Category Archives: Men in the media

I will discuss the Men’s Movement on The Magic Sandwich Show, Sunday, July 12, 2015

I will appear as a guest on The Magic Sandwich Show, on  Sunday, July 12th, 2015.

We will be discussing The Men’s Movement, and a number of related topics. It will be an introductory level talk. Expect many definitions, distinctions and clarifications. Come and join us!

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMagicSandwichShow

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Men’s Rights Press conference

I wish I could be there.

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Movie trailer: The Mask You Live In

I’m dubious about the good intent of this movie.

Why this connection between men and violence? I appreciate that the clip is pointing out that men have pain, that we are taught to suppress our emotions, but was I the only one to notice that it put this in the light of men doing violence to boys and men training boys to be tough, rather than society doing it? Why was there no female voice shouting “Be a man!”? This was my experience. Whenever a woman wanted something from me these were the very words she would use. I have never had another man tell me “Be a man.” As a youth, whenever I felt the need to prove my manhood, it was never to another man. It was women who expected me to behave in certain ways. I’m not optimistic about this film.

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Katy Perry Dark Horse video: the Roscharch Test of Offensiveness

Interesting article found here: Katy Perry Dark Horse video ‘portrays blasphemy’.

The video features the pop star as an Egyptian queen who transforms suitors into sand by disintegrating them.

Shazad Iqbal, from Bradford, has started an online petition for it to be removed from YouTube after he spotted one of the suitors wearing a pendant with the Arabic word for God on it.

More than 60,000 people have signed the petition, saying the clip is offensive.

Explaining his reasons for starting the petition, Mr Iqbal wrote: “At 01:15 into the video Dark Horse a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word Allah.

From a Men’s Rights Activist perspective, what I find interesting is that the online petition complained that the video was offensive because the disintegration of a man was objected to, because it mocked a god.

No mention that that men were being disintegrated. All in the service of providing for a woman who greedily accepted men’s gifts, and once received, discarded the men by disintegrating them, or turning them into animals. Never mind that all the servants were males and all females are cat goddesses. Never mind that while the feminists lose their mind over “Blurred Lines”, that men being destroyed at a woman’s whim for her greed is utterly ignored.

I wonder, would it be an effective media tactic were we MRA’s to get our underwear in a bunch and start screaming “Misandry!”?

I think not. We’d be accused of whining. Funny how that works.

While I see no redeeming value to the music, or the lyrics, the video, however, is visually stunning.

I knew you were
You were gonna come to me
And here you are
But you better choose carefully
‘Cause I am capable of anything
Of anything and everything

Make me your Aphrodite
Make me your one and only
Don’t make me your enemy, your enemy, your enemy

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know what you’re falling for
Baby do you dare to do this
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back

Mark my words
This love will make you levitate
Like a bird
Like a bird without a cage
But down to earth
If you choose to walk away, don’t walk away

It’s in the palm of your hand now baby
It’s a yes or no, no maybe
So just be sure before you give it up to me
Up to me, give it up to me

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know what you’re falling for
Baby do you dare to do this
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back

[Juicy J’s Rap Verse]
Uh, she’s a beast
I call her Karma
She eat your heart out
Like Jeffrey Dahmer
Be careful
Try not to to lead her on
Shawty’s heart is on steroids
Cause her love is so strong
You may fall in love
When you meet her
If you get the chance you better keep her
She’s sweet as pie but if you break her heart
She turn cold as a freezer
That fairy tale ending with a knight in shining armor
She can be my Sleeping Beauty
I’m gon’ put her in a coma (Woo!)
Damn, I think I love her
Shawty so bad
I’m sprung and I don’t care
She ride me like a roller coaster
Turn the bedroom into a fair
Her love is like a drug
I was tryna hit it and quit it
But lil mama so dope
I messed around and got addicted

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know what you’re falling for
Baby do you dare to do this
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back

The truth is, this video is pretty much the Roscharch Test of Offensiveness.

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Men’s Issues Movement To Get Toronto Home

Go CAFE, GO! The Men’s Human Rights Movement is making it to the media, more and more.

When the radical feminist The Huffington Post posts a mostly neutral article regarding men, you know we’re gaining traction.

Read the original article Men’s Issues Movement To Get Toronto Home here.

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The men’s issues movement is about to get a Canadian home.

