My Experience at a Men’s Rights Event

This time last week, I attended a conference hosted by Men’s Voices Ireland entitled Who Cares About Men?

I have been a feminist for a long time now and as a feminist, I am passionate about many men’s issues. However, I often find myself disagreeing with the approach by MRA’s (men’s right activists) to tackle these issues.

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4 thoughts on “My Experience at a Men’s Rights Event

  1. this is the part i liked: “as a feminist, I am passionate about many men’s issues. However, I often find myself disagreeing with the approach by MRA’s (men’s right activists) to tackle these issues.”

    isnt it nice to be able to talk like that? i mean skeptically, critically– of a movement that isnt about you. if you think im being sarcastic, its quite sincere.

    i was just reading about some complaint on a blog about “liberal men” using “intersectionality” to “butt in” to feminist monologues. then i went to another post that had a GIANT black bubble that said “feminism is for everyone.” right after reading a post by a feminist that said “feminism isnt your movement.” (so shut up.)

    between you and me (and anyone else reading this) i would probably be disappointed by an mra event too. like feminism, theres the promise and theres the actual experience. but its a cause that will ultimately be needed even if “there is no such thing as misandry *pause to make fun of men crying*, then go blog about how the patriarchy has unfair emotional expectations of men” and i would be happy to consider your ideas on how to improve the mra experience– if the ideas are useful, i mean. i dont care whether youre a male or female with input on the mra movement, only whether your input is useful to it. and im sorry you were pre-judged at the door or anywhere else.

    that sucks. id rather see you judged on your merits and not appearances, and thats ultimately what mras ought to do. superficiality isnt a solution to very much– its a hallmark of security theater, and the opposite of smart.

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    • My opinion is that feminism should be about men’s rights too. And for many people that I know, feminism is about men’s issues as well. I would love to see more men joining the feminist cause and helping us to understand what they need. It just doesn’t happen very often. Personally I don’t believe that separating the causes will be helpful in the long run.

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