In my prior post on a law that discriminates against fathers, which is about to be heard by the Supreme Court — so this is NOT an obscure or unimportant case — I quoted from a feminist-authored brief against the law. That brief was signed by almost every major feminist group in the US: The Women’s Law Project, NOW, Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Congress of Black Women, the National Council of Jewish Women, The National Council of Women’s Organizations, Legal Momentum, and a bunch of others.
There were many other groups I found that either submitted their own briefs, or signed on to the feminist brief: immigration rights groups, Asian-American groups, the ACLU, a whole bunch of international feminist organizations, Human Rights Watch, People for the American Way, and so on.
So why can’t I find a single Father’s Rights or Men’s Right’s organization that either signed one of the briefs, or submitted one of their own? If bucket-loads of feminist orgs can do it, why can’t even one MRA organization manage to stand up to fight against this anti-male law?
Only one fatherhood-based organization signed on, the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute, which cosigned the feminist-written brief. NLFFI is an extremely cool group, judging from their website, but they don’t seem to be a Father’s Rights or MRA group. (For instance, you won’t find feminist-bashing on their site, nor any claims that father’s are victimized by having to pay child support.)
I suspect a few things may be going on here:
1) The base of the men’s rights activist movement is mostly right-wing, which may have reduced interest in a father’s rights case that’s also an immigration rights case.
2) There’s no obvious way that this case can be used to further feminist-bashing, and feminist-bashing — not protecting men and fathers — is in practice the primary goal of most MRA and father’s rights groups.
3) They’re just plain incompetent.
As I’ve said before, why, oh why, is the men’s rights movement so worthless?