This last weekend A Voice for Men, a group advocating for men’s rights hosted what it billed as the first annual international conference on men’s issues in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Although men do have legitimate issues — such as the rights of fathers after divorce high unemployment rates and the fact that men are far more likely to commit suicide — it seemed that the only thing on the minds of the attendees was their arch enemy, feminism.
Although both attendees at the conference and feminist groups that had voiced opposition to the positions taken by many of the speakers have reported threats of violence from the other side, the event proved uneventful and no protests ever materialized at the VFW hall where the event took place.
“Female supremacists, driven by misandry, the hatred of men and boys,” warned Mike Buchanan, a British men’s activist, is a dangerous ideology and that for the last 30 years, “feminists have worked through the state to attack many of the pillars of civilized society,” and become “the defining ideology, of the political establishment.”
Not all of the speakers were bitter men with an unhealthy attitude toward women, many were women who derided feminism, Erin Pizzey a British novelist and founder of one of the first women’s shelters in 1971 said of feminism, “I call it the evil empire.”
“We need to go after them,” she said. “We cannot allow this to continue. And if we don’t stop it, I don’t see a future for marriage, for love, or for anything.”
Although many of those in attendance voiced concern that sexual assaults against men are not taken seriously, when speaker Fred Jones spoke of his fear that his son might have be raped following his arrest in New Orleans the audience laughed apparently finding the thought amusing.”
It was the women however who seemed to have the most disgusting things to say. Barbara Kay, a columnist for Canada’s National Post made the outrageous claim that Elliot Rodger could not possibly been driven by a hatred of women, “he hated women because they rejected him sexually, but he also hated men because they had access to women,” she said.
Kay also attacked what she calls the “myth” of rape on college campuses claiming that it is perpetuated by man-haters and that the idea of a “rape culture” which gives unspoken approval of rape is no more than “baseless moral panic.”
“The vast majority of female students allegedly raped on campus are actually voicing buyer’s remorse from alcohol-fueled promiscuous behavior involving murky lines of consent on both sides,” she said, eliciting chuckles from the audience. “It’s true. It’s their get-out-of-guilt-free card, you know like Monopoly.” At this point polite chuckles became raucous laughter.
If men ever hope to have women or anyone for that matter take their concerns on men’s issues seriously they are going to first have to learn how to take issues that are important to others just as seriously. Until they do that they will be seen as unrepentant misogynists.
h/t: Daily Kos