Men's Rights Movement

Men's Rights Movement

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The Men's Rights Movement is a social and political movement which aims to combat perceived disadvantages toward men, which can be seen as a reactionary phenomenon to advancements of feminism in modern society. On the web, the movement has been often debated and criticized for being anti-feminist and misogynistic.


The earliest known appearance of the term “men’s rights” in print can be traced to a 1856 issue of Putnam’s Magazine[1] in article highlighting the proliferation of the women’s rights movement in the United States. In 1926, the League of Men’s Rights was founded in Vienna, Austria with the stated mission of “combating all excesses of women’s emancipation," arguing against women’s entry into the labor market and family law that required alimony and child support payments to former spouses and illegitimate children. In the 1970s, an anti-feminist segment of the men’s liberation movement split off to form the men’s rights movement, which aimed to raise public awareness of male oppression and disadvantages. Throughout the 1970s, several men’s rights organizations were formed, including the Coalition of American Divorce Reform Elements, the National Coalition of Free Men and Men’s Rights Inc.[2]


Men’s rights activists claim that there are several areas where men experience disadvantages in society. Many argue that child support laws are unfair since men are forced to pay for unwanted children, while women can choose to have abortions. Divorce, child support and child custody laws are typically denounced for being biased toward women. MRAs also contest what they see as the feminization of modern education system, in which women outnumber men in staffing, as well as widespread practice of circumcision and perceived female bias in rape statistics.


MRAs are often criticized for being misogynists, rape apologists and privilege deniers. Many feminists argue that most disadvantages listed by MRAs are actually a result of attitudes created by the patriarchy, a society in which men hold a majority of the positions in authority. Some MRA leaders have been accused of being motivated by a hatred for women, including founder and publisher of the men's rights blog A Voice For Men[13] Paul Elam[14] and men's rights author Warren Farrell.[15]

Online Presence,[4] one of the earliest known websites relating to the topic, has been providing pamphlet information about the movement since as early as January 1998. As of October 2013, the site serves as a educational resource focused on perceived disadvantages men face in divorce proceedings (shown below, right).[6]

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In October 2004, Urban Dictionary[12] user Erant submitted an entry for “MRA,” which defined the group as “a bunch of whiny pedantic morons.” On April 28th, 2005, the feminist blog Pandagon[8] published an article titled “Overview of the anti-feminist/men’s rights movement,” which compared the men’s rights movement to conservative Christian dogmas. On March 18th, 2007, the men's advocacy blog Men’s Rights Blog[9] was launched. On October 13th, YouTuber proudguy uploaded a slideshow video explaining the men’s rights activism as a reactionary movement against feminism (shown below).

On March 19th, 2008, the /r/MensRights[3] subreddit was created for discussions related to the men's rights movement, masculism and anti-feminism. In the first six years, the subreddit accumulated over 80,900 subscribers. On October 27th, the MensRightsMovement[7] website was launched, which features resources related to the social movement. On November 5th, 2009, the women’s interest blog Jezebel[11] published an article criticizing men’s rights activist groups as being misguided and exaggerative. On July 7th, 2012, the “Men’s Rights Activism” Tumblr[5] blog was created as a satire of the movement. On November 29th, YouTuber StudioBrule uploaded footage of feminists demonstrating outside a men’s rights movement event (shown below).


Main article: Manosphere

The "manosphere", a pormanteau of the words "man" and "blogosphere" [22], is a term used to describe the large variety of men's rights blogs throughout the Internet. Critics have accused the manosphere of excluding homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people.[23]


On October 13th, 2011, Twitter user @zinggzingga[25] posted a tweet criticizing a perceived gender bias in discussions of body image issues using the hashtag “#meninist" (shown below).

* Follow genevieve @zinggzingga everyon gos on and on about girles having so many body issues but to be fair you don't see many fat guys on the cover of GQ…… #meninist わt3 RETWEETSFAVORITES 4 12:57 AM-13 Oct 2011

The hashtag remained relatively obscure until December 2013, when Twitter users began using it to share tongue-in-cheek jokes expressing male-oriented frustrations. On December 16th, the BBC[24] published an article about the trending hashtag.

On December 18th, 2014, BuzzFeed published a compilation of #Meninist tweets, many of which contained image macros and comics criticizing feminism and perceived double standards between the sexes (shown below).

THIS IS SEXY THIS IS NOT REAL MEN HAVE CRVES Markus Lenz Follow MarkusLenz15 Stop objectifying men. Real men have curves. #MeninistTwitter 6:24 PM - 16 Dec 2013 1,509 RETWEETS 722 FAVORITES わ다 iocking hate cis people Jocking white people isqust me tunbir feminist ugh, Sa thais why the sa Feminista re FeMINISH MEANS man hating waniacsEQUALITY FOR EVRY and kill all wen T' tumble nist Male Tears #4648 @MT8_9 Follow #FeministTwitter summed up nicely #MenimistTwitter #MeninistTwitter #Meninist #Menimism #WomenAgainstFeminism 11:31 PM-13 Nov 2014 147 RETWEETS 146 FAVORITES

In January 2015, the online retailer Tee Spring[27] began selling "#Meninist" T-shirts and hoodies, leading various Twitter users to post photographs of themselves wearing the #Meninist apparel (shown below, left). On January 19th, Twitter user Emily Reynolds[29] posted an edited photograph in which a #Meninist shirt is replaced with "#I'm A Whiny Pissbaby" (shown below, right). That day, BuzzFeed[28] and Time[31] published articles about #Meninist tweets and apparel.

