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I’m only here for the male-shaming: Time magazine publishes call for new feminist movement in 2015

Either Time magazine is engaged in an internal competition to publish Most Clueless Commentary On Feminism or they are prepping us for their MRA coming-out party (BYOB because equality, ladies). The first entry into the competition was, of course, Time‘s 2014 poll asking if the word “feminist” should be banned in 2015. Needing to make a splash in the New Year, the magazine has thrown its second competitor into the ring: Cathy Young, a contributing editor at Reason (a libertarian publication) who attaches scare quotes to terms like “rape culture,” “rape joke,” and “sexualization;” doesn’t believe in patriarchy; thinks misandry is a real thing; and rails against “toxic feminism.” Some choice quotes from Ms. Young’s recent work: On GamerGate: The feminism of male demonization and female victimhood has become...
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Movement against ‘manspreading’ on transit leads to MRA sads

The notion that one person should take up one seat on public transit is not a particularly radical one. I’ve been taking the bus regularly since I was about 12 years old and it’s just basic, human courtesy (albeit, “basic, human courtesy” many people choose to ignore) that we do not take up extra seats with grocery bags, purses, or legs. The bus does not have seats so that your bag has a place to rest or so that your knees don’t need to share a seat. But the problem of “manspreading,” as the New York Times called it recently — the much-maligned and mocked phenomenon wherein men spread their legs out, either forcing whomever is in the seat next to them to squeeze into the tiniest corner of...
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Mainstreaming misogyny: Canada’s new charitable hate movement, CAFE

Update, May 29: According to Artscape, the “E-Day” concert organized by CAFE described below has been cancelled. Many corporate sponsors previously secured had withdrawn their support following the publication of this article and Artscape pulled the venue once they were made aware of the nature of the event. The Canadian wing of the North American Men’s Rights Movement, the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), has, rather improbably, been granted charitable status in Canada; meaning both that Revenue Canada felt that what CAFE is advocating for is, at least in some sense, in the “public interest” and is also not overtly political. As CAFE itself notes: The benefits of charity status are significant. Henceforth your donations in support of our important programs are eligible for charitable receipts which are tax-deductible on your...
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This thing about male victims

This article was originally published on Karen Ingala Smith’s blog and is cross-posted with permission from the author. A couple of weeks ago, The Independent ran an article on male victims of domestic violence. There were some factual inaccuracies in the report along with the use of the statistic that one in three victims of domestic abuse in Britain is male. I challenged these on twitter. I received the response below from a professional referenced in the article But I’m not going to move on. I’d prefer to talk about this statistic because it is unhelpful at best, it is derailing and dangerous at worst. The claim of gender parity in domestic violence, or at least of much less difference than is conventionally believed, is nothing new, in fact...
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Men’s Rights Activists advocate for ‘human rights’ with rape and death threats

The latest from A Voice For Men’s “activism” files is a smear campaign against a protester they are calling “Big Red.” “Big Red” (nothing sexist about that name) is a woman who dared to speak out (USING SWEAR WORDS, OH NO) against Men’s Rights Activists’ anti-feminist agenda. For those who are unfamiliar with this situation, earlier in April a Men’s Rights Activist (MRA) group called the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) sponsored a lecture at the University of Toronto where there were talks by Janice Fiamengo about how feminism is mean. Specifically, a “mean-spirited bias against men in the humanities.” There were protestors at the event which CAFE says could be heard shouting during the talk. From their website: “Dialogue confronting sexism proceeds while protestors scream to shut down...
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The Men’s Rights Movement, CAFE & the University of Toronto

This article was originally published at rabble.ca and was reposted with permission from the author. The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) and one of its spawns in the campus based Men’s Issues Awareness Group movement have arrived at the University of Toronto with  a bang; and a seeming campaign of overt intimidation against those who oppose them. CAFE, as I have previously written about at some length, is the front group that presents the public and ostensibly less extreme face of the Men’s Rights Movement (also known as the Men’s Rights Advocacy or MRA) in Canada. As I noted in the article they have made on-campus recruitment a major thrust of their overall strategy. In furtherance of this aim, they have set up a number of campus clubs including...
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