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Are men the new second class citizens?
July 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM


Men -- the new second class citizens

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In November of last year, I wrote an article for Fox News called The War on Men (which I subsequently expanded to an eBook). To keep it pithy, in the piece I focused on one effect of this war: the lack of marriageable men. But there’s so much more to it. The truth is, men have become second-class citizens.

The most obvious proof is male bashing in the media. It is rampant and irrefutable. From sit-coms and commercials that portray dad as an idiot to biased news reports about the state of American men, males are pounced on left and right. And that’s just the beginning.

The war on men actually begins in grade school, where boys are at a distinct disadvantage. Not only are curriculums centered on girls’, rather than boys,’ interests, the emphasis in these grades is on sitting still at a desk. 

Plus, many schools have eliminated recess. Such an environment is unhealthy for boys, for they are active by nature and need to run around. And when they can’t sit still teachers and administrators often wrongly attribute their restlessness to ADD or ADHD. The message is clear: boys are just unruly girls.

The truth is, men have become second-class citizens.

Things are no better in college. There, young men face the perils of Title IX, the 1972 law designed to ban sex discrimination in all educational programs. 

Under Title IX, the ratio of female athletes is supposed to match the ratio of female students. So if not enough women sign up for, say, wrestling and ice hockey, well then: no more wrestling and ice hockey. 

What was once viewed equal opportunity for women has become something else altogether: a demand for equal outcomes. Those are not the same thing at all.

Title IX is also abused when it comes to sex. In 1977, a group of women at Yale used Title IX to claim sexual harassment and violence constitute discrimination against women. 

Genuine harassment and violence should be punishable offenses, obviously. But the college campus is a breeding ground for sexual activity, which makes determining wrongdoing (and using Title IX to prove it) extremely difficult. Sexual misconduct does not necessarily constitute harassment—and women have as much of a role to play as men do.

Here again men are in an impossible situation, for there’s an unspoken commandment when it comes to sex in America: thou shalt never blame the woman. If you’re a man who’s sexually involved with a woman and something goes wrong, it’s your fault. Simple as that.

Judith E. Grossman shed light on this phenomenon in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed. A former feminist, Grossman concedes that in the past she would have expressed “unqualified support” for policies such as Title IX. But that was before her son was charged with “nonconsensual sex” by a former girlfriend.

“Title IX has obliterated the presumption of innocence that is so foundational to our traditions of justice. On today’s college campuses, neither “beyond a reasonable doubt,” nor even the lesser “by clear and convincing evidence” standard of proof, is required to establish guilt of sexual misconduct,” she writes.

When men become husbands and fathers, things get really bad. In family courts throughout America, men are routinely stripped of their rights and due process. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is easily used against them since its definition of violence is so broad that virtually any conflict between partners can be considered abuse.

“If a woman gets angry for any reason, she can simply accuse a man and men are just assumed guilty in our society,” notes Dr. Helen Smith, author of the new book, "Men on Strike." This is particularly heinous since, as Smith adds, violence in domestic relations “is almost 50% from men and 50% from women.”

Shocked? If so, that’s in part because the media don’t believe men can be victims of domestic violence—so they don’t report it. They would rather feed off stories that paint women as victims. And in so doing, they’ve convinced America there’s a war on women.

Yet it is males who suffer in our society. From boyhood through adulthood, the White American Male must fight his way through a litany of taunts, assumptions and grievances about his very existence. His oppression is unlike anything American women have faced. Unlike women, however, men don’t organize and form groups when they’ve been persecuted. They just bow out of the game.

America needs to wake up. We have swung the pendulum too far in the other direction—from a man’s world to a woman’s world.

That’s not equality. That’s revenge.




Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/07/12/men-new-second-class-citizens/#ixzz2ZAFF6jAB


Replies

  • -Celestial-
    July 15, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Okay . . . I'm going on a limb here. . . .but I'm going to say it. . . .the claim of a "War on Men" is simply bullshit.

