So what are men's rights activists and what do they want to achieve? Here is the Wikipedia definition: NOTE: There are big warning sign that this Wikipedia entry may be biased, so be warned. I don't want to turn this into a bash-MRA thread or anything. Rather I want to focus on whether the issues these men raise are valid and should government interfere to correct these issues. Often MRAs bring up several arguments which demonstrates the poor position men find themselves in. Briefly, these include: -Father's rights. This is the main thing which crops up whenever I read MRA stuff online. Father's find two things which go against them. Firstly, they do not get as much custody as they would like; secondly, the financial obligations are far too expensive and unmanageable. -Double standards in courts and prisons. Apparently women get away with lesser sentences for identical crimes in contrast to men. In addition, male rape in prison is swept under the rug and laughed at by society at large. -Reproductive rights. While men do not have a say in whether the women carrying their child should get an abortion or not; they are obligated to 18 years of punitive child support. This issue is also tied up with paternity. If you believe you're the father of your child but than a DNA test proves otherwise, unless you completely renounce parentage of the child you remain on the child support register. -Suicide. Men often kill themselves more often than women. If men are in a more priviledged position than women by default - why do they end it all at a far higher rate than women? Apparently this gender gap is a trend found throughout the world. -Deaths and injuries at work. Roughly 9/10s of workplace deaths are male. Now I don't advocate these arguments or disagree with them. I'm just bringing forward the bare bones of the movement. Should the men's rights movement be taken seriously? Should feminists take up the mantle of men's rights and incorporate it? Are mens rights a bunch of fedora wearing losers like many try to portray them as? Is this just a reaction against feminism and female empowerment? Do any of the MR points convince you things should change? Can feminists and MRAs work together to achieve a more equitable society? Do they have to be at war? Thoughts CFC?