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December 29, 2004

December 22, 2004

  • UNICEF's 'Rights' Focus Is All Wrong by Wendy McElroy
    A battle is brewing for the leadership of UNICEF. The substance of the debate: should the agency stress children's rights or children's survival?
  • When the Sisterhood Rules the World: The Sad Tale of UNICEF by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts looks at the legacy of UNICEF's feminist leader, Carol Bellamy, under whom "the feminist dream turned into a children's nightmare."
  • Expectant Mothers' Real Risk of Violence by Richard L. Davis
    The Washington Post recently reported the risk of homicide faced by expectant mothers. Richard L. Davis explains how the data was misrepresented, and what the real risk factors are.
  • Spontaneous Reunification with Glenn Sacks
    "Spontaneous Reunification" is when a child attempts to reconnect with an alienated parent on his or her own initiative. Psychologist Douglas C. Darnall, Ph.D, and author Allen Green joined Glenn Sacks on his latest radio program. (Audio link)

December 15, 2004

  • Agency Culpable in Child Support Scam by Wendy McElroy
    Last week, Viola Trevino carried her five-year-old "daughter" into an Albuquerque court to satisfy a judge's demand to prove the child existed. Complications arose. For example, Trevino had kidnapped the child moments before to pass off as her daughter.
  • Long Live the Matriarchy! by Carey Roberts
    "Feminists possess an uncanny ability to work both sides of an issue." Carey Roberts looks at the shifting feminist stand on motherhood...and fatherhood.
  • Encounters with Germaine Greer by Dana Cook
    Dana Cook is a Toronto editor and collector of encounters with the famous. This is a collection of encounters with Germaine Greer which provide a 'portrait of her through glimpses.'
  • Are Child Support Levels Too High? with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program featuring economist R. Mark Rogers and Debbie Kline, Executive Director of the Association for Children for the Enforcement of Support.

December 8, 2004

  • NYC Must Come Clean on Foster Kids AIDS Scandal by Wendy McElroy
    Last week, the BBC aired a documentary entitled "Guinea Pig Kids." It accused New York City's Administration for Child Services and drug companies, such as Glaxo SmithKline, of experimenting on HIV-positive foster children with untested and dangerous anti-AIDS drugs. Is it true?
  • Kofi's Resignation Won't Cure the AIDS Epidemic by Carey Roberts
    Two weeks ago, UNAIDS released the "Women and AIDS" report. In it, Carey Roberts finds shoddy statistics, demonstrable falsehoods, and a radical-feminist ideology.
  • Fifteen Reasons to Adopt by Jennifer Roback Morse
    Jennifer Roback Morse celebrates this past November, which was national adoption-awareness month, by providing 15 excellent reasons to adopt.
  • Health Care: Two Books in Review by Bryon Fraser
    Byron Fraser's essay reviews two important books of interest to both women and men, Beyond the Public-Private Debate: An Examination of Quality, Access and Cost in the Health-Care Systems of Eight Countries by Cynthia Ramsay and Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Right to Health Care? by Richard A. Epstein.
  • NY Family Law: Justice or Bloodsport? with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program.

December 1, 2004

  • Infidelity Gene: Sensational, but Science? by Wendy McElroy
    A media flurry about the "infidelity gene" reminds us that studies purporting to quantify the genetic basis of complex human behavior should be approached with caution.
  • The Unfolding AIDS Scandal at the UN by Carey Roberts
    "Every day, 8,500 men and women die from the modern Black Death that we call AIDS. Most of those deaths could be avoided if the UN took a practical approach that is based on science, not ideology."
  • Letter: Victims of Victimhood
    A letter to the editor responds to last week's editorial on the hoax perpetrated by Norma Khouri's international best-seller "Honor Lost." Supposedly a first-person indictment of "honor killings," the book was a lie from beginning to end.
  • Are American Women Oppressed? with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program.

November 24, 2004

November 17, 2004

  • In Defense of Beauty Pageants by Wendy McElroy
    On a lighter note, Wendy McElroy looks at beauty contests and wonders, "Why are so many feminists upset by them?"
  • Election Results Bode Poorly for the Rad-Fem Movement by Carey Roberts
    "The 2004 presidential election was not just a setback for the Democratic Party...Kerry's defeat also represented a repudiation of the rad-fem agenda." Carey Roberts analyzes the aftermath.
  • Review: Your Drug May Be Your Problem by Byron Fraser
    Byron Fraser reviews the book Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications.
  • Ode to the Horse A poem from the heart by a domestic violence survivor who found healing through her work with horses on the ranch where she lives.
  • Verizon Campaign: Avalanche of Protest and Media Coverage with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program where Glenn discussed (among other topics) the ongoing "Verizon campaign" to urge that company to pull a blatantly anti-father ad.

