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The issue of the incongruity of having a Minister for Women but no Minister for Men is raising it’s ugly head again, with a new campaign blog – The Rights Of Man – calling for the creation of the post.
At first-glance, it’s the kind of idea that looks like the creation of a job for the sake of balancing out the appearance of government. It looks a little bit like political correctness with no particular aim and nothing in particular to achieve. It possibly even seems a little anti-feminist.
But actually, as the blog’s priority list for a Minister for Men shows, there are quite a few predominantly male-orientated issues, just as there are for women:
- Make improving the educational attainment of boys a priority
- Make the state recognise/support male domestic violence victims
- Improve care and funding for prostate/testicular cancer sufferers
- Make judges enforce child contact orders
- Support equal parenting laws
- Provide better help and retraining for unemployed men
- Force a review of the CSA maintenance criteria where the mother has left her husband for another man, re-married or has simply walked out of a marriage with the children
- Support anonymity for men accused of rape, unless found guilty
- Improve care and support for men suffering from depression
- Campaign against anti-male propaganda and male sterotyping in the media
- Support equal sentencing criteria for men and women
- Stop the political disenfranchisement of individual men by abolishing all-women shortlists and priority lists
Whilst I don’t agree with all of those points, it does illustrate that there is real work to be done in the world of masculism. So, as a proposal, perhaps a Minister for Men is not all that silly an idea after all.