ONTD Political

Grading Obama On Men’s and Boys’ Issues

3:52 pm - 11/06/2012

The deplorable sexism of the Obama administration is one of the many reasons I will be shuddering as I reluctantly vote for Obama this year. This report card explains my reluctance very well.

As disheartening as that is, however, there is no reason to believe that anything will be different under a theoretical Romney Administration. Sexist laws on domestic violence and sexual violence based on the man-hating, woman-infantalizing, and just plain wrong notion that violence and sexual assault are things men to do women, rather than something people do to each other, probably cause the most suffering. But there’s also:

* The lack of reproductive freedom for men and boys

* The debtor’s prisons now swelling with men who can’t (I didn’t say wouldn’t, I said can’t) pay their alimony and child support and can’t get it modified to something humane

* Our widespread cultural acceptance of genital mutilation (warning: Not Safe For Work, but subscribe to Typhonblue’s channel here, she’s funny and thoughtful and incredibly well-informed)

* Our lack of action by the law against that insidious form of child abuse called parental alienation (which, like most forms of child abuse, is more frequently committed by women than men)

* The unconscionable arrest, prosecution, and sentencing discount for women at the expense of men in criminal matters

…and more. It is all driven by our widespread cultural tendency to treat women as perpetual victims (and, often, as perpetual children not responsible for their own choices). Programs and set-asides and special protections for women abound, all while underplaying, ignoring, or outright ridiculing the plight of males who are sick, poverty stricken, undereducated, unemployed, homeless, imprisoned, and the victims of violence–even though males are in the majority in all those areas of need and suffering in our nation. But it is our culture, where females are privileged over males in countless measurable and unmeasurable ways people will rarely acknowledge, that most needs changing. It starts with asking women, particularly white women, to learn how to check their privilege and modify their behavior accordingly.

It often appears as of women in America, especially middle class white women, are totally blind to their privileged status. This gynocentrism favoring white women in particular is what appears to be at the root of much of it, so neither Democrats nor Republicans are likely to change it. Change has to begin at the grass roots, by changing people’s attitudes, and by local action.

Those of us who advocate for men and boys have our work cut out for us in both the Republican and Democratic parties. Fortunately, we are a growing movement, and despite all the hate-based lies that we are racist, hate women, hate gay people, are violent, or are surly straight middle aged straight guys who are just “angry” because we’ve lost our cookies, the reality is that what we come in all races creeds colors nationalities sexes and sexual orientations, and what we care about most is marginalized and ignored men and boys, period. The claims to the contrary are rooted in ignorance, and ignorance is the root of all bigotry. So the fight for equal rights and equal responsibilities shall continue, through advocacy, political action, and refusing to be shamed into silence.

It starts, I think, with recognizing both the historical and modern-day reality of Female Privilege. Here’s my friend Karen, writing to a young man who, after arguing with man-hating bigots who claimed to be “feminists” on what she thinks the real lowdown is:

Letter to a young man on privilege-blindness.

She even better lays out some (hardly all) of the historical realities of Female Privilege here.

She simply states the truth, and the truth hurts for a lot of people: in this society, today, it is not men who are the privileged class. It is women. And in reality, females have been privileged in multiple ways for thousands of years; the feminism of the 1970s, whatever righteous claims it had, still started out with a flawed premise: that men as a class oppress women as a class, and have for thousands of years. Which is a hateful thing to say: hateful toward men, and demeaning toward women. And it’s also just plain not true. It was always a balance between privilege and responsibilities, perks and burdens, that both sexes always had to live with, and that we should no longer have to.

In recognizing this reality, and rejecting the false theory that we live in a “PatriarchY” (and the grossly insulting “Patriarchy hurts men too” thinking that goes with it), we can begin to hope for change, and hope to see men’s and boys’ issues receive greater prominence in the next election cycle, no matter who wins the election today.

In brighter news, we have November 19 to look forward to!



Brb. Laying on my face forever.
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vulturoso 6th-Nov-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
...Wait, what?
lykomancer 6th-Nov-2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
What the fuck did I just read?
anolinde 6th-Nov-2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
thinkatory 6th-Nov-2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I think someone did find/replace on a feminist article on MRAs here.
8hrs 6th-Nov-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
* The lack of reproductive freedom for men and boys

so is that the one where they're not allowed to force a woman to have an abortion (or not to have an abortion) or what
vulturoso 6th-Nov-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm confused about it in general. They don't have complete and total reproductive freedom? Que?
mycenaes 6th-Nov-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)

#misandry 4 lyfe tbh
lastingchances 6th-Nov-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
I love how my spell check says that 'misandry' isn't even a real word. Men should take note.
aviv_b 6th-Nov-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
But.. but...what about the men? Just stfu, not everything is about you.
skellington1 6th-Nov-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh poor widdle bebby I am all out of fucks to give for you. So unjust.

roseofjuly 7th-Nov-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Hahahaha yes
lastingchances 6th-Nov-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Is this satire?
moonbladem 6th-Nov-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
That's what I was wondering, whether it's satire.
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san 7th-Nov-2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Omg this gif is AMAZING.
windy_lea 6th-Nov-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Pfffft. Even when patriarchal values end up screwing over individual men instead of women for a change, it's the fault of a system that overall favors men over women. Once again, an MRA is looking at the effects of patriarchy and mislabeling it sexism against men.
jamethiel_bane 6th-Nov-2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
the_physicist 6th-Nov-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
men have been oppressed by women for thousands of years eh? went to the source to check if it was actually for real. guy is in the comments seemingly being real. eh. /le sigh
sesmo 6th-Nov-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
A perfect example of how misleading URLs can be. A moderate voice? Hahaha. Yeah.
aviv_b 6th-Nov-2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
I saw that too, LOL.
surrealism 6th-Nov-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
... uh huh
ellonwye 6th-Nov-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
'* The lack of reproductive freedom for men and boys'

Huh? They can get pregnant all they want, I give no shits.
the_siobhan 7th-Nov-2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
I want to hit the "Like" button about 20 times.
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