One of the problems with Feminism, is that because it’s a multi-billion dollar set of industries, there’s no good reason to say “job done, let’s go home,” to the contrary, the Iron Law of Bureaucracy demands that the machine be constantly fed, and as such, more and more issues are contrived.
Complaining about how a man sits or that he pees standing up is the surest sign of the shark having been jumped with zeal and allégresse.
On the other hand, as a men’s rights activist, I have certain goals, that once complete, let me to remove my MRA hat, sit back and enjoy a beer and the fruits of our collective labour.
- Mandatory paternity testing at birth, and the results made public. I believe that now that we can know such things, that a man should have the right to know whether a child is his or not, and that the children have the right to know who their father is.
- The choice to opt-in or opt-out of the rights and obligations of paternity within roughly the same time frame that women have. Just as women can choose to not be a parent for non-medical reasons, but simply those of personal choice, so should the man.
- Enforcement of a ban on non-medically necessary male circumcision, of those incapable of consenting, as it is for girls. Any procedure that is not medically necessary should not be performed on the unconsenting. I understand that there are cultural issue at play. There were once cultural issues at play regarding slavery as well. This is an issue of bodily integrity.
- The legal abolishment of any form of conscription as applied to males only. Either all are subject to the duties of conscription, or none should be.
- The rewriting of many laws to make them impartial to sex, and the impartial enforcement thereof. Laws that govern child support, alimony, violence including sexual-assault should all be held to the same sort of standards of evidence that any other crime would be, regardless of sex.
Were these five elements in effect, I would no longer need to be a Men’s Rights Activist; the laws that assign rights and duties would be impartial, and would likely not be men’s issues, but a people’s issues.
Other desired goals that do not necessarily fit under the umbrella of rights, but are options that would change culture for the better.
- Good options for discreet and reversible fertility control and contraceptive options for males. I believe that while not a legal issue, a man’s ability to control his fertility would go an exceedingly long way to resolving the quantity of issues that men suffer due to legal inequities. If you don’t break your leg, you don’t have to worry about a doctor’s malpractice.
There are no issues in culture that are issues of rights per se. There are social inequities that must be addressed but these are issues of culture, of interpersonal relations and of belief systems. One cannot legislate away bigotry, sexism, racism, etc. Culture is outside of the domain of Men’s Rights, and is best addressed using the category of Men’s Issues.
Once the legal issues are dealt with, I could take of my Male Rights Activist hat, and merely be an advocate for a more enlightened way of dealing amongst ourselves.
I welcome your thoughful feedback on the matter.