Men’s rights activists named as hate group
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a US non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, has named men’s rights activists (MRAs) as a hate group in its latest quarterly publication.
In an issue entitled The Year in Hate and Extremism, the SPLC, based in Montgomery, Alabama, explores how MRAs spread false claims about women:
Misogynists in the men’s and fathers’ rights movements have developed a set of claims about women to support their depictions of them as violent liars and manipulators of men.
Some suggest that women attack men, even sexually, just as much as men attack women. Others claim that vast numbers of reported rapes of women, as much as half or even more, are fabrications designed to destroy men they don’t like or to gain the upper hand in contested custody cases.
Shining the spotlight on the recent suicide of an MRA – seen as a call-to-arms for American MRAs – the SPLC outline how this man became disgruntled with the family law courts after he abused his four-year old daughter:
All he had done, he said, was smack his 4-year-old daughter and bloody her mouth after she licked his hand as he was putting her to bed.
Feminist-crafted anti-domestic violence legislation did the rest. “Twenty-five years ago,” he wrote, “the federal government declared war on men. It is time to see how committed they are to their cause. It is time, boys, to give them a taste of war.”
Some of the false claims include an insistence that men are victimized by sex crimes and abuse as much, if not more, than women but that the courts ‘outrageously favour women’.
And that as many women attack men as the other way round. Or that half or more of the sexual assaults reported by women never took place and that women routinely lie about rape.
As feminist bloggers know only too well, these claims can be found in the comments section of any article that focuses on the harms done to women by male centric societies that consistently portray women primarily as sexual objects who are not capable of sitting in the rooms where the manly art of decision making takes place.
Consequently, women are under-represented in any space where decisions affecting their lives are made, resulting in political, economic and reproductive discrimination.
Any attempts to redress this balance, for example, women’s studies courses that focus on the power structures that were originally developed by men for men, are dismissed as unscholarly in that ‘using gender as a means of analysis is flawed’, and that they indoctrinate students with one worldview.
Take the recent case brought by student Tom Martin against the London School of Economics (LSE) as a good example.
Citing the Gender, Media and Culture masters course as ‘systematically anti-male’ and therefore overlooking men’s issues, Martin criticised the course (leaving it after only six weeks) as having an over simplistic view of men as perpetrators and women as victims.
Martin lost his case earlier this year after the judge said it was too weak to proceed to trial.
However, Martin has had wide coverage in the media since he brought his case, asking for donations to fund it and also setting up websites and twitter feeds such as The Missing Minister which includes comments such as:
Scumbaggy feminist writing in Guardian gets 100% disapproval rating in comments section.
Undercover research shows some radical feminists want to kill males – these haters work in education, so no joke
He is also quoted as saying:
My belief is that 50 to 90 per cent of rape claims are made up, the rape statistics are inflated to make men look more rapey than they really are.
This level of anger against women is difficult to fathom – there are acres of statistics, studies and reports about how women suffer under a male centric society and yet MRAs dismiss these as false in the face of overwhelming evidence.
Even concrete examples of sexual assault, reflected by the recent Mumsnet campaign We Believe You, are attacked, with Fathers4Justice stating that :
Mumsnet “promotes gender hatred”, and labels “men and boys as rapists, paedophiles and wife beaters”
This led to Justine Roberts, CEO of Mumsnet, issuing a statement in which she comments:
By and large, it seemed most sensible to ignore them, not least because we’ve had our hands quite full with stuff that actually matters, like Mumsnet’s We Believe You campaign to dispel rape myths.
Meanwhile, there are many decent men out there who do believe that women are discriminated against, who would never dream of sexually assaulting women, who are good, consistent fathers to their children, but where are their voices?
Why do they not speak up in support of the women in their lives? Why do they not shut down the rape jokes told in their presence?
Or call out deadbeat dads who don’t see or pay maintenance for their children? Report when they hear accounts of sexual assault in the pub?
If you are a man and wish to state your case against MRAs, please let us know.