October 1st, 2014

HeForShe; Emma Watson’s UN Speech

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October 1, 2014

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HeForShe; Emma Watson’s UN Speech

By Curtis Vandermolen, Member, California Executive Committee

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

On September 22, Miss Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) spoke before the United Nations about women’s equality. Her message was facially simple, asking men to stand up and take on the mantle of feminism to promote equality for all. Miss Watson astutely noted that Feminism is often associated with “man-hating”, and that few men accept the tenets of feminism as they understand them.

Four years ago, I met a woman that was an outspoken feminist. My opinion of Feminism reflected the statements Miss Watson made on Monday — Feminism is a group of women that use the mantle of gender inequality to force political change which subjugates men to women’s priorities. However, through conversations, research, and a check on reality, I have since regularly defended feminism and have adopted the mantle for myself. The reasons are simple, but their impact on Feminism, Miss Watson’s speech, and the media are profound.

You may have noticed that I have capitalized Feminism in some places, and written it lower-case in others — this is no editing accident. One of the realizations that led me to my current position is that Feminism (the vocal political movement) has departed greatly from feminism as it was originally defined. Miss Watson defined feminism as: “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” Under this definition, I think that the vast majority of people in developed countries can agree, it is the political interpretation and perversion of this ideal that leads to Feminism and “man-hating”. Throughout this article, feminism is the clearly defined theory, and Feminism is the vocal political movement.

Vocal minority political groups that espouse controversial demands are forever the darlings of American media (and abroad). With the speed at which “news” is delivered, shrinking media budgets, almost non-existent in-depth reporting, and a constant eye on the bottom line, mainstream news outlets resort to sensational knee-jerk reactions — often wrong. This was the case with The Washington Post, Time Magazine, BBC, and others on Tuesday, after an unknown source put up a countdown clock which insinuated that nude photos of Miss Emma Watson would be released. Read more…

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She and He For Us

September 30, 2014 by Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

As usual, we can count on Cathy Young to “get it right” on issues of gender equality and she does it again in her recent column, Sorry, Emma Watson, but HeForShe is Rotten for Men. Cathy Young summarizes the problem with HeForShe, “…the revolution in women’s rights over the past century has been a stunning success — and, while there is still work to be don, it must include the other side of that revolution. Not “he for she,” but “She and he for us.” Read more…

Nebraska Child Support Commission to Make Recommendations for Reform Before Year’s End

September 29, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

The Nebraska commission that’s taking testimony on the state’s child support system and whether to reform it is in full swing and this fine article suggests reasonable changes have the backing of Senator Brad Ashford, an important plus for change (Omaha World Herald, 9/28/14). Read more…

Huffington Post Reports on Pew Research, Fails to Understand It

September 28, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

I’ve written couple of times recently about a phenomenon that’s more and more gotten my attention and tends to explain a lot of the odd inconsistencies we see in American life and society. Put simply, society has stalled on the way toward gender equality.Read more…

Phyllis Schlafly: ‘Restore the Nuclear Family’

September 26, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

I’m not the greatest fan of Phyllis Schlafly, but, if this review is any indication, her new book Who Killed the American Family? makes some valid points about the sad state in which our culture finds itself (WND, 9/24/14).  Her main point is the destruction of the American family by a combination of laws, policies and the zeitgeist that all aim at exactly that. Read more…

Father of Child at Risk of Abuse Fights CPS for Custody

September 26, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

This story has a familiar ring (ABC8, 9/24/14). All the facts aren’t yet in, but it looks like the classic case of a child protection agency preferring maternal care to that of a father even when caseworkers know she’s a danger. Read more…

United Kingdom Poised to Dramatically Expand Criminalization of Private Behavior

September 25, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

I reported here on Glen Poole’s article in, of all places The Guardian, calling out Kelly Brook for her proud and at times tittering admission of her violent assault on two of her former boyfriends, Jason Statham and Danny Cipriani. Now the Telegraph is getting into the act with this article by Natasha Devon (Telegraph, 9/3/14). Read more…

Grandmother: My Granddaughters are Used as Pawns by the Courts to Punish Their Dads

September 24, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

Below is an email sent by Shauna Thompson, a mother of three sons, who are now men and fathers. She details their experiences with the family court system in Nebraska. I write daily about the trials and tribulations faced by parents in family court, but nothing quite conveys the message like one who’s been there and seen the scandal at first hand.

I’m writing you to let you know what our experience in Nebraska (specifically Lincoln County) family courts has been.

Firstly I have to tell you that I have no experience in court, with lawyers etc. My life revolves around medicine, emergency medicine, emergency services so the world of the courts, lawyers and judges is a foreign land as I believe that it is for most of the population of this state. Spending time in courts isn’t something that we do on a normal basis, so perhaps I had a idealized vision of what would happen in court, I’m sure I thought that it would be more fair than it has turned out to be.  Read more…




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