The Men's Movement and the Fathers' Movement are not
the same thing. The Men's Movement, which the NZ Equality Education
Foundation supports, sees Fathers' Rights as just one aspect of Men's Rights.
For that reason, the NZEEF also supports Fathers' Rights wholeheartedly.
However, it is time for the Men's Rights Movement to stop being the poor
relation of the Fathers' Rights Movement. The Fathers' Rights Movement is
bigger than the Men's Rights Movement, for the simple reason that most men
see no reason to fight the cumulative changes that combine to oppress them
-- until they are dispossessed of their children, assets and/or liberty when
their relationships break down.
Unfortunately, many of the men who lose out in the Family Court and join
the Fathers' Movement are not very educated, articulate, or politically aware.
Women tend to treat men as support-objects, and it is a typical scenario for
a woman to dump a relatively uneducated man because he is not rich enough
for her -- e.g. he has become unemployed. These sorts of men seem to be over-represented
in the Fathers' Movement.
Because of the intellectual calibre of its members, the Fathers' Movement
has no real understanding of the issues. It concentrates on attempting to
change laws, when in fact Feminist ideology is being taught, by various agencies,
to all the professionals who administer the laws, and it is this Feminist
bias which is the main determiner of the outcomes that the Fathers' Movement
complains about. This is why Feminist ideology must be attacked full-on, despite
the cowardice and stupidity of many fathers, who are unable or unwilling to
see anything wrong with Feminism.
The Fathers' Movement also has no real ideology, apart from a general conservatism
and a wish to preserve or strengthen family values. This is not sufficient
to attract new adherents. Its members are more likely to be religious than
the rest of society, but there are many religions and sects these days, and
not many people in the West are religious anyway, so this provides no unity
or driving force for the Fathers' Movement.
The Fathers' Movement is merely a reaction to the situation in which many
fathers have found themselves, but the Men's Movement is composed of men who
are there because they have actually thought about the issues. Only the Men's
Movement can develop a coherent ideology that will bring to men and fathers
the sorts of political victories that having a coherent ideology brought to
the Women's Movement. Many good books have been written about Men's Issues
-- I suggest you read some of them, including "Sex,
Lies & Feminism."
Fathers who join the Fathers' Movement tend to be wrapped up in their own
-- very serious -- problems. They join the Fathers' Movement mainly in order
to see if their own situation can be improved. This selfishness is not an
attractive trait, and it does nothing to attract sympathy for the cause from
Those that come from a working-class background are often hostile towards
intellectuals, which alienates them from powerful middle-class institutions
such as the bureaucracy and the education system, where respect for intellectuals
is deeply ingrained. The intense homophobia of many in the Fathers' Movement
alienates the homosexual movement and drives it even more solidly into the
arms of the Feminists. This gives the Feminists a public relations halo --
being the protectors of defenceless homosexuals against the queer-bashers
in the Fathers' Movement. This apparent altruism of the Feminists contrasts
starkly with the intense selfishness of the Fathers' Movement.