Over the weekend I got into a little skirmish with the TERFs of Twitter, of if you would prefer, a TERFwar. Whereas very little came out of it, one thing that did was me getting called an MRA, for something rather peculiar. This post is courtesy of a friend called Eve, who seems to think I’m a troll. So I wanted to flesh out exactly why she’s wrong for calling me an MRA.
I wrote a piece not too long ago about diversity quotas. In it I discussed how a forced diversity quota means you aren’t always getting the best person for the job. Amongst the examples used was one involved straight white males, and another example women in NZ parliament. Both examples proved the same point, that forcing diversity means that if all the best candidates are either men or women, then diversity quotas mean you lose out on the best workers.
I figured this was fairly straightforward, and it doesn’t advocate men’s rights or women’s rights. It’s just anti-diversity quotas. I honestly and truly believe that they aren’t good for businesses to have and instead a system where employers are blind to those facts should be used. My partner’s company does this, they blank out any information about the person so that if you make it to interview, you did it entirely on your answers & CV. Its a far better and more equal system than forced diversity quotas, for everyone involved.
However that didn’t stop Eve from insisting I’m just an MRA for having that thought. Despite it being totally bat shit. What surprises me the most is that if she actually took long enough to look through my blog she’d see find way better evidence to support her case. Here is literally my second post and it’s about men and men’s rights, in essence. I argued that it wasn’t fair to judge all men as rapist and it was dangerous to ignore the fact that men are raped, and can be raped by women too.
So I did advocate men’s rights at some point in my blog, but is that a bad thing? Heck no. Men’s rights are just as important as women’s rights if we’re trying to build a society of equality and justice. If you’re going to advocate for women’s rights, that’s great do it, but don’t shit on other people for advocating for men’s rights too. All rights are important, and I wholeheartedly support male rape victim’s rights to support and justice – the same way I wholeheartedly support female rape victim’s rights to support and justice.
My ability to advocate isn’t a limited resource, and it’s totally possible to advocate for both, they aren’t polar opposites by any means. And in my personal opinion? I think you’re an asshole if you refuse to advocate for people based on their gender and you are absolutely part of the problem, not the solution. Step-aside.