MASH 4077’s Earl Silverman kicks butt PrimeTime!

We normally try to say more in a front page article or on rare exceptions put up an exceptional video but I can do neither here, so, just go here and watch Earl Silverman talk, and say thank you to the people at Alberta Prime Time for having this segment and not insisting on phoney baloney “balance” and instead just taking this shit seriously and letting Earl talk. That doesn’t happen nearly often enough.

The lawyer’s an evasive slippery fuck weasel who’s completely out of touch with reality but hey, at least he wasn’t nasty.

What are you waiting for? Click here and watch. Then make sure to go to Alberta PrimeTime’s Facebook page and look for the “Do you think there are sufficient resources available for male victims of family violence?” thread and put your two cents in. Be polite about it, please.

And then go check out Family of Men. Tell Earl we sent you.

About Dean Esmay

Dean Esmay has written for Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, The Moderate Voice, Honey Badger Brigade, and A Voice for Men. He is a writer and podcaster with Erin Pizzey on domestic violence, Mumia Ali on race issues, and various shows on geek culture. He encourages people to look at issues through the lens of compassion for men who deserve it, and respect for women who deserve it. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Methuselah's Daughter.

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  • http://mrathunderinthehammer.blogspot.com/ Dannyboy

    Nice Job Earl !
    Get on those pages folks, let them know men’s human rights to equal services are important to you.
    A dog has a better chance than a man at being offered shelter in Canada.
    Isn’t it about time we changed that bigoted feminist attitude?

  • Robert St. Estephe

    “A dog has a better chance than a man.”

    Yes, but a neutered male dog has an even better chance than a un-neutered male dog. And a female dog? Talk about canine palaces full of designer dog-chews and daily groomings at the poodle parlor!

  • http://salientsight.com/ergot/ Limeywestlake (Neil Westlake)

    Earl rocks: it is official. It was official before, too, however. You really did an awesome job, Earl – compassionate and level-headed. Great stuff.

  • Augen

    “evasive slippery fuck weasel”

    Mental note: that was a good one, seek re-use opportunity

    • http://gloriusbastard.com/ JJ

      The lawyer’s an evasive slippery fuck weasel who’s completely out of touch with reality but hey, at least he wasn’t nasty.-DE

      I must concur; the speed his mind reacted to Earl’s statements in a completely irrelevant, but non-interrogative nor open ended way was amazingly fast! It was pretty obvious that he had no intention of challenging Earl’s statements either, at least not directly? He also did not seem to attack him, but skirt around the issue in a way to almost seem like he cared about men screwed over in DV.

      Sad thing is, he went right back to screwing these men over when he went back to work. See his suit? Yeah, those threads cost money; so he can’t say the EPO business is in need of money.

      A whole lot of subtle cues the average Joe will entirely miss; good thing guys all over the world are uniting to change that; and slippery weasel fucks like said attorney will get even more subtle; for fear of igniting a powder keg of pissed off men, women, and their kids (both grown, and growing).

      It takes geological time to get rid of slime like that; but that conversation shows improvement.

      Does not piss me off any less.

      • Sasha

        Not only is the lawyer an ‘evasive slippery fuck weasel’ he’s a scruffy bastard who hasn’t bothered to comb his fucking hair.

  • corbyworld

    Bravo Earl, Bravo!!

    Over 600 women’s shelters in Canada, financed to a tune of over 300 million dollars, last I saw.

    Not a cent for men.

    Shame Canada, shame!!

    • feeriker

      It’s no different down here in the lower 48. I’m unaware of any American city that advertises a DV shelter for men. (Of course I’m willing to stand corrected if anyone can point to one that does.)

    • Steve_85

      We have a PET shelter for pets that are victims of domestic abuse here in Australia. But not one for men.


  • malcolm

    Earl, you are a legend.
    Well done!! I’m beginning to see a crack of light. The end of the tunnel is a long way off, but we’re getting there.

  • John A

    Great work Earl, you are a treasure and I’m sure you help a lot of men. There should be more of you and you deserve more funding.

    I was also impressed with Alberta PrimeTime, that was a fair treatment as I’ve seen in the MSM. At least Earl didn’t have to talk over a pushy woman who was interrupting all the time! (Unlike Mike Buchanan)

  • Heisenberg

    “The lawyer’s an evasive slippery fuck weasel who’s completely out of touch with reality but hey, at least he wasn’t nasty.”

    And he’s got the hair to match!

  • Kimski

    Very well done, Earl.
    I would like to see, just once, an interviewer asking who is benefitting financially from the different viewpoints presented by the two fractions.

    That should take care of the alleged objectivity of evasive slippery fuck weasels, as far as I can see..

  • Kimski

    I should have clarified that, but the ii%”¤””¤%#!! comment editor is on strike for the 3rd day in a row..

    I meant the one’s being interviewed in the studio, when I mentioned the ‘fractions’. How can you expect to hear anything remotely close to the truth, from someone who’s making money from presenting it in a certain way?

  • Skeptic

    Thank you for sharing this Dean.
    Superb Work Earl!
    Powerful, concise, on point communication using both social science research and emotionally charged real life anecdotes to highlight the institutionalized misandry in Canada. This video can now to used by anyone wishing to challenge the inane woman victim of patriarchy echo-chamber drone put out by feminists there.
    Another step on the long march to freedom.
    You have done a great service to society.
    Congratulations to the Alberta Primetime interviewer and production crew too, for a rare glimpse into balanced TV reportage. Exemplary effort there.
    Well done.

