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The Rights of Men

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:14 am Wed 10th September 2014

We often talk about the disposable male; I attribute this phrase to Warren Farrell, but only because that’s where I heard it first.

In being disposable the corollary is that male rights must also be disposable. Just to be clear, I am not talking male rights v female rights (which we often compare on this site) but simply our rights within a civil society.

At this point you’re thinking, ‘can I be bothered getting into this philosophical rubbish’? I just want to get on with my life.

But that’s just it, how can you get on with life when your rights are arbitrarily dismissed, impeded, or removed?

How did you end up here anyway?

Yes, of course it happens all over the world, and so easily in New Zealand because … that’s another story.

An example of this is progress:

In 2007 we had a Family Court Matters Bill before parliament. Amongst the submissions to this bill was one from the Law Society that outlined that the bill was a breach of human rights because it did not allow DNA testing to confirm the relationship between a father and a child.

Some will recall, at that time, we had an ideologically-minded (feminist) Labour Party led by Helen Clark, and then Minister for Courts and feminist lap-dog Rick Barker (figuratively speaking) flipped the bird and told men in New Zealand that they could get stuffed.

The transgression probably doesn’t impact on a great number of New Zealand men – and not to dismiss the severity of the impact that this can have on any man’s life – but the greater travesty was that we ignored the fact that a minister of the crown allowed legislation to pass that gave priority to party policy rather human rights.

We ignored the fight for rights because it didn’t impact on those of us happily living in our own little bubbles.

Is this the single biggest fault of men in modern society?

Have we always been like this?

The continuing story of, The Rights of Men

4 Responses to “The Rights of Men”

  1. Julie says:

    You bring up an excellent point.

    I’ll add that women should be very grateful for Helen Clarke and her lesbian friends as well as all the heterosexual and other gendered women who worked behind the scenes to promote them, etc. I’ve had men say, “You [single parents] need to get organised like the lesbains did” and women tell me just how difficult it was to get Helen into power. They remember things men said, lol.

    I’d like to see single parents having an input into our neoliberal system. Our teachers earn less working full time than they do working part time while a lot of single parents work as caregivers of the sick, disabled and elderly for which employment amendments forced them into contracts to pay middle people and took away their holiday and sick pay. Then there’s no childcare for our shift workers such as nurses and on call jobs such as midwives. How are they meant to work the night shifts?

    National even took away morning and after tea breaks. Grrr.

    ……… On another note and to add men’s issues to my comment.

    Remember John Tamihere saying, “Where else in the world do Amazons rule?”

    Well, that investigate article is priceless IMO. He explained well why fathers [and single mothers] can’t fight for their rights. They are too busy working and raising children every other moment (or many/most moments).

    The good news is that we have a fabulous tool being the internet. Men’s awareness is big these days, thanks to men who slugged away while being ridiculed, etc. Lobbying isn’t as hard as it used to be and if, IMO, men’s issues were directed at governing bodies rather than feminists (all the time), then a lot of men would add their name to a petition or such. (just a thought) 🙂

  2. rc says:

    I have all the rights I need, as a man, so long as I avoid crowds.

    As soon as we need to argue this point, we lose – to other more worthy parties, generally.

    So it helps us to say as little as possible – unless we really believe in a more perfectible society.

    I have some old bronze medals that are testaments of society’s gratitude to my poor, dead male forbears who believed in social obligation. Oddly enough, I think I’m the last one who knows of their existence.

  3. Downunder says:

    The world’s becoming a much smaller place, best avoid crowds and women to preserve those rights.

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