Monday, 20 October 2014

What does feminism do to hurt men?

I don't believe that feminism cares about harming men. I believe that feminism cares only about maximizing women's well-being, and that it does not regard the effect of its actions on men or on gender (in)equality. To feminism, harming men is sometimes just a means to an end. This entry lists some of the ways feminism harms men.

Feminism campaigns against equal parenting.

Feminism advocates for the prohibition of paternity testing.
  • Feminism has eventuated a law in France that prohibits men from testing the paternity of their children. A judge may sentence any man who contravenes the law to one year in prison and fine him €15,000
  • Feminism has eventuated similar laws throughout Europe (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Feminism advocates for such laws in the UK (Source: The Spectator
  • Notable feminist Melanie McDonagh wrote a widely published article that opposed paternity testing:
DNA tests are an anti-feminist appliance of science, a change in the balance of power between the sexes that we’ve hardly come to terms with. And that holds true even though many women have the economic potential to provide for their children themselves…Uncertainty allows mothers to select for their children the father who would be best for them. The point is that paternity was ambiguous and it was effectively up to the mother to name her child’s father, or not… Many men have, of course, ended up raising children who were not genetically their own, but really, does it matter…in making paternity conditional on a test rather than the say-so of the mother, it has removed from women a powerful instrument of choice.

Feminism has successfully, and violently, interrupted every MHRM event on Canadian campuses. 

Feminism has successfully campaigned against the development of male contraceptives.
  • As evinced by this video.

Feminism has ensured that no woman legally rapes a man when she forcibly envelopes him.
  • Feminism ensured that the definition of rape excluded forced envelopment. (Source: justice.govMary Koss)
  • Feminism is Israel successfully prevented the promulgation of a bill that would illegalize forced envelopment. (Source: Jerusalem Post)

Feminism shamed men into fighting in World War I. 
  • Feminism organized the White Feather Campaign in order to shame young men into military service. (Source: Wikipedia)

Feminism skewed the 2008 economic stimulus package to benefit more women than men
  • The National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and the Women's Law Center successfully skewed the 2008 economic stimulus package to benefit women disproportionately. (Source: The Weekly Standard)

Feminism advocates violence against men. 
  • The SCUM manifesto written by prominent feminist Valarie Solanas, who shot Andy Worhol, promotes violence against men. (The acronym stands for 'Society for Cutting Up Men'). The video below depicts feminism in Sweden celebrating the murder of men in order to honour Valarie Solanas. 

  • Popular feminist magazine, Jezebel, has gloated about, and advocated for, the battery of male intimate partners. (Source: Jezebel)
  • Feminism uses the hashtag  #killallmen to promote violence against men. 

  • Prominent feminists have glorified violence against men.
I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig. — Andrea Dworkin
The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.— Sally Miller Gearhart
The more famous and powerful I get the more power I have to hurt men. — Sharon Stone

Feminism advocates for the abolition of Father's Day.

Feminism advocates for the institution of concentration camps for men.
  • When the Swedish feminist party, F!, attained support of 25% of the electorate, its members suspected that the support for party indicated that Swedes would accept their more radical proposals. Among those, was the proposal to intern all men in concentration camps, presumably for a defined period. (Source: The Guardian)

Feminism advocates for the curtailment of men's freedoms.
  • Feminism uses the term 'stare rape' to advocate prohibiting men from looking at women.
  • Feminism also uses the term 'male gaze' to denigrate the act of looking at a woman. Feminism operates the magazine 'The Good Men Project' in order to encourage men to behave as feminism wants them to behave (see picture below). One of the 'Editor's Picks from the articles published by The Good Men Project is an article titled 'Dealing With My Own Male Gaze'.

  •  Feminism wants to dictate how men sit in public.


(From The New York Times)

  • Feminism wants to dictate how men pee.

(Why doesn't she remember to put the seat up?)

  • Feminism wants to dictate how men express their romantic feelings.

Feminism encourages women to relish, or ignore, male suffering.
  • Feminism often uses the "male tears" trope to trivialize male suffering.

