I agree with much of what SVoid said about the gender situation in N. America and efforts to address it. However, I don't agree that "Men's Rights on the other hand are usually proposed by people that seem hostile toward women...." While there are some such organizations, there are also many that are actually working to break down some of the same sexist social/political institutions that feminists are such as:
- the fact that it's easier for the woman to gain custody of the child(ren) in a divorce than the man and that, in some areas, the man almost has a "guilty until proven innocent" burden of showing not only why the woman should not have custody but why he would be a better choice than some third party
- the tendency on domestic disturbance calls, where both partners have been fighting/trading blows and it is he-said/she-said about who started it, to take the male away in handcuffs rather than the female or both
- the fact that even if both a husband and wife have careers and there are no kids, in some jurisdictions, the husband must still pay alimony to the wife in the event of a divorce - seriously, how is this holdover from the 1800s that assumes a woman can't survive without the support of a man (even when she has a well-paying job) still in existence?
- the social norm responsible for the stay-at-home dad who takes his kids to the park getting the stink eye from everyone else there as a potential child molester.
All of the above are just as bad (though don't generate as much outrage because they're less direct and personal) as the "go get us some coffee honeybuns" and glass ceiling of the pay scale that many women still encounter in the professional workplace. I can't speak to more than the sliver of American society that I'm familiar with, but it's enough to tell me that our culture still has some screwed-up attitudes, stereotypes, and expectations of both genders that should have been done away with long ago.
I don't know the answer to how that happens without advocacy groups making themselves sound, at least at times, like unreasonable nutjobs screaming on the street corner about slights both real and imagined, but I would like to see it happen.