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Filed under: General — Julie @ 8:47 pm Sat 3rd June 2006

HOME: It’s well known that roughly half of America’s marriages end in divorce, but not nearly as well known that two out of three of those divorces are initiated by the wives. Moreover, America’s family court system is scandalously biased in favor of the mother in child custody disputes. Fathers get custody of children in uncontested cases only 10 percent of the time and 15 percent of the time in contested cases. Meanwhile, mothers get sole custody 66 percent of the time in uncontested cases and 75 percent of the time in contested cases.

SCHOOL: young boys — who don’t naturally thrive when forced to sit still at a desk for six hours a day — are diagnosed by the millions with new diseases that didn’t exist a generation ago. To make their behavior more acceptable, they are compelled to take hazardous psycho-stimulant drugs like Ritalin.

CULTURE: Fifty years ago, “Father knows best” was a hit TV show, in which insurance agent Jim Anderson (actor Robert Young) would come home from work each evening, trade his sport jacket for a nice, comfortable sweater, and then deal with the everyday growing-up problems of his family. He could always be counted on to resolve that week’s crisis with a combination of kindness, fatherly strength and common sense.

Today, television virtually always portrays husbands as bumbling losers or contemptible, self-absorbed egomaniacs. Whether in dramas, comedies or commercials, the patriarchy is dead, at least on TV where men are fools — unless of course they’re gay. On “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” the “fab five” are supremely knowledgeable on all things hip, their life’s highest purpose being to help those less fortunate than themselves — that is, straight men — to become cool.

In fact, Sommers reveals, it has become fashionable in elitist circles to conspire to change boys’ very identity: There are now conferences, workshops, and institutes dedicated to transforming boys.

“The problem,” said David Kupelian, managing editor of WND and Whistleblower, “is that misguided feminists, intent on advancing a radically different worldview than the one on which this nation was founded, have succeeded in fomenting a revolution. And that revolution amounts to a powerful and pervasive campaign against masculinity, maleness, boys, men and patriarchy.”

This is only a taste of this article. Most males know this but Whistleblower Magazine has put it well. If you are new to this site this is an article well worth reading.

1 Comment »

  1. Julie,

    Great to see your apreciation of the World-Wide crisis for the Biological-FAMILY growing.

    Those who think they can solve our Kiwi troubles in these areas without building aliances overseas and working with the growing vat of international understanding are simply kidding themselves.

    As you wonder the off shore NZ internet you will see a growth in similar groups to **NZ-FATHERS-Coalition** where-by each individual and each Org retains the right to speak loud and clear and in that we move forward.

    Recognising the collective value of growing understanding and stratagy being of 100’s of times that of the value of a small click of people leading pyramid style Organisations.

    Onward – Jim

    Comment by Jim Bailey — Mon 5th June 2006 @ 10:22 pm

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