  • Feminism uses the phrase "what about teh menz?" to mock people concerned about male suffering.
  • Feminism sustains a culture of misandry within itself. 

 (Feminist mocks man who committed suicide)

I feel that man-hating is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them. — Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine, editor.

Feminism successfully advocated for implementation of the draft in England.
  • Feminism successfully advocated for implementation of the draft in England (Source: Wikipedia)

Feminism opposes shelters for battered men.
  • Feminism harassed, assaulted, slandered, and otherwise campaigned against Earl Silverman, founder of the first shelter for abused men in Canada, until his organization fell bankrupt and he took his life. (Source:
  • Feminism in the UK oppose the creation of refuge spaces for battered men. (Source: The Guardian)

Feminism advocates for considering women's rights before men's, and human, rights.

  • The image below depicts three members of the Montreal cell of the popular feminist group 'Femen' advocating for the priority of women's rights.

Feminism uses violence to suppress the truth about male victims of female domestic violence.
    • Method 1. Suppress Evidence
    • Method 2. Avoid Obtaining Data Inconsistent with the Patriarchal Dominance Theory
    • Method 3. Cite Only Studies That Show Male Perpetration
    • Method 4. Conclude That Results Support Feminist Beliefs When They Do Not
    • Method 5. Create "Evidence" by Citation
    • Method 6. Obstruct Publication of Articles and Obstruct Funding of Research That Might Contradict the Idea that Male Dominance Is the Cause of PV
    • Method 7. Harass, Threaten, and Penalize Researchers Who Produce Evidence That Contradicts Feminist Beliefs.
  • Feminism interrupts a forum for abused men.

  • The Florida State Law Journal published over 200 pages of extensive documentation the history of feminism's suppression of the abuse of male partners by females. (Source FSU Journal of Law)
Perhaps the most physically and personally intimidating behavior was directed at Suzanne Steinmetz, who had first brought the issue to the public’s attention.43 Steinmetz appeared on such shows as the Today Show and Phil Donahue. 44 Her work was reported in various newspapers  and magazines, including a full-page story in Time magazine.45 Yet,  while Steinmetz’s work received some support, the public attack, the public attack against Steinmetz and her family evidenced the public's overwhelming rejection of her work. Verbal threats were launched against her and her children - at home and in public. Threatening phone calls were made to Steinmetz and the sponsors of her speaking engagements in order to prevent Steinmetz from further publicizing her work. On one occasion, a bomb threat was called into an ACLU meeting at which Steinmetz was scheduled to speak. Professionally, Steinmetz was also threatened. In an attempt to prevent her from receiving tenure, every female faculty member at the University of Delaware was lobbied by individuals calling on behalf of the women's rights movement... Other social scientists committed to the study of husband abuse and family violence were similarly mistreated.Such tactics seem to have proven effective. Both researchers who were involved in the early projects and even those who might have become involved admit that they now choose to give the topic of battered men "wide berth".
    • Feminism sent Erin Pizzey, founder of the first shelter for battered women, death threats in response to her advocacy for abused men. Consequently, Pizzey fled England. 

    Feminism advocates for the automatic arrest of men who call police about domestic violence.

    • Patriarchal dominance theory claims, incorrectly[1], that only men commit non-defensive domestic violence. That theory informs feminist anti-violence programs, such as the Duluth Model, the model used most commonly by police forces to educate their officers. (Source: The image below illustrates the Duluthian conception of domestic "power and control".  Note that the creators used only the feminine personal pronoun to refer to the victim. 

