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Why the need for men's movements?

Updated on October 14, 2012
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What is a men's movement, you may ask? They are more of a response to the various women's movements that have come and left legacies throughout history; such movements either are created to fight for women's rights or to demand those for men. There are a variety that fit various men's needs and wants; no one movement is right for all men.

Generally, I think men feel the need to join a men's movement because they feel swayed one way or another by some feminist claims. I know there are some men who feel guilty or frustrated with accusations of the discrimination and oppression of women throughout history. These men band together to find solace in knowing there are others who feel the same way and who have shared the same experiences. Promise Keepers, for instance, will only rely on each other "in their quest to be good men."

There are also men who want to support women's causes and who have great influence in these groups because they are men; men's antiviolence groups like Mentors in Violence Prevention, for instance, work to end violence against women, and often their voices may be more powerful to other men than a female's.

I think symbolic interactionism (learning who we are within our particular culture) greatly influences this general search for a men's movement because the gender roles prescribed by a culture may be oppressive or frustrating to men. For instance, members of NOMAS (National Organization for Men Against Sexism) believe that society's view of a man's role as aggressive and violent is negative and what to change it. Additionally, men's rights groups work to combat discrimination against men along gender lines, such as when mothers are awarded custody in divorce cases because they are considered more nurturing and emotionally supportive parents.

There are also men's rights groups and masculinist men's groups that focus on men. Free Men works to restore pride in being "real men." Fathers 4 Justice promotes the right of men to have custody of their own children. Ever hear of the Million Man March? That is definitely a part of men's movements.

I do think some men need a movement because they will only truly listen to what other men say. Other men may share their understanding of issues, coming from the male perspective as well; this can help some men progress toward equality.

If you have been seeking a men's movement for support or power, check out the links below. Maybe you can find the right one for you.

Men's Movement Revealed - Sex Culture and a Mission

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      RavenBiker 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

      About why men need men's groups, read the novel "Fight Club." It's all laid out in the fiction.

      Great writing! Thanks for the spotlight!

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      Equality For Men 9 years ago from USA

      Great Hub. Thank you for taking the time to write this.

      http://equalityformen.org

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for your honesty, rr. I'm glad that you found something refreshing here... not that I try to write to that standard, necessarily :)

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      rr 9 years ago

      I googled around looking for mens movements and found surprisingly little about them. It cannot be because we men don't face inequalities - certainly there are a chorus of voices going up amidst my male friends about injustices in their relationships with their children, in their relationships, the fact that the most hazardous and dangerous jobs in U.S. and western Europe are primarily held by men. And I had always felt that chivalry was one of the things that enabled the current unhappy state of affairs. So actually, GV, it's refreshing to read this, even though there is so little about it. The video also makes many of the points so well.

      What if the gender tables were turned? How would the discussion be going then?

      For myself, I wouldn't myself say that my interest in joining a men's group is in any way a reaction to women's organising, but rather a need to correct the course of things. For example, I would like to know, that when I decide to marry and have a family, that I don't risk losing so much.

      For the record, EA, I would say that your comment sounds like exactly the same kind of dismissive nonsense that we're up against.

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Awesome! :D Thanks EA, lol

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      Earth Angel 9 years ago

      Oooops!! GREAT Hub GV!! But I thought it was for men's laxatives!! lol!!

      Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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