. While those are LOTS of fun to do, we’re being greedy by keeping all the fun to ourselves. Thusly, a new feature. Each Tuesday I’ll throw up a topic with a handful of links, and we’ll all hash it out in the comments.
Today’s topic: Men’s Rights Activists, a.k.a. “NO MA’AM.”
So some fellas on the Internet are sad, because some women won’t let them put their penises in said women’s vaginae. These fellas write lengthy manifestos, start message boards like it’s 1999, and rail against what they feel is their privilege disappearing. Rather than look on the changing landscape of our world with optimism and hope for a better world for everyone, they’re digging in their heels and wrapping their nutsacks in bubble wrap, lest the evil ball-munching ladeez try to take them away.
Among all the straight bull pucky, there are a few elements of the MRA platform I can sympathize with, or at least understand. The groups I’ve perused (with a drink in my hand; I’m not made of stone) regularly speak against the habit of family courts to award custody to mothers over fathers, all other things being equal. Fair point, although I think that perception is changing somewhat as more men are taking on single parenting. They also speak out against circumcision, which I’m all set to be sympathetic to, as long as female genital mutilation is left out of it. (NOT THE SAME THING. FALSE EQUIVALENCY. STRAWMAN. DANGER, WILL ROBINSON.)
It would be really easy (and more fun than I’d like to admit) to use this thread to point and laugh, but let’s try to take it a step further. Some questions, to get us going:
Do you think MRA groups are a threat to women?
Are there benefits to engaging with MRAs?
Do you think it’s possible to undo the attitudes that put these fellas on the path to becoming an MRA in the first place?
Do you think we should take their concerns over child custody and circumcision seriously?
Let the masterbitching begin.
*If you’d like to read some of the manifestos out there, I recommend Googling, because we’re not giving up the link love.