I proudly support things like the current poster campaigns by the VancouverMRAs, and all the good work that is being done by the MRA movement here in Canada. These are brave people that face real hate and real threats of harm on a constant basis because they choose to speak out and fight for a cause that they know is important.
I do however disagree with radicals within the movement. I do not approve of violence, hate speech, threats of harm, or intimidation tactics which some radical MRAs use in order to be heard. I also do not approve of those who are in the MRA movement getting publicity by doing stupid shit. And by stupid shit I mean things like dressing up as a superhero and hanging off a bridge or building to prove a point, promoting inequality with vicious rhetoric against women in an effort to silence any and all opposition, or who see violence/vandalism as their only option to voice their message.These things are not productive in any way, and harm the MRA movement as a whole because it is these acts that get the most press and become representative of the MRA movement to the rest of society.
A good example of stupid shit being done by radical MRAs is the upcoming Man-couver western Canadian men’s rights summit in Vancouver B.C. The summit is actually not the stupid shit, (well as far as I know there should be minimal stupid shit going on there, as with any conference or summit), but the Petition to Canada’s federal government to officially re-name the city of Vancouver B.C. to Mancouver B.C. is.
This has got to be one of the most unproductive and stupid things the MRA movement could possibly be doing. It is not only a waste of time and effort, but it is just plain ridiculous and does nothing for any of us who take being an MRA seriously. This is what I call stupid shit, and I think that most sane people would agree that this is going too far.
In recognition of the ground breaking work done in Canada, and done in Vancouver on behalf of the humanity and the human rights of men and boys, we will be petitioning the office of the mayor, the office of the premier of BC – that’s Christy Clarke, who now has regular breakfast meetings of the senior members of BC’s provincial government in which men are barred from entry and ejected from the premises right down to the serving staff – and we will be petitioning the office of the Prime Minister of this country – my home and yours, Canada – to officially re-name the city in which this human rights work is being pursued, to the appropriate name reflecting this great work. Going forward, let nobody refer again to the obsolete nomenclature of a previous era, and from today onwards let this city be recognized by it’s true name – Mancouver.I understand that the VMRA has done excellent work in bringing awareness to men's rights and issues. I know that Christy Clark is a nut job radfem and that what she does is clearly wrong. But petitioning the Federal Government to change the city's name is just not going to win you any points, or respect. Nor will it help with your credibility as MRAs. You say men's rights are human rights, and I agree, but how is it a human right to re-name a whole city in a male context? How does that promote equality and open up the floor for productive discussion? How is this supposed to get any MRAs taken seriously if this shit is allowed to happen?
As an MRA I do not support this at all. I refuse to sign such a ridiculous petition. I take being an MRA seriously, and I am concerned with real equal rights, which is why I am voicing my disgust for this ridiculous petition. If I were to sign it, or saw this petition as being useful in any way, I would be guilty of supplying more ammunition to those who seek to destroy the MRA movement. And I would also be guilty of perpetuating the stereotype that all MRAs are batshit crazy, and truly hate women.
I don't want to set the MRA movement back a decade, or trash any progress we've made. I want to keep moving forward, be taken seriously, and truly want change. I am standing up to tell these radical MRAs that I am not going to take this shit. They do not represent the majority of the decent and well-intentioned MRAs out there. Most of us do care a lot about real human rights and real equality. We are decent people trying to change public perception one step at a time. And, in my view, a good way to do that is by opposing this crap.
I am a proud MRA and I am appalled by these radical MRAs and their absolute lack of any logical or critical thinking they're clearly demonstrating with this petition. Who in their right mind even thought that this was, in any way, a good idea?