Why Do People Hate Feminism?

Sargon of Akkad has an excellent video series on the reasons why people take issue with feminism. He presents a thorough explanation of the problems within feminism as an ideology and with its adherents. Some feminists may object to Sargon’s tone, however, he comes across as fair. He does not paint all feminists as the Borg. He acknowledges that different feminists think different things. Yet he also notes that the voices we hear tend to come from the authoritarian, anti-male element of the movement.

This is an ongoing series, so as Sargon uploads videos I will add them to this page. Continue reading

Jake, Josie, and consent

This image floated around social media over the week:

noconsentsex

The print on the bottom right side of the image states that it came from Coastal Carolina University. A redditor contacted the school concerning the image and received this response:

Thank you contacting CHANT411,

The poster referenced in your email was created and distributed on our campus approximately 8 years ago and was very short lived ­­– long before other campuses our size were having in-depth discussions regarding consent. Since that time, the conversation with our students about sexual consent has changed dramatically. Currently, educational initiatives regarding consent on the Coastal Carolina University campus include extensive online and in-person education.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Scott

That is a typical response explaining nothing at all. The school uses a new poster now, one more confusing and ridiculous than the original. Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v114

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Jessica Valenti.

That is all.

Why do MRAs attack feminism?

Karen Straughan explains why men’s rights activists “attack” feminism in her new video. I would not call questioning feminist theories, activism, and policies an “attack.” If one finds those things to be biased, it makes sense to criticize them.

However, far too many feminists view criticism as “harassment” and “misogyny.” Straughan explains precisely why the criticism is neither of those things. She also explains the position of non-feminists in general.

If one wants to point out, for example, the bias in the domestic violence support community, specifically how domestic violence is painted as something only men do to only women, how does one do this without noting who created the bias? How does one note who created the bias without mentioning why their bias is a problem? How does one mention the bias without commenting on the ideology that caused it?

One cannot, as Straughan confirms. One will have no choice but to “attack” those peddling the misinformation if one wishes to fix the problems caused by said misinformation. Straughan lays this out as only she can: Continue reading

Rape in the UK Military

I wrote before about the problem of sexual violence in the United States military. It now appears the United Kingdom has a similar problem:

At least three rapes and 22 sexual assaults have been carried out against men in the UK military forces over the last two years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed under a Freedom of Information request.

Last February, a 20-year-old man was subject to “assault by penetration” by a group of seven men, The Times reported.

In May, another soldier, 28, was attacked by his seven fellow servicemen, while three other young men in the army – one of them 18 years old – were the victims of penetrative sexual assaults over the last year.

All in all, there have been 25 assaults between October 2012 and October 2014, the report revealed.

The numbers were disclosed by the MoD under Freedom of Information requests. They refer only to information gathered by military police, meaning that the real numbers could be much higher.

A former army officer offers his views: Continue reading

Bulletin Board v266

2 Former Minnesota Boy Scouts Suing Over Alleged Abuse — Two men sued the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday, saying they were sexually abused as scouts by troop leaders in St. Paul more than 40 years ago. Their attorney, Jeff Anderson, said the lawsuits allege that the Boy Scouts organization created a public nuisance by its negligence and concealment of abuse allegations and by failing to warn parents and others about the “prevalence” of abuse.

Appogg urged to address some domestic violence programmes for male victims, female perpetrators — The National Audit Office (NAO) expressed concern today that the Appogg social welfare agency in its programmes on domestic violence is geared towards addressing abuse perpetrated against women, while attending to male victims is largely considered to be a distant secondary priority. The agency was also found lacking in programmes aimed at female perpetrators.

Boy, 10, looked like ‘prisoner of war’ after beaten, shot by mom, officials say — A mother of seven is accused of severely starving and beating her two young sons, even shooting the boys with a BB gun.The details of the abuse, which came to light last year, were so shocking that Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables likened the abuse to how prisoners of war are treated. Sandra Anna Gonzalez is charged with two counts of injury to a child. Continue reading

A good talk about male survivor resources

Originally posted on July 24, 2014

Allan emailed me a video of Rick Goodwin’s talk about male victims of sexual abuse and building the Men’s Project. It is worth viewing. It gives an insight into the things abused men and their advocates face when trying to create services for them.