I had a discussion earlier about feminism and the Men’s Rights Movement. I do not support MRA’s, because they are largely a hate group. Too many MRA’s are fine with threatening women with rape and violence and do nothing more productive than troll feminist groups. I don’t think they’ll ever do otherwise. For one, all of their legitimate grievances, such as the fact that women get custody of children more often than men when it comes to divorce, are also concerns to feminists. Feminists actually lobby to change these laws and practices, but MRA’s seem to be too busy blaming them on feminism to do anything. And for another, the best known MRA groups/representatives are all very extreme and make it difficult for moderate MRA’s to accomplish more than legitimizing a hate group. They don’t, likely because they aren’t able to, make the group more agreeable or more productive. As such, I can’t see the Men’s Rights Movement changing.
I’ve heard it said that feminism is as bad as the Men’s Rights Movement. I couldn’t disagree more. Are there feminists who are too extreme and make the movement look bad? Yes, and I think they get too much press. Too many people think that feminists hate men and burn bras. Some do, but most don’t. Despite common preconceptions, the radical feminists are a minority. And it is easy to find evidence of this. Most online feminist groups focus on gender equality. Most recent feminist actions were focused on keeping abortion safe and legal and encouraging consent education to deal with rape culture. These are not the actions of radical feminists.
I’ve heard people say that if feminism wants to deal with gender equality, then it should have a name that reflects that goal. But that is a problematic claim. When those of African decent were fighting for their rights in North America, they were fighting for equal rights. Yet the movement was named for the African American people and not simply for equal rights. This is because they were the ones who were being oppressed. They had to be given rights to match those who already had the rights. It’s a similar case with the Gay Rights Movement. The LGBTQ community was fighting for equal rights, but the movement was named for the people who were being oppressed. Feminism is the same: feminists want equal rights, but it is the feminine members of society who are being oppressed. It is women who need to get the rights that men already have. And no, feminism is not redundant now. Equality has not yet been achieved. Not just for feminism, but for all three groups that I mentioned. I hope that one day equality will have been achieved.