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
A Child's Right recently launched the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance. The rare opportunity to form a Meetup Alliance is by invite only and not open to the general public. Quite the honor! In less than two days this Alliance already has 26 organizations that have joined with over 53,000 collective members! Incredible results in a short period of time and we expect the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance to be listed in the Top 10 Largest Meetup Alliance list.
Please join the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance. Great way to pull more people into your local group. 26 groups and growing!
Only those who want to start a group or already have one (via Meetup, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, active website, etc.) can join the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance right now. If you don't want to be a group organizer, you can find an existing group on the internet, Meetup, Facebook, MySpace, etc and ask them to join the alliance. Or start your own group right here in the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance.
If you have a leadership role in a local group or organization you should join the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance for the following benefits: 1) The Parental and Civil Rights Alliance is a fantastic tool to help parental and civil rights activists all over the country to meet and organize in person. 2) Network with similar organizations and groups to increase turnout at your local events. 3) Learn from the successes and failures of local groups. 4) Give your local organization an additional web presence with link. Thousands of people visit the main page for Meetup Alliance daily and look for a local group in their area...look at it like the yellow pages – but this is free! 5) Increase your membership totals in your local organization. The Parental and Civil Rights Alliance allows those who come across it on the internet to search for a local group in their area. 6) Want to carpool to a national event? Research local groups and consolidate resources for a successful turnout. 7) Network with Meetup groups, Yahoo groups, Facebook groups, MySpace groups and more! 8) Expose your next event or meeting to a national audience! 9) Create your own group's resource page. 10) Finally create an international coalition of parental and civil rights activists!
Creating your own Alliance is not open to the public and the chance to grow this was given to me on an invite only basis from Meetup. They are still in a Beta run and new features will be added very soon!