  • Sheldonshells

    The “study” that was cited at the beginning of the interview from the Canadian Women’s Foundation claiming that 75% of Albertans know a woman who’s been physically or sexually abused sounds highly suspicious to say the least. I want to know:
    1) what kind of survey was it (random sampling, controlled, etc)?
    2) If it wasn’t random, who was asked vs who wasn’t asked?
    3) How large was the study, how many people were suveyed?
    4) Was this a SLOP (self-selected opinion poll) type of study?
    5) Were there any breakdowns into more specific categories, such as less serious vs more serious types of violence? and
    6) If so, then which categories showed the higher percentages?

    I would need to have answers to all 4 of these questions concerning the methodology used in this study from a highly biased ideological feminist organization before I wouldn’t even begin to believe that alleged percentage is true.

    In the meantime, does anyone here know anything about this study and its methodology?

    • Sheldonshells

      Err…all six of my questions that is, lol. Guess I gotta little ahead of myself. Just checking back to see if anyone responded. But I also neglected to add my personal shoutout to Earl Silverman here and his awesomely articulated points. So thanks Earl!

  • http://www.saveservices.org Teri Stoddard

    Thank you Earl. Thank you Dean. Video link posted to SAVE.

  • August Løvenskiolds

    Fantastic job, Earl!

    Karen “GirlWritesWhat” mentions Earl in her latest video just up –

  • Strangled

    My ex, who strangled me in front of our elderly daughter without being punished in 1999, works as a lawyer at the same office as the awful-haired toad. I am pretty sure she is using the files referred to her by Legal Aid to ensure an endless chain of juicy, defenseless men to victimize.

  • mauvebutterfly

    I liked how that lawyer tried to end the conversation with “Women’s shelters need more funding.” Great interview overall. The interviewer also did a good job of making sure that both people got a chance to talk.

    Earl definitely knows his stuff. Canada is lucky to have him.

  • BlueBlood

    True to the word of the interviewer, both sites have links at the base of the article on the albertaprimetime site BUT the cheeky bastards have got both “familyofmen” and “legalaid” links re-directing to “legalaid.ab.ca/help/EmergencySituations/Pages/EPOP.aspx”
    Call me suspicious, but I really doubt it’s accidental.

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

      You’re right, the link on their site to Earl’s Family of Men is broken. I sent them a Facebook message about it, I urge others to do the same.

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

      I shot them a note about that problem and they appear to have corrected it. Good catch!

      • Sheldonshells

        Sweet! Good work Dean. So maybe there isn’t a huge conspiracy against us afterall! X)

  • manandwife

    Just linked over to the other site from here. The video is not there. I could not find it in the archive either.

    Other items there are more than 24 hours old!

    What did he say that was so alerting?


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

      The video still works for me here, try clearing your browser cache or another browser.

  • Primal

    Wow. Mr. Silverman is deceptively quiet dynamite. The host and the network deserve some serious credit too for listening to feedback from their viewers, for fairness and balance, and for digging in so deeply.

  • manandwife

    On the W8 platform, I had to switch over to the desktop to watch this vid. New system, new rules.

    Is it just me or did the moderator seem to want to explode on Earl?

    Well done


  • Andres

    Just as an aside – did anyone else notice that both links given under the video link the the Legal Aid Alberta (legalaid.ca.ab) website? Even though one is given in plain text as “familyofmen.com”, the embedded link goes to LAA.

  • Kimski
  • manandwife

    Read the link – reminds me of something I had to encounter 20 years ago – what is the current status of tender years doctrine anyway?

  • http://equalitythroughtruth.blogspot.com/ Jean Valjean


    I saw this story this morning and had to share it. Yahoo! did a story on a prison guard who had an “affair” with and inmate.

    Guards who have sex with inmates are rapists, but not when the guard is female and she gets knocked up….

  • ManUpManDown.

    Not sure what the problem with the lawyer is supposed to be. He seemed a little ignorant, but aren’t we all? I didn’t get the impression that he’s a male feminist, etc. Did I miss something?

  • http://fathersunionaustralia.com/wp/ quolls

    Violence in homes, stalking, and abuse all seem to be issues most linked to women who may be suffering from physical and verbal abuse from husbands.

    But according to findings of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, gays suffer the same risk as heterosexuals, while bisexual women are more likely to be at risk than other women.

    In the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, released this month, Reuters reports that 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexuals reported domestic abuse, compared to only 35% of heterosexuals on the same issue.

  • donzaloog

    That was amazing. Good job, Earl.

  • Christian “xXToYeDXx” Chiasson

    My comment on their facebook page:

    First, let me talk about my thoughts on the segment itself.

    Personally I found the host rather dismissive of the idea that men are victims of DV. She cuts Earl Silverman off mid sentence on several occasions during the segment, not allowing him to finish his talking points. It appears she is more interested in securing a narrative of DV, which states that women are a vast majority of victims, rather than exploring the truth that the numbers are very close to 50/50. She also sides with Dustin Tkachuk on a few occasions when he supports the current “men bad, women innocent” narrative.

    With that said, let me say that I have a smile on my face reading a lot of these comments. As both a Human Right’s Activist and a survivor of domestic psychological abuse, I wasn’t aware that the message was proliferating so quickly. Many of you actually get it. Many of you know that DV is not a gender issue, but rather a violence issue. Many of you know that the Duluth model of DV is false and that we need reform in how we view the issue. Many of you know that ignoring half the problem only hinders any attempt at correcting it. I feel a little less alone today. Thank you.

    Edit: Why does the link to Earl Silverman’s organization, Family of Men, lead to the Alberta Legal Aid website?

    Oh well, http://www.familyofmen.com
    There, now people can actually see his organization’s website.