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[h2]What is Men's Rights Activism?[/h2]
Good question! Because unless you lurk the far corners of the internet, you have probably never heard of a men's rights activist before. And there's a very good reason for this: the internet (and society as a whole) is rather man-dominated. It's an unfortunate fact of life. Us, as men, aren't held to the same standards of beauty and modesty that women are. We don't have to put up with words like slut, whore, and skank used in everyday common vernacular. And to top it all off, we're over-represented in government and we get paid more for the same work despite being a smaller group by a percentage point or so. So where does men's rights activism come in? Surely, as the supposedly "dominant" sex, organizations dedicated to fighting against the oppression of men would be far and few between, despite a few hundred extremists here and there.
Well it turns out, they're not. They're common. And some of the things they say is fuckin' scary.
[h2]Who are these people and what are they fighting for exactly?[/h2]
Many (but not all!) of the quotes and examples we'll be looking at today will be courtesy of r/mensrights on reddit. Whenever you want to read the stupidest bullshit spewed by humans, reddit is your one-stop shop. For a supposedly liberal website, it's a great place to get all the racism, homophobia, and misogyny you need to ring in the new year. Of course, this won't be my only source because that would be biased and silly for a scientific thread such as this.
Men's rights activists are people who believe that men are currently disadvantaged in society. And as they say on reddit, because of this they've been earning scorn from "bigoted feminists" and "white knights" since 2008 - because not understanding what the word feminist means is one of the main focuses of MRA. (As is blindness)
Let's look at some of their warped logic regarding why us poor men are so victimized by the feminazis: (all links found on the r/mensrights FAQ, so you can be sure that it's all relevant)
[TD]The United Nations has a GENDER AGENDA.
Men have higher suicide rates, more men die in war, and this is all a UN conspiracy by the feminists. Hey, they're the professionals here. Thanks to a blog called Angry Harry for this nugget of wisdom.
Women secretly use CODE SPEAK to confuse us.
This is probably the most terrifying one of all. Here is a list compiled by the experts that definitively proves feminists are actively conspiring against men.
They are cutting off our foreskins!
MRAs believe that male circumcision is a direct result of feminism. For some reason.
They've rigged the elections!
Because there are more of them.[/TD]
[TD]They are converting us all into MANGINAS.
Yes, that's right. Manginas. Some men are kind to women. This is because women release toxic spores that trick us into becoming their servants. (It didn't actually say this but it may as well have)
They are putting pesticides in our food to make us INFERTILE.
It's true, pesticides can do this. According to MRAs, however, it's just another piece of the feminist male genocide puzzle. No, really. This was in their FAQ as an example of oppression.
The women have even infiltrated the UNIVERSITIES.
That's what women's studies is. Indoctrination. This book on Amazon will blow the whole thing wide open. (Please don't buy it)[/TD]
[h2]Make it stop! Make it stop![/h2]
No. Now we're going to look at some of their quotes:
• The median full-time salary for U.S. women is 77% of that of U.S. men.
• Even when you take all factors into account (qualifications, etc) and you ignore the reason for discrepancy in those areas, 41% of the wage gap remains unexplained.
• Women who work outside the home often put an extra 18 hours a week doing household or childcare related chores as opposed to men who average 12 minutes a day in childcare activities.
• Female genital mutilation is far more damaging than male circumcision, despite what the MRAs want you to think.
• Worldwide, men are more likely to be literate due to the inaccessibility of education for women in many third world nations. (88 women for every 100 men)
• China's one child policy has resulted in 114 male children for every 100 female children. Many female children are killed or neglected and left to die.
• In Canada, the poverty rates for women in general is 20%, for women of colour is 37% and for aboriginal women 43%.
[h2]Men's Rights Compendium of common words and why you shouldn't use them the way they use them:[/h2]
Feminist - MRAs use "feminist" as a slur against anyone who disagrees with them. In reality, feminists are people who want equal rights for women. The word they're looking for is "misandrist", and I can't recall the last time I heard one on the internet.
White Knight - Anyone who defends women on the internet gets called a White Knight by MRAs. It doesn't matter the reason you're defending them, either. There's no excuse to ever use this in this way because it makes you look like an idiot.
Slut - MRAs would like you to believe that "slut" is not a misogynistic word. But when was the last time you heard it applied to a man? In fact, when was the last time you heard a man being shamed for having lots of sex?
Equality - MRAs don't truly want equality. They take any attempt at equality as a personal attack on them. Surely you know how to use this word properly so the rest goes without saying.
[h2]What have we learned today?[/h2]
Nothing. You already knew the internet was horrible. Carry on. Oh, and Happy New Year's. Hope I didn't ruin it.
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[h2]Post-Thread Fermentation Bonus Section: But I'm a guy and I don't have any advantages over women whatsoever![/h2]
Yes you do. Remember though, saying you're privileged isn't an insult. It's only a reminder.