[This article was originally published on The Medium]
Unlike other demographics, men have a wide variety of communities that represent them. This is due to the fact that men have a variety of different ideas on how to handle the concept of men’s issues. Some communities have common interest and manage to affiliate with one another. This causes confusion to the general public. They get different groups mixed up with one another and are likely to judge one group based on the actions of another group. This also makes it easier for slander by opposition. If someone wants to slander men’s rights groups, they can immediately affiliate them with MGTOW, PUAs, Incels, and so forth. It plays off of the confusion of the general public in order to push a narrative. The purpose of this article is to end all of this confusion.
Different Forms Of Activism
There are several men’s groups that have different goals, strategies, and ideas. Men’s communities heavily vary.
>Some groups usually lean towards a complete civil rights/political rights approach, such as the father’s rights movement and intactivists. This form of activism is all about the legal and political action.
>Other groups put more weight on social issues. MGTOW and the red pill are great examples of this. Groups with this perspective usually consider themselves philosophies and ideologies, as opposed to movements or organizations. Therefore, they are more focused on raising awareness to men’s issues and giving them self help, as opposed to societal changes.
>Finally, you have social movements, such as the men’s rights movement. This allows them to use several strategies-such as legal organization, political action, social issues, and all forms of media attention. They aren’t limited to one topic or strategy.
Pro feminist men’s groups consist of two philosophies: men’s liberation and male feminism. Both philosophies have a huge overlap with one another. However, they have made minor efforts to gain independence and separate themselves from one another.
Male Feminism is an extension of the feminist movement used to support their cause, without declaring oneself as an official member of the group. This is due to the controversy of whether or not men can be a member of their group. The goal of the group is to advocate for social, legal, educational, financial, and political justice for women. It’s a men’s group for women.
Men’s liberation exists as a means to deconstruct “traditional masculinity” which they feel is the cause of male issues. They focus more on self help and individual virtue, as opposed to human rights. They believe that men don’t need a movement, just liberation (hence the name).
Pro Feminist Men’s Groups:>White Ribbon Campaign
>National Organization Of Men Against Sexism
>The Mankind Project
-Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW)
The MGTOW community is a philosophy that promotes the idea of separatism. It encourages men to “walk away” from women in marriages, relationships, and sometimes friendships.
Some advocates for men use the red pill as a metaphor to describe how they changed their perspective on gender equality. It’s in contrast to the “blue pill”, used to describe the close minded perspective on gender equality.
-Pick Up Artist (PUA)
As the name implies, the purpose of the PUA community is to assist men in their pursuit for relationships. This can range from romantic to sexual relationships.
Some commentators include incels (involuntary celibates) under the manosphere canopy. Incels choose to support one another through social media. The movement consists of men who have difficulty finding a relationship. And this group enables these single men to express their pain and socialize.
-Mythopoetic Men’s Movement
This was a self-help movement that promoted men’s well-being through rituals, therapy/psychology, and retreats.
Intactivists who are against circumcision raise awareness about the harm of the practice in an attempt to put an end to it.
>Catholics Against Circumcision
>Circumcision Resource Center
>Doctors Opposing Circumcision
>Saving Our Sons
-Father’s Rights Community
Father’s rights groups exist to fix custody laws, fight parent alienation, fight for child support reform, and create a positive image for fathers.
Notable father’s rights groups:
>The Father’s Rights Movement
>Fathers 4 Kids
>The Father’s Rights Network
>Fathers 4 Justice
>Families Need Fathers
-Men’s Rights Movement (MRM)
The men’s rights movement is the largest community for men’s issues. The main objective of this movement is to promote cultural and social change, while also fighting for financial and legal changes. Representatives of the movement call themselves MRAs (men’s rights activists). MRAs seek action through politics, business, and media. Their strategies can range from human rights to individual virtue.
The MRA Umbrella:
>National Coalition for Men: The NCFM is the “legal backbone” of the MRM. They file lawsuits against businesses and schools, while applying political pressure against the government.
>Justice for Men and Boys: J4MB is a men’s rights political party in the UK, with the goal of passing legislation for men and boys.
>Honey Badgers: The Honey Badgers is a men’s rights faction founded by women. This gives women space to decide how they can be an ally to men’s cause. They have their own website, YouTube channels, and social media.
>Lovely Ladies: The Lovely Ladies is an all-female men’s movement designed to promote men’s issues and give support to men’s sexuality. The movement speaks on men’s issues while sharing seductive pictures of themselves.
>The International Conference On Men’s Issues: The ICMI is a men’s conference that takes place annually around the world.
>A Voice For Men: AVFM is a men’s rights website that involves blogging, journalism, and news updates.
A lot of this confusion stems from the overlap between these men’s groups. Despite the noticeable differences between the groups, they are likely to find common ground on certain topics. For that very reason, the groups will affiliate with one another to work on a “project” of some sort. But, overlap does not mean that the groups are synonymous. It simply means that they run into each other on several occasions.
>The manosphere is a men’s space that allows men to express themselves via the internet-especially social media. A wide variety of men’s groups are present in the manosphere. Father’s rights activists, men’s rights activists, MGTOW, and so forth. Therefore, you can find the group speaking together about men’s issues.
>The father’s rights movement rose to prominence in the West around the same time as the men’s rights movement. The two groups affiliated with each other often. However, they slowly gained independence and became their own separate community. The two groups still overlap and push for policies related to father’s rights. Warren Farrell, formerly known as the “father” of the men’s rights movement, also considers himself to be an advocate for father’s rights. The National Coalition For Men, a men’s rights organization has worked with father’s rights groups to pass laws.
>The men’s rights movement is open to engagement and participation from other men’s groups. The ICMI allows anyone in favor of men to attend their conferences. Honey Badger Radio interview people who support (and oppose) their cause.
These overlaps lead people to believe that the groups work under one system. In reality, they are contrasting groups with their own agendas. They just learn to coexist for the “greater good”.
Hopefully this article clears up a lot of the confusion for the movements and manages to answer a lot of the questions. It will be difficult to grasp the differences the first time around. However, after using this article as a template and applying it to everyday life, you will slowly be able to differentiate the groups from one another.