Understanding Intimate Partner Violence: An Australian Perspective

A commenter named astyaagraha posted information about how the Australian government treats male victims of domestic violence on reddit. The information is hardly surprising. It shows how the Australian government uses a double standard when it comes to assisting male victims, or more accurately male abusers since their policy is to assume men claiming abuse at the hands of women are lying and are actually abusers. This is exactly how one would expect a feminist-run program to treat men, and it certainly lives up one’s woeful expectations. Here is astyaagraha’s full comment from reddit: Continue reading

Feminist Faith

In a recent episode, the Honey Badger Brigade tackled the the similarity between feminism and religion. Feminism has been likened to religion many times. This largely stems from doctrinal concepts that many feminists argue cannot be questioned (male privilege, the Patriarchy, female oppression, etc.). There is also the reaction feminists have when someone denies or criticizes their ideology. The reaction is similar to the religious reaction to apostates. The Badgers discuss these concepts and more. Continue reading

No, there isn’t a link between male bonding and sexual violence

Gabby Bess of Vice wrote an article attempting to link male bonding with sexual violence. This is a very common refrain in progressive spaces. The idea is that when males congregate, existing social norms and testosterone prompt males to commit sexual assaults against someone, usually a female. Or as Bess stated:

It’s obvious that the worst institutions in our country (the NFL, police forces, fraternities) are largely made up of men—brotherhoods, they would perhaps call themselves. However, in the spirit of summing up the past 365 days, one could remember 2015 as year that the men (some, not all) who pledge allegiance to, and hide behind, these elaborate networks of power stopped getting away with rape and violence against women.

This year’s most notorious example is perhaps Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma police officer and serial rapist who was able to assault 13 women during the three years that he was on the force. Or maybe it’s porn star James Deen, who was accused of allegedly raping and abusing six different women; Deen violated many of his alleged victims on set, while the camera crew, managers, and whoever else was undoubtedly around turned a blind eye. Or it could just be all the countless, faceless fraternity brothers who are three times more likely to rape than their non-Greek peers and write songs about sexually violating women before killing them.

The latter is inaccurate. The study Bess cites states, ” Moreover, fraternity men were more than 3 times more likely to engage in sexually aggressive acts during the 3-month follow-up period than non-fraternity men (OR = 3.27). Perceived rape-myth acceptance of peers entered the regression model but was not a stable predictor. […] However, as changes in the dependent variables were not assessed over time, it is difficult to extrapolate whether perpetrating sexual assault exerts influence on variables such as rape supportive beliefs and fraternity membership.”

Yet that did not deter Bess. She decided to interview Lionel Tiger, the man who coined the phrase “male bonding,” and it went completely out of her control. For example, read this exchange: Continue reading

Why “checking your male privilege” hurts men

Feminists love to talk about “male privilege.” Male feminists in particular love to “check their privilege.” This is primarily a method of them admitting that they have systemic power over women and inherently contribute to and benefit from the oppression of women.

Everyone does not agree with the concept of “male privilege.” Most men reject the theory outright, and feminists often cannot defend the theory beyond a handful of general examples that do not apply to all men universally. It is the latter, specifically that there are clear examples of discrimination and oppression of men, that cause problems for feminists.

The key issue is that feminists tend to use “male privilege” as a bludgeon against men. Any time someone mentions issues men face, feminists declare “male privilege” to shut down the conversation. Even when feminists decide to discuss men’s issues, they are very quick to state that all men, regardless of their circumstances, benefit from “male privilege.”

This results in a conflict in discussing men’s issues because that feminist narrative obscures men’s experiences. This is so obvious that even feminists who believe in “male privilege” can see it. The latter article prompted a response from Mark Greene. In his article, Greene states: Continue reading

Top Posts of 2015

Here are the top posts of 2015. This list only includes posts written in 2014, not those that carried over from other years.

Be Careful What You Ask For

In Plain Sight: The Rape of Afghan’s Boys

Nerds and Feminism: Feminists Behaving Badly

Jennifer Lopez, child rape, and victim-blaming

Woman “fell” pregnant after raping 12-year-old boy

Jason Aaron: God of Blunders

Female researchers outraged when asked to include men

This is why we can’t have nice things

Mary Koss doesn’t think women can rape men and boys

The Shaming of a “Feminazi”

You’re Not Helping v.26

There exists a type of person who feels the need to flagellate themselves in order to prove their commitment to their movement. This person tends scourge other members of their group, often claiming that members are inherently bad and evil and dangerous. The only salvation is the movement, which incidentally will never absolve them of any wrongdoing. It will only allow them them opportunity to behave with smug condescension toward those who have not converted.

I speak of male feminists. One will never see any other group of people who so consistently bash their own group while trying to prove they are one of the “good” ones. This usually manifests in a specific way: explaining to other men why it is their responsibility to fix women’s problems. Continue reading