MRAs rebrand as ‘Men’s Human Rights Activists’


MHRM?
Last Spring, the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org) profiled a group of websites as “woman-hating.”

Among these were some popular spaces for “the men’s rights movement,” including avoiceformen.comthe-spearhead.commensactivism.org and the men’s rights subreddit.

On January 21st 2013 (MLK Day), A Voice for Men used the words, “privileged white bitches in our dust” to boast outranking Feministing.com via Alexa’s traffic data. AVfM’s tagline is “compassion for boys and men.”

Another url, Manboobz.com positions itself as a watchdog for this community. For example, a recent post exposed a commenter at The Spearhead who suggested something like prison “whorehouses” for women.

In the past few weeks, some MRAs have started to promote new acronyms: MHRA and MHRM, for Men’s Human Rights Activism and Men’s Human Rights Movement.

If you do a search for feminism on Youtube, the first result ironically is an anti-feminist video with more than 500,000 views from MRA (MHRA), Girl Writes What. Last week, this user posted a video discussing the name change, which she says encourages inclusiveness.

Is it purely a cosmetic change, or the signifier of a new direction?

http://youtu.be/13zZEizsIs0

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  • Marcy

    “Is it purely a cosmetic change, or the signifier of a new direction?”

    It was a wrong label, forced upon Men’s Rights activists by people claiming to be feminists. But when held to scrutiny, these people just use feminism to make themselves feel powerful.

    That’s why I won’t call these people feminists. Anyone who turns a fight for equality in to a political game of power, is long past caring for other people.

    Anyone who violates women’s rights and claims to be a MRA, is a liar. MRA might focus specifically on issues related to men, but the ultimate goal remains equality for all. If men get something, women can have it too. And if women get something, men can have it too. And nobody is forced in to anything.

    The problem is: on the internet, names are a dime a dozen. Most people will naturally assume something that got written is a truthful representation of the opinion of the person who wrote it and that it was one person who wrote this and they always write on the internet with that one name. Fact of the matter is you can say the spew the most vile hatred towards either gender without anyone actually being able to catch you. And if you account if bombarded with comments on reddit, you can just make a new one.

  • Marcy

    “Is it purely a cosmetic change, or the signifier of a new direction?”

    It was a wrong label, forced upon Men’s Rights activists by people claiming to be feminists. But when held to scrutiny, these people just use feminism to make themselves feel powerful.

    That’s why I won’t call these people feminists. Anyone who turns a fight for equality in to a political game of power, is long past caring for other people.

    Anyone who violates women’s rights and claims to be a MRA, is a liar. MRA might focus specifically on issues related to men, but the ultimate goal remains equality for all. If men get something, women can have it too. And if women get something, men can have it too. And nobody is forced in to anything.

    The problem is: on the internet, names are a dime a dozen. Most people will naturally assume something that got written is a truthful representation of the opinion of the person who wrote it and that it was one person who wrote this and they always write on the internet with that one name. Fact of the matter is you can say the spew the most vile hatred towards either gender without anyone actually being able to catch you. And if you account if bombarded with comments on reddit, you can just make a new one.

  • Hadrian999

    I prefer No Ma’am

  • Anarchy Pony

    Men’s rights advocates: Fighting for your right to be a patronizing douche!

    • IokSotot

      Thats the nastiest thing Ive ever read you say, Pony

  • BuzzCoastin

    The Virtual War of the Sexes
    is even less interesting than a bird shit Jesus

    • Ittabena

      Did you hear the faucet drip one drop of water into the sink? Could I suggest that perhaps the choice of back drops for the video was, shall we say, unfortunate? Not to be harsh, but the video reminded me of a Lyndon LaRouche production. Ooh, that was harsh after all. Oh, a few more drops…

    • Ittabena

      Did you hear the faucet drip one drop of water into the sink? Could I suggest that perhaps the choice of back drops for the video was, shall we say, unfortunate? Not to be harsh, but the video reminded me of a Lyndon LaRouche production. Ooh, that was harsh after all. Oh, a few more drops…

      • BuzzCoastin

        you watched the video?
        one look at the thumbnail and I knew I’d rather watch a bird shit video first

        • Ittabena

          And you were so right!

