This article is from the Feminism References FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Other names: Masculist movement, Men's Rights movement. These
groups, while quite similar to feminists in several areas (gay
rights, belief in equal opportunity in the workplace, etc.)
generally do not believe in the theory that we live in a
patriarchy in which men oppress and women are oppressed.
"My thinking has led me to conclude that men as a class do
/not/ oppress women as a class. Nor do I believe that women
as a class oppress men as a class. Rather, I feel that men
and women have cooperated in the development of contemporary
male and female sex-roles, both of which appear to have
advantages as well as disadvantages, but which are
essentially restrictive in nature, growth inhibiting, and, in
the case of the male, physically as well as psychologically
lethal." -- Richard Haddad "Concepts and overview of the
men's liberation movement"
Characterization of the men's liberation wing as being a
reactionary or traditionalist movement is common among feminists,
but doesn't seem to hold under closer observation. Fred Hayward
addressed this view in his keynote speech to the National Congress
for Men in 1981:
"We must not reverse the women's movement; we must accelerate
it... [Men's liberation] is not a backlash, for there is
nothing about traditional sex roles that I want to go back
"We must give full credence to the seriousness of women's
problems and be willing to work toward their solution, but if
the others do not return the favor, it is they who are the
sexist pigs. It is they who are reactionary. When I look at
feminists today, I don't want to call them names -- I only
want to call their bluff."
Some of the groups with this viewpoint are: Men's Rights Inc.,
National Coalition of Free Men, National Congress for Men,
National Center for Men. Some of the publications from this
viewpoint are "Transitions," the journal of the NCFM, and the
following books: "Why Men Are the Way They Are" by Warren Farrell
"The Hazards of Being Male" by Herb Goldberg "Men's Rights" by
Bill & Laurie Wishard "Men Freeing Men" ed. by Francis Baumli.