November 10, 2004

  • Domestic Violence: Behind the Stereotypes by Wendy McElroy
    The current one-size-fits-all view of domestic violence and its victims is based on ideology, not data, and acts as a barrier to understanding a complex social problem.
  • NASCAR Dads and Soccer Moms Join Forces, But at What Cost? by Carey Roberts
    Reflecting on the election, Carey Roberts observes that "Two core constituencies -- NASCAR Dads and Soccer Moms -- came together on November 2 to re-elect President Bush."
  • Spermwars by Bettina Arndt
    "All over the country [Australia], hundreds of men are lining up to offer their sperm to strangers - sperm to produce children they may never know, children who may never find out whose sperm won the race to their mother's egg." Bettina Arendt spells out some implications of this sperm race.
  • Time To Look At DFCS Differently by Tony Zizza
    Tony Zizza writes, "I am aware of no one, I repeat no one, who at a governmental level is trying to reform DFCS by doing something serious about the huge number of false allegations of child abuse." What should be done? Zizza says "punish false accusers."
  • Letter to the Editor: Grandparent Visitation Statutes
    A reader and parent sends a passionate appeal regarding Grandparent Visitation Statutes. She writes, "Parents who oppose the grandparent visitation statues do not oppose grandparent visitation. They are simply against the 'forced visitation' laws..."
  • Feminist Law Professor Leads Backlash Against Paternity Fraud Laws with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio show, featuring Law Professor Melanie Jacobs and family law attorney Jeffery Leving.

November 3, 2004

  • All Hail to the Panderer-in-Chief by Carey Roberts
    "The 2004 presidential campaign will be remembered for many things, including the fact that the female electorate became the most attended-to group in the history of American politics."

October 27, 2004

  • The Sad Evolution of Sexual Harassment by Wendy McElroy
    The recent $60 million sexual harassment suit brought against Bill O'Reilly indicates how far the application of sexual harassment policies have drifted from their original intent.
  • Girlie-Man, Next Leader of the Free World? by Carey Roberts
    "Blame it on Arnold Schwarzenegger if you must, but a lot of people are questioning the macho-meter of Democrats in general, and Senator Kerry in particular."

October 20, 2004

October 13, 2004

October 6, 2004

  • Individual Rights vs. Identity Politics by Wendy McElroy
    "Step into your vagina to vote!" After you stop laughing at the gender feminist rhetoric, you might want to consider the ideological assumption that underlies this statement.
  • Women Victimized by Feminist Fables by Carey Roberts
    Radical feminism has sold women The Mother of All Myths. Carey Roberts looks critically at this and at the Four Lesser Myths.
  • Featured Blog: Jennifer Roback Morse
    Check out the new blog by classical liberal and just plain classy Jennifer Roback Morse.
  • Adoption by K.C. Wilson
    K.C. Wilson writes, "Our adoption practices may be the one thing more barbaric than our divorce ones, and for much the same reasons."
  • Rights and Rodents by George Rolph
    George Rolph takes a highly critical look at the media's reaction to men who are finally standing up for their rights.
  • Michigan's Top Cop Tells Kids: Denounce Your Daddy with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio show.

September 29, 2004

  • Across U.S., Non-Custodial Parents Sue by Wendy McElroy
    Non-custodial parents file federal class action lawsuits across the U.S. in an attempt to secure the right of all fit parents to know their children...but there is one wrinkle.
  • The Wonderful, Wacky World of Fem-Speak by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts welcomes us to the politically-correct world of Fem-Speak, where "female" words are permitted but "male" words are banned.
  • On-going Gender Bias by K.C. Wilson
    One way to heal the gender war which is available to everyone, every day is simply and politely to correct people when they made statements based on gender stereotypes.
  • 'Fatal Fathers' Myth Promoted in Wake of Peterson, Hacking Cases by Glenn Sacks
    Glenn Sacks writes about "the factually challenged anti-father drumbeat in the media surrounding the Scott Peterson and Mark Hacking cases."

September 22, 2004

September 15, 2004

  • Mandatory Mental Health Screening Threatens Privacy, Parental Rights by Wendy McElroy
    A bill that would fund the mandatory mental-health screening of all public school children has gone from the House to the Senate. Here's why it shouldn't be allowed to pass.
  • In Honor of the Heroes of Flight 93 by Carey Roberts
    "The fiery demise of Flight 93 outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania gives reassurance that in these politically-correct times, the warrior heart still beats steady and strong." Carey Roberts honors the warriors.
  • Would You Help a Domestic Violence Shelter That Helps Men? by Ray Blumhorst
    Ray Blumhorst provides us with a means to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) by contributing to a neglected cause -- helping the male victims of violence.
  • Location, Location, Location by One Cynical Feminist
    This cynical woman looks at divorce on a global scale and reminds us of the importance of "location, location, location."
  • The Subversion of Child Support by K.C. Wilson
    K.C. Wilson looks at the bottom line in current support policies: "At issue is society's responsibility to protect its members, versus creating financial incentive for divorce."
  • Ruling in High-Profile Marks Custody Case: Painful but Correct by Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    "Perhaps in no case in recent memory has widespread media sympathy been more misplaced than in the Bridget Marks child custody case." Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks explain why.

