I came across this a while ago, in this interview Fred Hayward explains what he's been doing for men's issues the past 20 years, his clashes with feminist groups, his meetings with Warren Farrell and much more. Quite a story I'm sure you'll agree, and you can read about it here.

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I thought this letter by Richard Weiss was a really effective and concise way of explaining the myths about "deadbeat dads". Bravo, Richard, and thanks for taking the time to write to the Huntsville Times about this!

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Bill Kuhl submitted this story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It's on the recent deaths of two women in the Cole destroyer, which was attacked near Yemen. Bill writes, "[The article] is interesting from a number of angles. I mean, here's the media talking about not its coverage of women but it's lack of coverage of women. Many ironies in this article and some hard hitting truth too. How interesting that nowhere in the article does it say anything about the male only draft."

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Warren Farrell, one of the best known authors in the men's rights movement, is releasing a new book toward the beginning of 2001, Father and Child Reunion. I noticed on Warren's web site that he's put up the Table of Contents of this book, which can be viewed here. In my opinion, Warren was very smart to write a book on father's issues, and this is sure to become a hot seller. (Note, you can view an interview Mensactivism.org hosted with Warren at this link)

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This story from the Bangor Daily News is on battered men in Maine, and does an excellent job both explaining DV statistics and sharing the personal horror stories of battered men in that state. Time and time again the men reveal that they had no one to turn to for help, and were afraid of losing their children if they attempted to flee from the marriage.

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Marc Angelucci writes "The Daily Bruin printed my letter responding to Gloria Steinem's claim about why men vote for Ralph Nader. This letter shows my own progressive angle towards men's issues, but I think men's activism can fit perfectly on any point in the political spectrum, and I respect everyone else's position on that spectrum." Marc's activism shines through again - thanks for the submission, and your efforts!

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Joe Dunbar sent me this article from the Massachusetts section of law.com on the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) system, which represents a child's interests in family court often when allegations of domestic violence or drug abuse are involved. Joe has had some direct exposure with this system and is in support of its reform, and writes, "I am trying to help parents and children in the Massachusetts court system - Middlesex County. If you're from that area and have ever been treated unfairly by attorney and GAL Vicki Shemin or Judge Judith Dilday, please e-mail me. Documented cases of fee disputes or irrational custody recommendations by Shemin would be of particular interest. Shemin extorted over $26,000 from my family, then reversed her first two custody recommendations when I objected to her bill. I am also looking for ideas to help the MA probate courts with use of GALs and other bulletin boards to post this to."

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This article tells us about how badly the "justice system" is biased against men and boys in Australia, and how the boys live in conditions no better than third world countries while the courts go out of their way to not imprison girls. Click here to read it.

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Jerry Boggs wrote an incredibly good "open letter to gender feminists" that can be read at this link. The quality of this letter cannot be overstated, in my opinion. He covers several key issues that have divided the sexes - misperceptions about the wage gap, the dynamics at play in male/female relationships, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Jerry obviously spent a tremendous amount of time on this, so be sure to tell everyone you know about it to spread it wide and far.

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And it's not exactly flattering. BBC news posed the question, "Are men trapped in outdated roles?" and got a number of responses from various people throughout Europe. The answers were generally negative about men, and I'm appalled at the number of people (mostly women) who included something in their response about domestic violence. One answer was: "Surely it's a good thing for male violence to be under scrutiny? Personally I feel that there's a long way to go before women achieve equality with men. Not until fathers accept responsibility for child rearing and men stop using women as punchbags, that women will be equal." You can read other responses here, but please don't do it if you're already feeling depressed.

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Salon Magazine had a feature length article on an issue which demonstrates how people accept the death and exploitation of male children as a given. It's entitled, "The Children's War," although it should really be called "The Boy's War," because it is mostly boys who are being slaughtered in the midst of the Israeli conflicts going on right now. The article is full of male shaming and stereotypes, and can be described as a rationalization of the deliberate killing of young men, particularly those under 18. I have to wonder aloud: if women were the primary ones being killed in this conflict, wouldn't the entire world be lamenting and figuring out how to put and end to it, rather than rationalizing it this way?

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Our latest feature is from Dr. Karl Glasson, the owner of the IHF (ihatefeminism.com) web site. In his essay, Karl looks at the role models boys are looking up to today and isolates this as a very serious issue of our time. The media, Karl vehemently argues, portrays men so negatively these days because anti-male feminists dominate the media and don't want anything positive said about them. Read on for an extremely engaging and controversial essay!

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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a report this year which shows that more Australian men die by suicide than by road crashes. You can read the report here. Why are these men killing themselves in such high numbers? 8 out of 10 suicides in Australia are by men, and the numbers have been increasing while female suicides have remained constant. This is very sobering news.

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Bill Kuhl submitted this link to an older article on male body image. This I believe is an issue that needs more attention. From the article: "'This is a disorder that affects as many men as women, yet people assume this is just a woman's problem. Men die from these various forms of Adonis,' Phillips says. She cites steroid abuse, eating disorders and suicide. 'This is not to
minimize the suffering that women experience, but to say that men can suffer just as much.'"

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Here's an interesting article from the UK Observer which states that men's financial status tends to improve after divorce, while women's worsens. "Divorce is a complete mess for women...The odds of getting a fair divorce settlement are quite simply stacked against women." It does make sense when you think of it this way - women are often a drain on the man's generally higher income, so even if she takes a piece of it when she leaves, she's going to be worse off financially in the long run, while he can often recover. Still, I know of too many men that have been decimated in divorce settlements, and struggle through a lot of emotional pain that interferes with their ability to advance their careers. Where is the sympathy for them? IHF submitted this story.

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