MISANDRY! (Hatred of Men)

The List of Legal & Social Sanctions Against Men

For those who don't remember the 1960s, "male chauvinism" was a phrase coined by feminists (and many well-meaning men who worked with women in leftist political groups). They protested that male attitudes, language and strategies toward women grew out of a sense of male superiority.

. . . . In the '90s, we've entered a phase of "female chauvinism." You see --and hear -- female chauvinists everywhere -- in movies, novels, on television and worst of all, in real life.

Such meanness does not go undetected by men. The word "misandry" (hatred of men), in fact, is insinuating its way into the male vocabulary as a form of protest. Men's organizations have long argued misandrists always focus on men as violent and abusive, and this has had dramatic effects on a man's and/or father's sense of self, their social valuation, and their potential for being criminalized.

Today's men remain competitively individualistic, despite the growing trends that impose a frightening number of legal and social sanctions against masculinity per se. These sanctions have been initiated under the guise of "protecting" women and children. Unlike women's groups of the 60's, men's competitive individualism - a valuable quality in the protection of their family - has worked against them in developing the kind of networking needed for combating the criminalization of men as a class. Sadly, most men will think these legal sanctions are focused on the other (really bad) guy, until they innocently encounter the system. Meanwhile, the misandric legislation is growing by leaps and bounds.

The following list exemplifies the growing body of laws and social sanctions against men:

Domestic Violence (VAWA - clearly unconstitutional legislation):
"A surprising fact has turned up in the grimly familiar world of domestic violence: Women report using violence in their relationships more often than men. This is not a crack by some antifeminist cad; the information will soon be published by the Justice Department ..."

"few of these divorces involve grounds such as desertion, adultery or violence. The most frequent reasons given are "growing apart" or "not feeling loved or appreciated." (Surveys consistently show that fathers are much more likely than mothers to believe parents should remain married.) "
Child Support
"child support is the financial fuel of the divorce industry. It has very little to do with the needs of children and everything to do with the power and profit of large numbers of adults."
"Rather than pursuing ever greater numbers of fathers with ever more Draconian punishments, the Justice Department should be investigating the kind of crimes it was created to pursue -- such as kidnapping, extortion and racketeering -- in the nation's family courts. "

Child Abuse (A weapon used by wives in contested custody cases)
Sexual Harrassment
Equal Opportunity Employment
Child Support and Alimony
Feel free to add to, and PLEASE freely distribute this list. Perhaps men can begin to realize that to win in their individual venues, they must join with other men to combat the wider venue. This is a class-action and constitutional issue, and men's freedom and equality under the law are at stake. Otherwise, where will the criminalization of men and fathers end?

& Excerpts from Suzanne Fields @ The Washington Times
& Excerpts from Steven Baskerville @ Insight Magazine
& excerpts from Nancy Updike @ Mother Jones Magazine

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