  • Andrew

    Shit like this is why I’m a Gender Nihilist.

    • Pavl McQvaid

      It always comes back to the poo-poo sooner or later

  • Spasmodius

    Interesting.
    Did the Southern Poverty Law Center profile any websites as “man-hating”? Or would that be “off-message”.

    • Spasmodius

      “Androphobia: the only respectable bigotry” by Robert Anton Wilson.

      http://triggeralert.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/androphobia.html
      (reprinted in Email to the Universe)

      • David Howe

        “Radical Feminists” good to see you’re using a broad brush. You can cover more territory that way.

        Wow. That’s a pretty vile website you linked. You must be a Connoisseur of hate speech.

        • Pavl McQvaid

          Radical Feminists” good
          Radical Feminists” bad
          Radical Feminists” happy
          Radical Feminists” ***

      • Andrew

        R.A.W. was wrong on that one. Misopedia is the only respectable bigotry.

    • David Howe

      Why don’t you go find out and let us know? I know the persecution of straight white christian men is a serious problem.

      • Eric_D_Read

        When did he mention anything about it being limited to “straight white christian” men?

        Does that mean issues like parental rights, legal gender discrimination, and male genital mutilation don’t affect brown skinned, non-christian or gay/bisexual men?

      • Eric_D_Read

        When did he mention anything about it being limited to “straight white christian” men?

        Does that mean issues like parental rights, legal gender discrimination, and male genital mutilation don’t affect brown skinned, non-christian or gay/bisexual men?

        • Andrew

          Brown skinned people, non-Christians, and gays/bisexuals aren’t really men.

        • Andrew

          Brown skinned people, non-Christians, and gays/bisexuals aren’t really men.

          • David Howe

            Indeed. The Men’s Rights sites are full of anti-gay and anti-minority rhetoric.

          • edtastic

            That’s funny because I’m a minority and I read them all the time. I don’t see that at all. You seem to be under some illusions put in your head by the privileged white women who dominate the feminist movement today.

        • David Howe

          look at the “men’s rights” sites sometime and you’ll see what I mean. It’s NEVER about the things that you say. It’s about protecting privilege for men.

          • edtastic

            How the hell can they protect a privilege they don’t have? Women are the ones who get more compassion even in patriarchal cultures. Men ar e the people we send to fight our wars and we expect to be tough. That’s not a privilege it’s a burden.

        • David Howe

          show me that one of these people cares about circumcision in Africa or the persecution of Muslims and we’ll talk.

        • David Howe

          Does that mean issues like parental rights, legal gender discrimination, and male genital mutilation don’t affect brown skinned, non-christian or gay/bisexual men?

          No, it does not.

      • edtastic

        I’m a liberal so I know persecuting white men is something we do. Don’t act like “old white male” doesn’t precede someone in power doing something wrong most of the time. We have played this bigoted game on the left for far too long and we need to stop being hypocrites.

  • Reuben_the_Red

    Growing up in the Hoosier state, we always said that dudes that drove humungous trucks were “compensating.” I guess anti-woman blogging is the new compensating, in a down economy. Pretty pathetic. Why do bullies want everyone’s sympathy?

    • edtastic

      I’m a black make who supports the MHRM do I qualify as a bully or does your shallow stereotyping ass actually have to think a little harder? Girlwriteswhat isn’t compensating for a damn thing is she? Just because you don’t care to care doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant.

  • FemAnon

    men don’t have rights, especially if they are white, because all white men are privileged and hold power over others, just by virtue of being white and male

    • Pavl McQvaid

      I love non-sequiturs, especially when is that your t-shirt?