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Men’s Human Rights Ireland launches with Save Our Sons (SOS) campaign

Editor’s note: The following is a contribution from our friends at Men’s Human Rights Ireland, who’ve just officially launched their organization. They are an on-the-ground group with big plans for the future. You can find their excellent site: Men’s Human Rights Ireland. Please stop by and give them your support. –JB

I’ve been on Facebook for just about 4 years, been through wars, nonsense, seen off enemies, dealt with smear campaigns and some truly awful crap. I’ve helped a lot of people during that time who were being harassed on-line by trolls and wannabe-campaigners of all sorts. I have a list of contacts for all sorts of people going back 4 years. From law enforcement, anti-child abuse campaigners, anti-bullying campaigners, trolls, troll hunters, to hackers – I got them all. I helped people to stop being harassed by smear campaigners and helped to get websites, YouTube accounts, and Facebook profiles removed which were harassing innocent people.

All of this led to me being harassed as well. I’ve been named on anti-paedophile websites and had my home address published by trolls and paedophiles, not to mention people calling me on my home phone to threaten me. I am still here. So last year I got talking to a guy called Aoirthoir, seemed nice enough and he told me things which didn’t make sense. Things like domestic abuse was roughly 50-50 which I didn’t believe for one minute, and that more men were raped than women, and that there were more women paedophiles than male ones. I just didn’t buy any of it. So I read and read and read government reports galore. After reading a lot I found out that everything he said was true!

The red pill is a bitter pill to swallow.

Now I am an ARM (Activist for the Rights of Men.) As I said I’ve done lots of things during my time on Facebook. Originally I went on there to post jokes and have a bit of fun. I ended up fighting bullying and all sorts of other things which culminated in me making a group which was directly responsible for the arrests of over 30 people. That was over 2 years ago. I am proud of all I’ve done. I’ve helped many people, and many of them do not even know that I stepped into their lives to help them. All of it has been on-line and it has cost me money, stress, sleepless nights, some terrible nightmares, trips to my solicitor and the police.

Two years later nothing really important has been happening till 5-6 weeks ago I had an idea. I’ve seen the “I don’t need feminism” pictures which caused a few feminists to choke on their white wine, to which they responded with “I need feminism because….” pictures. All very unimportant in the scheme of things really. It just seemed to be tit for tat. I wanted to make a difference.

So my idea was to get 100 flowers and give them out for free near where I live, and ask women to pose for a picture while they held up a sign expressing support for human rights of men in Ireland. I wanted this to be a worthwhile event, so I took the idea of 4-1 the ratio between men and women taking their own lives to say it was a human rights issue. Tell women about male suicide rates and how it affects everyone – men, women, and children. Irish culture and life has become toxic for men. I spoke to over 80 women, all of whom knew at least one person who killed themselves, several in the last few months. The overwhelming majority of them were men. (The suicide rate is officially 4-1 but we estimate it could be far higher if drinking oneself to death, or mysterious car crashes were taken into account.)

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The response we received was fantastic. Many people offered money, on the spot, to help us. We gave out over 80 flowers on that day, all of which had the website details (www.menshumanrightsireland.org.) It rained twice during the event but it didn’t stop us; we were there to fly the flag for MHRI.  Many women said that they didn’t want their picture taken because they weren’t wearing makeup (we’ll be better planned for that next time,) but every last woman I spoke to wanted to help more.

They all realized that men have it tough in Ireland and that is why so many kill themselves.

The Irish Mammy is a fearsome creature who will fight tooth and claw for their sons. My own mother attacked a girl one time who had been bullying me. Women are aware of the pervasive nature of misandry; they know, for example, that media and advertising has been extremely biased against men for the last number of years. They now need to see the connection between suicide and that misandric atmosphere. Yesterday opened more than a few eyes. We’re going to make sure that we continue to do that at our next event – and we hope that more people will join us.

 


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About John Gormley

I am a Dublin-born man and happily married with one son - who is the reason I fight so hard for men's rights. I do not wish him to grow up in a society that is toxic for boys. I am a carpenter and furniture designer/restorer by trade.

