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Tue 29th November 2011

6 Year Old Boy on felony sex charges

Filed under: Gender Politics — Bruce S @ 9:08 pm

My initial reaction to this headline was to burst out laughing; and then I read the article. Whilst not in New Zealand, with globalization and “trickle down” effects; it could well be a sign of things to come. (more…)

Fri 25th November 2011

Impact of abortion on men

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,General,Men's Health — MurrayBacon @ 7:58 am

This topic is not discussed sufficiently. Although men are sometimes derided, for getting women into the situation where an abortion may be “needed”, men may experience strong feelings of loss and hurt. If these are not understood, they may come back as psychological problems….

This difficult topic is well covered, in my opinion, on Life Trust website. This website covers many contentious topics, very well.

How Abortion Affects American Men

Thu 24th November 2011

White Ribbon Campaign misrepresents the facts

Filed under: Domestic Violence — JohnPotter @ 8:13 am

Today’s Herald has one of the best articles about domestic violence that I’ve ever seen published there.

Tomorrow is White Ribbon Day. This campaign is the public face of the NZ Families Commission’s shameful support of the radical feminist campaign to demonise and discriminate against men.

The only useful function the white ribbon serves is to demonstrate visibly which agencies and social service providers base their work on ideology and covert political agendas rather than evidence-based best practice. (more…)

Tue 22nd November 2011

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:40 am

Kerry Bevin with Craig Jackson set up a pretend ‘Ministry of Men’s Affairs’ in the grounds of parliament about two years ago to highlight male suicide rates. Kerry, Craig and I have now decided to form a group under the banner ‘Ministry of Men’s Affairs’ to distribute press releases etc. We think the title will have impact and will show up the ongoing sexism inherent in the existence of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

I will endeavour to publish on MENZ any press releases, submissions etc after they have gone through their intended process.

The proposed Ministry may develop into a political party in the future, but certainly will aim to advise all other parties on men’s issues and perspectives, something seriously lacking in NZ at present.

We are looking for staff to occupy positions in the Ministry. The positions will be unpaid at the present time (but you never know what the future may bring…). However, motivated applicants will find reward aplenty through contributing to an important and now fast developing social movement. Positions currently available are: (more…)

Thu 17th November 2011

Woman’s Refuge for Men

Filed under: Domestic Violence — JohnPotter @ 9:25 am

I’ve never quite understood why attempts to open a men’s refuge in Auckland a few years ago ran into so much official opposition.

It’s never made sense that the taxpayers pump millions of dollars a year into providing temporary accomodation for women victims of domestic violence when overwhelmingly it is men who get removed from the family home if the Police are called out.

Male vicitims of domestic violence often end up sleeping in cars, or if they are lucky on a mate’s couch. (more…)

Tue 15th November 2011

‘Half of women’ tell of emotional violence

Filed under: Gender Politics — Bruce S @ 7:18 am

Full story here:

NZ Herald: Half of women tell of emotional violence

Just another small step for feminism and a giant leap backward for men.

“A family violence expert is calling for a national discussion about relationships after finding that more than half of New Zealand women have suffered psychological and emotional violence from their partners.” (more…)

Tue 8th November 2011

Angry father smashes up CYF office

Filed under: Sex Abuse / CYF — Bruce S @ 7:07 pm

Full story here:

NZ Herald: Angry father smashes up CYF office

It amazes me we don’t see more incidents like this. Whilst none of us condone violent and intrusive actions such as these; it is not difficult to comprehend the aggravation and despair that drove this man to remonstrate against the high handed, totally non-empathetic attitude of CYFS staff when dealing with the complex issue of tearing families apart.

Sun 6th November 2011

A Personal Experience of Police Sexism

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 7:42 am

I attended a protest on Friday in Auckland outside the Family Court, in the hope that it would encourage people to make submissions for the current government review of the Family Court. This review is a very rare opportunity to encourage change.

When I arrived at the protest I met another protester there for the first time in person. I made it clear to him what I thought of his unnecessary and dishonest attacks against me here on MENZ previously. He must not have liked the honest feedback and suddenly he physically assaulted me, ripping my shirt and attempting to punch me. I was not prepared to descend to his thuggery so I moved away from him and called the police about his assault. (more…)

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