There’s a group of people who live even deeper in the gender feminism sewer than female feminists – male feminists. The Denver-based National Organisation for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) is awash with these men, and claims roots going back to the mid-1970s. The organisation’s strapline:
Pro-feminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist, enhancing men’s lives.
A pro-feminist organisation “enhancing men’s lives.” You couldn’t make it up, could you?
It would be inadvisable to look through their website http://nomas.org soon after eating a meal, but the thread that runs through it is that men have to change in order that women may become yet more advantaged than they are already – although of course that’s not the spin the website puts on it. The Reading List contains 21 books and papers by Michael Kimmel alone – an internationally infamous feminist poodle. Here’s a taster of what these geniuses believe (from ‘Tenets’):
Whatever psychological burden men have to overcome, women are still the most universal and direct victims of our patriarchy. Our organization must take a highly visible and energetic position in support of women’s struggle for equality. Our movement was born directly out of and continually nourished by feminism. Even if we could not see any pragmatic ways in which we as men could benefit from an end to traditional patriarchy (and we can see many), most of us would strongly support women’s struggle, simply because it is so unquestionably just and right. Our support for women’s rights and specific women’s issues must be vigorous and unmistakable.
Needless to say there aren’t just vile men in NOMAS, there are vile women too, presumably there to stamp hard on any early signs of independent thought amongst the men. Here’s NOMAS’s piece on male victims of domestic abuse http://www.nomas.org/node/220:
Not a Two-Way street: Men are NOT the victims of what is meant by Domestic Violence and Abuse
Just as some mental problems are more prevalent among women (e.g. depression) or men (e.g. alcoholism); many crimes are very, very highly correlated with gender. Men commit near 100% of forcible rapes, 90% of murders, etc. It is a simple fact that men are usually larger and physically stronger than their female partners. It is true that men are far more often raised to enjoy and practice fighting, boxing and wrestling skills. Far more significantly, we live in a world where men globally have dominated women, physically, politically and economically, a stubbornly-held patriarchal domination which is deeply rooted in history and pre-history. So it is hardly surprising that men are the perpetrators of controlling or violent partner abuse.
But there is an adage in journalism that “When a dog bites a man, that’s not News; but when a man bites a dog, that’s News!” So perhaps on that impulse, the national press has always had a seeming fascination with the lurid possibility of “battered husbands” and frequently run articles with quotes and citations suggesting that this is a real but hidden problem. Many of these originate from so-called “Men’s Rights” groups, which proclaim that there are just as many battered husbands as battered wives. (The problem is not seen they say because the battered husbands are always just too embarrassed to tell anyone. As if women aren’t!)
Incredibly, in response to these claims, some funding for battered women’s programs has been reduced, on the grounds that equal funding should go to battered men. More indirectly, some authors and agencies and legislators have sought to linguistically de-gender the crime, describe it in phrases like “family violence,” and obfuscate the reality that this is a crime that men commit against women. (Domestic abuse among Lesbian and Gay male couples does also occur of course.)
Are there instances in which men are physically dominated and assaulted by their female partners? This does occur, often when a man has become weakened by a factor such as illness, injury, or old age. Even in these circumstances abuse by a woman is unusual and when it does occur, it is most often motivated by self defense, fighting back and other protections. Even in these instances, the language “battered husbands” is not useful especially in light of the thousands and even millions of women known to have suffered or been murdered at the hands of a male abuser.
Anyone familiar with the statistics on domestic abuse will know most of the piece is feminist-inspired nonsense. Let’s just concentrate on this element:
Are there instances in which men are physically dominated and assaulted by their female partners? This does occur, often when a man has become weakened by a factor such as illness, injury, or old age. Even in these circumstances abuse by a woman is unusual and when it does occur, it is most often motivated by self defense, fighting back and other protections.
As we’ve repeated many times, official statistics (in the UK) show 70% of the perpetrators of uni-directional domestic violence (the victim ‘takes it’ or exits the situation) are women. Only 4% of women who’ve abused their intimate partners report self-defence as a motivation. There’s also the issue that around 300 studies have shown that compared with men, women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, towards their intimate partners.
The cohort of people with the highest reported levels of domestic violence are lesbians. What do the geniuses at NOMAS have to say on this?
Domestic abuse among Lesbian and Gay male couples does also occur of course.
It “does also occur of course.” Wow.
From time to time we present “Toady” awards to male collaborators with gender feminists. David Cameron won the award in 2012 and 2013, and the bookmakers are giving short odds on him winning again in 2014. We haven’t given a Toady award to an organisation before, but NOMAS is clearly a very worthy winner. Here’s their certificate:
I’ll send NOMAS a link to this post and invite them to engage with J4MB if they want to learn the truth about domestic abuse or any of the other areas where their analysis is demonstrably ridiculous. We won’t hold our breath waiting for a response.
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