    • Feminism has also advocated for laws that mandate the arrest of the "primary aggressor" in situations involving domestic violence, be it mutual or unilateral violence. Such laws have been implemented in approximately half (23) of the American states. (Source:
    • The preponderant use of the Duluth Model for training police, and the mandatory arrest laws effected by feminists, jointly engender a state of affairs in which police forces require, and train, officers to always arrest only the man when they respond to calls about domestic violence. 
    • Further consider that feminism promotes the conflation of 'primary aggressor' with 'man, as evidenced by this passage from the Australian Law Review Commission's consideration of opinions on the matter from community organizations. (Source:
    The Inner City Legal Centre and The Safe Relationships Project submitted that it may be even more difficult to identify the 'primary aggressor' where there is violence between same-sex couples.
    • The aforecited FSU Law article also attests to this effect of feminism's influence. 
    When it comes to arrest, female domestic violence perpetrators are simply not considered. As one of the arrest replication experiments candidly noted, female offenders were not included in the study because they were not considered to pose any danger. Their exclusion from the study clearly implied that arrest could be used in a more discretionary manner when it came to females offenders than it could be in the case of male offenders... The experiment's authors concluded "arrest remains a more conscionable choice than non arrest"... evidence indicates that police ignore violence perpetrated by women and that such inaction is judicially endorsed.

    Feminism advocates for judges to punish leniently women who harm men.
    • Feminism advises judges to sentence women more leniently than they sentence men. (Source: The Telegraph)
    • Feminism convinces Brooklyn DA to request home-sentences for female offenders. (Source: New York Daily News)
    • Feminism advocates to close all women's prisons in England. (Source: BBC)
    • Feminism advocates for special, favourable, treatment of female violent offenders.

    Feminism advocates for the abolition of the presumption of men's, but not women's innocence.

    • We have already evidenced the fact that feminism has eventuated police training methods that teach police not to arrest women, that feminism has eventuated more lenient sentencing for female offenders, and that feminism has eventuated the legalization of female-on-male rape, in some jurisdictions, in other jurisdictions feminism has ensured that the definition of rape excludes female perpetrators. Accordingly, when feminism uses gender-neutral terms to discuss the judicial treatment of perpetrators of sex-crimes, feminism refers only to male perpetrators.
    • Prominent feminist writer, Jessica Valenti, wrote an article for the Washington Post advocating for such a change. Note that she uses the masculine pronoun to refer to the accused and the feminine pronoun to refer to the victim.
    We should look to Sweden, where some activists want to change the law there so that the burden of proof is on the accused; the alleged rapist would have to show that he got consent, instead of the victim having to prove that she didn’t give it.

    • Feminism has argued that false accusations benefit the accused. Below, I've quoted Catherine Commins, assistant dean at Vassar College in New York.
    Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometimes gain from the experience. They have a lot of pain, but it is not a pain that I would necessarily have spared them. I think it ideally initiates a process of self-exploration. 'How do I see women?' 'If I didn't violate her, could I have?' 'Do I have the potential to do to her what they say I did?' Those are good questions.
    • Below, I've quoted from an article in the Wall Street Journal written by Judith Grossman, a feminist, lawyer, and mother of a young-man falsely accused of rape.
    I am a feminist. I have marched at the barricades, subscribed to Ms. magazine, and knocked on many a door in support of progressive candidates committed to women's rights. Until a month ago, I would have expressed unqualified support for Title IX and for the Violence Against Women Act... I fear that in the current climate the goal of "women's rights," with the compliance of politically motivated government policy and the tacit complicity of college administrators, runs the risk of grounding our most cherished institutions in a veritable snake pit of injustice—not unlike the very injustices the movement itself has for so long sought to correct. Unbridled feminist orthodoxy is no more the answer than are attitudes and policies that victimize the victim

    Feminism demonizes men.

    • Feminism's demonization of men has succeeded so fantastically that many don't apprehend how favourably they receive such messages. Often, only parody exposes the double standard. Below, I've inset images from three of feminism's popular campaigns; following those images, I've inset a parody of them.

    (Feminist campaign)

    (Feminist campaign)

    (Feminist campaign)


    • Anita Sarkeesian, the most read internet feminist journalist, slanders men with articles that I believe, and hope, that nobody would tolerate about any other group. Below, I've inset screen caps of my parodies of those tweets. 

    • Feminism's literature seems replete with messages that demonize men.
    All men keep all women in a state of fear. — Susan Brown Miller
    Probably the only place where a man can feel truly secure is in a maximum security prison. — Germaine Greer
    Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists, and that's all they are— Marilyn French

    To conclude, if you identify as neutral or feminist on gender issues, please ask yourself whether feminism is a movement that you want to identify with. You can support gender equality without supporting feminist hatred. Egalitarianism does exactly that.

