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Men’s Conference brings out the Feminasties

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 3:02 pm Sun 8th June 2014

In a post late last year you may recall the announcement of the First International Conference on Men’s Issues, scheduled to take place 27-28 June 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

It has been revealed by conference organisers, A Voice For Men (AVFM), that feminist groups are intent on disrupting the conference and the nature of the threats that have surfaced.

There is a good summary covering events to date on the website ‘A Voice For Male Students’, events having now escalated from a war of words on the internet to threats of violence and property damage should the conference go ahead.

Recent correspondance between AVFM and the conference venue show the nature of the proposed attacks

Regarding the International Conference on Men’s Issues scheduled at OUR hotel, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby, we have received numerous calls and threats and are concerned for the safety and well-being of our employees, our guests and your attendees.

The threats have escalated to include death threats, physical violence against our staff and other guests as well as damage to the property. The callers have indicated that they will be stationed within the hotel as guests, which raises our level of concern.

If nothing else there is certainly the intent to inflict maximum financial damage by raising the costs of security.

We take these threats seriously and for the protection of our staff and guests, Under Section 8 of the Agreement, we may require you to provide, at your expense and in our discretion, adequate security in light of the nature of your Event.

Based upon the nature of these threats, we have determined that adequate security measures include the engagement of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) to secure the building. Based upon the number of access and egress points we will require 2 Detroit Police officers in the lobby and 3 officers on the meeting room floor, each on a 24 hour basis. As the threats include accessing the guests floors another 3 officers on the guest floors on a 24 hour basis. This is a minimum of 7 officers at all times, 24 hours a day but could increase based on further threats or circumstances that warrant the addition of security.

Let’s hope the conference funding is substantial enough to withstand this disrutption by threats of violence and damage.

No doubt these people will want to come out of the shadows and exercise their right to peaceful protest on the day – can’t wait to see their banners.

Men’s conference raises security concerns – Detroit News

“We’re not surprised there’s resistance,” (Paul) Elam said. “We understand that a lot of our ideas are very new and take some time for people to comprehend. We expect backlash and resistance.”

“What we didn’t expect is the lives of innocent people who work at the hotel and guests who are unrelated to our activities would be threatened. … It’s a new low and it’s very disappointing.”


  1. Whenever men referred to their disadvantages and the abusive consequences for men from feminist policies, the feminists always replied “We have networked and lobbied on behalf of women and that’s all we can take responsibility for; it’s up to men to do their own work to address men’s issues”.

    The truth is now clear. What the feminists actually meant was “We don’t care a damn about men’s welfare, the destructive impact our femi-centric ideology has on society, or about anything except our own power and privilege, and we will do our best to sabotage any efforts men make to network or to address men’s issues”.

    Comment by Man X Norton — Mon 9th June 2014 @ 9:16 am

  2. What evidence do you cite for your claim?;

    we will do our best to sabotage any efforts men make to network or to address men’s issues.

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Mon 9th June 2014 @ 9:23 am

  3. I had not read the main item here but what evidence of this sabotage might there be in NZ? I have always been pretty surprised how supportive feminist groups are of my work.

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Mon 9th June 2014 @ 9:25 am

  4. Allan (#3 and #4): Read the main item.

    Feminist attacks on the MRA movement seem to be more advanced in the US perhaps because men are starting to get some political support there, unlike NZ. But NZ tends to follow such trends a few years later.

    I recall that there have been NZ examples of feminist hostility and protest against men’s initiatives but I don’t remember details and don’t have time to research it at present. I recall efforts about a decade ago to set up a men’s refuge whereupon police threatened to target the men doing it if they continued. The police threats were sufficiently intimidating that the project was abandoned. You can be sure the feminists were in the ear of the police behind that and it was a pretty clear example. In NZ, the feminists haven’t had to do much to sabotage men because police, CYFS, Family Court personnel and governments themselves through sexist laws have done it for them.

    Also, you might be surprised at what those ‘feminist groups’ who may sometimes appear to be supportive to your face will say and do behind your back. But you seem determined to believe that anti-male discrimination and misandry doesn’t really exist, that CYFS would give back a child to a male primary caregiver who a few months before slit that child’s throat in an attempt to kill, and that we should all trust feminist ideology to bring a wonderful new equal world to all.

    Comment by Man X Norton — Mon 9th June 2014 @ 9:57 am

  5. Misandry manifests itself in different ways; it is not just the level of bitterness or hostility. It doesn’t need to be overtly public – it can be quietly orchestrated. Misandry can take different forms such as discrimation, media denigration or corruption of the legal process.

    My personal experience of the States is that it is generally a less misandric society than New Zealand. However we are well aware of the manner in which some states choose to publicly hunt and jail alleged child support defaulters. (The IRD sirreptitiously kill them in New Zealand)

    The US also has a major problem with the treatment of wounded and former serviceman who now make up 13% of their unemployed.

    What happens in individual countries varies considerably and is dependant on a range of personalities and social consequences.

    My experience of this country is that New Zealand is at the extreme end of feminist attitudes and initiatives – there are many vitriolic females within our state system.

    I, like a lot of other men, have posted many examples on this site of some of the more extreme cases we’ve encountered, but aside from that you only need to read parliament’s hansard, news websites (particularly the NZ Herald) although of recent there appears to have been some effort to reduce biased reporting, or listen to female MPs who rate men at same level as their handbag and consider they should be changed as often.

    Misandry is alive and well in this country and when you’ve seen some of these people in action you hesitate to imagine the contents of the cesspit they carry on their shoulders.

    Until there is a better level of standards monitoring and accountability for women, then the entitled behaviour will continue.

    We are not good at holding women to account in this country and that in itself is one of the main sources of misandry – they know they can get away with it.

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 9th June 2014 @ 10:52 am

  6. Updated – Detroit News report added.

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 9th June 2014 @ 4:10 pm

  7. As a result of the death threats levied, Dr. Paul Nathanson of Montreal has withdrawn from presenting at the conference

    Don’t let them get away with it folks.


    Please sign and spread word of this (counter) petition

    June 9, 2014

    A petition has been launched on urging that the First International Conference on Men’s Issues be canceled. We have launched a counterpetition. If you could please sign and urge others to do so it would be appreciated. While petitions like this may seem not to matter, the local media in Detroit is taking it seriously so a counterpetition seems like it will be helpful.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Tue 10th June 2014 @ 4:30 pm

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