Equality means equality for everyone.
We have a few exciting plans for the Calgary Branch, gender equality, and men’s rights.
We have our executive team assembled, and we are passionate about gender equality (and not just as a dictionary definition). By equality, we mean equality in action and in our everyday lives.
Fairness and justice apply to all people, regardless of color, gender, or sexual orientation. Equality applies to the cis, heterosexual, white men, and it applies to the transsexual, black women.
Calgary CAFE acknowledges the unfair stigma against advocating for men and boys.
One of the members of our administration, Monique, tells her experience of advocating for men and boys:
I thought MRAs were some kind of abusers’ lobby or pro-rape organization. From the selective and out-of-context quotes I got, I assumed MRAs were violent. Instead of statistics and evidence, they evoked the most primitive fears in me. I took a few gender studies courses in university, and the courses assigned Andrea Dworkin, Susan Brownmiller, Gloria Steinem, Valerie Solanas, Mary Daly, and other biased philosophers, . Many seem to think spreading false information about rape rates (a myth), the wage gap (a myth), and other boogie-man statistics would lead to the liberation of women. In fact, they were spreading false information about human history.
There are reasonable voices of feminists, such Christina Hoff Sommers, or Camille Paglia.
After my research, I think the Urban Dictionary definition of men’s rights is the most accurate, which states that:
MRAs typically point to men’s lower life expectancy in almost every country, higher rates of incarceration, more severe penalties for similar offenses, lower rates of health care spending and health research spending on men, higher suicide rates, higher rates of being subject to violence and murder including by women and when they are children, higher rates of genital mutilation, liability to conscription, higher rates of death at work, various disadvantages in divorce and child support, and higher school and college dropout rates, as reasons why men’s rights should be on the agenda.
I’m a woman, and I believe in equality. Which is why I’m standing by CAFE for equality for ALL of us.”
And Christina Hoff Sommers on gender myths: