This Actually Happened: Men’s Rights Activists Gathered To Discuss How Women Are Oppressing Them
In Michigan, mostly white male activists gathered at the International Conference on Men’s Issues to discuss their hardships as “second class citizens” and how they’ve been held back in life. Many spoke of their ex-wives and girlfriends and ‘privileged women.’One speaker blamed women for all domestic violence because, having all the power in relationships, they could simply choose not to marry violent men.
One dissenter was deemed as a ‘fame whore’ by the social media coordinator for the conference who tweeted that out, because dissent is bad, just like women are.
“Ordinary people know,” Barbara Kay, a conservative columnist for Canada’s National Post, told her audience, “the vast majority of women crying rape on campus are actually expressing buyer’s remorse from alcohol-fueled promiscuous behavior involving murky consent on both sides.” She waited for the laughter from the audience to die down. “It’s true. It’s their get-out-of-guilt-free card.”
What she’s saying is that if you get raped, you asked for it. Damn the victims because they forced men to rape them.
The Washington Post reports:
Earlier that day, an anti-domestic-violence activist spoke on the need for male-victim resources, and a politico attempted to sell the idea of a men’s rights party in Britain.
Some of the presenters were more strident than others: a psychologist who specializes in male clients and whose fans call her “Dr. T” talked about the “special protections” afforded women by the modern social contract. (Although the majority of attendees were men, five of the 15 presenters were women.)
“A rigged game can never be a level playing field,” said the psychologist, Tara Palmatier. And a rigged game against men, she said, “is what we have now.”
There was no mention onstage of the levelness of a playing field in which women make up 20 percent of U.S. senators and 18 percent of U.S. representatives — but bring it up offstage, and several participants said the men in office are merely puppets for their female electorate….
“I’m just elated,” said Paul Elam, the head of A Voice for Men, in an interview. “This is the first time I’ve ever tried to organize a conference.”
Elam in person is a tall, polite, drawling figure — he’s from Houston — who describes his site as a “place for men to express the pain and anger which they are denied from doing” in the world at large.
Elam online is an uncaged coil of rage, whose violent diatribes have been categorized as hate speech, earning his site a mention in a 2012 Southern Poverty Law Center intelligence report about misogynistic sites.
In his most infamous piece, he declared the month of October to be “Bash a Violent B—-” month: “I mean literally to grab them by the hair and smack their face against the wall,” he wrote. He says he was being satirical and has removed the post.
(my bold because WTF?)
“My rhetoric has toned down substantially” in recent years, he said. However, “our movement doesn’t depend on mainstream approval. It’s a subculture.”
On go make me a sammich, bitch:
An attendee from Australia kept offering suggestions for the writing of this article: “Can you please put in,” he asked, “That I told you to go make me a sandwich?”)
Now fetch me a beer, because I’m oppressed.
Late on Friday night, after the first day of the conference ended, some of the men went out to a German-themed piano bar, where a pianist played “The Impossible Dream” and women in tired-looking dirndls brought steins of beer.
Men have it bad and they have proof:
Presenters used historical laws as “proof” that women have always had special privileges — access to their husband’s bank accounts, for example — but didn’t mention that during the aforementioned time period, women didn’t legally have the right to vote.
When one speaker presented statistics and was asked about their origin, he said, “That particular statistic is from my personal observations. I’m just speaking here as a dude.”
The International Conference on Men’s Issues ended with a 12-person panel discussion, in which conference-goers were instructed to ask questions related to activism — how they could take the lessons of the conference and apply them to their daily lives. What lawsuits they could bring, how they could repeal the Violence Against Women Act, what continued vigilance over “enemy territory” — feminist Web sites — might accomplish?
I can understand that in cases of child custody, men are disregarded in their parental rights all too often by the courts. But while talking of repealing the Violence Against Women Act, it might be a good idea to not host speakers who call for a ‘Bash a violent bitch’ month. But what do I know — I’m just a lowly
Big thanks to one of our amazing BFF readers, TiredOfTea, for sending the link.
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