    Evidence Re. Gender Equality and Feminism

    Men's rights advocates undertake to resolve issues such as premature death, childlessness, imprisonment, or the enjoyment of fundamental rights, such as voting. In contrast modern feminists are concerned with self-esteem issues. E.g. Campaigns for "banning bossy", increasing the number of women in society's most prestigious positions, etc.

    In other words, the issues that concern feminists are less fundamental than the issues that concern men's rights advocates. The following facts evince that.

    Women have it better in all but 4 developed countries

    • According to a  rigorous meta-analysis by the Brookings Institute.
    • According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (see image below)

    Women enjoy the unconditional right to vote. Men do not. 

    Men, but not women, must serve as military combatants in most countries (including developed countries) in order to enjoy the right to vote.

    • List of countries that have instituted mandatory military service. Note that the list does not include countries, such as the United States, that require men to register for the draft. 
    • The United States requires men, but not women, to register in the draft in order to enjoy the right to vote. 

    Women have the right to genital integrity. Men do not. 
    • FGM, but not MGM, is banned throughout the west. 
    • Spare me the "but its worse for girls" argument. Anti-FGM laws include even a pin-prick to a female infant's genitalia: a procedure that mutilates the genitals less than male circumcision does. 
    Women have reproductive rights. Men do not.
    • Feminists argue that a fetus is a part of a woman's body, and that women enjoy the right to bodily autonomy and so should enjoy the right to chose whether to abort a pregnancy. 
    • Men are not allowed to choose not to be a father to the child.
    • Effectively, the law requires men to finance a woman's unilateral decision to turn an extension of her uterus into a human being. 
    Women can give away a child for adoption without the father's consent.
    • This article in the National Post describes the state of law well.
    Judges punish women less harshly than they punish men who commit the same crimes.
    • Judges sentence women to serve 60% briefer prison sentences than they sentence men who commit the same crimes to serve.
    • Judges sentence female murderers to death less often than they sentence male murderers to death. 
    Women are 350% less likely to be homeless.
    • This statistic is almost universally accepted. The Wikipedia article on homelessness cites it well.
    Men are 300% more likely to be the victim of unilateral domestic violence.
    Spare me the 'men are bigger so it's more damaging when men do it' argument. 
    • Is battery less blame worthy if a small man beats a large women?
    • Physical damage isn't what makes domestic violence especially terrible. What makes it especially terrible is that the person you love did it to you.
      • Suppose a woman spit in her husbands face every morning to wake him, would you not consider that blameworthy domestic violence?
      • If someone falls down the stairs, do they often need to see a counselor for years after the event? Usually they do not need to do so. If the physical damage were what made domestic violence especially terrible, then many more people would need counselling after a purely physically damaging event (such as falling down the stairs).
    Men are awarded alimony in only 3% of cases, even though 37% of female spouses earn more.
    • The US Census Bureau provides the data evincing this statistic.
    Before the foregoing statistic leads you to conclude that wage discrimination exists consider that the laws of economics do not permit two things of comparable value to remain unequally priced. If it were the case that women provide the same value to firms as men do and that firms pay women less than men, then entrepreneurial firms would hire women and cut costs, thereby increasing the demand for female employees, thereby increasing their wage. What is that extra value that men provide firms? Men work more hours, and they do more dangerous work.

    Men work more hours than women work.
    Men work more dangerous jobs
    • A man's chance of dying at work exceeds a woman's chance of dying at work by 1000%.
    Women control 70% of consumer spending
    Women benefit from extra money men earn by risking their lives at work, and spending more of their life at work.
    Men die more frequently, at every age, in every country in the world.
    • The WHO life tables evince this statistic
    • The following graph, published in the Economist, illustrates the rate of death by gender over time.

