Salon.com posted part one of a two part article series about a new domestic violence awareness campaign which is being advertised in New York City subway trains. The ads show yearbook portraits of young women with the subtitles, "Most likely to be forced into sex," "Most 911 calls," "Most excuses for a black eye," etc. "This year's campaign...tells us that high school and college girls are at risk; that partner abuse is so pervasive, many girls won't be able to avoid it; that if they find themselves in an abusive relationship, these women need to get themselves out of it; that they can start by calling the mayor's hot line." All of the ads ignore the existence of violence against men, and the author of the article, while thoroughly entrenched in DV politics, at least criticizes the campaign for stressing the victimhood of women and not addressing DV in homosexual relationships.

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Not PC submitted some excerpts from an article stating that politically correct thinking has now hit the production of gingerbread men: "Political correctness hits gingerbread man...the gingerbread man has become a gingerbread person.
The supermarket chain Safeway announced that it would be producing an equal number of gingerbread men and gingerbread women in response to consumer demand...The move provoked mockery in the town of Grantham where the biscuit originated in 1740...'It's political correctness gone way beyond the pale. The gingerbread man has always been an innocuous little fellow. It's not as if he has all his naughty bits showing.'"

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The Globe and Mail printed this science article about the roots of "male violence." A species of freshwater fish and fig wasps were studied, and testosterone levels of the males were monitored in various behavior situations. But is it reasonable to compare the behavior of simple organisms such as insects with conscious men? As Mark Lesmeister put it, "This article's headline makes the mistaken substitution of 'men' for 'males.' Human beings aren't cichlid fish or fig wasps."

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Trudy Schuett, author of the novel Friends to the End which delves into the taboo subject of domestic violence against men, wrote an essay about the state of gender relations today, and how far we (haven't) come. Trudy outlines the history of the anti-male women's movement, and is not afraid to offer criticism where it is due. As a woman, Trudy's views further validate the need for a restoration of men's rights and dignity. She concludes that trust is the vital aspect missing in most male/female relationships today, and we must change the portrayal of men and divorce on television and the media to restore hope. Click "Read More" below to view her bold and unapologetic essay...

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Karen De Coster wrote an editorial for LewRockwell.com about how men have become feminized over the years. She prefers a "Marlboro Man" kind of masculinity and believes "men need to be manly, and women need to let them be manly, and that means taking on some serious anti-wimpification measures." While the article is in a superficial sense "supportive" of traditional masculinity, there were a number of interesting counterpoints made in a reply that Mark Lesmeister wrote up and submitted to Mensactivism.org. Read De Coster's article, and then click "Read More" below to view Mark's insightful and decidedly pro-male response.

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The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that activist groups are pushing for new laws that will make the willful nonpayment of child support in excess of $5k a felony. The law would not apply to people who are in tight financial situations and are unable to pay. While I'm not arguing that willful non-payers of child support shouldn't be punished, I find this disappointing in light of the fact that there still exist no laws which enforce a father's visitation rights, or require the custodial parent to account for how child support money is spent.

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David Byron writes "New Jersey Online reports a new study by the Justice Department's National Institute of Justice in this article. As usual from the 'injustice' department, the study is biased towards women - nothing new there - however despite the best gloss that they could put on the result, the study blasts away most feminist claims about college rape. The original report can be found here in text format." Click "Read More" below to see some more important comments that David has about the study and some points about ways to interpret it.

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Kingsley Morse, Jr. forwarded me this press release about an upcoming session in the Georgia senate about the problem of paternity fraud. "Now is the time to END PATERNITY FRAUD as a legally protected extortion against men. The constitution says the law is supposed to provide equal protection for it's citizens. Georgia must protect the real victim and provide restitution to those who have been victimized. Join us today, at the Georgia State Capitol's Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 @ 5:00PM. We need 100 people, victims, wives of victims, girlfriends of victims, fathers rights groups, men and women. Will you join us?" Contact information is provided in the press release. This looks to be a hopeful opportunity to air this issue and to get some results.

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"An Edgy and Intelligent Magazine for ALL Men," The Guy Code featured The Men's Activism News Network in its weekly review of "encoded" web sites, giving this site the "Far More than Backlash" award, along with many kind words. Thanks guys!

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Bill Kuhl sent in another good analysis of Montel Williams and his talk show, which may be one of the most far-reaching venues for "men's issues" that currently exists and is (at least in a lukewarm sense) voicing our concerns. Click "Read More" below for Bill's comments. And thanks to everyone who has been submitting editorials recently - I want Mensactivism.org to be a voice of the people who are participating in the men's movement and whose ideas deserve to be heard.

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The National Post had an editorial piece by a woman who aptly uses the example of Alexander v. Alexander - the case where a woman who shot her husband is now seeking support money - to demonstrate the double standards of the Divorce Act and the problems of government regulating people's personal lives and private matters. It's time to end these laws that can require a man to pay his ex-wife after she cheated on him, abused him, or even tried to kill him.

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Joe Dunbar recently attended an important meeting of the Fathers and Families organization, led by Ned Holstein. A description of their plans, both in philosophy and in specific goals are readable by clicking "Read More" below. Especially noteworthy is their formation of a Father's Legal Defense Fund. FAF and Ned have demonstrated a lot of initiative and an ability to work with other father's rights groups in a very synergistic manner, and I think we can expect to see much more from this group.

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This Report to Congress from Men's Health America analyzes the data and concludes that men's health is being neglected at a rate of five times women's health in terms of funding and programs. "The first-ever survey of men's health programs in the
federal government has revealed that men's health trails women's health by a 5:1 margin. According to the Report to Congress: Men's Health Lags by a 5:1 Margin at DHHS, which was released today, the budget for men's health programs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaled $963.6 million, compared to $5 billion for women's health.
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In encouraging news for Choice for Men supporters in the UK and abroad, a British judge ruled that a man may sue his ex-wife for paternity fraud and attempt to collect damages for raising a child who is not his own. The ruling "was welcomed as a caution to women tempted to hoodwink lovers into accepting responsibility for another man's child." You can read the story from the UK Telegraph at this link.

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The Star from Canada is reporting that a woman who served two years in prison for shooting and almost killing her husband is now trying to sue him for alimony. "That she shot her husband in the face may be a moot point when determining support, since Canada's Divorce Act is 'no fault' and does not take prior conduct into consideration. Nor is there any statute of limitations for filing a claim." Her ex-husband is quoted as saying, "All I want her to do is back off, leave me alone. I still get headaches. I still have a bullet in the back of my spine."

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