Over the past century, the women's
movement has made considerable advancements with
women's rights. They have come a long way in claiming
equal treatment that has been denied them for many
years. Unfortunately, the battle has gone past
equality and has degenerated into a male bashing
game. This article is not trying to reduce the
importance of the women's movement, nor is it
attempting to demean the women who sacrificed many
things to attain their rights.
men are fading
I'm simply bringing to light the fact that there are
a lot of discriminations committed against men too,
ranging from parenthood and employment to spousal
abuse. The only difference is that men are being told
to keep their mouths shut and swallow the abuse in
order to make up for the injustices committed against
women by our male ancestors.
It's time for change; men are slowly waking up and
realizing that if it's fair treatment women want,
they're going to have to stop the prejudice against
men too. I want to be treated as an individual, not a
member of the canine family due to the genitals
attached between my legs. I'm not going to complain
any further, I'll keep my mouth shut, but at least
give me the chance to share a day in the life of a
beast, a.k.a. a man - one of our readers.
wake up call
7:00 am: I'm rudely interrupted from the sanctuary of
my peaceful dream, and quickly brought back to the
reality of the feminist media- run world by my radio
alarm clock. A news bulletin reports that women's
hopes of a real life are squashed in Iraq due to the
Now I really feel for the women's suffering, but
years of sanctions on Iraq have devastated the entire
society, including men. So why is there no mention of
men's suffering or their forced recruitment into
suicidal military services?
7:10 am: The reality of getting ready to commute to a
dead-end job that depresses, demoralizes and exhausts
my body sets in. But I quickly forget how much I hate
my job when I look at the picture of my son Billy and
realize that it is all worth it.
7:15 am: On the front page of the newspaper, I read
an article stating that, "Women don't get
promoted to the positions they deserve." Hey,
welcome to the club.
7:30 am: I pick up the latest issue of GQ magazine,
and while sifting through the pages, I'm reminded of
how important the male penis size is to women, as an
Absolut Vodka advertisement features three naked men
hiding their penis with three different sized
bottles, and a caption that reads, "Size Matters
-- Now available in three sizes."
Wow, thankfully I'm average-sized and confident
enough not to let this propaganda bother me, but I
really wonder how this advertisement will
psychologically affect all those men who are below
I could already imagine what the women's movement
would have said if the ad with the same caption
featured three women covering their breasts.
7:50 am: I put on my usual navy blue suit, and as I
place a tie around my neck, all I can think of is
flaccid penises. So I readjust my tie to hang a
little lower than the belt. Maybe I'm being a little
paranoid, but then again, "Size Matters."
8:00 am: As I wait for the bus in the shelter, a
blue-collar worker neatly tears down a movie poster
of Jennifer Love Hewitt. Curious, I ask her why.
The female worker states, with a little
embarrassment, that the poster may be construed as
sexist. So I ask her why not take down the other
poster of Brendan Fraser starring his half naked body
in George of The Jungle?
Her reply was well-justified with, "Oh my God,
have you seen his chest and abdominal muscles?"
Of course, I know better than to doubt a woman's
8:30 am: I arrive at work, only to hear the awful
news that Jack, a fellow role-model/father-like
supervisor was dismissed. He was accused of sexual
harassment by one of the new female employees for
putting his hand on her shoulder as he does with all
the personnel, including myself.
8:45 am: It's a busy day so the boss asks me to fetch
him a cup of coffee downstairs from the corner café.
I think to myself, if I were a woman, I could refuse
to do it. But I'm not, so I don't have a reason to
8:50 am: As I return with my boss' coffee, I notice
two female employees gossiping by the water cooler.
Incidentally, one of them happens to be the new
employee who had Jack fired.
9:00 am: When I get back to my desk, the woman who
works beside me puts on her radio. The loud music
gives me a headache. She does it deliberately. Ever
since she asked me out for dinner and I politely
declined her offer, she has found subtle ways to
12:00 pm: I decide to take a walk outside for my
lunch break. As I walk across the street to buy a
hotdog, I see a construction worker being tended to
by paramedics after having fallen from the eighth
12:30 pm: When I get back to the office, the two
gossiping females are still by the water cooler.
They're complaining that women get paid less than
men. Out of fear, I look down to the floor and go
about my own business.
As a pay clerk, I know that women don't earn less
than men. Some women earn much more than many men.
Most women earn about the same wages as men and if
men earn more, it can usually be explained by their
long hours or the difficulties and dangers of the
job. Men do the hardest and most dangerous work in
2:00 pm: Jimmy the mail boy is suspended until
further notice for sending a joke around the office
via e-mail. The joke's title read, "Male
Comebacks." Apparently, the joke was seen by a
nosy female staff member who sniffed through her
colleague's e-mail and was personally offended.
