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  • August 12, 2014 1:11 pm
    I remember a quote from an old Trotskyist newspaper called “Women and Revolution.” They were complaining about “bourgeois feminists” on campus. Here’s what they said: “Lots of people think it’s fun to get drunk and screw. Bourgeois feminists want to manage your sex life.” As a college student, I remember the girls had a saying - they planned to “get drunk and get done.” My point? Sex on campus usually means one drunk person has sex with another drunk person. Federal guidelines consider this rape. But in most cases both persons are drunk? So, is his consent meaningful? Is the drunk college lad able to judge whether his equally fractured date is truly consenting? The law holds him responsible for this. Why do we think drunk women are incapable of making choices while drunk men are capable of second-guessing the woman’s choices? A typical case discussed here. View high resolution

    I remember a quote from an old Trotskyist newspaper called “Women and Revolution.” They were complaining about “bourgeois feminists” on campus. Here’s what they said: “Lots of people think it’s fun to get drunk and screw. Bourgeois feminists want to manage your sex life.” As a college student, I remember the girls had a saying - they planned to “get drunk and get done.” My point? Sex on campus usually means one drunk person has sex with another drunk person. Federal guidelines consider this rape. But in most cases both persons are drunk? So, is his consent meaningful? Is the drunk college lad able to judge whether his equally fractured date is truly consenting? The law holds him responsible for this. Why do we think drunk women are incapable of making choices while drunk men are capable of second-guessing the woman’s choices? A typical case discussed here.

  • August 12, 2014 11:42 am

    How not to promote “equality”

    One thing about leftist movements is they hate disagreement. Another thing is that they hardly ever admit to being wrong. So few of the bashers of #womenagainstfeminism engage with any of their points. Instead, they say “feminism is about equality.” They say the WAFs “don’t understand.” They express disgust or engage in name-calling. But what is equality, exactly? It’s a kind of slippery concept, isn’t it, just like “social justice.” 

    If equality is your bag, here’s some political action you might want to avoid:

    • Don’t create law enforcement procedures that treat members of a given group as always guilty when accused. My abusive mother called the police on my 86-year-old father, a devoted parent. The police took my dad, the gentlest of people, to jail. Why? Because according to police procedures in nearly every state, they have to arrest the man. Even if the woman who places the call begs them not to, as frequently happens. Even when the man is being beaten by the woman (wives frequently use weapons). Is this equality?
    • Don’t create double standards about speech. Some recent books you might want to check out, highly publicized trashy nonfiction, include masterworks such as The End of Men by Hannah Rosin, Man DownThe Male Brain (in which the pseudo-scientist jokes that you might expect it to be a short book). You can also read such classics as All Men are JerksMen are Not Cost-Effective (by Dr. June Stephenson). If you get sick of rereading Jane Austen and Kate Chopin in your college English class, take a Women’s Studies class where you can read The Scum Manifesto, in which Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol, advocates the murder of men. Of course, none of this is hate speech. And it wouldn’t be acceptable if the sexes were reversed. Is this equality?
    • Don’t define criminal behavior so broadly that guilt or innocence depends purely on the subjective opinion of the accuser. In sexual harassment law, a behavior is considered harassment if someone perceives it as such. This is particularly true on college campuses. The same is true of sexual assault, which, according to federal law, can be defined as unwelcome sexual speech. For more information about this kind of issue, see the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties group. “Unwelcome” means unwelcome to a girl or woman. No man who claimed to be offended by, for instance, a woman’s overtly sexual behavior, would be taken seriously. Is this equality?
    • Don’t create no-tolerance laws that mandate strict punishment, regardless of the circumstances. I remember as a kind watching “The Odd Couple” on television. Oscar, the curmudgeonly sports writer, was always hoping his wife would get remarried, so he would be relieved of alimony payments. That was the law at the time. Now, as documented by Dr. Helen Smith, men avoid marriage and fatherhood. Why bother when fathers are depicted as morons on TV and divorces are initiated by wives 3/4 of the time? Child support awards are based on “imputed income” - not what you earn but what a judge thinks you should earn. As a result, many dads can’t pay and don’t get to see their kids anyway. The Bradley Amendment dictates that even if your ex-wife wins the lottery, child support obligations can never be changed and non-payers, even those who just don’t have the money, are jailed. This has been described as “the return of debtors prison,” since prison for those who were unable to pay debts was banned in the 19th century. It has also resulted in such peculiar situations as soldiers returning from war being summarily jailed for unpaid child support. What happens if a woman can’t support her children? She receives government assistance. Is this equality?

    I could go on, but I won’t. If those feminists who have a problem with criticism can stretch their imaginations beyond “you don’t understand feminism” or “feminists in the early 20th century got you the vote,” maybe they can explain why so many double standards serve the interests of “equality.” So far, their repetitive and hackneyed comments are a declaration of intellectual bankruptcy and deeply condescending to the less-enlightened women who posted against feminism.

