Weaselly hypocrisy

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

Bulletin Board v164

1 in 10 former prisoners say they were sexually abused behind bars: survey — The Obama administration ordered federal, state and local officials Thursday to adopt zero tolerance for prison rape as it issued mandatory screening, enforcement and prevention regulations designed to reduce the number of inmates who suffer sexual victimization at the hands of other prisoners and prison staff. Anti-rape advocates and victims of prison rape, while saying the standards are not perfect, cheered the new regulations.

Ex priest gets 60 years for plot to kill abuse accuser — The former Roman Catholic priest was sentenced Friday afternoon in a Dallas courtroom after a jury found he had attempted to arrange the murder of a boy who had accused the ex priest of sexually assaulting him on numerous occasions. Under Texas law, it is the jury, not the judge, who decides the sentence. As reported by Fox News, the jury deliberated for four and one-half hours before deciding that John Fiala, 53, should be sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Innocent Man Spends 12 Years In Prison For Lake Elsinore Rape — Wrongful convictions are the subject of the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of the Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The online Registry includes an up-to-date list of all known exonerations in the United States since 1989. Among the 891 exonerations documented as of today, one case is from Lake Elsinore and it showcases the power of DNA evidence.   Continue reading