What We Can Do About It
I don't think we're going to come up with a solution to war in a Cracked article, but we can at least help out our disproportionately male injured compatriots. Luckily, people have already been fighting for a while now on behalf of those mostly-male people who have been injured in wartime adventures overseas. For example, there's Torrey Shannon, who along with a bunch of journalists, social workers, and volunteers helped expose bad conditions at the Walter Reed military hospital in Washington. On the less depressing side, there's this woman who ran across America to benefit wounded veterans, or this woman who has spent the last eight years visiting veterans in hospital and raising truckloads of money for them. We looked around to see if any of the men's rights activists complaining online about feminism had done anything to help soldiers or victims of workplace injury, and we couldn't find much, but we're sure they'll get to it after reading this.
"Fuck you guys and your subreddit. I'm off to rehabilitate some lumberjacks."
Another way of fixing this is to further support the lifting of restrictions about women in combat, which many feminists have been doing. As for non-military work injuries, we can push for more gender parity in male-dominated fields, and do everything we can to ensure that women don't get pushed out of these professions despite their usual lack of knothole-violating appendages. Wait, this is starting to sound a bit like feminism too. Damn.
Fathers Don't Get Custody of Their Children
If men have it so good in America, why are they so often denied custody rights? This is one of the hottest topics at MRA meetings and on their websites, because as men's rights activists tell us, mothers are so favored in American family courts that they pretty much have to strip naked and perform Satanic rituals in the courtroom before judges will even think of giving custody to a father.
"Bailiffs, go retrieve my gavel and- wait, no. I don't want it back anymore."
What We Can Do About It
More good news for men: this situation has been improving. In recent decades, sole-custody cases (where children are awarded to one parent, usually the mother) have been dropping, while joint-custody cases have gone up. Family courts are leaving behind the assumption that mothers are inherently more suited for child-raising tasks, and these days if a father wants custody of his children, he will most likely get it. It's taken courts a while to catch up with wider social changes, and some states are more on the ball than others, but in general things are getting better for fathers who want to take an active role in child-rearing.
But there's still work to be done, and you can help by letting yourself, your friends, and your children know that men can be just as nurturing and caring as women. If you're a man, you can also help out by taking on an active role in the childcare of any children around you (ask permission first. Don't just take over childcare of the nearest child -- that might freak someone out).
Now, we realize that this, just like most of the solutions in this article, makes it sound like anti-male sexism can be helped by advancing the aims of feminism rather than fighting them. We're not sure how that works, because so many of the people who bring up these issues seem to think that feminism is the enemy, but hey, maybe they're just afraid of skeletons. That's perfectly understandable.
Or maybe it's just that feminism needs a rebranding. After all, advertisers have taught us that you can apparently increase the amount of men who'll consume a product, even a traditionally female-associated product like scented candles or yogurt, simply by manning that product up a bit. In light of this, we present to you the new feminism:
For more on understanding our feelings toward females, check out 5 Ways Modern Men Are Trained to Hate Women and 4 Ways We're Programmed to Think Women Aren't Funny.
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