The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) announced Monday that it has raised enough money to open the first Canadian Centre for Men and Families in Toronto.

CAFE describes itself as an organization committed to “achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability.”

It is involved in organizing men’s groups and lectures at a number of Canadian universities. Some of those lectures have prompted protests and earlier this year Ryerson’s student union blocked the creation of a CAFE-sponsored men’s issues club on the grounds that it sounded like a hate group.

The organization has distanced itself from more controversial elements in the so-called “men’s rights movement” and instead bills itself as a “men’s issues” or “human rights” organization. Nevertheless, it is primarily concerned with what it sees as societal failures to treat men equally.

The CAFE website lists suicide, the post-secondary education gap, workplace safet, men’s health, father’s rights, domestic violence, bias in the criminal system against men and misandry in the media and academia as primary areas of interest.

A spokesman told the National Post that CAFE is hoping to open the centre in a rented office somewhere on Toronto’s subway lines and that it will provide legal advice on custody and divorce, as well as physical and mental-health therapy. The group raised $50,000 in donations to open the centre and has now hopes to reach $75,000 by the end of November.

The fundraising campaign is being conducted in honour of Earl Silverman, a men’s issues activist and owner of Canada’s only shelter for male victims of domestic abuse, who killed himself in April.

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The Men’s Rights Movement on University Campuses

Not bad for a student work. The creators definitely showed signs of trying to be impartial and objective. I certainly have disagreements with the outright falsehoods and inaccuracies in the statements made by the pro-feminists interviewed, but I understand that a few minutes of video cannot deal with the complete set of issues in any depth. I applaud the maker’s for a very good start.

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Mini Doc: The Men’s Rights Movement on University Campuses

Not bad for a student work. The creators definitely showed signs of trying to be impartial and objective. I certainly have disagreements with the outright falsehoods and inaccuracies in the statements made by the pro-feminists interviewed, but I understand that a few minutes of video cannot deal with the complete set of issues in any depth. I applaud the maker’s for a very good start.

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One reason why I haven’t been posting a lot on this blog is because I’ve been busy working on a mini documentary on the men’s rights movement for RUtv News, a student-run news show that I am currently involved with. I understand that this is a complex issue, but I wanted to look a little deeper on men’s groups that are starting up on university campuses.

I did not delve into the issues these activists are fighting for because I really just wanted to focus it on men’s groups and why they are gaining momentum in North America, specifically on university campuses.

I only had about 6 minutes to do the whole piece. Maybe I can do something more detailed in the future. The fact that this has garnered both negative and positive reactions is quite interesting. I’m happy it’s managed to generate a discussion at all.

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Singing the Gender Blues, Men speak on a TVO Presentation.

The past 40 years have turned male-female relationships inside-out. The feminist movement has allowed women to question, re-define and expand roles for themselves. But what about men? This documentary takes a look at how a group of men gathered at a weekend retreat are responding to a world changed by the feminist revolution and how they re-envision what it means to be men.

I appreciate the value of the discussion brought by the programme that is highlighted in the video, but there’s a part where it gets mushy and kumbaya that repels me. The men’s rights movement in my opinion is about moving away from misandry and gynocentrism.

The approach taken is a decidedly feminine one in my opinion. Talking, holding hands, singing songs together. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the programme was done this way because based on life experience, this is how one man learned that “healing” is done. It appears to be based on a therapeutic model–a model that is designed for and by women. Let me be clear that I view this programme in a positive light, and that my little dissents are more about style than substance; I do note, however, that the style is largely based on the structure. While men can and indeed do talk though issues, we typically don’t do it by holding hands and signing songs, we do it while working or creating.

Men are culturally and socially shamed and debased. The opposite of debasement is not pedestalising, but simple normalization.

Individuals should be assessed based on their actions, rather than groups being tarred with muck or painted with glitter based on which chromosomes they are born with.

As Victor Zen points out, those in the Men’s Rights Movement are still finding our own voices, our way of doing things, and I believe that the more voices we have, even and especially, those with which I might have quibbles need to be heard.

So good on TVO for promoting this.

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Victor Zen speaks on the State of the MHRM

Victor Zen gives an excellent presentation of the current state of the Men’s Human Rights Movement. This guy is half my age and I strive to be as well spoken as he his.

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