A male member of British parliament raised some issues he wanted to be discussed on the forthcoming International Men's Day (19th of November). http://i100.independent.co.uk/artic...debate-proves-her-point-perfectly--ZyB4DwB_dx He was mocked and laughed at by a female MP for even suggesting such a thing. This isn't a popular viewpoint it seems, but I disagree entirely with the female MP - the abuse she received from trolls as a result is vile and inexcusable, but the actual criticism she's faced is entirely fair - I think she was being a d*ck. Male victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse have almost no-one to turn to, and are often mocked and belittled. Men's suicide rates are far higher than women's, and the majority of murder victims and victims of other violent crimes are men. The vast majority of prison populations are men (and women tend to receive far more lenient sentences for the same crime). Men work longer hours in more dangerous jobs (96% of workplace deaths in the UK are men) and will usually come off a lot worse in custody battles or divorce settlements, sometimes even if the circumstances seem to favour them. Religious mutilation of a baby boy's genitals (i.e. non-surgical circumcision) is widely accepted where female genital mutilation is rightly abhorred. All those are very serious issues, and I don't understand why there's so little attention given to them. Feminists usually claim their concern is for gender equality... if that was the case, wouldn't they be up in arms about this? It seems to me that a lot of feminists nowadays actually want female superiority, and are totally fine with accepting gender-based double standards and injustices when it suits them. I prefer the idea of... you know... actual gender equality. So I was happy to find that someone else has similar feelings to mine about this particular example. What's so funny about a men's rights debate? - Telegraph The usual thing you hear is "Well there's a Black History Month, do you want a White History Month as well?" or "Well there's Gay Pride, do you support Straight Pride?" But that's bull...., because comparing those two with International Men's Day suggests that men are ALWAYS the oppressors and women are ALWAYS the oppressed, a view which does neither gender any favours. And the classic "I thought EVERY DAY was International Men's Day" which is just callous and cruel... why don't you ask a male rape victim that question and see how it goes down. No-one's claiming women have it all their own way - obviously there are loads of gender-based issues they face (which, to be fair, are talked about constantly). But you can't deny it or sweep it under the rug - men face gender discrimination too, in other ways, and it's just as serious and just as worthy of our attention. I hate the culture feminism has created, of making men feel ashamed of ourselves and unable to talk about any of this stuff without being thought of as a misogynist, or "part of the problem". All it does is perpetuate the issues, and it also exposes modern-day feminism as a deeply hypocritical and, yes, bigoted movement. Guess what, sexism is still a thing when it's aimed at men, and guess what else - that means a lot of supposedly pro-equality feminists are deeply sexist, with the irony being apparently totally lost on them. So I'm not a feminist. I'm not a misogynist either. I'm just a man and I believe in truly EQUAL rights for everyone. That means that if I think International Women's Day is important, I should think International Men's Day is important too, and I do. I know the reasons for its existence and I agree wholeheartedly. I hope I'm not alone here.