Karita Bekkmellen, Norwegian Minister of Children and Equality is holding a conference to explore issues of male rights. Many Norwegian men complain they encounter discrimination in areas of education, health and divorce. She argued the need for such studies because “This is to put a focus on men’s lack of rights. It’s about time that all men themselves enter the debate. Women can not do that for them.”
How times have changed. Now, it is females arguing that men must stand up for their rights rather than seeking help from women to do the job. In a sense, there is not only irony but a bit of humor in this reversal of attention. There is scant doubt Norway is ahead of most nations in its concern for male rights.