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Warren Farrell, Ph.D.: The Myth of
MALE POWER:
Why men are the disposable sex



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About six years ago, Warren Farrell challenged the Politically Correct and therefore accepted notions of the male dark-side. Instead of accepting the myth that all men are potential if not actual batterers, rapists, murderers and pedophiles, Dr. Farrell courageously proposed that in fact, men are regarded as a "disposable" commodity in American society.

Despite a strong initial response to this publication, the print edition is found in 2nd-hand bookstores. But at Amazon.com you can get an audio edition for about $17 in a few days. For men who have not yet consigned themselves to those same dusty 2nd-hand shelves, we at DA*DI highly recommend that you buy and enjoy this priceless and timeless treasure.

Excerpts from The Myth of Male Power:

  • The Death Professions: "My Body, Not My Choice."

    Every society rests on the death of men.
    - Oliver Wendell Holmes

    We frequently hear that women are segregated into low-paying, dead-end jobs in poor work environments such as factories. But when The Jobs Rated Almanac ranked 250 jobs from best to worst based on a combination of salary, stress, work environment, outlook, security, and physical demands, they found that twenty-four of the twenty-five worst jobs were almost all male jobs. Some examples: Truck driver, sheet-metal worker, roofer, boiler-maker, lumberjack, carpenter, construction worker or foreman, construction machinery operator, football player, welder, millwright, ironworker. All of these "worst jobs" have one thing in common: 95 to 100 percent men.

    Every day, almost as many men are killed at work as were killed during the average day in Vietnam. For men, there are, in essence, three male-only drafts: the draft of men to all the wars; the draft of Everyman to unpaid bodyguard; the draft of men to all the hazardous jobs - or "death professions." When men are not legally drafted, they feel psychologically drafted.

  • The Hero As Slave:

    Once upon a time, a mother who wanted to see the beautiful statue of Hera had no oxes or horses to carry her there. But she did have two sons. And the sons wanted more than anything to make their mother's wish come true. They volunteered to yoke themselves to a cart and take her over the mountains in the scorching heat to the faraway village of Argos, the home of the statue of Hera (the wife of Zeus).

    Upon their arrival in Argos, the sons were cheered and statues (that can be found to this day) were built in their honor. Their mother prayed that Hera give her sons the best gift in her power. Hera did that. The boys died.

    The traditional interpretation? The best thing that can happen to a man is to die at the height of his glory and power. Yet had this been a myth of two daughters who had substituted themselves for oxen to carry their father somewhere ....

  • Are We Still Preparing Men To Be Disposable?

    Today, violence against women is rightly abhorred. But we call violence against men entertainment. Think of football, boxing, wrestling; or ice hockey, rodeos, and auto racing. All are games used to sugarcoat violence against men, originally (e.g. Roman Times) in need of sugarcoating so "our team" - or "our society" - could bribe its best protectors to sacrifice themselves. ... (In Roman Times) the deeper purpose of violence against men - gladiator games in the coliseum - was to prevent violence against women. Both sexes wanted the protection that came when potential invaders, upon seeing the strength of their potential victims, chose another village to pillage.

    Yet even today the violence against men in sports is still financed by our public education system; and by public subsidies of the stadiums in which sports teams play. Violence against men is not just called entertainment, it is also called education. We all support it. Every day.

  • Are Women Inherently Less Warlike Than Men?

    Throughout history, women in power have used a rationale similar to men's to send men to death with similar frequency and in similar numbers. For example, the drink Bloody Mary was named after Mary Tudor (Queen Mary I), who burned 300 protestants at the stake; when Henry VIII's daughter, Elizabeth I, ascended to the throne, she mercilessly raped, burned, and pillaged Ireland at a time when Ireland was called the Isle of Saints and Scholars. When a Roman king died, his widow sent 80,000 men to their deaths. If Columbus was an exploiter, we must remember that Queen Isabella helped to send him.

    In recent years, the so-called Iron Ladies - Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher - have all sent men to their deaths at rates not dissimilar to those of the average male leader, and in wars as wasteful to male life as Thatcher's involvement in the Falklands Islands War.

  • Patriarchy vs. Matriarchy: Government Structure vs. Family Structure:

    I govern the Athenians, my wife governs me.
    - Themistocles, 528 to 462 B.C.

