Masculinist Archive (former Maskulinist.no) is a website for discussion of men’s experience and for developing a new men’s perspective on contemporary western society. Ultimately, improved gender relations are what we would like to see and what we aim at.
Men’s position and identity
We believe it is necessary to explore and re-examine men’s own position. We should acknowledge possible discrimination/oppression of men as well as identify areas of unjustified male superiority.
Position in society is important, but so is also male identity. In Scandinavia today men’s identity as gender is «muddled». (We tend to be seen as a negative contrast to you-know-who.) Suggestions for a new identity abound, but the new features suggested are mostly such traditionally seen as female. Certainty is sparse.
The above call for male identity has been a concern at this website since its start in 2006. The current debate over “identity politics” is a much more recent debate and we do not see our quest for male identity as related to that. We seek a new male identity based on history and modernised by reason.
Is Masculinist Archive a ”Men’s rights” initiative? Not exactly. Men’s rights, and in general the term rights, typically refers to government-granted rights and benefits. We, however, would like to see reduced state interference between the genders rather than increased activity beneficial to men. One example would be men’s position regarding children. In this area we claim that oppression of men prevails (or better: exploitation prevails), and perhaps this can be quite satisfactory alleviated by abolishing present law and law enforcement detrimental to men. New laws specifically supporting men may not be necessary.
We believe “inter-gender energy” is a rich and manifold source powering activity as well as constituting a source of meaning. The state, on the other hand, is tragically sexless. Perhaps men and women would be better off dealing with each other directly, also as groups (analogous to interest groups) in society, rather than depending on obsessive government staging? Anyone – or any two – holding a precious source of energy should beware of exploiters.
Gender dialogue requires both genders having a voice. And behind a voice we need thinking and, of course, emotions- awareness and insight into emotions. In Masculinist Archive we endeavour to contribute to the articulation of men’s experience and to develop a men’s perspective on society.
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