The Good Men Project, a publication that ostensibly focuses on the interests of men, took down a highly controversial post on August 25 titled “When Girls Attack” that instructs men on the receiving end of violent attacks from women to absorb the abuse and “find their inner gentlemen.”
A link to a .pdf copy of the article has been supplied to us from an outside source and can be downloaded here.
“If inappropriate behavior is continually received you have to handle it. We are adults and whilst we don’t always act our best, mature conversations when things are not always quite right are what we need to strive for whether it is in the workplace, home or social setting,” reads the article written by TaLisa, a Tasmanian blogger and contributor to the Good Men Project. “Manipulative or snide comment behavior needs to be confronted with a calm approach.”
The article was heavily criticized by Men’s Rights Activists and also prompted scorn from feminists on the FeMRADebates subreddit, where a heated discussion thread was posted about it. Even readers of the GMP itself spoke out against the idea of holding men responsible for the bad behavior of their partners and advising them to maintain abusive relationships. “I’m sorry but if she is punching you she is a violent douche bag and needs to be dropped like a hot potato … after you call the police on her,” said the very first response in the comment section of the article. “Violence is never ok and no man should ever put up with it just because it’s coming from a woman.”
While the Good Men Project did not say why it pulled the article, there is speculation that it was due to an extremely bad reception from readers.
“It speaks well, somewhat, of The Good Men Project, that they were smart enough to pull this article” said Dean Esmay, Managing Editor for AVfM. “It speaks volumes about their hateful misandrist agenda that they published it in the first place.”
“I am not surprised,” said Paul Elam, AVfM’s publisher. “Despite touting themselves as a publication about and for men, GMP regularly urges men to remain silent about their own pain and the abuses they experience. This time, they even managed to cross the line with their predominately female audience, which was not ready to accept that men are women’s default punching bags.”