What The Media Fails To Tell Us About The Men's Rights Movement

What The Media Fails To Tell Us About The Men's Rights Movement

Is the media being fair towards MRAs?
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Maybe because I am a feminist you think that I would have nothing to say but bad things about Men's Rights Activists (MRAs). Sure, for a while, I only read and heard about vile statements and accusations certain MRAs said about women, people of color, etc. Then I started getting to know some in real life, listened to a prominent speaker, and looked into a few of the arguments they have made about men's issues.


Something I have observed, and something that many MRAs complain about, is how they are often excluded from the conversation. From college campus to mainstream media, their opinions are rarely sought out for reasonable contributions about Men's Rights Activism, and men's rights in general. Instead, broadcasters and journalists like to focus on non, or anti-MRA, views and shine a spotlight on problematic (often misinterpreted) MRA perspectives.

In her video, MRA Theryn Meyer responds to a Slate article, where the author did not even seem to read some of the articles she was citing. The author, Amanda Marcotte, was trying to prove that FeMRAs (Female Men's Rights Activists) are misogynists. Theryn, through her own research, was able to give enough evidence to conclude that most of the quotes that Amanda had taken from FeMRAs were taken out of context. Even though Amanda could have reached out to any of these women when writing, she didn't.


At Simon Fraser University, The Peak published an article by Micaela Evans talking about why the school doesn't need a Men's Centre. While she does make the worthwhile points that there should be enough demand to warrant creating one and that there are resources for men on campus, she also makes problematic claims. For one, Micaela only wants resources for men that fit her personal feminist views. Most questionable is her repetitive assertion that advocates for a Men's Centre only want it out of a reaction of there being a Women's Centre. She even said that the advocates' goals "exist solely" to oppose feminist frameworks. Instead of asking people who support a Men's Center why they want one, she answered the question for them.


During one program on CBC News, there was a panel that argued about men's rights groups. There were no MRAs present, and there was only one man who was sympathetic to campus antagonism, but open-minded to the issues MRAs cared about. Despite being reasonable, he associated Men's Rights Activism versus feminism as being part of the right versus left paradigm, which is inaccurate. Not only were the other two panelists, like Micaela, highly critical of men's rights groups, they accused the activists of only caring about these issues for superficial attention. It's reminiscent of when people accuse women of wanting the spotlight because they tout feminist issues.

Like any other kind of activist or group member, MRAs deserve fair media coverage. Just as feminists shouldn't have to tell their social circles that "The media doesn't accurately portray what we're really like!" neither should MRAs.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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