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A brave new age of masculism?


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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 11 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Would this be acceptable with reversed gender roles?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:

  1. Make improving the educational attainment of boys a priority
  2. Make the state recognise/support male domestic violence victims
  3. Improve care and funding for prostate/testicular cancer sufferers
  4. Make judges enforce child contact orders
  5. Support equal parenting laws
  6. Provide better help and retraining for unemployed men
  7. 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
  8. Support anonymity for men accused of rape, unless found guilty
  9. Improve care and support for men suffering from depression
  10. Campaign against anti-male propaganda and male sterotyping in the media
  11. Support equal sentencing criteria for men and women
  12. 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.

This 1,127th post was filed under: Politics.

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