Other Issues


While the issues discussed on our other pages are the most prominent, there are others that deserve mention as well. Some of these are briefly described below.

Male-only selective service registration is mandatory for young men between 18 and 25. Failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.[1][2] Furthermore, if a man fails to register, he can be denied certain benefits such as student financial aid and government employment. At times of war or national emergency, the draft can be reinstated by Congress and the President. Such military conscription, while perhaps necessary for national security, is a prime example of men being required to take a disproportionate risk of injury or death.

Unequal sentencing for men is the rule in the criminal justice system. Men are more likely to be imprisoned (and are given significantly longer sentences) than women for the same crime.[3][4] The death penalty is imposed almost exclusively on men. One study showed that for a conviction of first degree murder, a man is 22 times more likely than a woman to receive the death penalty. While in prison, a man may be subjected to rape and other forms of assault — a phenomena that, unlike with women, is tolerated by prison officials and laughed at by late-night talk show hosts.

Double standards against men are also common. For example, the media often praises female-only sports clubs as “progressive,” while deriding private male-only clubs as “sexist.” Similarly, unmarried women are often described as “strong and independent,” while unmarried men are disdained as “immature” and having a “fear of commitment.”


[1]: https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/gender-neutral-draft-registration-would-create-millions-of-female-felons

[2]: https://rockymountainmra.com/blog/2017/4/26/mens-conditional-privileges

[3]: http://repository.law.umich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1164&context=law_econ_current

[4]: https://www.law.umich.edu/newsandinfo/features/Pages/starr_gender_disparities.aspx


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© 2003 by Steven G. Van Valkenburg.  Adapted from “What is the Men’s Movement” by Trudy W. Schuett.  Content used with permission of the author.