Top 10 Men’s Rights Issues

What are men’s rights activists so fired up about? Here are the results of our MRA goal poll.

The editors at the Good Men Project Magazine asked if I could write a piece on the top 10 issues for men’s rights activists (MRAs). As I am only one man, I felt I could not speak for the rest of the community on how we prioritize issues. So I came up with 17 things we consider problems men face and set up a poll. (I would like to thank everyone who voted, especially from Men’s Rights Reddit.)

It is important to note that the poll is far from perfect. It has a small sample size, and the ability to pick a single issue did not go over well with many MRAs—in their mind, the goals of the movement aren’t so easily prioritized—they’re all important and interconnected. That said, while this poll isn’t perfect, it does, to some degree, reflect the distribution of priorities among those MRAs who participated.

More notes on methodology here.

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Zeta Male is a sociology major and author of the blog Rise of the Zeta Male.

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  1. Svizzera says:

    Oral sex solves a lot of these problems and is less work for the guy. It’s not as easy as eating a woman out, but women get more orgasms anyway so it’s a fair trade.

    And men’s rights issue número uno is circumcision.

  2. Woah. I was all for this until I got to the feminist part. As a feminist, my main goal is promoting equality FOR ALL. Because out society is a double sided coin- when women are expected to do certain things, so are men. I understand what problems men have, and am always trying to help solve them. My father was abusive- did I say all men are therefore disusting animals? No! I decided that some PEOPLE are simply evil. How many times are men expected to man up, deny their feelings? How many times has not liking sports or not always going after women gotten inquiries towards their sexuality? I’m honestly tired of trying to fight for HUMAN rights when people constantly insist things like this. Learn about feminism and stop trying to demonize it.

    • Then call yourself an egalitarian. “Feminism” is slanted at the start.

    • I agree with Melissa, Feminism has many of the same goals that you do. We know that the Patriarchy also hurts many men, especially poor men. You really do need to learn more about feminism; feminists should be your allies in the fight for gender equality, not your enemies.

      It also shocked me when I saw reproductive rights listed as a problem. You are aware that the fetus develops inside the woman’s body… right? That is why women get all the choices and men get none. Because you cannot force a woman to undergo an abortion nor force her to carry a pregnancy to term against her will, because it happens inside of her body, and she has bodily autonomy as a human being. Men also have this same right to not be forced into medical procedures against their wills on their own bodies.

      Believe me, I also wish that fetuses did not gestate inside of women’s bodies, and that we could all lay eggs or something. But I don’t think this is going to change any time soon.

      • I agree with Melissa, Feminism has many of the same goals that you do. We know that the Patriarchy also hurts many men, especially poor men. You really do need to learn more about feminism; feminists should be your allies in the fight for gender equality, not your enemies.
        Honestly its a matter that while there are feminists that do want to be allies in this a lot of them simply do not and would rather cast men or MRAs as enemies.

        It also shocked me when I saw reproductive rights listed as a problem. You are aware that the fetus develops inside the woman’s body… right? That is why women get all the choices and men get none.
        So the fact that the fetus develops in the woman’s body explains why she has several options to give up her parental rights on her own but at the same time men have to fight to stay in their children’s lives?

        Also notice that he said nothing about wanting control over what a woman does while is carrying the child. He’s talking about options for men.

        • Well obviously there are many men’s rights advocates that would rather cast feminists as enemies (my evidence of this: the results of this poll), but that doesn’t mean that everybody should just vilify everybody else and perpetuate the fighting instead of working together.

          And if he wasn’t talking about the right to say what happens to the fetus before it is born then he shouldn’t have titled #5 “Reproductive Rights,” if what you are saying is true, then that is an intentionally misleading title, and I fell for the bait, sorry about that. So essentially, #5 is exactly the same as #1, and an editor should have cut one or merged the two?

          • Well obviously there are many men’s rights advocates that would rather cast feminists as enemies (my evidence of this: the results of this poll), but that doesn’t mean that everybody should just vilify everybody else and perpetuate the fighting instead of working together.
            Yes the nasty is coming from both sides. Ideally it would be preferable if we could get past all the hypocritical, “You’re the ones that are being hostile, not us!”

            And if he wasn’t talking about the right to say what happens to the fetus before it is born then he shouldn’t have titled #5 “Reproductive Rights,” if what you are saying is true, then that is an intentionally misleading title, and I fell for the bait, sorry about that. So essentially, #5 is exactly the same as #1, and an editor should have cut one or merged the two?
            Actually after rereading that I think there is mixing of reproductive and parenting rights in that part. By reproductive rights he seems to be talking about something like if a man doesn’t want to become a dad he should be able to opt out of it just as a woman can.

            But I don’t think its fair to say the he intentionally mislead readers.

      • When conception occurs after consensual sex, both parties are equally responsible. At that point the man cannot “opt out “, but women can (abortion). Men also cannot “opt in” because they cannot simply choose to stay with a woman that might not want them around. Worse they may not know the woman is pregnant, not immediately for certain, and maybe never. But when the realization of fathered offspring comes, it can come at any time 1, 10, 20, even 50 years later. I pose this question, if it were possible, would it be okay for a father to hide the fact that a woman had given birth to a child for say 3 years while he raised the child, then one day when he thought better of it, he informed the woman that she was a mother and expect (or compel in court) her to at minimum provide financial support for the child. Is it right that he not disclose the pregnancy to the mother. Maybe every pregnancy should have some verifiable way to show that the mother informed (or attempted to inform) the father of the pregnancy within the first trimester. Maybe also the father’s official response to that notification should become part of that record. Most states have statues that require the disclosure of the father by the mother on the child’s birth certificate, why wait until the birth of the child to figure everything out.

    • If you read carefully you’d see they said that feminism isn’t all bad and the parts that demonize men are the parts that need to be taken out of it. While you’re bitching about feminism being demonized feminism in some aspects demonizes men. Also feminism is NOT for equal rights, it’s for women’s rights. LGBT is NOT for equal rights either it’s for LGBT community rights [but it's certainly less obnoxious as feminism since it doesn't demonize the heterosexuals. I've never felt like LGBT was pointing a finger as me for being a heterosexual and saying I'm a scumbag because of my sexual orientation. But I have very often felt that feminism saying I'm some degenerate scumbag who's a potential rapist and a laundry list of other very very negative assumptions.].

      This is why I fully support LGBT rights and am not too terribly fond of feminism… actually i don’t like feminism very much at all. I do like human rights and feel like women should have their rights represented and supported. Just not while pointing blame on men.

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