Might as well get this out of the way, to avoid any sort of flame war…
Glenn Sacks says it well…
“Why fight for men’s rights? Aren’t men the privileged sex?
Some men are privileged. Some women are privileged.
When we say ‘privileged’ we are only looking up, at the leaders of our society, who are mostly male.
If we look down, at the bottom of our society, we’ll see that most of the people down there are male, too: the homeless, the imprisoned, the suicide victims, those who die young, the school dropouts, etc. While many of women’s issues and concerns are certainly still unresolved, women’s issues have received enormous publicity and attention.”
This entry is about a struggle for equality. No more, no less.
This is about men whose lives have been left in the fray. Men whose children have been taken from them by malicious moms with no legal recourse; men who have been abused by wives and girlfriends (nearly 50% of victims are men [Statistics Canada, 2005]) only to discover that there are no services for them; and men who have suffered at the hands of government programs designed to explicitly or systemically discriminate against them.
I have no qualms whatsoever about the women’s movement. It think it has made some great leaps forward and I applaud many in the movement for the changes that they have made happen.
Now it’s time to precipitate change for all men: gay and straight, black and white—to deliver equality in virtually every part of life: family law, children’s rights, domestic violence, the military draft, work and housework, and health to name just a few. To raise awareness men’s issues, change the polical landscape, and most importantly to take action to impove the lives of men and women around the world.
Comments welcome and encouraged.