  • AlekD
    by AlekD
    July 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM
    I am going to reply to this eloquent, nay poetic, pile of manly tears with a poem of my own.

    A Haiku to the War on Men

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Ha ha ha ha ha
  • Rhiannon1980
    July 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM
    I agree with you on that.
    Quoting -Celestial-:

    Okay . . . I'm going on a limb here. . . .but I'm going to say it. . . .the claim of a "War on Men" is simply bullshit.

  • SyllabaryBisque
    July 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I have felt a stirring in my soul with such poetic beauty. LMAO! 

    Quoting AlekD:

    I am going to reply to this eloquent, nay poetic, pile of manly tears with a poem of my own.

    A Haiku to the War on Men

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Ha ha ha ha ha

     

  • AlekD
    by AlekD
    July 15, 2013 at 8:57 PM
    Sometimes my literary genius just bubbles out. I can't control it. I am glad you could appreciate it.

    Quoting SyllabaryBisque:

    I have felt a stirring in my soul with such poetic beauty. LMAO! 


    Quoting AlekD:

    I am going to reply to this eloquent, nay poetic, pile of manly tears with a poem of my own.

    A Haiku to the War on Men

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Ha ha ha ha ha

     

  • Saphira1207
    July 15, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I can see her point.

    There's a lot of men and women who are no longer feminists, but "maninists"(there is no official name.  They tend to fall under the umbrella of feminism but emphasize mens equality.). Meaning they are fighting for men's equal rights for the very reasons the author is trying to explain.  I would consider my self one, since I'm quite sure that there are plenty of feminists in the world and not nearly enough people fighting for mens right to equality.

    Celestial, I wouldn't call it a "war on men".  I think that's just trolling for drama.  However, I DO beleive that the author is right when she says the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction.  Feminism originally wanted equality for both sexes but that isn't what happened.  That is partly the fault of women, but it is also the fault of the male sub-culture that so few really know about or understand.

    If men want equality they will need the support of women in the same way women needed the support of men while they were fighting for equal rights.  But they will also have to cinvince others of their own sex that it's the right thing to do.  I think that, more than anything, will be the hardest to do.

  • fireangel5
    July 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    There are a lot of studies and literature regarding the differences between male brains and female brains and how they learn best. Unisex classes have been tried in schools, unisex schools are still around in parachial schools etc. A lot of classroom strategies/learning styles are geared toward how girls learn. 

  • romalove
    July 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM


    Quoting AlekD:

    I am going to reply to this eloquent, nay poetic, pile of manly tears with a poem of my own.

    A Haiku to the War on Men

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    I shall create a haiku as well.

    Men like to make war

    That is the real war on men

    And on women too

  • LiliM
    by LiliM
    July 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM
    I think the author has a point. It's often the case that women who are the loudest feminists change with seeing a loved male relative get screwed mostly because he's a male via the legal system.

    I've seen it with my dad, step dad, and DH. The shit they had to prove, the monetary penalties they faced - the same was not borne by my mom, SFs ex wife, or DHs ex. Two completely different standards.
  • UpSheRises
    July 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM
    There is an official name. It patriarchists.


    Quoting Saphira1207:

    I can see her point.

    There's a lot of men and women who are no longer feminists, but "maninists"(there is no official name.  They tend to fall under the umbrella of feminism but emphasize mens equality.). Meaning they are fighting for men's equal rights for the very reasons the author is trying to explain.  I would consider my self one, since I'm quite sure that there are plenty of feminists in the world and not nearly enough people fighting for mens right to equality.

    Celestial, I wouldn't call it a "war on men".  I think that's just trolling for drama.  However, I DO beleive that the author is right when she says the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction.  Feminism originally wanted equality for both sexes but that isn't what happened.  That is partly the fault of women, but it is also the fault of the male sub-culture that so few really know about or understand.

    If men want equality they will need the support of women in the same way women needed the support of men while they were fighting for equal rights.  But they will also have to cinvince others of their own sex that it's the right thing to do.  I think that, more than anything, will be the hardest to do.


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