    When we say that we live in a patriarchy, we think of living under a male-dominated government or power structure. We forget that the family had at least as much power as the government in people's everyday life, and that the family was female dominated. We forget that it too was a power structure. As we have seen, though, almost every woman had a primary role in the female-dominated family structure; only a small percentage of men had a primary role in the male-dominated governmental and religious structures.

    If taking on a wife for life in an institution called marriage were a sign of male privilege, why did "husband" derive from the Germanic "house" and the Old Norse for "bound" or "bondage"? Why did it also come from words meaning "a male kept for breeding," "one who tills the soil," and "the male of the pair of lower animals"? Conversely, if marriage were as awful for women as many feminists claim, why is it that the centerpiece of female fantasies in myths and legends of the past, or romance novels and soap operas of the present?

    Like male privileges, female privileges (e.g., to be protected without killing or being killed) were the rewards of a role well followed. Both sexes were rewarded with "identity" when they followed well, punished with invisibility when they failed, death if they protested. The paradox of masculinity was that the men who followed best were called leaders. In fact, they were not really leaders, but followers - of a program called leadership.

    A flaw of feminism is the assumption that dominance and sexism was a one-way street. Feminism, in this sense, was a very traditional movement: it retained the underlying belief that men were responsible, knew what was going on, women were not. Which, aside from being untrue, implies women are inherently inferior or stupid. An ironic position for the feminist movement. Perhaps as important, though, the belief that men were responsible for women's bondage was the flip side of the belief that her prince would come to rescue her. In fact, both sexes were bound to do that which kept the next generation alive.

  • Aren't War Stories Evidence of How Much Men Love War?

    Remember how we protected our children before we respected their ability to protect themselves? The ability to protect generates respect. But the process of protecting comes by coping with the shadow side - the dark side - of the world. And with that coping comes a loss of innocence.

    Our association of war stories with bragging leaves us with the impression that men love war - that war is a male "toy". But, the is really an acute awareness of the dark side. The light side is the celebration of self that compensates for the tearing down of self (e.g. military training) that prepared him to be disposable.

    War stories are the male way of processing their feelings. "War Stories" are what men tell to reframe their fear.

    Soldiers returning from Vietnam and Afghanistan returned to countries that didn't want to hear their war stories. Deprived of war stories to reframe their fears and affirm themselves, they were, in all to many cases, overwhelmed by their fears and overwhelmed by their self-doubt. The Soviet soldiers went into sanitariums, the American soldiers went into drugs, prisons, and suicide.

    When a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that wounded Vietnam combat veterans suffered more from PTSD than victims of rapes and muggings, it received little publicity. And little action was taken. For example, we have only four social service organizations in all of New York City dealing with veterans. Compare this with more than fifty such agencies dealing directly with women's issues, almost all publicly funded - either directly (by the government) or indirectly (by tax-exempt status).

  • Is Female Depression The Equivalent of Male Suicide?

    Myth. Women experience more depression.

    Fact. Women do not experience more depression, they report more depression. New studies find that clinicians fail to recognize depression in two thirds of men vs. half of women. Women are also more likely than men to be diagnosed as suffering from depression even when it is later discovered they were not. It is only when we actively solicit men and women that we discover that equal numbers of men and women experience depression.

    Myth. Female depression is the equivalent of male suicide.

    Perspective. Female depression is not the equivalent of male suicide. Reporting depression empowers women; suicide does not empower men. Reporting depression allows women to get help; suicide leaves everyone helpless. Reporting depression is part of the solution. Suicide is the only symptom without a chance of solution.

  • Violence Against Whom?

    ITEM. For every woman who is murdered, three men are murdered.

    ITEM. With exception of rape, the more violent the crime, the more likely the victim is a man.

    ITEM. Males are the primary victims of all violent crimes except rape. These violent crimes (excluding rape) have increased by 36 percent. Rape, the one violent crime in which women are the primary victims, has decreased by 33 percent.

    ITEM. Forcible rape constitutes less than 6 percent of all violent crimes; violent crimes of which men are the primary victims constitute the remaining 94 percent.

    ITEM. The average American has 1 chance in 153 of being murdered; a black man has 1 chance in 28 of being murdered.

