The editors at the Good Men Project continue to demonstrate a profound level of hypocrisy and dishonesty. They want people to think GMP stands for discussing men’s issues. However, time and time again the editors reveal their incessant need to defend feminism, even to the detriment of their claims about open discussion.
Many people experienced this bizarre double-think over the years. Yet, few documented it as well as Laurie A. Couture. Couture wrote a piece titled An Autistic Critique of Feminism: A Humanitarian on the Autism Spectrum Refuses to be Silenced about the Overlooked Side of Social Justice. She submitted the article to GMP, and the editors accepted it. What followed shows the precise problem with GMP and the magazine’s claims about its concern for men’s issues. Couture explains in her video:
I do not believe the editor Couture emailed. I do not think this occurred as a result of miscommunication. It does not sound plausible. I think what occurred happened intentionally. I think those involved disliked Couture’s article from the beginning, yet saw a means to exploit it. I think they accepted the article under the pretense of publishing it, attempted to force Couture to edit out any criticism of feminism, and when she did not, the editors mangled her article to suit their purposes.
I doubt they did this out of malice. I think they did it simply because the article would bring traffic. Yet I still find it bizarre to heavily edit someone’s article. Plenty of feminists write the kind of articles GMP prefers. Why accept Couture’s only to edit it down to something unrecognizable to the author? Such an act defines the very ideas of unethical and exploitative.
I checked GMP’s Twitter feed and Facebook page and found no reference to the article. On GMP’s site, the article appears buried and features only one comment. A skeptical person might claim cover-up.
Some people who read this blog follow and occasionally contribute to GMP. I think you should reconsider. Do not give them traffic, do not post comments, and do not submit articles to their site. Do not give them any support. I say that not as an attack against GMP but as a male survivor, an advocate for male survivors, and someone who prefers honest, civil, and ethical discussions.
People like those who run GMP do not appear to actually care about men’s issues or the men and boys affected by them. Even if they do, these people’s need to defend feminism trumps their concern. That results in the way they treated Couture. We cannot accept that. We cannot allow people more invested in an ideology than real people to control the discussion about men’s issues.
Do not give GMP your time or support. The editors running the site continue to prove themselves dishonest, and there is no reason to further encourage that behavior.