“I don’t get it. Why do we need a forum to talk about men’s issues?” – This is a question men’s rights activists face everyday.
If you are hearing the term “Men’s Rights Activist” for the first time in life, I can completely understand the faint giggle that escaped from you a while ago. According to you (and most others), this world is the paradise of men; men enjoy more powers when compared to women; men do not have social issues unlike women; men are not victims of gender bias; men are not discriminated against and men are equal to Gods.
Do you know that you were wrong all along? There are so many men-specific issues that need to be studied. The list is very long. The things that I consider to be on the top are :
- Why married Indian men are committing suicide at twice the number of married Indian women? (Source: NCRB – National Crime Records Bureau)
- We do not have data about domestic violence on men because we do not collect that data. Ridiculously unscientific and biased Surveys like National Family Health Survey (NFHS) collect such data only about women’s experience of domestic violence, while conveniently ignoring a man’s experience. (See NFHS 14 Questionnaires for Men and Women)
- Similarly, we do not have data about sexual abuse of men because we do not collect that data. NFHS does not take this also into consideration. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsors for this survey, if you would like to know.
- We all know the statistic that one in eight women will get Breast Cancer. A lot of money is spent on generating Breast cancer awareness. But, no one knows that one in seven men will get Prostate Cancer. No awareness initiatives are taken and no big research has been done so far to understand how to detect/avoid this, unlike Breast Cancer. There are some ways to predict the likelihood, like knowing when a male child’s scrotum receded. But no one knows when their scrotum receded. If you are reading this point with a baffled emotion, it is because no one chose to spend money on Prostate cancer research.
- Men undergo a lot of discrimination because of the gynocentric judiciary. Fathers are separated from their children for years just because the mother is not in good terms with the father.
Remember that this is just the top of my list that also includes misuse of gender biased laws (like Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (also famously known as the Dowry Law of India), Domestic Violence Act, etc.), Misandry, Protector Syndrome, etc. as subsequent items.
Given the fact that any word you say in favor of men is seen as anti-women, it is simply not possible to hold a meaningful conversation with any common man or woman in this society about men’s issues. Also, any man, who faces abuse at the hands of a woman, has nowhere to go because everyone automatically thinks that the man should have done something bad to deserve that abuse.
The Indian media, like the international media, is very well known to generate anti-male emotions and earn money from the same. For the common public, who have no time to analyze the news stories and hidden intentions behind publishing them, these news stories are a reason to form a wrong opinion against the males of India.
In order to create spaces for open communication, debate and sharing of knowledge and for reporting news regarding Indian men’s issues, Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), a men’s rights NGO of India, has tied up with the most popular men’s rights online magazine – A Voice for Men, which is based out of The United States. This tie-up has resulted in what you are looking at right now – A Voice for Men (India), an online platform where you can openly discuss Indian men’s issues or even debate, if you choose to.
A Voice for Men (India), or shortly AVfM India, is a collection of pro-male news, videos and articles in English and various Indian languages. If one wants to be truly gender neutral, he/she would study the issues faced by both men and women before forming any opinion. In a world where you get to see a woman’s viewpoint everywhere, AVfM India will provide you with a male’s viewpoint.
Also, India, being a traditionalistic and patriarchal country, has not yet got the hang of International Men’s movement’s concepts like MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way). AVfM India wants to present these concepts to the Indian audience so that the Indian men realize that they have multiple options in their life and not just the usual “Marry-have kids-earn money-die” option.
- You could choose to take a look at news, bulletins, featured articles or videos and start discussing in the ‘Comments’ section under every article.
- AVfM India – Call for Articles is out. You could choose to write an article related to Men and be published online.
- Like our AVfM India Facebook page to receive regular updates about new articles on your Facebook news feed.
- Share the news about AVfM India to your friends, family and colleagues and be a part of the change.
With this, I take leave by once again welcoming you all to AVfM India, the only pro-male online magazine. Let your voices be heard!
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