The internet is unfortunately crawling with so-called “men’s rights activists,” or MRAs. They run their mouths on social media, spewing misogynist nonsense about women falsifying paternity tests and rape accusations, having fewer financial opportunities than women, and other such claims of “female privilege.” They try to use a lot of leftist activist language, and sometimes they bring up legitimate issues like domestic and sexual violence against men and lower health outcomes. But all of this is only a means to silence women’s voices. The only “right” they are really concerned about is their ability to subordinate women.
Are these the only voices for men’s issues? There are certainly health issues that majorly affect men that go ignored, particularly mental health issues. But this is largely because the institution of patriarchy refuses to let men show any kind of vulnerability. There is a lack of positive, non-violent role models for men in media, but that’s also because entertainment CEOs’ preoccupation with men’s domination. And who already is advocating for patriarchy’s dissolution? That’s right – it’s feminists who are at the forefront of men’s rights, not these MRAs.
As part of our two-event acknowledgement of International Men’s Day (November 19) and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), we’re going to talk about how feminism is for everyone, and how feminists of all genders are fighting for men’s rights – their actual rights to be healthy and happy, not a patriarchy-given one to be oppressors. You may also be interested in our showing of the documentary Tough Guise on November 16th! ( https://www.facebook.com/events/301905457078606/
This event is free and open to the public. The Black Cat House is an all-ages, drug- and alcohol-free space. We are also wheelchair accessible.