R/mensrights and the MRM

by Paul Elam on October 20, 2010

By Paul Elam

In this movement, for lack of a better word, there are frequently calls for more organized activism. While there are some laudable organized efforts afoot, I have to admit that I have always been of the opinion that we are doing just fine for the length of time we have been at this, and that there is a lot to be said for individual, leaderless work.

But I feel compelled at the time to break from my own tradition and make a suggestion regarding some collective effort.

Reddit.com has a menís rights area, or r/mensrights if you will, that appears to be growing quite rapidly.† Just a couple of months ago there were 9,000 members and now there are over 14,000.† Articles from AVfM that are posted there do draw a respectable amount of traffic, and have resulted in quite a few new registered users on the site. It is some pretty strong evidence, along with other factors, that interest in menís issues is growing at a pretty brisk pace. But you already knew that.

There are also some problems.† Due to its growing popularity, it has become a magnet for feminist trolls whose sole purpose is to go in and down vote articles so they are less likely to be read. A good example of this is my latest article on Rape Culture. At this point it has a near even distribution of votes, 29 up and 22 down. †My guess is that the down votes arenít coming from too many MRAís.

While the site continues to provide a valuable venue for MRAís, it would be a lot better if we were able to collectively negate the effect of the feminist trolls who are attempting to block our effective use of a resource that reaches a lot of people that would not otherwise know about the MRM.

In my admittedly less than humble opinion, it is time for r/mensrights to be dominated by MRAís, and I actually believe we need to do it.

I have spoken on the phone with Bill Price over at the-spearhead.com, and he willing to work together toward a solution.

You may have noticed that in a couple of recent articles I have included a link at the end to reddit with a suggestion to vote on the article over there.† Early in the game, the feminists were all over those posts with down votes, but we still made it back into the positive as time went on.

What I am proposing here, both to readers of this site and The Spearhead that they take just a moment to click through that link and vote on the article.† I am firmly convinced that this will ultimately serve to discourage trolls at r/mensrights and more importantly drawn new readers into MRM literature.† A nice feature is that you donít have to back-browse to return here.† There is a link back to the article on site immediately to the right of where you vote, as you can see here:

In the end, I donít think it matters a great deal if we succeed at this or not.† This movement is growing regardless.† But the boost, both in traffic and moral, certainly canít hurt. And the way I have it figured, 20-25 new voters on these articles is all it would take to make that particular men’s rights forum exactly what it ought to be- user unfriendly for feminist trolls.

Vote on this article at Reddit†HERE.

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