MENINIST Paige @tubapay Follow Supporting equal rights @Menin.stTweet #meninist 7:32 AM 16 Jan 2015 362 RETWEETS 921 FAVORITES Emily Reynolds @rey z Follow Fixed the meninist tshirt guys 4:23 AM-19 Jan 2015 Camden Town, London, United Kingdom 4,381 RETWEETS 6,285 FAVORITES 다★

On February 3rd, Twitter user @feastsoflove[30] tweeted several pictures of a male student being slapped for wearing a "#Meninist" hoodie with the caption "My classmate wore a menimist [sic] hoodie today and I started hitting him" (shown below). In 72 hours, the tweet gained over 4,200 favorites and 2,500 retweets. The following day, the photos were submitted to a post on the /r/TumblrInAction[26] subreddit, where it gathered more than 4,600 votes (90% upvoted) and 1,400 comments. Many commenters expressed outrage at the boy being attacked, while others pointed out that the tweet was likely satirical.

* alejandro villa @feastsoflove Follow MY CLASSMATE WORE A MENIMIST HOODIE TODAY AND I STARTED HITTING HIM Deer Park, NY RETWEETS FAVORITES 2,506 4,22 6:46 PM-3 Feb 2015

Fake Rape Reports

On December 17th, 2013, Redditor ShitlordDon linked to a Google Docs[16] reporting form he had seen on 4chan to the /r/MensRights[17] subreddit, claiming that feminists at the Occidental College in Los Angeles, California created the document for students to accuse others of sexual assault anonymously without having to provide evidence. Within 48 hours, the post gained over 1,000 up votes and 590 comments, some of which encouraged others to use the form to submit false allegations.

Date of assault MM/DD/YEAR or leave blank if you do not know Nature of assault R--- OSexual Battery O Other: Location assault occured Select fromlist below Residence Hall Other on-campus OOff-campus O Don't know Please provide details of the incident

That day, the feminist blog Man Boobz[18] published an article about the Reddit post, claiming that MRAs were flooding the form with bogus rape accusations despite the disclaimer on the page which states that no one accused would be charged solely based on the submitted information. On December 18th, Gawker[19][20] published an article reporting that Occidental College had received roughly 400 reports in a 16-hour period, according to the school’s director of communications Jim Tranquada. On the following day, the Internet news blog The Daily Dot[21] published an article about the false reports, noting that the report form is one of many initiatives recently launched by the administration to combat sexual assault on campus, including a 24-hour hotline and the position of Survivor Advocate, a nationwide rape crisis intervention program.


"Misandry" is a term referring to hatred and prejudice against men. On the web, the word has been adopted by men’s rights activists and is often mocked by feminists on Reddit and Tumblr.


Who Needs Feminism

In December of 2012, Men's Rights Activists began posting parodies of the Who Needs Feminism? photo campaign, which featured photographs of people holding up a paper or white board but the text explains why they’re against feminism or how feminism has negatively affected them.

need feminism to show me That bei Woman means "playig he every given opportunity. vistm et I need femnisn S0 our dlaugh*rs can sHudwom's ssues If our Son's dare to Snggestssue s facw Deserve 4TTeWTIOW Need FeminiSm t remind me thet even and ignored have a Prvelerg baek pack

Don't Be That Girl

In July of 2013, the Canadian men's rights group Men's Rights Edmonton began posting "Don't Be That Girl" parody posters (shown below, left) in response to the "Don't Be That Guy" anti-rape ad campaign (shown below, right) launched in Vancouver in 2011. The parodies were subsequently criticized for being an offensive and rape apologist campaign.



#MensRightsMovies is a Twitter hashtag associated with parodies of famous movie titles that are intended to poke fun at the mens rights movement.

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External References

[1] Cornell – A Word For Mens Rights

[2] Wikipedia – Mens Rights Movement

[3] Reddit – /r/MensRights

[4] Wayback Machine – MensRights

[5] Tumblr – Men's Rights Activism

[6] MensRights – Mens Rights – Advocating Gender Rights

[7] Mens Rights Movement – Mens Rights Movement

[8] Pandagon – Overview of the anti-feminist mens rights movement

[9] Blogspot – Mens Rights Blog

[10] Wayback Machine – Mens Rights

[11] Jezebel – The Misguided Message Of Men's Rights Groups

[12] Urban Dictionary – MRA

[13] A Voice For Men – A Voice For Men

[14] The Register – Mens rights activists – Symantec branded us a hate group

[15] We Hunted the Mammoth (formerly Manboobz) – What mens rights guru warren farrell said about

[16] Maxient (previously on Google Docs) – Sexual Violence Anonymous Reporting Form

[17] Reddit – Feminists at Occidental College created an online form

[18] We Hunted the Mammoth (formerly Manboobz) – Mens Rights Redditors flood Occidental Colleges online rape reporting form

[19] Gawker – Reddit Forum Encourages Users to Spam College With False Rape Reports

[20] Gawker – Mens Rights Trolls Spammed Us With 400 Fake Rape Reports

[21] The Daily Dot – Mens rights activists troll college

[22] Wikipedia – Manosphere

[23] The Washington Post – Inside the 'manosphere' that inspired Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodgers

[24] BBC – #BBCtrending – Feminism v Meninism

[25] Twitter – @zinggzingga

[26] Reddit – My classmate wore a meninist hoodie today and I started hitting him

[27] Tee Spring – Official Meninist Shirt

[28] BuzzFeed – People Are Wearing Anti-Feminist

[29] Twitter – Emily Reynolds

[30] Twitter – @feastsoflove

[31] Time – This is What Happens When you Show Off Your Meninist T Shirt

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