    ITEM. When the Department of Justice conducted a nationwide survey, it found that Americans rated a wife stabbing her husband to death as 41 percent less severe than a husband stabbing his wife to death. Note: three times as many females than males are in prison for violence against intimates. (boyfriends, husbands, etc.)

    ITEM. Wives report that they were more likely to assault their husbands than their husbands were to assault them. (This according to the National Family Violence Survey's nation-wide random sampling of households.)

  • How The System Protects Women, Or . . . Two Different Laws We Live In

    Unequal Time for Equal Crime

    ITEM. A man convicted of murder is twenty times more likely than a woman convicted of murder to receive the death penalty.

    ITEM. No woman who has killed only men has been executed in the United States since 1954.

    ITEM. Since the 1976 reinstatement of the death penalty, 120 men - and only 1 woman - have actually been executed. The woman, from North Carolina, said she preferred to be executed.

    ITEM. In North Caroline, a man who commits second-degree murder receives a sentence an average of 12.6 years longer than a woman who commits second-degree murder.

    ITEM. Being male contributes to a longer sentence more than race or any other factor - legal or extralegal. Yet sentencing guidelines were introduced largely to end racial discrimination.

    ITEM. The sentencing guidelines of the state of Washington are among the strictest. Overall sentences of men, however, are still 23 percent longer than those of women. Even when offense histories are the same and the seriousness of crime is the same, women are 57 percent more likely to receive treatment sentences than prison sentences. Women are also more likely to be made eligible for early departure from prison; and once made eligible, are another 59 percent more likely to actually be released early.

  • Women Who Kill Too Much And The Courts That Free Them

    What Are The Rationales Behind Freeing These Women?

    RATIONALE #1: When a woman is repeatedly physically abused, the emotional consequences are with her for years, making the attack on her abuser a form of emotional self-defense.

    Fact. The emotional consequences of physical abuse are with many women for years. And the emotional consequences are also with men who have been battered for many years. The great majority of two-sex studies that have been done (more than a dozen) find men and women equally likely to initiate domestic violence at every level of severity. The emotional consequences of being stabbed or having one's face cut with a frying pan are severe enough to men that they are ashamed to even report it.

    Similarly, veterans of every war suffer Battered Man Syndrome in the form of post traumatic stress disorder. The emotional consequences are also with them for years. But if a sufferer killed Admiral Zumwalt for ordering the spraying of Agent Orange, he would be convicted for murder. Men who suffer Battered Man Syndrome are not allowed to attack their abuser and call it self-defense. They cannot do that even though the law required them to subject themselves to battering and gave them no way to escape.

    RATIONALE #2: It's physical self-defense.

    Fact. Of women imprisoned for murdering their husbands, almost one third murdered men who were incapacitated (e.g., asleep, in wheelchairs, drunk to the point of incapacitation). Approximately 60 percent premeditated the murder. Yet. more than half of the women who battered even the incapacitated men later claimed self-defense (as in immediate danger).

    RATIONALE #3: "Women don't kill men unless they've been abused and pushed to the point of desperation.

    Fact. Thirty percent of women in prison for killing men had histories of violent offenses.

    Fact. Some women in prison for killing their husbands have been abused by them. However, when Dr. Coramae Richey Mann did a study of hundreds of women imprisoned in six major cities for murdering their husbands or lovers, not one woman was found to have been battered by a man. Some women, then, do kill without first being abused.

    Fact. When a woman kills a man, it is most frequently a man whose insurance policy exceeds his immediate ability to provide for her. (She seldom kills her source of income.)

    RATIONALE #4: Women are more afraid than men to report their abusers to the authorities.

    Fact. Despite fourteen separate two-sex studies finding that women and men are equally likely to batter, more than 90 percent of police reports are made by women about men, and more than 90 percent of temporary restraining orders in the United States are initiated by women against men. Women, then, are nine times as likely as men to report their abusers to authorities. Male socialization to "take it like a man" makes men the sex more fearful of reporting their abusers.

    RATIONALE #5: The woman says she has nowhere to turn for help.

