Monday, March 24, 2014

ARM action in Halifax Triggers Controversy

Some pro-male partisans in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have done some postering, and they have "kicked over the beehive" as we say. Somebody in the Halifax feminist community spotted one of the posters on a telephone pole and took a photo, which I share below:

An emotional shit-storm followed. Evidently, a lot of people cannot stomach the idea that women possess a moral agency which operates outside the perimeter of feminist theory. I mean, what the hell, nobody is saying that ALL women commit child abuse, only that a few of them do, but that the majority of child abuse is done by women.

Why yes, now that you mention it, child abuse appears to be . . . . "gendered".

I like this poster because it kills two birds with one stone. It references the anti-male "don't be that guy" posters and propagates the counter-message that was established in Edmonton, but it also knocks a hole in the feminist DV narrative.  As I said, two birds with one stone.

Thus far, as near as I can tell, the "Edmonton reference" is completely lost on those Halifax feminists.

Here they are squawking about it on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/im_adam_barrett/status/448102812480966656/photo/1

A self-described "reporter" got ahold of the AVfM crew, wanting to know if they knew anything about this. Funny how some people think AVfM is the exact dead-center of all pro-male activity on planet Earth.

If you believe this poster, and others that were posted in Halifax, are "offensive", then I would tend to agree.  Nevertheless, as a JS38 signatory, I endorse the posters and stand by the posterers. The posters, you see, are no LESS offensive than the anti-male message transmitted in the original "don't be that girl" campaign. And if the original campaign is terminated, and an apology issued, then the present counter-campaign will no longer be necessary.

You see, political context matters. None of this is happening in a vacuum - it is happening for a reason, and that reason is political.

The existence of the original "don't be that girl" campaign, despite its anti-male message, was not greeted by any general outrage from society. But community reaction to the Halifax campaign was swift and vicious.

What does this tell us about the societal mainstream? It tells us that moral shaming of men as a class, is acceptable, whereas similar action toward women is not.

So finally, the message is that mainstream society is an ass and a hypocrite which oppresses men and privileges women.

Yes, that is the final message that emerges, and recent events in Halifax have underscored this yet again.

4 Comments:

Blogger MichaƂ Lech said...

" original "don't be that girl" campaign," - I suppose you refer to the "don't be that guy" campaign :)

"A self-described "reporter" got ahold of the AVfM crew, wanting to know if they knew anything about this. Funny how some people think AVfM is the exact dead-center of all pro-male activity on planet Earth." - the poster has avoiceformen.com at the bottom

Let's have the stuff just right ;-)

5:50 AM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

Not quite sure what you are talking about here.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Lastango said...

Kicking over the beehive spurs genderfeminists and their myriad enablers to swarm out and go on record.

It may also draw public attention in the Maritimes and elsewhere to the MRM. In this age, publicity is always a vital, early ingredient in provoking change.

In the early going there will be confusions, but that's to be expected. It will be a victory if even a relatively small number of people think, "Something is happening here. Men are standing up and fighting back."


1:41 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

@Lastango:

"MRM" is not part of my nomenclature, but yes, I see your point.

4:34 PM  

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