Do we really need a men's rights movement? | The Tylt
Do we really need a men's rights movement?
Though men's mental and physical health issues certainly need to be addressed, gender-based violence against women is still so prevalent that a lot of people simply don't take the men's rights movement seriously.
But activists point to the male suicide rate, poor health outcomes and shorter life expectancies as reasons why men's rights need to be addressed and taken seriously. They also suffer more work place deaths and with the exception of rape are more likely to be victims of violent crime. Men don't want to feel shamed or afraid just for being men—in fact, they want to take pride in it (hence, International Men's Day.)
The issue people have with many men's rights activists is that their movement often comes across as far more anti-woman than pro-men. Anne Thériault at "The Belle Jar" agrees men face legitimate challenges, but strongly disagrees that women or feminism are the cause of those problems:
There are certainly issues that disproportionately affect men—the suicide rate among men is higher, as is the rate of homelessness. Men are more likely to be injured or killed on the job or because of violence. Men who are the victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault are less likely to report these things....The problem is that none of these things are caused by feminism, or equal rights for women.
Unfortunately, some members of the movement have engaged in harassment and violence to such a degree that many associate men's rights groups with extreme misogyny. After a California gunman went on a killing spree in Santa Barbara and murdered six people, police discovered he had advocated an overthrow of "this oppressive feminist system" and envisioned "a world where WOMEN FEAR YOU." His extensive ties to men's rights groups and the "manosphere" was viewed as some of the inspiration for his violent acts.