PRESS RELEASE: Men lack freedom of personal choices in a patriarchal world

PRESS RELEASE

Subject: Men lack freedom of personal choices in a patriarchal world

Vinay (name changed), aged 18 years wanted to become a jingles writer for ads as he enjoyed doing the work and was good at it too. However, his parents wanted him to do something more ‘traditional’ like service/job because that would guarantee regular income for his ‘future family’ and did not allow him to explore his passion.

Mohan (name changed), aged about 37 years was tired of working for 19 long years repaying education loan, marriage loan and then home loan as his wife had put a condition that she would marry him only after he owns a house.

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Victimized and Distressed Men – Camouflaged Majority or Disguised Minority?

In a constant pursuit to the root cause of rampant and scandalous male hatred in the society, popularly known as “Misandry”, it often makes us wonder why the concept of men’s rights invokes, humor, curiosity and then dismissal of the concept as men’s rights are apparently not needed in a patriarchal male dominated society!

And in such an atmosphere, one that reeks of misandry, when one talks about community center for victimized and distressed men being run, it sure sparks a debate – “Are there enough men getting victimized?” And many more similar questions which are nothing but sweet sarcasm on the initiatives to support victimized and distressed men and are glaring examples of misandry.

Reactions like, “Yeah, I agree that the women-centric laws are being misused, but more women suffer than men and that is the reason these laws are being misused.” Or worse, “I think, we should tolerate some misuse since women have suffered since centuries”, clearly tell us that there is a huge gap in education in the society when it comes to understanding men or their problems.

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Do I fear as a man?

The internet is replete with stories of the fears being associated with “Being a woman” in a patriarchal society. And as the society is considered patriarchal, should it be assumed that a man need not fear?

As a man, do I need to fear?

Before we answer this question, let us look at this case below,

In latest case, man is forced to push two-wheeler for 2 km after looters fled with his bike keys after robbing him;

Often men are looted, mugged, robbed on brazen roads and in the process also get injured or killed and many such men have lost their lives but there has never been a hue and cry in the society and media about the same. No questions have ever been raised about the safety of men or no steps taken to make the streets safer for men.

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Conservative mindset turning out to be socially counter-productive

Few days back I didn’t know about Uber cabs, but now I know it as the cab service banned for one alleged case of rape and I am still to believe my ears that for one unproved offense an entire organization can get banned. However, strange as truth is, this is actually happening.

So, let’s have a closer look at the Uber cabs case. Story goes that a heavily drunk and skimpily clad woman hires a cab and sensing opportunity, the cab driver allegedly rapes her as she was so drunk that she did not realize he was taking her to a deserted area where he raped her. And following day, there is a complaint, followed by a huge hue and cry in the media and the brouhaha resulted in the entire company getting banned from its operations all over India.

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Individual Contentment is a Man’s First Priority – International Men’s Day Theme 2014

International Men’s Day which falls on November 19 is celebrated for being a man. It marks the positive male role models, highlights the contributions that men make towards the society, honor their sacrifices and raise the issues that they face in a society that generally puts men to more test than women.

Men are required to prove their manhood at every step in their lives. As a result, the society is generally very harsh on them. Unlike women, men do not gain their manhood biologically, they need to earn it sociologically; this process makes men extremely competitive in nature and also view other men as rivals, enemies, and competitors who are obstacles in their path towards attaining manhood.

The other flip side of this fallacy is the fact that men who cannot attain their social manhood find it very hard to survive in this society because for the society, men are like disposable entities and a man spent off with his utility with a failed sense of manhood is useless and can be discarded easily.

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Is dowry law abuse the only issue men face?

Come July 2nd 2014 and the nation went berserk on a landmark judgment passed by the Supreme Court of India directing the police not to arrest without following due procedures in dowry cases and there were reactions coming in from all sides – positive and negative.

Some over-enthusiastic people even went to the extent of thinking that dowry law has now been diluted and men can breathe easy as its misuse would be curbed now.

And thus it made me think – “Is dowry law abuse the only issue men face?

Also, how does one judgment ensure that men won’t be arrested in other false charges? In a society, where we have a plethora of anti-male laws, such a hope is far-fetched and wrought with imagination.

In the last one week, I came across 2 such instances wherein men have been arrested under Section 107/151 on a complaint of creating public nuisance without trial or investigation.

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