MENZ Issues

Churches and the Men’s Movement

There have always been some areas of agreement between religious followers and the men’s movement. However, this overlap is probably quite small. When it comes to particular issues, the churches seldom acknowledge men’s issues or even the impact on families and societies of male denigration. Churches still tend to favour anachronistic discriminatory attitudes toward women, something men’s movement people seldom agree with.

Here’s an example. A pamphlet from the Baptists was given to school students (to study in comparison with other points of view) and tells them that couples in de facto relationships who have children involve a father who is ‘such a coward he can’t even ask for her to be his wife’ and that the mother is ‘nothing more than a cheap prostitute who allows herself to be used for his sexual gratification in exchange for what seems to be a stable and secure home life’.

Such attitudes ignore the foolishness of marriage for men under existing laws that encourage false allegations against men as well as major exploitation of them even after they have been ditched, lied about and deprived of full relationships with their children (because it’s economically advantageous for women to have primary care of them after family anhialation).

The argument that women in de facto relationships are cheap prostitutes and therefore should be married is nonsensical, because one could argue that women who marry are nothing more than expensive prostitutes in return for the same stable and secure home life, not to mention the share, after he’s discarded, of the man’s previously earned assets plus ongoing money from him without ongoing reciprocal obligation. Nice work if you can get it!

To be credible and effective the men’s movement needs to be clear about the small areas of overlap between its mission and that of religious groups, and also clear about distancing itself from the many differences and incompatible religious aims. Religious zealots when they do become involved in the men’s movement seem to do it more harm than good. The men’s movement could also demand that churches start recognizing the exploitation and abuse of men under feminist laws.