"The woman's movement has confirmed for me," says American Man editor Richard Haddad, "that women in general know next to nothing about men.

"Women said men don't have a woman's perspective. Now men are drawing similar conclusions (about women)."

Spawned by the women's movement, the men's liberation movement -- of which Haddad is a vital force -- is asking, "Hey, what about us?"

The leaders, including Fredric Hayward, founder of Men's Rights, Inc., reject the idea that men are to blame for what many women see as their oppressed condition. "Both sexes are oppressed by stereotypes."

They are working, they say, for a true equality of sexes. "To complete the cause, you've got to have the other sex do its thing."

Hayward sees it as "calling their bluff." If women "want equal rights, that's exactly what we want."

Men got angry when their wives went off to work, says Haddad. "I think the same thing is going to happen" when men start seeking changes of their own.

"In times of crisis, women look to the man for intervention," such as changing a tire in a storm. When women have to climb out into the rain to take their turn at this -- and the men's liberationists think they should -- "we're going to start hearing howls." Women also may find themselves resenting the loss of power they've traditionally held in homecare and childrearing decisions.

One potential source of conflict he sees: Men tend to be "much more willing to let children assume responsibility, make mistakes and learn from their mistakes." A mother's decisions that used to be made routinely "now have to be checked with the man.

"Nobody likes to share power."

Among the big issues facing men, says Hayward, is their shorter life expectancy and the tendency of courts to give children of divorced parents to the mother.

Another is the draft: "How can you justify that I'm going to have to fight when Caroline Kennedy, who has more political power than I'll ever have, doesn't have to?"

In personal relationships, he says, "In the past 5 years no woman has complained that I've treated her in a sexist way." But very often, "women treat me in a sexist way."

As an example, "They're not taking the initiative to meet me. Right off the bat, I resent it.

"Once men start thinking, our movement is going to be more earthshattering that the women's."