Friday, September 17, 2010

Opening Statement

I've been watching the Men's Rights movement, such as it is, for some time, with a mixture of amusement, horror and disgust. It's a movement that's bad for everyone -- for men, for women, for children, and probably even for my cat, though I haven't yet quite worked out how. The best thing you can say about the Men's Rights Movement is that it doesn't, and hopefully never will, have anything near the impact on the world that feminism has had over the years. And this blog, in its own little way, hopes to help keep that way.

So in this blog I hope to take on the assorted myths promulgated by the Men's Rights Movement, to dismantle their rickety logic and their dubious statistics. I'll round up assorted examples of misogyny, mendacity and just plain stupidity from MRA's online and off. And I'll highlight some of the best anti-MRA arguments I can find.

As for the boobz in the title, I do not refer to those rounded lumps of flesh and fat on the chests of women and some men. I refer to the classic definition of boob as "a stupid or foolish person; a dolt." Too many MRA's, alas, fit this definition to a T.

Oh, and the Z on the end of "boobz?" Someone else already took the "manboobs" URL. So I improvised. I'm crafty.


  1. As a mens rights activist, I believe that anyone that dismisses legitimate societal barriers to men's happiness is not a deep thinker, or to be taken very seriously.


  2. Uh, I don't dismiss legitimate issues. I dismiss made-up issues and people who distort the facts to make political points. Keep reading the blog and you will see what I mean by this.

  3. The Men's Rights Movement is about reversing a series of injustices which affect men because of their gender : bias in sentencing, bias in family courts, bias in treatment by the media and government programs.

    That the actions or rhetoric of a number of idiots in the movement annoy you is understandable, but not the broad brush with which you tar the whole thing.

    Once again, you prove Gandhi right : "First, they ignore you. Then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win." The only thing on display here are you own prejudices.

  4. MRAs sure do love that quote. I just don't think you guys are ever going to make it to step four. I think you'll remain forever stuck between steps 2 and 3: getting laughed at, and being fought. And eventually, forgotten.

  5. It seems, David, you are very worried about the MRAs - yes, true, the movement is growing, getting stronger ...


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