Suggested changes in Law
A list of proposed laws should reveal how reasonable and measured the views of those highlighting men's rights / issues generally are. It may also serve to focus efforts, avoid pulling in different directions and soften resistance.
- Remove all gendered laws.
- Provide equal treatment of men and women at every stage of the justice system. Judges, jury and all involved at every stage should be required to consider switching the genders in their mind (unless this is impossible) before making a judgement on the eligibility of evidence, guilt, punishment and all other matters. A reminder should be read allowed in court.
- Default shared parenting on separation or divorce.
- Legally entitle fathers to parental DNA tests. Whilst difficult to legislate this is a basic right. This could be the children within your marraige or houshold, children claimed by the mother or government to be yours etc.
- Outlaw involuntary circumcision and all circumcision on children, with the extremely rare exception of a significant medical defect that requires attention.
- Anonymity for all accused of sex crimes until proved guilty. (Sex crimes are the most lied about crimes).
- Give due process to all accused of sex crimes and carry out proper investigation.
- Mandatory prosecution of false accusers when sufficient evidence comes to light to make a valid charge.
- Treat domestic violence equally between the sexes. Require corroborating evidence while showing compassion for both parties. Carry out thorough investigations, allow all relevant evidence.
- Restrict the definition of domestic violence to physical violence and have domestic abuse as the catch all term for controlling behaviour, financial control, verbal and mental abuse.
- Remove the secrecy from family courts and release case information and statistics without names.
- Outlaw preferential treatment on the basis of sex and race in all employment opportunities (apart from education, as roles models for children take precedence). Opportunities should be equal to all, not the equal outcomes of various groups. There are ways to test for bias in opportunities within companies, organisations, departments etc. and this is the right approach.
- Make illegal (if it is not already) restrictions of public spaces to one sex only, or if it must be the case provide a similar space for the other sex. For instance woman only carriages on trains in Japan and family spaces in restaurents etc. that exclude single men but not single women in some Arab countries.
- Return the Boy Scouts to Boys alone, similar to Girls Guides. This could be done over a few years by simply not accepting new girls. (This may require a change in the law for boys to be allowed to have their own space. It may currently be that if a boy wants to join the Girl Guides due to preferring their activities, a case could be made in court as sex descrimination keeping him out. It tends to be girls parents who take up cases like this on behalf of their daughters but I assume it would work the other way as well and open up the Guides to boys. But it all seems odd that there can't be one organisation for girls and one for boys.)
Other aims (it is possible that some of these aims may also require legal changes)
Encourage more men to study law.
Improve boys education by catering for their needs and ways of learning.
Give boys the opportunity of daily exercise in school time.
Increase the number of male teachers.
Ensure more positive male roles in the media.
Marraige vows to include giving yourself to each other so that making your spouse involuntarily celibate is breaking your vow. No legal weight given to this but a recognition of each other needs.
Male pill or injection to be widely available.
Wherever a country has a “Minister or representative for women” or a department for “Women's Equalities” (which is such a flawed term) or any single sex government department, ensure there is the equivalent for men. Alternatively open up the role or department to equally represent both women and men.