A Brief History of the Men’s Rights Movement As Told by a Feminist

The men’s rights movement (MRM) is seen as a relatively recent phenomenon borne out of charismatic youtube personalities and lively message boards. Though technologically savvy, this movement has deep ideological roots. In fact, it can be argued that the MRM and feminism were born in the same generation. While proto-feminists fought for the vote in the 1910s, men started dodging the draft as early as 1898 during the Spanish-American War (1). On a fundamental level, each side fought for their political rights. While women opted in, men opted out. 

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Men’s Conditional Privileges

The U.S. government provides many forms of assistance to citizens and provides many jobs to citizens as well. These are privileges for legally abiding citizens of the United States but for men, they must earn their access to certain privileges. Specific federal and state programs, assistance, and jobs are only available to men once they’ve registered for the Selective Services sometime between 18 to 26 years old.

Many men don’t realize but it is legally required for boys to register with the Selective Services within 30 days of turning 18. In practice, there seems to be somewhat of a grace period until a man turns 26 years old. At 26, a man’s registration status is final. For those who fail to register, some of the repercussions can follow him for life.

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