Saturday, January 12, 2013

Against Civil Rights for Men


This collection is devoted to statements directed against the Men’s Rights Movement specifically rather than being a general compendium of misandric quotations.

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►• “it’s more than unnecessary to discuss whether feminism has “gone too far” — it’s dangerous and wrong.”

[Katie J. M. Baker, “Men’s Rights Activists Don’t Deserve the Benefit of the Doubt, Jezebel, Sep.10, 2012]

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►• “One of the incredibly dangerous aspects of the MRA movement is the father’s rights movement …”

[“Why the MRA (Men’s Rights Activist) Movement is Dangerousfor Women,” WTF (What the Feminist), Feb. 28, 2012]

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►• “we need to take heed of the reemerging, online, campus oriented men’s rights movement and its propaganda. They are dangerous and the false ideas they propound will appeal to many young men on campuses and may lay the foundation for the next in a seemingly ceaseless wave of attacks on the feminist fight for women’s equality.”

[Michael Laxer, Ontario. Lies our fathers told us: The men’s rights movement and campus-based misogyny,” rabble.ca, Oct. 4, 2012]

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►• “The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a US non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, has named men’s rights activists (MRAs) as a hate group in its latest quarterly publication.” [FACT: The SPLC (a wealthy and frequently anti-Constitution oriented advocacy organization) did not name men’s rights activists as a “hate group” in this or any other publication that we know of.]

[Jane Osmond, WVoN co-editor,Men’s rights activists named as hate group,” Women’s Views on News, Mar. 19, 2012]

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►• “The Men’s Rights Movement is an organized, dedicated and growing hate movement that constitutes an explicit and violently oriented backlash against women and feminism.”

[Michael Laxer, “The Men’s Rights Movement, CAFE and the University of Toronto.” Dec. 14, 2012]

►• “Well, yes, but don't ignore the reason for the pushback: men's traditional privileges really are under attack. It's just that these rights, like the right to beat and rape your wife with impunity, are anathema to a truly free and equitable society. -- So they agitate for the right to rape and assault? – Not in so many words. But the MRAs do certainly seem preoccupied by the loss of that privilege.”

[Jeff Fecke,Explainer: What's an MRA?” Shakesville,

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►• EXCERPT from a petition: “The Men's Rights Movement, while claiming to be for the betterment of both sexes, wishes for nothing more than to diminish the accomplishments of women, to vilify women, and to set women back by harassing them into silence, along with placing them in danger through their actions, which they openly admit are illegal.

Please sign this petition in order to have anything and everything that is Anti-Feminist and Anti-Woman, and also related to advocacy of the "Men's Rights Movement", defaulted as terrorism, or promotional of hatred and violence, so that the content may be flagged and removed from YouTube as it should be. Or, if nothing else, to send a message to the MRM, so that they know that this conduct is not appropriate.”

[Krista Heflin (Minneapolis, MN), “Google Inc., YouTube LLC: Categorize the MRM as flaggable forterrorism/promoting hate on YouTube.” change.org, Petitioning Google Inc., YouTube LLC, Jan. 7, 2013]

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►• “And anti-feminist men’s groups seek to defend that; they’re a response to a critique of their privilege. And so they’re not the flipside of feminism or radical feminism. They’re in a fundamentally different position politically, in the same way that a race-hate group, like the Ku Klux Klan, is in a different position from the civil rights or Black power movements that seek to undermine racism and inequalities that people of colour experience.” (Michael Flood, sociologist, Australia)

[Rhys Price-Robertson, “Anti-feminist men’s groups in Australia: An Interview with Michael Flood,” DVRCV Quarterly (Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria) (Australia), Edition 3 – Spring/Summer 2012, p. 10]

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►•  “The last issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report presented a scathing portrait of “a hard-line fringe” of the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM): “women haters whose fury goes well beyond criticism of the family court system, domestic violence laws, and false rape accusations,” whose rage is “directed at all women, not only perceived feminists.”

[Arthur Goldwag, “Intelligence Report Article Provokes Fury Among Men’s Rights Activists,” SPLC Hatewatch, May 15, 2012]

[For a  critique of this quotation: John the Other,The continuing education of Arthur Goldwag,” A Voice for Men,” May 17, 2012]

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