    Fact. Ironically, during the 1980s, women's paths for escaping their husbands became perfected via hotlines, shelters, and women's centers. TV ads give women the numbers to call. Almost every community has shelters for battered women but no shelters for battered men; most communities have women's centers; their only "men's centers" are prisons. A woman has much more closely developed networks of women friends who are likely to be sympathetic to her being abused than a man does of men friends who are likely to be sympathetic to his being abused. Only abused women have government-subsidized paths of escape from their abusers, yet only abused women are freed when they kill their abusers.

    RATIONALE #6: No matter how hard a woman tries to escape, the man can still track her down and "get her" (as in the film Sleeping with the Enemy).

    Fact. Both sexes have this problem. Kevin Svoboda's wife had been put in jail for hiring a "hit man." Nevertheless, this did not prevent her from trying again. While awaiting sentencing, she again hired hit men to murder Kevin. She was caught only because one of her hit men turned out to be an undercover police officer. Kevin has concluded, "I will never feel safe." He feels she might have wanted him dead to collect his $130,000 life insurance policy. Should we allow Kevin to kill his wife in "self-defense"?

    Similarly, Daniel Broderick tried to escape the abuse of his ex-wife, Elizabeth Broderick. Even after Elizabeth had driven a truck through the front door of their home, burglarized his home in defiance of a restraining order, destroyed valuable artwork, and left repeated messages threatening to kill him, Dan Broderick knew that, despite being one of San Diego's best attorneys, there was no way he could kill her first without being convicted of first-degree murder. No Battered Man Syndrome would lighten his sentence. Was he, though, really in danger? Well, Elizabeth bought a gun, walked into the bedroom where Dan and his new wife, Linda, were sleeping, and emptied her gun into both of them. Both are dead.

    RATIONALE #7: The police will not take a woman seriously for complaining about abuse, so reporting it to the police is useless.

    Fact. When a woman complains in any of twelve states and many cities in America, the police now have a mandatory policy of arresting a man, even when there is no evidence of abuse, and even when the woman refuses to press charges. Which means that the woman is taken extremely seriously when she complains; she is ignored only when she refuses to press charges. It is part of the Innocent Woman Principle.

  • Why Sexual Harassment Legislation Feels Unfair To Men

    ITEM. 1991. The University of Toronto finds a chemical engineering professor guilty of sexual harassment for "prolonged" staring at a female student at a university swimming pool. He was guilty of creating a hostile environment for her.

    ITEM. 1992-92. Graffiti in a high school men's room which the school neglected to remove resulted in the school being accused of sexual harassment and paying $15,000 for "mental anguish" to the girl mentioned in the graffiti.

    ITEM. 1992. Six-year-old Cheltzie claimed the boys on her bus used nasty language and teased her. So her mom filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Cheltzie's behalf. The school superintendent responded, "In the future, we're going to have to consider language 'sexual harassment' rather than a cause for discipline."

    In the 1960s, the term "sexual harassment" was unheard of. As women who were divorced in the '60s and '70s began to receive income from the workplace, they began to demand the protection from the workplace that they once had in the homeplace. Almost overnight, workplace rules changed.

    Previously, men never thought of suing the mouth that fed them. Why not? The mouth that fed them also fed their families. The fights that men fought almost all helped them better feed their families - either via higher salaries and workers' compensation when they were alive or via insurance or widow's benefits when they were dead. In essence, he fought for what protected his family more than for what protected him.

  • Is A Falsely Accused Man A Raped Man?

    When a woman says she is raped, it is important to listen, support her, believe her, and help make her make a transition back to a life of maximum trust. Every human being, when hurting, needs listening and love more than anything else - including having their problem solved.

    When a man says he has been falsely accused of rape, he is also telling us he has been raped. He is being accused of being one of life's most despicable persons. Even if the accusation is made by an adolescent girl who acknowledges she's lying before there's a trial, a man's life can be ruined. As with Grover Gale.

    A 13-year-old North Carolina girl accused Grover Gale II of raping her four times. By the time Grover spent 36 days in jail, he had lost his construction job, fallen into debt, couldn't pay his rent for his family at home, and was on the verge of divorce. Then the girl, whose name still didn't make the papers, admitted she made the whole thing up, saying she was just trying to get her 17-year-old boyfriend's attention.

