I am indignant, indignant towards this new ridiculous hilarity called a movement, the MRA Without derailing the last 200 years of hard work and subsequent progress that has been achieved in the name of feminist and gender rights, please articulate to me how a man purported to be the same age, have the same socio-economic status, religion or creed and experience in the workforce is able to earn more than me in an occupation that demands as much of him as it does of myself. Please explain to me why my womb, my ovaries and my vagina is a reason for you to choose not to hire me and why staring at my super hot rack is a distraction and therefore I need to be fired, please explain to me why my genitalia is a reason for you to undermine and undervalue me.
Think about all your female relatives and friends and tell me with justifiable conviction that their right is justifiably below yours just because of the mere fact that you are, by right of birth ‘a man’. In May, 2012 the ABS denoted that the average weekly earnings were as followed $1,342.50 for male employees and $904.00 for female employees, If this is what equality appears to be, than I am dissatisfied with the level of equality that is not afforded to me.
Am I against men? Do I, as you so strongly claim, ‘deny the human rights afforded to them’, of bloody-course not, some of my closest friends are men and not to mention the amount of men who support equality between genders, the infallible lack of common sense in the minds of a ‘Voice for Men’ is nothing less than insulting. I’m not about to take a flamethrower to my Underwear Drawer, and I admittedly do shave my legs, But to truly go above and beyond to claim that Feminism has achieved all it’s worth through minor tokens and Hitler-esque appeasements is none less than revolting, (side-note: my ovaries and reproductive rights are not the Sudetenland). The bile rises in my throat when I look around and still see and feel the injustice that exists against women all over the world today, I suppose there’s no need to concern our ‘pretty little heads’ with the scores of infanticide happening in third world countries or the millions of women who still suffer domestic violence and what about the other issues like, female bodily and genital disfigurement and mutilation, forced prostitution, honor killings, restricted freedoms, child brides and criminalized pregnancy. You may think that the post-feminist wave is dead and gone, but we are here and our eyes and ears are open and we will make a difference even though you deny the very basis of our existence.
Just reading through the article written about Miss Hannah Smith, the lack of respect shown to her through both the incredulous tone of the article and the more-than misogynistic thread of comments that ensued is shameful. In regards to my opposition of the article, instead of attacking the author, it is the argument that should be attacked; the leaps and bounds of progress is undeniably existent within the Feminist rights discourse HOWEVER this should not form a basis for the MRA’s argument of ‘that’s enough, you can all go home now’, yes we have achieved much in Australia on a reproductive level, but how about out employment rates, as well as out under-representation in the recently instated liberal Government, please explain to me how the number of seats in Australia’s current Parliament is equally distributed among fully capable men and women.
Now let’s discuss men’s reproductive rights to contraception, sure there are vasectomies and other pharmaceutical and surgical articles of question, however, men who do not wish to father a child would in no way be expected to undertake these responsibilities of immeasurable worth, women on the other hand are almost pushed toward the ‘pill’ (Can cause weight gain, hormonal imbalance, moodiness and increased chance of being infertile at a later age) and other contraceptive methods that are both uncomfortable and inconvenient including: implants, Intrauterine devices, female sterilization, injectibles, the pill, patches, rings, diaphragms, female condoms, sponges, spermicides and who can forget the ‘fertility-Awareness Based methods’, because we obviously do not self-police ourselves enough.
In regards to the denial of the need for Men’s health, the absolute hilarity of this notion is beyond jaw-dropping, because ultimately, according to the MRAs reliable and non-existent sources, no ‘feminists’ can articulate to the MRA that there is a specific and inbound need for Men’s right and health. To this I say, of Course just as there is a need for male health there is a need for female health, ‘Feminists’ are not eager and keen to see half the earth’s human population suffering from the common cold, and we are not out here to try and restrict your access to your local GP, on that same note we are not out to restrict the research into bigger male-health issues.
The aspect of this article that most bothered and unsettled me was the misogynistic language and sexist remarks made by individuals that commented on this post, which I quote “Oh for cryin out loud, can we get past the fact that the web page isn’t F-ing pretty” as well as “Stats is also a brand of lipstick, thus the confusion”, “As she gets older and her sexual currency fades and the guys get less horny, she will be in for a huge shock, I still know women that carry on with this rubbish in their early forties onwards, they still can’t find a man, gee I wonder why”(also apparently our life’s mission appears to be to ‘find a man’), I wonder what the male equivalency of these statements would be and whether or not they would be used. So in the name of equality, here goes nothing: “Oh for cryin out loud can we get past the fact that the web page isn’t F-ing Banging” as well as “Stats is also a brand of protein shake, thus the confusion”, “As he gets older and his hair line starts to recede and the girls don’t line up for his milk shake anymore, he will be in for a huge shock, I still know men that keep trying to make the milkshake work, they still can’t find a woman, gee I wonder why?”
The MRA still think it is acceptable to cry wolf at the grave injustices done unto them, I imagine a conversation with an MRA member would follow along the lines of:
Me: So I heard you’ve been feeling socially oppressed lately: what is the silver spoon of male-born-rights not giving you?
MRA member: I just feel so oppressed, every time I go to a bar, all the girls just stare at my arse and ask me if I want to Vincent-van-gogh-to-bed-with-them or they tell me to go chop some lumber and not to mention the catcalls, I just feel like they only want me for my body they’ll never respect me for my feelings.
Me: Well that’s quite unfortunate, what else has been bothering you?
MRA member: Well I just feel like I have so many employment opportunities, it’s so overwhelming, job here, and job there, so many jobs. No I don’t want to be the CEO of a successful oil Conglomerate!? Why are they doing this to me?!
If this turned out to be some of the sole basis of the founding of the MRA, I would step down from my ‘Feminazi’ rampage and look into supporting the cause of the highly oppressed MRA. After all it would suck to be socially oppressed through image policing, lack of bodily respect and misogynistic language; it would also suck to have so many opportunities bestowed upon you because you have a phallic object protruding from your abdomen.
Oh the inequality of it all.
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