Last year saw the spectacular implosion of the feminist narrative and a huge electoral humiliation for people running on explicitly feminist platforms.
You’d think this would open the way to reforms, and incoming legislators would be proposing to roll back the excesses of feminist legislation. If not on the federal level, at least there would be some states doing so, right?
There has been nothing but deafening silence, and nothing has been done to even rectify the unwarranted blame aimed at college fraternities following the lies published by Sabrina Rubin Erdely in the great Rolling Stone rape fantasy article of 2014.
Instead, the lies actually furthered the agenda, and fraternities are being punished as we speak for what has been proven to be a hoax.
Why on earth can’t MRAs take advantage of this situation? Why can’t they find a sympathetic ear?
The problem lies in the continued insistence on playing the same game by the same rules as the feminists and expecting to finally win despite losing time after time after time.
Let’s start at the beginning. Warren Farrell is called the Father of the Men’s Rights Movement, and I think that’s fair. He sincerely worked for gender equality, starting at NOW over forty years ago. He genuinely believed in this concept of equality, but eventually saw that it wasn’t exactly what feminists had in mind.
Eventually, he published books proving that men do not, in fact, have it better than women. In doing so, he incurred the wrath and enmity of feminists everywhere.
So much for good faith
However, Warren Farrell hasn’t changed his tune. He still believes in gender equality as a laudable goal. You might think that this would put him in alignment with feminists in general, but then again one could say that Stalin and Trotsky’s differences were not really all that substantial, either.
And this is perhaps the best metaphor for feminism and MRA: the Stalin/Trotsky split in the Bolshevik party. Both believed in the inevitability of the workers’ state and both shared the same general Marxist philosophy; they only disagreed on the specifics and how to get there. Nevertheless this occasioned a great deal of hatred. Trotsky and his acolytes lost early on, and from then on they were relentlessly hounded across the world by Stalin’s henchmen.
So here we are in the USA, feminists having won the equality war hands down, holding all the cards politically and having the power of the state at their disposal. Yet MRAs insist that theirs is the “true equality,” and continue to believe that the same belief system that so thoroughly crushed them from the beginning is ultimately their salvation.
It would be laughable if it weren’t so sad.
I’d like to offer another option:
Reject the ideology altogether. Stop trying to compete on the same terms. People who offer promises of this unicorns and rainbows fantasy of gender equality are selling you a barrel of bad apples. After all, you’d end up with the same thing even if MRAs did manage to win. Gender confusion, emasculation, unattractive women, sexual chaos and the destruction of the family.
Instead, recognize that men and women are different, and different rules and standards can and must be applied to them for the benefit of both individuals and society.
Imagine if Russians, instead of rejecting Communism altogether, had simply switched from Stalinism to Trotskyism. They’d still be living in a drab, totalitarian state with severe restrictions on individual freedom and lower material standards.
Same goes for MRA vs. feminism. If you had your choice, wouldn’t you prefer “none of the above?”
Think about it.