Albany, NY–New York Shared Parenting activist Deborah Fellows says that the NY Coalition of Fathers and Families will be holding a protest against New York’s boybashing “Coaching Boys into Men” campaign. The Campaign portrays boys as proto-abusers, and tells us that “violence against women” is wrong, as opposed to violence, period.
And of course, if it really were a “Domestic Violence Public Awareness Media Campaign,” we’d be made aware that women are just as likely to attack their male partners as vice versa, but any mention of that is strictly verboten.
The campaign’s main poster is pictured above. To watch their TV commercial, click here.
The protest will be held Monday Jan 28, from 7-9am at Latham Circle in Albany, NY, and I’m told that the media will be there. To join the protest, contact Debbie Fellows at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-495-4044. The Coalition of Fathers and Families New York is an affiliate of the American Coalition for Fathers & Children.
The campaign’s radio ad, which can be heard here, says:
“As a dad, you”ll probably spend years teaching your son how to hit a baseball. How to throw a tight spiral and hit a receiver. How to spring off a diving board and hit the water. How to hit a one-wood and a nine-iron. How to hit the bull”s-eye. How to hit the strike zone. Hit a jump shot. Hit the open man. Hit the hockey net. And maybe the most challenging of all, how to hit the books. But the question is this, how much time will you spend teaching him what not to hit?
“Teach your son early and often that all violence against women is wrong. For tips on what to say, visit opdv.state.ny.us. Or call the State”s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-942-6906. Brought to you by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention, and the Ad Council.”