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Feminists push for shutting down men’s-rights sites under the cover of hate speech legislation

Wed 20th December 2006

Dateline: Canada
By: Jim Hodgins of The National Post (article now removed)
Via: The Honor Network

Priority News Exchange Program News Item (PNEP)

A federally funded report says “masculinists” are orchestrating a backlash against feminism and blaming women for oppressing and discriminating against men.

The report’s authors claim that masculinists portray men as victims and link feminism with boys’ poor performance in schools, male suicide, loss of male identity and discriminatory divorce and child custody laws.

“A process of levelling the power relationships of men over women is taking hold, not only to mask continued inequality but also to attack some of the gains made by the women’s movement,” says the $75,000 report, School Success by Gender: A Catalyst for the Masculinist Discourse.

The report says “masculinist discourse” aims to discredit feminism and challenge the gains made by women in education, at work and in family life.

The report was written in response to a call from Status of Women Canada, a federal department, to research the subject: “Where have all the women gone? Changing shifts in policy discourses.”

A disclaimer on the front of the report says, “This document expresses the views of the author and does not necessarily represent the official policy of Status of Women Canada or the Government of Canada.”

Among the report’s recommendations is that an organization similar to Hate Watch be established to monitor men’s groups on the Web, that inciting hatred on the basis of gender should be a hate crime and that women’s groups establish a network to counter the masculinists’ views.

Men’s groups listed in an appendix to the report said they were outraged at being “smeared.”

Ken Wiebe, from British Columbia, said his Web site, fathers.bc.ca, was set up as a resource centre for fathers who have had trouble in the divorce courts. He denied it promotes hatred of women and said it demands equality.

“There is no question that I have very little patience for feminists, especially the radical variety of feminism here in Canada,” he said. “But I have a wife, I have daughters. This notion that because we are opposed to the feminists’ political agenda, that that somehow equates to a dislike of women, is just propaganda. That’s some kind of smear campaign.”

Mickey MacMillan, of Kamloops Parents of Broken Families, said he was angry at being put on the “hit list.” “All I’ve ever done is advocate for equal parenting,” said Mr. MacMillan, who represented Canada as a boxer in the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

“I have no agenda against women. I don’t like feminists because I think they’re radical and I think they’re against men, but I don’t think they should try to criminalize me. And my government paying for it, it is a disgrace.”

– Jim Hodgins, of the Canadian Committee for Fairness in Family Law in Ontario,

5 Responses to “Feminists push for shutting down men’s-rights sites under the cover of hate speech legislation”

  1. Jim Bailey says:

    Same applies to SPAM filtering – Trusts etc and hate speech here in NZ

    Onward – Jim

  2. Darryl Ward says:

    Let’s just re-write that slightly…

    A federally funded report says “feminists” are orchestrating a backlash against masculism and blaming men for oppressing and discriminating against women.

    The report’s authors claim that feminists portray women as victims.

    “A process of levelling the power relationships of women over men is taking hold, not only to mask continued inequality but also to attack some of the gains made by the men’s movement,” says the $75,000 report, School Success by Gender: A Catalyst for the Feminist Discourse.
    The report says “feminist discourse” aims to discredit masculism and challenge the gains made by men in education, at work and in family life.

    The report was written in response to a call from Status of Men Canada, a federal department, to research the subject: “Where have all the men gone? Changing shifts in policy discourses.”

    There, that should do it.

    Sound familiar????

  3. Stephen says:

    Darryl,
    Brilliant mate. Totally on the button.
    It never ceases to amaze me how feminists get things totally arse about face.
    Keep up the good work bro’.

  4. Ken Wiebe says:

    I don’t know if you guys in New Zealand know, but I am suing the government of Canada and the authors (Pierrette Bouchard etc.) for defamation, publisihing the report. Two weeks of the trial were completed in May/June 2007, and another week of trial is scheduled for February 28, 2008 in BC Supreme Court – Victoria British Columbia, Canada.

    The final week of trial is cross-examination of the main author and closing arguments from all the lawyers. If you have a contact in BC, please try attend the trial and report it.

  5. martin swash says:

    It shows that they are becoming rattled and that the Mens movement is beginning to get results, for me

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