2:02 pm: I receive an e-mail from Shelly Newsanse --
the plant supervisor -- with the following joke
title, "Men Are Like..."
2:05 pm: Jimmy's suspension is withdrawn. Instead, he
gets a slap on the hand and his Internet rights
revoked for one week.
3:00 pm: My supervisor calls me into his office to
finally follow up on that promotion I've been working
hard for. Unfortunately, he has bad news for me.
Apparently, he could not give me the promotion, which
according to company rules I fairly deserved ahead of
anyone else according to my (1) seniority, (2) top
90% employee performance (set by Ms. Shelly Newsanse
He's afraid that he might offend the female workers
who already complained to Shelly that not enough
women are being promoted to positions of power.
4:00 pm: A pamphlet from the human resource staff
about equal treatment makes its way to my desk. A
two-page memo summarizes that unfair employment
practices will not be tolerated and that women should
be equally treated. For some peculiar reason, it
states almost twenty times that equal opportunity
policies do not discriminate against men.
4:30 pm: I get news from Shelly that the new female
gossiping employee who accused Jack of sexual
harassment received the promotion that I was
expecting. Apparently, the company was scared of a
possible sexual harassment lawsuit.
4:50 pm: I overhear Amy from the Sales department
complaining that men are no longer chivalrous nor do
they know how to behave like gentlemen.
end of day misery
5:00 pm: It's time to go home, and remembering what
Amy had said a few minutes earlier, I decide to open
the door for a woman and her friend. As they walk by
me, one of them commented, "What a pervert, he
probably thinks he's going to get my number for
opening the door for me."
5:15 pm: I get on the bus and there is only one seat
left. There is a woman my own age that gets behind me
and I very politely let her take the last seat. Then
it hit me, was I being sexist? I'm not sure about
that, but I do know that now I have to stand for an
7:00 pm: Back at home, I see a paid public
announcement on TV stating that men are to blame just
as much as women for unwanted pregnancies and that
they should take equal responsibility for raising the
child. This brings tears to my eyes as I begin to
miss the laughter of my son Billy. The court ruled
that I did not have equal parenting rights and
therefore have only limited time with my son.
I call my ex to speak to Billy; guess what happens...
no son shine for you
7:05 pm: I call my ex-wife asking if I can speak to
Billy. She instantly refuses, claiming that she gave
birth to him and that I have no right to see him.
Then she has the guts to say, "The $800 you sent
me for the month ran out and I need more money for
Billy. Why can't you be a responsible father and
provide for your son?"
So I propose that this time, instead of sending
another check, I could spend some quality time (as a
father should) with my son shopping for clothing and
school supplies. But her reply was, "Not on your
life, send me the check, I'll buy what Billy
I never knew a seven-year-old child needed $800 a
month to pay for his Gucci shoes and Prada purse. I
guess I'll have to send over another check,
especially if I want to see my son again.
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12:30 am: I feel a rib crack and a sudden loss of
breath as I get an unexpected foreign elbow to the
ribs and go flying out of bed. "You're an
insensitive man," she claims.
12:31 am: Not being able to fall asleep from a
bruised rib, I head to the couch and watch TV. The
late-night news reports that a woman charged with
murdering her husband was released on account of
self- defense. Ironically following the report, a
commercial break for Radox Bath Salts shows a female
character pushing her old boyfriend over the railing
of her apartment. He falls six floors.
Oh, how I long to be a baby boy again, somehow being
a little puppy sounds better than being a dog. I've
been made to feel like I'm some kind of evil animal,
or worse, a beast.
Yet because I'm a man, I also have no voice to let
women know about the level of our sorrows. It's time
that a "malenists" group arose and began to
speak out against male discrimination. Oh, but what
am I saying, I forgot, women don't discriminate.
a possible solution
Let's not kid ourselves, there is discrimination
against both genders. No matter how far women have
come in their fight for equal rights, there will
always be discrimination against them. In return,
social control mechanisms will also ensure that men
have their fair share of discrimination. So rather
than sitting down and pointing the finger at one
another, let's work together to eliminate it.
That's right, both women and men should work
together. All women should fight and speak out
against any act of discrimination against men. And
men should follow suit and speak out against any
unfair discrimination against women.
We have to learn to separate our gender differences
and realize that we are all human, and that an act of
discrimination against a gender is an act against an
individual. We have to speak out together and let it
be known that we -- men and women -- will not
tolerate discrimination against any individual.