David Shackleton, editor of the Everyman men's journal, was kind enough to send me his review of Henry Makow's book A Long Way to go for a Date. The book is about Makow's experience with a "mail order bride" from the Philippines, but goes much deeper into gender issues, male psychology, and the often confusing and sometimes irrational state that men and women find themselves in, particularly in relation to each other. Click "Read More" below before making too many judgments - this is definitely an interesting book for those in the men's movement.

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Bill Kuhl submitted comments on last night's CBS 48 Hours program, which confronted the issue of domestic violence against men in a fair manner. This is something to write positive letters in to reinforce the airing of this important issue. Click "Read More" below to view Bill's comments...

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Joseph Farah, a writer for WorldNetDaily, doesn't like government programs. While he is entitled to these views, he has chosen to do a lot of harm to the efforts to create an Office of Men's Health by mocking it and calling it a "rathole" that money is being wasted on. Regardless of your views on libertarianism, men's health is in such a sorry state that we can't afford to miss out on opportunities to help stop the crisis. Please e-mail Farah at: jfarah@worldnetdaily.com and let him know that if he's going to complain about government social programs, that targeting men's health issues is extremely unfair given the enormous gender disparities in health and lifespan - disparities which, in all likelihood, will end up affecting his own life.

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This also belongs under the "inequality/double standards" dept....according to this story from Ananova News, a man who mistakenly sent a gift intended for his mistress to his wife was knocked unconscious by an ashtray she threw at him as he tried to flee. The incident occurred in Romania, and has been made into a joke here in the U.S. If a man had knocked a woman unconscious in the same way, even if he had found out she was unfaithful to him, we would disparage him as a jealous, dominating husband. The words "domestic violence" would be used to describe the incident. But not, for some reason, when the person being attacked is male.

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There is an article in the Massachusetts News about how feminist social workers have been working to uproot marriage in the name of bringing forth female victims of domestic violence. While the article lays the rhetoric on pretty thick, it does point out that violence against men continues to go unaddressed and that the funding for these (mostly anti-male) institutions has skyrocketed in recent years. Thanks to Not PC for informing me of this news story.

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Ed Bartlett from Men's Health America has begun "Round 2" of the activism campaign to establish an Office of Men's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The first round targeted the House of Representatives and resulted in sixty-one representatives co-signing the bill! If you want to jump into the campaign and do something for men's lives, now is the time to do so. See this posting for more info and join the MHA mailing list.

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AngryHarry submitted this story from the UK Independent. Although it might be too early to say, perhaps a wave of awareness of men's health issues is starting to sweep the globe! The issues of male suicide as well as increased heat disease risk were mentioned in the article, and the causes of the gender discrepancy were noted as due to both men's attitudes toward health as well as lack of funding for male health problems. With the recent news about setbacks in men's reproductive rights, I think it's all the more hopeful to see some progress being made in the area of men's health.

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I received this depressing news from Kingsley Morse: "The Supreme Court in the U.S. state of Georgia has legalized
discrimination! In Palmer v. Bertrand, Georgia's highest court has made men second class citizens by ruling that it's OK to protect women's family planning, but not men's. The man in this case is going to ask the court to reconsider, and if it won't, he intends to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a related move, the U.S. based National Center for Men has also thoroughly updated it's internet efforts. You can help too.
" Click "Read More" below to view the rest of his message, and to find out what you can do to help.

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Jim Castelli submitted this link from the Boston Globe and writes, "Jane Fonda continues the egocentric ways that have endeared her to millions of men since the Vietnam War. Contributing $12.5 million dollars to Harvard to create a center on gender education, Ms. Fonda asserts that for too long "she had fashioned her opinions and image to make men happy" because of her low self esteem. Anyone who remembers "Hanoi Jane" from the Vietnam War will have a difficult time accepting her argument. Anyone who has the temerity to go to North Vietam during the height of the Vietnam War and essentially thumb her nose at her country and all the men who were dying in Vietnam is not motivated by a desire to please men. Ms. Fonda now as always suffers from an ego that expects men to worship her beauty and her opinions without question. From Barbarella, to Vietnam, to her fitness videos, to her marriage to Ted Turner, Ms Fonda suffers not from low self esteem but from an exagerrated view of her own importance."

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Not PC submitted a link to this Christian Science Monitor story about a recent flurry of controversy over MIT's unequal treatment of female faculty. As it turns out, there was no evidence to support the claims: "Check out the study yourself at MIT's website. You will notice an astonishing fact: MIT's study is innocent of evidence of gender discrimination. Not an iota of data is offered to show that MIT treated its female faculty any differently from its male faculty." The story demonstrates how quickly the media and public are willing to believe without question any claims of discrimination against women to the point that facts are no longer checked. The woman who made these claims obtained an enormous grant from the Ford Foundation and many other workplace 'perks' from MIT.

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Jerry Boggs from NCFM submitted this piece about women's violence in night clubs reported on by the Toronto Sun. The article explains how problems of violence used to be mostly with male patrons, but has significantly shifted to female-on-female incidents. Many of them are even over a man! "'Women rule this world,' says the club's (male) night manager wryly. 'It's not just violence. There's unabashed sexual aggression.'" Note: article has been archived on the Toronto Sun web site, and is accessible for a fee. Click "Read More" below for reference information to retrieve the article if needed.

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Bill Kuhl writes, "Greg Freeman, who is quite popular locally (he also has a local TV show and a radio show) has done an article on an institute devoted to helping male victims of sexual abuse. The article is well written and very favorable to our cause. The man whom Freeman interviews, the director of the institute, I am almost positive is the same guy who started a men's issues bulletin board at Washington University's School of Social Work (a highly acclaimed MSW program). I strongly encourage readers to e-mail Freeman at: gfreeman@post-dispatch.com and thank him. Like I suggested above, Freeman has a lot of clout at least in this area.

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I came across this story from the Independent Women's Forum about Heather Mercer, the female kicker who was cut from Duke's football team after showing poor performance in practice. She later sued and won $2M from the university. While hailed as a heroine in some circles, Kimberly Schuld points out that she in fact has made things worse for aspiring female athletes. In retrospect, the Duke coach could have refused to give her a chance outright (this exception is allowed in contact sports), and thus would have been safe from a lawsuit. But by giving women a chance in male contact sports, it is now apparent that schools are opening themselves up to legal liabilities. The result: no one will want to take that risk and women will be denied the chance to try out for male contact sport teams.

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Al Knight wrote a great column for the Denver Post, outlining the current crisis in men's health. Lots of stats are given and Knight's theory of why the legislation for the Office of Men's Health is going to be well received is that Cunningham has obtained the support of several female legislators, and as he writes "Clever move. If women are for the bill, who would have the nerve to be against it?" Thanks to Not PC for submitting the link.

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Kingsley Morse has announced that his C4M web site, long deemed the main web site of the male reproductive rights movement, has been completely redone. They have a new redirection domain: www.choiceformen.com. Check out the web site and be sure to send Kingsley your comments. The web site changes were long overdue but well worth the wait!

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