The Men’s Human Rights Movement (MHRM) is a complicated and often misunderstood social phenomenon. We address a wide variety of issues that affect men and boys — and ultimately women, as well as the culture as a whole. Additionally, there is a great deal of disinformation about this movement on the Internet and in the mainstream media.
With that in mind, we suggest the following reading and a review of our mission objectives.
- Welcome to AVFM
- A voice for choice
- Entering a new ERA
- ERA: Gaining equal rights for men
- How do Men’s Rights Activists align politically?
- Is libertarianism the undercurrent of the MHRM?
- The same old gynocentric story
- What gynocentrism is about and why anyone who values freedom should fight against it
- Unraveling the myths of gynocentric culture
- Breaking the pendulum: Tradcons vs. feminists
- Traditionalism versus traditionalism
- A new psychology for men
- Narrative therapy with men
- Authoring your own life
- Changing the cultural narrative
- MHRM: counterculture or subculture?
- A little blood in the mix never hurt a revolution
- MHRM, MGTOW, and creating a counter-culture
- First and second wave of the men’s rights movement
The past 50 years have been a time of remarkable change in the world of western women. With the help of technology and forward thinking, our society has thrown off sex-based expectations and limitations for women, allowing them important, long-deserved access to the path of self-actualization.
We now live in a world where a woman’s role in life is one of choice, not a destiny shaped by tradition, determined by biology, or forged in law. This, we think, is as it should be.
This revolution in freedom and identity, however, will not be complete until the same standards find their way into the lives of the average man. The absence of that complementary change in the lives of men has created an imbalance that erodes the autonomy of both sexes. Unless this changes, that imbalance will worsen.
Freedom from sex-based expectations for just one sex will never result in freedom for either sex. It is simply a foundation of exploitation on which tyranny is built and administered.
As a society, we are already on that path. The noble idea of freedom and equity between the sexes has been corrupted. It has become a malignancy on our social consciousness. What used to be cooperation between sexes is now gynocentric parasitism that inhabits every level of men’s existence, from cradle to coffin. The efforts to enhance the rights of women have become toxic efforts to undermine the rights of men.
It is time for equity-minded men and women to engage in the final push for freedom for both sexes, and indeed for all human beings. It is time for the interests of humanity to take precedence over the interests of men and women as political factions and social adversaries.
It is time for a movement that truly favors humanity, not a particular sex. It is time for feminism to fulfill its promise of equality, and to quit making a mockery of it.
With those humanist ideals guiding our path, we hereby proclaim the mission of A Voice for Men as “Changing the Cultural Narrative.”
Changing the Cultural Narrative
Since the turn of the 21st century, men’s advocacy has seen a shift toward changing the cultural dialogue on social and mainstream media. That challenge to popular narratives, so many of them gynocentric and misandric, has amounted to a grassroots effort involving a deconstruction and reconstruction, an effort ultimately in the service of creating a greater and better range of choices for men.
A stronger emphasis on cultural narratives forms a legitimate second wave of men’s rights activity in contrast to the lobbying of legislators and requesting reforms to misandric laws that characterized the earlier advocacy of the twentieth century. It is our understanding that, with few exceptions, laws governing gendered expectations are eventually brought into line with the prevailing cultural expectations.
Such an enterprise is not new. Similar narrative revolutions in religious beliefs and social orientations have happened throughout history, where cultural pressures led legislating bodies, and even individual magistrates, to interpret and draft new laws in the light of said expectations.
For this reason we long ago adopted ‘Changing the Cultural Narrative’ as the site’s byline. This makes a clear statement about what AVfM’s mission is and has been since the start, and addresses disinformation spread in some corners of the internet claiming the MHRM, and specifically AVFM, is about lobbying the government for legitimacy and legal recognition. Those claims are about as credible as the SPLC. What they say is simply not true.
AVFM’s mission focuses pretty much exclusively on changing the cultural dialogue. We have never lobbied politicians for laws, we don’t seek a “Violence Against Men Act,” or even changes in divorce and custody law. We admire, report on and support those undertaking such efforts but that is not the same thing as doing them. We are certain, though, that changing the cultural narrative — forcing a new dialogue — opens the door for laws to change in a positive way even if we are not an active part of those efforts.
Boots On The Ground
September 3, 2017
AVFM has had unquestioned success over the past eight years in making strides toward our mission of changing the cultural narrative. Challenges to the feminist and traditional paradigms are now commonplace. The idea of men having basic human rights (and public notice of where those rights are infringed) is more and more commonplace.
While far from perfect, the cultural narrative has changed without doubt. So much so, in fact, that we feel obligated to amend our mission statement with the ambition to move the dialogue into real world settings. And to create environments where men’s advocates can network, socialize and create international connections.
This includes the International Conference on Men’s Issues, now preparing for its third staging. It also includes AVFM’s annual retreat, the second of which is now in planning stages.
It also includes the formation of an International Coalition for Men (IC4M), which is now in the planning stages and includes the United States, Great Britain, Australia and India.
IC4M will not be owned or operated by AVFM. We will simply constitute part of the American representation in the governing body, with no more authority than the other governing countries. More countries will be added as their organizations come forward to join.
The purpose of IC4M will be spreading global awareness of men’s issues, and importantly, putting people together face to face, developing more ways to bring value and belonging to men and women interested in men’s issues.
We will be sponsoring workshops globally on men’s activism on a range of topics. Everything from speaking up in the workplace, in social settings and the family will be addressed.
We will be fostering protests, the use of social and mainstream media and creative avoidance (MGTOW) along with multiple other tools to highlight men’s issues and concerns.
Having done its job in challenging the once prevailing misandric narrative on men and boys though the use of the internet, we now turn our attention to real world events with significant human investment.
For more information, individuals in the United States contact Paul Elam at firstname.lastname@example.org.