Feminism helps men too something something yada yada.

An outstanding piece on AVfM by Tom Voltz, an Australian MRA, Can’t we all just get along? It starts:

Authors Note: This article started as a post in the comment section of an article named Why I changed my mind about International Men’s Day on a UK pro-feminist blog called “InsideMAN”.

For those who would prefer the TL;DR version, the premise of the article was that, although the author used to oppose IMD (because, hey, every day is men’s day, right?), he now thinks it’s important for feminists to consider that it may have some limited value. How very kind of him…

After some thought, I penned the following response and left it as a comment which, in true Feminist style, he deleted shortly before closing all comments. Coward.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • The open war from modern UK feminists could be said to have started in 1971 when Chiswick Women’s Aid, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, was hijacked from Erin Pizzey and twisted to be a pawn in the feminists’ blame-the-man dogma.

    They actively worked against fathers’ interests (and therefore the best interests of most children) when Families For Fathers, founded in 1974, became the target of smear campaigns that largely nullified thier potential.

    As Tom Voltz says, feminists have done their best to resist equality or fairness for men.

    In 2002, most men thought that the poor treatment they recieved in divorce and Family Court was a fluke, something unique. Then the first Fathers For Justice scalers caught country-wide, even world-wide, attention. Suddenly, there was talk. Men started speaking up. Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, wronged and lonely fathers started finding a voice. They were not alone, it wasn’t just them, this was ‘the system’ against fathers.

    Angry Harry filled a void on the Internet and gained a reputation for stating bald truths on his blog. (The very word ‘blog’ was as new back then as was exposing that men didn’t have the same human rights like all the other humans had). He began looking into why fathers didn’t have rights, he started finding feminism.

    2004, when antimisandry set up as an international forum to combat global misandry, feminism still had few opponents, the “men’s rights movement” didn’t, and the word “misandry” wasn’t even in most dictionaries, let alone to be found mentioned by journalists in the main media. Men in the UK began to know that their situation wasn’t so unique. They could see the source of hatred as an organised, world-wide campaign.

    From 2005, AVfM has used controversial tactics and helped spread a message to men and women alike. They have been highly successful and only recently turned from their path of gathering mass support to a more political activism which can effect real change.

    Two weeks ago, antimisandry.com published an article covering the issue of “we all” getting along:
    Do MRAs spend more time fighting feminazis than dealing with men’s rights?

    For those whose preferences are for a short video, I think Steve Brulé did a marvellous job at explaining what it will take for feminists to be acceptable:
    Treat feminists fairly!

    As Tom Voltz says, feminists are starting to make concessions. This is the dangerous phase of any campaign, as anyone from the American Indians to the Nigerian white farmers can tell you. There is no need for the individuals in the men’s rights movement to unify and agree on every issue, so long as they agree that children need fathers as well as mothers, that men are people just like the rest of humanity, and that men are owed the same rights as other people. And feminism isn’t out to give that to any of them.