This comment was by Kari on the post “Why I’m Proud to be a Men’s Rights Feminist“
After reading all the comments on the post Why I’m Proud to be a Men’s Rights Feminis, I’m as awed as the author Mark Greene that such an intelligent and civil discussion about Feminism and Men’s Rights could come to pass. And that after 160+ comments (combined over the two articles), the conversation is still civil and intelligent and hasn’t devolved into the personal attacks and repetitive talking-past-each-other I’ve seen on many other threads. This is exactly why I follow GMP.
It seems to me that out of all the responses, Joanna articulated the most concise and direct answer to Heather’s original question about what “ideas and philosophies” define the MRM – “to draw attention to, and gather support for, men’s issues that often go ignored or unreported.” This is such an elegant answer. Substitute “men” with any other word and you’ve got the essential definition of any movement. Maybe the essence of the MRM isn’t about reacting to feminists or Feminism, it isn’t about proposing new theories of gender or even debating old theories, it’s simply about shining a light on what’s hidden. It’s about naming suffering that’s caused by categorical oversight. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good theoretical debate, but at the end of the day, addressing the problems in people’s lives is way better. Hail to Mark for the call to stop the bickering and start the changing, as someone eloquently put it.
Photo: “Man seated at a table covered with publications writes, perhaps on a union card, while another man waits.” 1937. photographer, Louise Boyle. On Flickr, courtesy of The Kheel Center