Two months ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center published several articles portraying the men’s rights movement as a hate group. Arthur Goldwag’s article brought the most criticism, as the article painted the men’s rights movement as filled with nothing but misogynists, woman-haters, and terrorist supporters.
Goldwag decided to write a response to the criticism, although it is not any different from his original article. He gives the same arguments he gave before, relying solely on Thomas Ball, Anders Breviek, and Paul Elam’s A Voice for Men website as proof that the men’s rights movement is brimming with misogyny.
In his article, Goldwag attempts to weasel out of SPLC’s assertion that the men’s rights movement is a hate group:
It should be mentioned that the SPLC did not label MRAs as members of a hate movement; nor did our article claim that the grievances they air on their websites – false rape accusations, ruinous divorce settlements and the like – are all without merit.
Actually, SPLC did label men’s rights activists as misogynists and essentially part of a hate movement. For example:
The so-called “manosphere” is peopled with hundreds of websites, blogs and forums dedicated to savaging feminists in particular and women, very typically American women, in general. Although some of the sites make an attempt at civility and try to back their arguments with facts, they are almost all thick with misogynistic attacks that can be astounding for the guttural hatred they express.
At no point does Goldwag, Mark Potok, or Evelyn Schlatter make any distinction between the sites that spew vile and those that present reasoned arguments. Continue reading