I didn’t even know the word existed ….

an advocate of the rights of men

of, characterized by, or relating to men’s rights
source: http://dictionary.reference.com/

Until replying to a very interesting post I read on Moon of the Wolf, it never dawned on me that this word might already exist. I think it’s sad that this word, and its feminine counterpart, have to exist with these definitions attached to them. I was conflicted as to whether or not I should be relieved at not having to coin the term. I do not describe myself with either label. I am a man, and I certainly advocate my own rights. I also advocate the rights of women. And the rights of trees and animals. Planets, too, for that matter – I think we need to fix what we’ve done to the one we are on before we start littering our solar system with even more clutter and debris. If I started using labels for the rights I advocate for most things (the mosquito is one of the few things that enjoys no mercy from me), it would take ages for me to finish introducing myself. I suppose I simply take it for granted that I have the views that I do, and am thus always a little saddened when I encounter situations where not everyone else can afford to do the same.

I would love to see the definitions of these words change, so that the emphasis no longer needed to be on rights advocacy, but simply on the exploration of mysteries and perspectives associated with each gender. I feel the labels would then not only be themselves less divisive; but would also show that the gender-divisive mentality that seems to have gripped so many of us for so long had finally abated. The famous question, “Why can’t we all just get along,” is pointing us in the wrong direction – we can all get along. We need to be asking ourselves why we so often choose not to.

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