    But when Grover returned from jail, his own son was afraid to hug him. Wherever he went in town, people pointed to him and called him names like "child molester" and "rapist." At the mall, someone spit on him. Although in debt, the family felt forced to move. They moved out of state to a small town where no one knew him. Two years later, the charges still plague him. He's still $15,000 in debt because of bail fees, trial costs, and back rent he's never been able to catch up on.

    Grover has lost his life and his wife. He has been raped. Yet he cannot afford counseling and the state won't pay for him to be counseled. The psychologists themselves fear a liability suit: "If you treat him as a nonrapist and he later rapes, you can be sued for not treating him as a rapist - as a psychologist you supposedly should have known.

    Once accused, no trial can erase the shadow that follows a man wherever he goes. Dr. William Kennedy Smith is still rarely referred to as "doctor." When he was accused of date rape, his residency in internal medicine at the University of New Mexico was put on hold. But after he was found not guilty, the university could not decide whether or not it should rescind the offer. The shadow followed him after the trial.

    But is Grover Gale an exception? Aren't false accusations of rape rare?

  • Aren't False Accusations Of Rape Rare

    To my considerable chagrin, we found that at least 60 percent of all the rape allegations were false.
    - Dr. Charles P. McDowell, Supervisory Special Agent,
    U.S. Air Force, Office of Special Investigations

    When the U.S. Air Force investigated 556 cases of alleged rape, 27 percent of the women eventually admitted they had lied (either just before they took a lie-detector test or after they failed it). Other cases which seemed less certain were reviewed by three independent investigators. Their conclusion? A total of 60 percent of the original rape allegations were false. (There were no convictions of these women.)

  • From Husband Sam to Uncle Sam:
    Government as Substitute Husband

    The Competition To Save The Woman

    TRUE OR FALSE? Employers are prohibited from practicing sex discrimination in hiring and promoting employees.

    ANSWER: False. The Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that in job areas dominated by men, less qualified women could be hired. It did not allow less qualified men to be hired in areas dominated by women (e.g. elementary school teacher, nurse, flight attendant). The law also requires sex discrimination in hiring by requiring quotas, requiring vigorous recruitment of women, and requiring all institutions that receive government aid to do a certain percentage of their business with female-owned (or minority-owned) businesses.

    When an employer hires a woman today, he or she might be required to finance her pregnancy (the Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act), feel pressured to finance maternity leaves and get into the child-care business (incurring new real estate costs, higher insurance premiums, and the costs of hiring teachers and administrators for her children).

    The Government as Substitute Husband did for women what labor unions have not accomplished for men. And men paid dues for labor unions; the taxpayer pays the dues for feminism. Feminism and government soon became taxpayer-supported women's unions.

    Hundreds of federal programs subsidize "female-only clubs": clubs such as the "Women, Infants, and Children Club." (called the WIC program) but no "Men, Infants, and Children Club." Federal and state money subsidizes more than 15,000 women's studies courses versus 91 men's studies courses. Almost every state government uses taxpayer money to form Women's Divisions with no parallel Men's Divisions.

    Feminist ideology, initially opposed to male-only clubs in the areas of male dominance, soon supported female-only clubs in areas of female dominance. Money to men was seen as taking money away from women. So while the Office of Family Planning initially provided family planning services for both sexes, by 1982, it provided money only for female clients. This attitude pushed men out of the family (much like Great Society programs and welfare did in the sixties). While male-only clubs in areas of male dominance were being declared illegal, female-only clubs in areas of female dominance were being subsidized.

    All this creates a huge taxpayer subsidy to look at virtually every aspect of life from the perspective of women as defined by feminism. Feminist ideology was soon called women's studies and the women's studies graduates called their ideology education. As thousands of women's jobs became dependent on a feminist perspective, feminism bureaucratized. Like communism, feminism went from being revolutionary to dictating politically correct ideology. And, like communism, this political correctness was supported most strongly in the universities.

    Conclusion

    The wound that unifies all men is the wound of their disposability. Their disposability as soldiers, workers, Dads. The wound of believing that they are lovable only if they kill and die so others might be saved and survive. Remember the Titanic?

    The freedom of women from biology as destiny has not freed men from male biology as male destiny.

    Such are the Myths of Male Power.

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