I’m just about to start grinding the gears and getting back into the ‘Manosphere.’ I’ve been reading some mainstream articles published in the last couple of weeks on the Men’s ‘Rights’ Movement. One was particularly good. It’s an article in Truthout by Amanda Marcotte. The highlight of her analysis centered around male entitlement to women’s bodies. Specifically, she mentioned the recent book cover contest for an e-book by Warren Farrell. There were three main submissions and all three of them had pictures of scantily clad women sprawled across the page in sexually suggestive positions.
The cover that got the most attention was this one:
You might be thinking ‘what does this have to do with men’s rights?’ I didn’t make the connection that Marcotte made and it was brilliant to read it.
‘Men are oppressed because there are women they find sexually attractive who are sexually unavailable. And that this is the real oppression, and not all that feminist jibber-jabber about rape, domestic violence, abortion bans, and pay inequity. Indeed, that women are actively oppressing men because women don’t accede to demands to have sex with any man just because he wants it.’
This idea is the epicenter of the ‘Manosphere’ and especially Paul Elam and his pals over at A Voice for Men. Marcotte says
‘For the anger and vitriol and whining at AVFM to make any sense, you have to assume that men are the rightful owners of women’s bodies.’
Once you understand this main premise you understand why these whiny, entitled men screech about how they don’t have reproductive rights and why it’s not just feminism they’re after. They’re after women. They want control. I will keep this premise in mind as I critique them for another year.
Underpinning radical feminism is the fact that women have to be in control of their own bodies and specifically their own reproduction. In the US, Roe V. Wade made these rights a reality. In the decision, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said the case was about the ability of women to
‘…organize intimate relationships and make choices that define their views of themselves and their place in society The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.’
Once women own their reproductive and sexual function it allows freedom of movement in all spheres of life that men have always had access to. MRA’s and the Manosphere are blindingly angry about this. They want the control that their fathers and most certainly their grandfathers had over women.
In the US, women still have to fight for these rights as they are eroded in various states and are non-existent in Latin America. Paul Elam and others called women who protested in Argentina, pigs.
This year AVFM is having their grand ole meet-up to spread the word about the oppression of boys and men. The city they picked to have their 12-person party is none other than the most depressing, most economically challenged place in the US: Detroit. Nobody will know they’re there except them.