Congratulations AVFM and the international panel who took their expertise and passion to Detroit, to make this inaugural conference a success, and raise awareness, not just of men’s issues, but the significance of men’s issues.
First up, there is something that has got me a little confused about the media.
If you have been following the lead up to the conference you will be familiar with the previous posts Men’s Conference brings out the Faminasties, Feminist extremists attack Men’s Conference detailing threats of violence and a petition to stop the conference.
The end result was a change of venue and a much bigger conference. The down side, it obviously created some technical issues (reaching the international audience) having to move out of a dedicated conference centre where these facilities are on tap, but AVFM came through and made it work.
However, the point is of course that media, Detroit News, Huffington Post, etc, were quick to report the protests, but nothing, absolutely nothing about the conference, even though there was a press conference on Thursday evening.
Can there be any other assumption – were these outlets simply advertising the protest (and not reporting the conference) because those reporting it actually wanted to see it cancelled.
The only follow up I could find was a blogger who supposedly attended the conference and (in spite of the visible security) insists he was molested by a man who was fascinated by his hairy arms – I think this blogger has a problem – but so does the media of the Western World.
If you read this post International Men’s Conference still on track I said this:
Conference organisers A Voice for Men (AVFM), remain tight lipped about any casualties from the original speakers list as a result of concerns for personal safety, however the current advertised list of speakers looks set to herald a new error in awareness of men’s issues onto the international political stage …
… and the conference panel did just that; only problem was, that the media refused to pay attention. They are so wrapped up in their world of ‘though shalt not publish anything that offends the eye of the woman reader’ that they didn’t publish anything about the content of the conference.
Warren Farrell, author of The Myth of Male Power and other books, opened the press conference with a very interesting speech reflecting on his native America.
We have a ‘boy crisis’ he said (also the title of his next book, which will become historically significant) where the sons of America are less educated than their fathers.
America is in the process of failing, Rome re-invented was the message I took from his speech. Maybe that was too much of a shock, too big a reality for the media to digest, that the design of a country that ingratiates women, could fail, not immediately, not tomorrow, but gradually over time; not however, over centuries like Rome, but in coming decades.
I have said this many times myself, but Warren says it so much better, explains it in so much more depth – if you are concerned for the wellbeing of the Western World, I recommend you have a listen to the initial press conference. (conference video links here)
It is past time for money hungry media to stop pandering to feminist sensitivities and accept that the world doesn’t function without men, and start reporting real news.