the newspaper stories that toe the feminist line has given me some
new insights on what's been happening in the U.S. It has become
clear that left-wing feminists dominate the media, the schools,
and key parts of both the legal system and the government. They
saturate the country with false or misleading statistics to back
up the message that men are violent by nature; and that in the right
circumstances, men are only too willing to abuse women and children.
They insist that men subjugate women, and they hold as an unassailable
truth that women are in all aspects morally superior to men. They
then use these "facts" to justify the suppression of men
in every type of interaction-both personal and professional-not
only with women, but with the whole of society.
This ideology is now well-established and has generated the following
key trends, which are generally played down by the mass media:
government has pressured most large organizations into giving
women preferences in hiring and promotions.
harassment laws get men fired from their jobs when a women hears
something she considers offensive. In addition, if a man doesn't
regularly defer to women, one of them will eventually spread
the word that he has a problem working with women. His job becomes
a dead end, or he loses it.
are being driven out of the schools, which have been re-designed
solely for girls' way of learning. And men are starting to avoid
college because of the hostile feminist climate. So women are
moving ahead of men in getting advanced degrees. More promotions
IRS code provides at least six subsidies encouraging women to
divorce their husbands when the excitement wears off. (Around
three-quarters of divorces are initiated by women.)
courts (under the legislature's standards) routinely deprive
fathers of their children. Furthermore, the courts normally
refuse to enforce even minimal visitation rights when mothers
prevent fathers from seeing the children.
violence protective orders are widely used to get fathers out
of the house so that women can get sole custody more easily.
payments to ex-wives are exorbitant, typically one-third or
more of a father's take-home pay. (My own son was ordered to
pay almost two-thirds of the income from his first, low-paying
often refuse to lower so-called child-support amounts when fathers'
income drops. When fathers become delinquent, they are publicly
smeared as "deadbeats," and often jailed. In fact,
the Bradley Amendment prohibits any reduction in "child-support"
arrears, even if the father is totally disabled.
order men to pay "child support" even when the children
aren't theirs. And this may be a far-from isolated problem in
an age where DNA-testing companies say that up to one-third
of all children are not sired by the man named by the mother.
men are ignored by both government family violence programs
and the media. In fact they are often arrested when neighbors
call the police, regardless of the evidence at the scene when
can be no doubt that these trends have contributed directly to the
extraordinarily high rates of men's suicide, drug addiction, homelessness,
poverty, violence, imprisonment, and early death from stress-associated
diseases. And the trends are accelerating. For example, the suicide
rate of divorced fathers is now almost ten times the rate of divorced
desperately need to know that it is self-destructive to get involved
with, especially to have a child with, a woman who will deliberately
cause him harm when she decides to leave. Men need to discuss these
issues with any woman they get involved with. If she doesn't strongly
commit to joint custody of children and equal child support if she
splits, the men shouldn't get in any deeper.
As for advice to men who already have children: keep their mother
got a big gun!
Steyskal [send him mail]
is a libertarian activist living in Washington, DC.