This was not Slate.com's finest hour. One thing this article could never be accused of is objective reporting.
On Nov. 5th, the very same day the Double X article appeared, Salon.com's Broadsheet published an article by Judy Berman entitled "'Men's rights' groups go mainstream" <http://www.mediaradar.org/alert20091123.php#sdendnote3sym> 3 that adds no new information, and simply seems to be an effort to repeat the Double X article to Salon's readers.
"More than a quarter-century ago, British feminist philosopher Janet Radcliffe Richards wrote, 'No feminist whose concern for women stems from a concern for justice in general can ever legitimately allow her only interest to be the advantage of women.' Joyce's article is a stark example of feminism as exclusive concern with women and their perceived advantage, rather than justice or truth."
In "Journalistic Misrepresentation at Slate's New Woman-Oriented Publication 'Double X'" <http://www.mediaradar.org/alert20091123.php#sdendnote5sym> 5, RADAR's Mark Rosenthal explained how the article had misrepresented his comments and also took issue with the article's characterization of Murray Straus as someone "who has written extensively on female violence," saying:
"The characterization of Straus as someone who has written extensively on female violence is like characterizing Susan B. Anthony as someone who wrote extensively on temperance - true but misleading because of what it leaves out. Straus has devoted his professional career to the study of all forms of family violence - parent-to-child, child-to-parent, sibling-to-sibling, as well as partner violence in all its configurations - male-to-female, female-to-male, and mutual. He has never focused exclusively on female violence."
"The articles discuss various aspects and actors in the [men's and fathers] movement, and also quote and misquote me. ... I specifically, repeatedly, and emphatically told Joyce that any linkage between the men's & fathers' movements' grievances and Sodini is not my view, but I guess she was determined to jam it in there anyway."
Mahatma Gandhi is reputed to have said: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." The joint Slate/Salon attack pieces are a good indication that we're well past stage 1. Congratulation to all RADAR supporters and allies for getting us this far. Let's keep it up!
R.A.D.A.R. - Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting - is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://www.mediaradar.org
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ANNUAL FATHERS DAY DEMONSTRATION - 2009 - WEST SIDE LAWN, U.S. CAPITOL , SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009
ALL DAY EVENT - Sunday ONLY this year (See D.C. EVENTS below for Saturday 6/20/09 *)
ANYONE CAN ADDRESS HIS OR HER GRIEVANCES TO THE WORLD VIA THE INTERNET IN FRONT OF THE U.S. CAPITOL. VIDEOS WILL BE RECORDED BOTH DAYS AND UPLOADED TO www.youtube.com/markyoung12 (NO CHARGE)
PLEASE PREPARE YOUR SPEECH OF UP TO 30 MINUTES TO TELL YOUR STORY, FOCUSING ON ERRORS & INJUSTICES BY THE COURTS (NOT YOUR EX) IN YOUR CASE, OR ABOUT THE DIVORCE INDUSTRY IN GENERAL.
Please respond if you plan to attend to give an idea of turnout, or to give ideas in general. All individuals and groups who support equal parenthood are welcome, including mothers especially, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles - all victims of family courts.
It's your Capitol, and your U.S. Constitution that's being violated. Let The Congress know we need federal legislation for enforcement of childrens' and parents' rights, as much or more than we need a federal bureaucracy for child "support" enforcement! !!
If you can't make it, you can submit your speech: 1) preferably video recorded in front of your state capitol or local courthouse, or 2) in written form by email. We will try to read submitted speeches Fathers Day week-end, time permitting. Otherwise we can post them on the Internet.
"Power is the great evil with which we are contending. We have divided power between three branches of government and erected checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. However, where is the check on the power of the judiciary? If we fail to check the power of the judiciary, I predict that we will eventually live under judicial tyranny." - Patrick Henry
"The germ of destruction of our nation is in the power of the judiciary, an irresponsible body - working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall render powerless the checks of one branch over the other and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." - Thomas Jefferson
"When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it, because it is right." - Martin Luther King
"If you see injustice and say nothing, you have taken the side of the oppressor." - Desmund Tutu.
"The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." - John Stuart Mill
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." - Samuel Adams
"The only thing crueler than tearing children from their parents is falsely leading children to believe that they are unloved by their fathers." -Stephen Baskerville
"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Herman Goering
Here is an image of the article written in the Hastings Banner of Barry County Michigan concerning a County Commission meeting to discuss Equal Parenting. Also the article discusses future meetings concerning the event. Read it and write in if possible.