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
The use of a white male child as the
abuser and black female child as the abused by Family Place
and DART http://www.dart.org/about/contactdart.asp
is a blatant example of gender and race bias. The truth is that even
in Big D women are just as likely to abuse as men are, it's just that
men are ten times more likely to take it without complaining to the
government. It amazes me that a supposed journalist would take the
word of the self promoting Family Place Red Neo-Fems' for the truth
about DV. The truth is that they are using the victimization of both
women and minorities to increase the size and scope of their program
and tax payer funding. If they where truly interested in ending
"family" violence they would have portrayed a group of
people of varying races and both genders along with a large note of
how bad it is to falsely accuse fathers of abuse to gain an advantage
during custody battles! Remember, you reap what you sow, if our
society keeps promoting men as bad and women as victims and denying
men the justice they deserve then our society will never actually
solve DV just keep perpetuating it. It is time to reform DV by
starting with changing the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
by Joe Biden to End Family Violence Act with equal funding for both
genders with a demand that states sanction those who use false DV
charges in Family Court cases. Even better, abolish the federal
component, reduce federal taxes, legislate presumed equal parenting
unless there is clear and convincing evidence of abuse so that false
abuse claims are reduced which will allow the states to deal with
the issue on their own.