The Sector is a Gamut
Oh the saving power of clichés! Where would we be without it?
Prepare to get your stereotypes blown clean out of the water, for I am about to pound another nail in the coffin of the "hillbilly MRA". Today, I would like you to meet an MRA who is "way out there"-- why he's from south-central Asia of all the crazy places, and man, that's way out there all right!
Bhanu Prasad is a 26-year-old software engineer from Andhra Pradesh, India, and dig this: he describes his political leaning as "extreme left"! Now that might prove a trifle inconvenient for all of you thick-edge-of-the-knifeblade folk who favor a "stuck in the sixties" brand of pseudo-debate and faux-categorization -- but damn it all, I'm afraid there is just no help for this! There is no inherent reason why feminism and leftism must go together. (Sorry about that, Ampersand!)
Yes, Bhanu Prasad is an MRA. I can apply that label with scant hesitation and considerable assurance, because it factually and straightforwardly FITS. He actively advocates and agitates for men's rights! Ergo, he is a men's rights activist, advocate and agitator. Or some combination thereof, at any rate -- you know what I mean.
India is a land in which the feminist lamprey has only more recently fastened itself, and it is good to note signs of an incipient resistance movement. (Several Indian MRA websites can be found in the link roll at right.)
Bhanu Prasad has been good enough to include The Counter-Feminist on his list of "blogs I read", and when such linkage occurs I am most often pleased to reciprocate. I note as well that this non-Western MRA dislikes the same parts of Western culture which I myself find displeasing -- namely the crass, materialistic parts -- and yet enjoys the good parts. Such a "throw out the bathwater but keep the baby" approach is one that I can richly appreciate, particularly when it comes from a potential ally in a global struggle!
Mr. Prasad has posted a worthy string of articles which take feminism apart in a most incisive, sytematic, and curry-flavoured way. Below, I link you to one of these articles -- which takes "old-school feminism" quite handily to the cleaners. The title of the article is a gem -- and upon my word, rather Hindu-sounding!
Feminist Myth #2: Body, and body alone, seperates men from women.
And in case the link formatting gets "lost in syndication", here's a version you can cut-and-paste.
Go now and enjoy!