  • June 16, 2013 10:53 pm

    Be glad you have a dad - because mothers kill

    The greatest danger to a child is his/her mother. 27% of child murders are perpetrated by the mother; only 14% by the father, as shown in this Dept. of Health and Human Services Report.

    Happy Father’s Day. Kids with dads grow up healthy and strong.

  • June 16, 2013 5:53 pm

    Androphilic Epigrams

    1. Masculine values elevate courage in the face of danger and adversity, perseverance, the ability to follow through on long term plans, the courage to maintain one’s own convictions even when they run contrary to the latest received wisdom.
    2. While it is desirable for men to have relationships with women, it is not necessary if such relationships are not beneficial to the man in question.
    3. Male sexuality is inherently good. It is lusty and imaginative, energetic and aggressive; it is a symbol of the life force, the fundamental energy of the universe.
    4. Women are incapable of understanding masculinity. While a woman may accuse a man of being unmanly, she does so, in general, as a complaint that she is not receiving something to which she feels she is entitled. If a man suggests to another man that he is being insufficiently manly, he should take the criticism very seriously indeed.
    5. Gynocentric culture shrinks in terror from violence in any form. Men, on the other hand, being the forgers of all human knowledge, understand that violence is part of life on Earth, universal among animals and humans. A man understand the need for violence to protect his family and friends.
    6. Throughout history, beginning with the classical period, the time when most of the wisdom of the Western world was forged, friendship between men was recognized as the highest form of love. It was so recognized by Socrates and Augustine.
    7. Men value honor over life. A man may sacrifice himself to save his family or friends, or for the betterment of his social group. Such sacrifice is unknown among women, who, since the time of the Suffragettes, show a great predilection for praising their own group and disparaging men. Concern with aggrandizing one’s own group is trivial and effeminate.
    8. Throughout mythology and folklore, universal in all human cultures, a creative force has been the figure of the Trickster. These tricksters, in West African and Native American mythology, created the world. They are lusty and foolish; unpredictable and irrational; phallic and capable of shape-shifting. The Trickster is an emblem of the masculine spirit.
    9. Throughout history prior to Victorian times, men accepted homosexuals among the general group of men. Homosexuals are fully male and capable of masculine honor and achievement.
    10. Men owe their extraordinary achievements in every area of human endeavor to their unbending will. It is this quality that tamed the West in America, that unpacked the secrets leading to modern physics, that composed the great masterpieces of classical music, that created the wisdom of the Bible, the Vedas, the Tao, etc.
    11. While a gynocentric views men largely in terms of their relations with women, these relationships are secondary to the best men. Men value achievement, knowledge, competition, and activities that challenge and improve their capabilities. A man’s work is his life purpose, not dating or marriage.
    12. While imbecilic philosophers see social life in terms of relations between groups described in a glib, formulaic manner, men are concerned with the immediacy of real life. Theories about the relations between groups are too general and abstract to be meaningful.
    13. Men always take responsibility and have no tendency to style themselves as “victims.” They understand that the concepts of universal fairness and egalitarianism are fantasies. Even if they are victims of prejudice or unfairness, they assume responsibility for their acts.

  • June 15, 2013 10:34 pm

    The neutered undergraduate

    1. Careful what you say: The feds have now in effect outlawed any sort of “unwelcome” sexual speech. This could effect professors, students asking for a date, literally anyone talking or allegedly talking about sex. Peter Lawler calls it “neo-Puritanism.” 
    2. Careful when dealing with the other sex. The new mandate is just the latest attempt on the part of the Obama administration to make college life boring. And dangerous (for men). Luckily, men barely go to college anymore. Last year’s mandate reduced the burden of proof for those accused of sexual assault; it also denies them any due process or ability to defend themselves. Conservative writer Mona Charen (author of Useful Idiots) outlines the gross injustice of both laws.
    3. Nationwide, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome behavior, bringing up the problem that any behavior may be unwelcome if the person on the receiving end perceives it that way. The EEOC says it plainly enough: “sexual behavior is unwelcome whenever the person subjected to it considers it unwelcome.”
    4. This gives that person the unique power to turn someone else’s acts into a crime simply by calling them unwelcome. So, should you never talk to anyone on campus again? I would seriously consider it.

  • June 3, 2013 12:55 pm

    U.S. Women on the Rise as Family Breadwinner

    Four in 10 households with children under age 18 now have a mother who is the sole or primary support.

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    The media twists statistics to support the paradigm about women’s progress. But this meme, plastered everywhere in the past few days, is sadly misleading.