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  • http://www.avoiceformen.com/ Dean Esmay

    Women care. I know they do. Whatever we may say about the negative side of female nature (and there is one, just like there is a negative side to male nature) I know that women actually do care about men as human beings. Or can. Hitting them on something they can relate to–their sons, their brothers, their fathers–has always seemed key to me.

    This has lifted my spirits today on a day when I needed it. I hope to see great things from Men’s Human Rights Ireland–we need to see more on-the-ground groups like this, around the world!

    • Bewildered

      Hitting them on something they can relate to–their sons, their brothers, their fathers–has always seemed key to me.

      This indeed is the master key.
      Hopefully not all women consider their sons as traitors to their gender !

    • Stu

      Yeah but Dean, they were approached with info about issues like male suicide. What would have happened if they were approached with issues about…..false accusations, custody issues, property settlement issues, child support, blah blah blah. Yes, sure they don’t want men to kill themselves, because that deprives a woman of a mans utility. Lets see if we can get the same supportive result if we are approaching them over issues where women benefit from the discrimination against men. They don’t benefit from male suicide, because dead men don’t pay child support, alimony, or pay mortgages and bills.

      • http://batman-news.com MGTOW-man

        Bingo!…and those women might not be aware of how they seem to be a dichotomy in times like these.

  • Dagda Mór

    Don’t forget to check us out on facebook too, we’ll be posting regular updates to the page!

    • Bewildered

      Full steam ahead brother !

  • Bewildered

    The Irish Mammy is a fearsome creature who will fight tooth and claw for
    their sons. My own mother attacked a girl one time who had been
    bullying me.

    Oh! Anja you are being sorely missed,it has been a long time, I am sure many of us here miss your awesome rants.

  • driversuz

    This is beautiful, John – and congratulations on the launch of MHRI! I’m so happy to have you as a contributor at AVfM; your commitment and your diligent work on behalf of men should be known to a much wider audience.

  • http://womenandmenlivingtogether.blogspot.ca Joe Wilson

    This is so encouraging. Good luck!

  • Charlotte

    Feminists are vocal and prominent and create the impression that feminism has wide support, but most everyday women do care about men and support advocacy about men’s issues once they become aware of the need for it. As knowledge of deeply troubling statistics like the gender disparity in suicide rates grows, so will support for men’s rights.

  • http://www.jimbyset.wordpress.com Jim Byset

    Well, as many within AVfM are aware – it gives me a great deal of personal pride as an MHRA and Irishman, to see Men’s Human Rights Ireland get off the ground. This has been missing in Ireland – a Men’s Human Rights organization that is visible, on the streets, and dedicated to speaking the truth.

    We have it now.

    The issues facing men and boys have been ignored in Ireland for far too long.

    That’s going to change.

  • Aldir Gracindo

    Beautiful work! Congratulations to our fellow MHRAs in Ireland!

  • DukeLax

    WOW…The SOS campaign ( Save our Sons)..is a stroke of brilliance!!! No joke!!!

  • Andybob

    Men’s Human rights Ireland is a great-looking site – well-organized and attractively presented. As an Aussie with impeccable Irish roots – my mother is a Connolly – I wish them every success.

  • Turbo

    Great to see MHRI starting up. Another link in the world wide chain is formed.

  • crydiego

    I believe that acts like this are starting to show what feminism has become and how far it is from the hearts of many women.

  • http://menaregood.com/ Tom Golden

    Welcome John and what a fantastic start! The idea of giving a flower to get a picture was a stroke of genius. That slideshow of the women is powerful and hits the fems right where it hurts, by showing that the average woman leans towards humanitarian ideas which, as we know, are in direct opposition to feminist ideas. Well done. I am so looking forward to following your activities. In some ways you remind me of Matt O’Connor for whom I have great admiration.

    • John Gormley

      Thanks Tom, my activities on facebook have been curtailed thanks to feminists. They got me blocked for 30 days.

  • Kimski

    Oh, oh, I almost missed out on this one…
    So great to see the response of the Irish Mammies to what you’re doing over there, and congratulations on the launch of MHRI!

    Keep fighting the good fight!

  • http://batman-news.com MGTOW-man

    Welcome! Glad to see another acronym “ARM” in the name of human rights for men and boys. Easy to say, I believe it will have impact. “Activist for the Rights of Men. ” Excellent!