    No matter how you slice it, we spend more on women's health.
    Be it per death, per incidence, or per person, we spend more on women's health. Despite the fact that men die more often at every age.
    • This Thyroid Cancer Canada website contains the evincing data.
    Women control a 10% greater share of the vote.
    • Men's longer hours prevent them from voting. Note that the voting rates of each gender equalize at 65, the most common age of retirement.
    • Moreover, after 65, men vote more often than women. It stands to reason that they would vote more often if their longer working hours didn't prevent them from doing so. 
    • People vote more often as they mature; however, the male population decreases faster than the female population does, so women control a disproportionate number of votes. That would be true even if we were to assume that each gender votes equally often. 

    There are more childless men than there are childless women.
    • According to the US Census Bureau, the courts award mothers custody of their children in 86% of cases.
    Boys are required to pay their rape victims child support
    • An often cited precedent requires any male victim of rape to pay child support to his rapist if she impregnates herself while raping him.
    This is a partial list. I'll complete it soon.

    Monday, 6 October 2014

    What Does 'Street Harassment' Actually Mean? (Part 1. Indecency)

    'Street Harassment' is a term used by third wave feminists to denote unwanted romantic communication in public. The website defines it thus:

     Street harassment is any action or comment between strangers in public places that is disrespectful, unwelcome, threatening and/or harassing and is motivated by gender or sexual orientation or gender expression

    A Google image search for 'street harassment' renders a set of images that convey the notion of 'street harassment' well.

    'Street Harassment' conflates public masturbation, compliments from strangers, and every other act that exemplifies public sexual expression. A number of important characteristics differentiate these acts from one another. However, as far as I can tell, public sexual expression is the only characteristic that assimilates them. In order to effectively treat the matter, I will secern four types of 'street harassment': indecency, vulgarity, compliments, and emoting. I will treat the feminist reaction to each type of 'street harassment' in a series of brief entries.  This entry is the first of those.

    An image in the collage inset above the previous paragraph encourages people to "speak up against public masturbation." The image evinces the existence of a harmfully selfish attitude that characterizes feminism: The feminist who created the image didn't consider, or didn't care about, the state of men who masturbate in public. Either she didn't consider that mental illness almost certainly afflicts men who masturbate in public, or she did consider it, but judged that she ought to condemn these men rather than help them.

    Men constitute 75%  of the homeless. If a man has no home, then whenever he masturbates, he does so in public. If feminism desires to curtail public masturbation, then it ought to undertake to reduce the prevalence of homeless men. Many public housing administrations ascribe priority to female applicants. Feminism could equitably reduce the prevalence of homeless men, and thereby reduce the prevalence of public masturbation, by advocating for the gender-equitable treatment of public housing applications.

    We invest 500% more in research that studies conditions that afflict only, or mostly, women than we invest in research that studies conditions that afflict only, or mostly, men. Mental illness equally afflicts men and women. As such, the disproportionate investment in research that studies women's afflictions necessitates lesser investment in research that studies conditions that afflict both genders, such as mental illnesses. Few sane people publicly masturbate. Therefore, reducing the prevalence of mental illness will reduce the prevalence of public masturbation. Accordingly, if feminism desires to curtail public masturbation, then it ought to undertake to reduce the prevalence of mental illness by advocating for gender-equitable investment in health research. 

    To condemn an ill or addicted man for public masturbation does not normatively differ from condemning a similarly afflicted woman for publicly masturbating those men for their money. Ought we punish drug addicted women who perform sex acts in public for drug money? Perhaps. However, feminism, to the surprise of no one, argues that we ought to punish only her (presumably, male) customer.[2]

     A, presumably, drug addicted, woman performing a sex act in public. Courtesy Google StreetView

    Feminism has defined 'street harassment' as unwanted public expressions of sexual orientation. Every sex act expresses a sexual orientation. Therefore, if bystanders regard public sex acts, such as the aforedepicted one, as 'unwanted', then campaigns that advocate against public masturbation ought to advocate against prostitutes who perform public sex acts. However, no street harassment campaign does so.

    Is there any consideration that reconciles feminism's approval of, typically, female behaviours that satisfy its criteria for street harassment with its condemnation of, typically, male behaviours that satisfy those criteria? I can discern none other than a desire to maximize female well-being, no matter whether doing so harms men.


    [1]In my previous entry, I cited the statistics I used in the first paragraph.