    "Moms are Breadwinners in Record 4 of 10 Households." Immediate thought: Wow, 40 percent of wives are primary breadwinners. Nope. If you read down to the fifth or sixth paragraph in most stories about the new Pew study, you’d discover that the nmber of women out-earning their husbands was actually just 22.5 percent of married couples with children under the age of 18. The 40 percent figure includes single-parent households, in which the mom is not the primary, but the sole, earner.

    So, that’s lying, isn’t it?

    25.3% of the 40% are single-parent, female-headed families. Is the mother the “breadwinner” in such a case?  Hold tight, because it might be - you! From the Heritage Foundation:

    Around three quarters of means-tested welfare assistance to families with children goes to single parents. In 2011, government spent roughly $330 billion providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low income single parents. On average, the annual cost of benefits came to around $30,000 per family.

    They’re on the dole. Now, what kind of being a breadwinner is that?

    The Times marches on: “The public is still divided about whether it is a good thing for mothers to work. About half of Americans say that children are better off if their mother is at home and doesn’t have a job.”

    Huh? Most of these are black and Hispanic single-parent families. Is it really a lifestyle choice? And they rattle on:

    "A recent working paper by economists at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the National University of Singapore found that, in looking at the distribution of married couples by income of husband versus wife, there is a sharp drop-off in the number of couples in which the wife earns more than half of the household income. This suggests that the random woman and random man are much less likely to pair off if her income exceeds his, the paper says.”

    Sure, women like to marry up, as numerous studies have shown. (First of all, a “working paper” isn’t a study. It’s process notes from unpublished research. It shouldn’t be cited as a study.) Also, women like to spend less time at work and more with children - often switching to part time.

  • June 1, 2013 11:03 am

    "Women and children all over the world want men to die so that they can live. This is the most painful truth of male domination, that men wield patriarchal power in daily life in ways that are awesomely life-threatening, that women and children cower in fear and various states of powerlessness, believing that the only way out of their suffering, their only hope is for men to die, for the patriarchal father not to come home."

    Bell Hooks, a feminists who is routinely used to show that feminists are sympathetic to men’s issues. (via oratorasaurus).

    She annoyingly spells her name bell hooks, like e.e. cummings.

  • May 31, 2013 3:21 pm

    Paradoxes and Oxymorons

    1. The US is constantly in danger from small countries or religious organizations that amount to little more than ill-organized clubs. And yet the US has by far the biggest army in the world, dwarfing that of China (#2) or Russia (#3) in destructive power. 
    2. A woman can have an abortion, because she can do what she likes with her body. And yet she can’t sell sex.
    3. Intelligence is not genetic and has no relationship to ethnicity. In fact, according to academic “social constructionists,” virtually nothing is heritable - everything that defines us is the result of our “training” by the “hegemony.” And yet homosexuality is inborn and genetic.
    4. There is no such thing as “normal” sexuality, according to academic theorists such as Judith Butler. Gender identity runs on a continuum, and can take a variety of forms. For instance, today’s liberal arts college students often identity as “biologically female” but a boy/girl by their own choice. And yet hebephilia and pedophilia are perversions - even talking about them is a crime.
    5. Men who have children they don’t want nonetheless bear the responsibility for these children. They’re frequently told that if they didn’t want to be fathers, they should have “kept it in their pants.” And yet women are not held to this standard of responsibility for their sexual choices. Rather than telling them they should have “kept their panties on,” we encourage them to rid themeselves of unwanted children through abortions.
    6. Michelle Shocked, a singer from the ’90s famous for her lo-fi recordings, recently made the mistake of ranting against gay marriage onstage. Beloved R&B singer Stevie Wonder had the blindness to remark that some gays are simply “confused.” Now there is little doubt that these figures will be remembered as anti-gay thought criminals for eternity. And yet countries in which homosexuality is a crime punishable by death are immune from criticism by the leftist community in the US and the EU.
    7. Numerous academic studies associate masculinity with fascism, noting the “masculine imagery” employed by the National Socialists in Germany and the Italian fascists. And yet almost 30 dictatorial socialist regimes since the ’30s made the Nazis look like a group of benevolent missionaries. They are seldom the subject of academic studies, and their crimes are certainly not the result of “femininity” gone awry.

  • May 31, 2013 11:35 am

    If Eric Holder Lied to Congress, He Shouldn't Be Immune to Consequences

    James Rosen was accused of being too “flattering” when he asked questions. If obsequiousness is a crime, Charlie Rose is in trouble!

  • May 30, 2013 3:47 pm

    Misandry - The hatred of men: The State of Fatherhood

    oratorasaurus:


    37.9% of fathers have no access/visitation rights. (Source: p.6, col.II, para. 6, lines 4 & 5, Census Bureau P-60, #173)

    “40% of mothers reported that they had interfered with the non-custodial father’s visitation on at least one occasion, to punish the ex-spouse.”