Don’t Be That MRA
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*don’t be ANY type of MRA
The day I have an exchange of any kind with an MRA where he does not make a disgusting comment about my appearance and/or threaten to rape or beat or kill me I will let you know. It hasn’t happened yet. Not. Once.
Well, it’s good that they are calling out the people who make hateful statements. I can admire a group that doesn’t defend their members when they do something wrong.
While I can admire this this calling out and shaming bad behavior, and wish certain fandoms and organizations and movements would do this far, far(Tosses an aside glance at bronies). I think the main problem is the MRA movement is unlike feminism, reactionary. It has no history other then getting pissy when a feminist point gets notable, and tend to attract disgruntled people who feel threatened when someone else threatens their power and privilege with social change.
That’s not to say that MRA talking points are wrong or some of the ideas are bad themselves. Men do get hosed by society in some ways, and masculinity and gender roles can bite men in the ass hard, for example. There’s also the statistics on male rape victims which is disturbing, as is the treatment of such victims.
The problem I have with MRAs, or most who idienfity with is they don’t actually care about these issues. They bring them up constantly as talking points and arguments, but nothing more. They don’t want to set up shelters or support groups for battered men, or raise aware for male rape statistics for purposes beyond justify hating women. They could care less about the rights of male minorities like men of colour, gay men, or transmen.
When they do bring such things up it’s normally to verbally slam down (or attempt to) and discredit feminists. the movement doesn’t want change or equality. It’s a bunch of scared white dudebros afraid and/or enraged that it’s becoming less and less cool to tell a woman to make him a sandwich.
I mean we live in a world where Anita Sarkesian gets called the c-word and threatened with rape because she made series of videos pointing, incorrectly or not that at the very least video games have had some traditional problems with portrayal of the female gender. Discussion on such topics is good, even if Anita’s analysis tends gloss over a lot of things and there’s points I disagree with on her views but christ, can we maybe not try ad homiem attacks and when somebody challenges your world view because they happen to be a women?