A weird thing happened to the Mens Movement a little while back. Something that literally rocked the whole movement back on its heels a little bit.
See, a few MRAs were out on weekend morning postering a local neighborhood, and were set upon by angry feminists, who proceeded to tear down their posters and call them mean names. And that’s when the weird thing happened…
A guy (by all accounts a man with responsibilities) stepped up and defended the right of his fellow citizens to place their posters on the contested wall. He defended the right of his fellow citizens to say things, even if other, more politically entitled people objected or disagreed.
These same MRAs have also related stories of ‘approving noises’ from passersby when postering the neighborhood. And other reports of public approval of at least some of the MRM message continues to trickle in.
In fact, many of the ‘soothersayers’ in the Manosphere have taken this as renewed reason to ‘play nice with feminists’, as if we have somehow scored a public relations coup.Of course, we have seen nothing of the sort. What we have seen is a signpost. A message from the social conscious.
There is a market for our message.
A big one.
A really, really big one, in fact. And this presents a problem to the MRAs that care about such things. After all, if there are that many people out there receptive to our message…how do we leverage that effectively?
The postering campaigns that are springing up all over the world are one solution, raising awareness of men’s issues to which most people are never exposed, let alone led to consider. But only so much can be accomplished with a kinko’s card and a spare afternoon.
So, what do we do? Where is ‘forward’ from here?
Well, I for one propose it’s impossible to measure progress without an accurate yardstick. Without something to position ourselves against we have no measure of progress. So that is the very first order of business this movement needs to get concrete on, fairly quick.
There are many who say things like ‘gender equality’ are the metric, but I propose those types of things are far too subjective for uselfulness. No, we need concrete examples of misandry, of legal and social discrimination, We need to define the core goals of the Men’s Rights Movement, or at least define yardsticks by which we can measure progress.
Because frankly, I’m personally finding ‘compared to the way things used to be’ is fast becoming too distant a measure to be useful as well. Compared to the way things were, absolutely everything happening in the MRM is amazingly good stuff.
But, progress never sleeps, and we didn’t work this hard just to populate some websites with like-minded drones…
So, why are we here? What binds the many disparate groups of the MRM together? Politics is out, the Left/Right fight is as bad here as anywhere. ‘Gender Equality’ is also out, as a concept, because it is dependent as a concept on the outcome of this discussion….as in define “equal”.
After a considerable amount of thought, I think I hit on a possible answer:
The Mens Movement stands in opposition to Identity Politics, Political Correctness, and other forms of ‘social engineering’. In short, the Mens Movement is basically a Rebellion against our ‘moral betters’.
The Mens Movement also seems to demand equal legal rights as well as accountability between the sexes, and rejects outright there is any reason women or girls should have special treatment in modern society…along with the contingent “if you didn’t experience it directly, it’s irrelevant”.
The Mens Movement stands to correct a pervasive propaganda meme that masculinity, and men, are ‘bad’ or ‘toxic’ to society. Or ‘unnecessary’. The Mens Movement stands in direct opposition to Gynocentric thinking, and is unapologetic in asserting men have intrinsic value as human beings.
…these are a few ideas that have occurred to me, and I am sure (and hopeful) that you have others you wish to add.
It’s time we defined where we want to go as a movement.
So we can start getting there.