September 8, 2004

  • Grandparents Can't Trump Parental Rights by Wendy McElroy
    Grandparent "rights" are now defined by all 50 states, but should they exist, and what of parental rights?
  • Kobe Bryant: Alice-in-Wonderland Justice by Carey Roberts
    Since New Jersey set the precedent in 1979, expanded definitions of rape have been on a collision course with the legal presumption of innocence. Carey Roberts explains.
  • Relative Injuries by George Rolph
    George Rolph takes issue with the oft-stated contention that "In domestic violence cases more women suffer serious injury than men do and more women die."
  • Child Support Deviation for CP's Tax Benefits by K.C. Wilson
    K.C. Wilson suggests that non-custodial parents should consider "asking for a deviation in consideration of the many tax benefits the custodial parent gets" in order to lower unreasonably high child support payments.
  • Blast from the past: Joan Kennedy Taylor
    Joan Kennedy Taylor asks, "Why Aren't More Women Part of the Libertarian Movement?"

September 1, 2004

  • China's Missing Women by Wendy McElroy
    China's current sex imbalance, by which tens of millions of men may find themselves lifelong bachelors, is an example of unintended consequence WRIT LARGE.
  • Will the NASCAR Dads Tilt the Election? by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts counts the score for and against Bush on dads' issues, and concludes that the "NASCAR Dads" will vote the same as last time.
  • Child Support: Income Shares, Part II by K.C. Wilson
    The next installment in a series of columns offered as evidence of what makes your child support the irrational burden it is, doing more harm than good by turning divorce into children-for-profit.
  • Blast from the past: Clara Barton
    A portrait of Clara Barton, whose courage comforted the wounded during the Civil War and whose legacy is the Red Cross.

August 25, 2004

  • On Breastfeeding, Rights, and Good Manners by Wendy McElroy
    Is breastfeeding a civil right, an uncivil rudeness, or just a sign of our culture evolving?
  • Child Support: Income Shares, Part I by K.C. Wilson
    K.C. Wilson examines one of two formulas commonly used to assess child support and concludes, "the idea is not so much to cover the costs of raising a child as ensure the child has the same income available to it as if a divorce never happened."
  • Thoughts on Social Revolution by Joan Kennedy Taylor
    The founder of Association for Libertarian Feminists, Joan Kennedy Taylor shares her insights into social change; for example, "The parallels between race relations and gender relations are sometimes surprising."

August 18, 2004

  • Child Custody Laws Poised for Change by Wendy McElroy
    This week California became a flash point in the ongoing struggle to redefine custody rights in North America. Examining what happened is instructive and serves as preparation for battles that are bound to erupt elsewhere.
  • Olympic Media Misfire by Carey Roberts
    How did USA Today's coverage of the Olympics become so biased towards women and against men? Carey Roberts answers that question in two words: "Christine Brennan."
  • Child Support Reform: Percentage of Obligor by K.C. Wilson
    K.C. Wilson looks at current child support guidelines and concludes, "There is simply no rationale for applying this formula to non-poverty families."
  • Muslims need critical thinking - Irshad Manji by Dirk Verhofstadt
    Dirk Verhofstadt interviews Irshad Manji -- a Canadian journalist and lesbian feminist -- whose book "The Trouble with Islam" confronts her religion's oppression of women.
  • Blast from the past: Ayn Rand
    A profile of the iconoclastic Ayn Rand whose critiques of mainstream feminism would have found a welcoming home on ifeminists.net.

August 11, 2004

August 4, 2004

  • In Defense of 'Deadbeat' Dads by Wendy McElroy
    Wendy McElroy argues for releasing "deadbeat dads" from prison. 6.9 million people -- 1 in 34 adults -- were on probation, parole, or incarcerated in 2003. Non-violent offenders should be removed from the system, starting with "deadbeat dads" who have been imprisoned for defaulting on child support payments they cannot afford to pay.
  • Outing the Feminist "Great Lie" by Carey Roberts
    "As feminists see it...once patriarchy took over, women became the mere slaves of men, had no rights, and endured unrelenting physical and sexual abuse. That's what is known as the feminist Great Lie."
  • Blast from the past: Rose Wilder Lane
    A brief biography of the early 20th century ifeminist Rose Wilder Lane, along with the text of her most famous essay "Give Me Liberty".
  • 'Three Strikes' Laws Hurt Low Income, Minority Men with Glenn Sacks
    Proposition 66 will amend California law to ensure that a "third strike" sentence can only be given with a violent or serious offense. Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Allison Triesel and Joe Klaas from the "Yes on Proposition 66" campaign join Glenn Sacks. An audio link to Glenn's latest radio show.

July 28, 2004

  • AIDS Efforts Undermined by U.N. Politics by Wendy McElroy
    The U.N.'s political agenda has resulted in untrustworthy statistics and the rejection of successful strategies to fight AIDS. According to Wendy McElroy, "It is crucial to explore different strategies and to judge what is effective based on accurate data."
  • Kerry Embraces the Radical Feminist Agenda by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts observes, "American women are arguably the most privileged of any group in history. But the Kerry-Edwards website makes it sound like women are on the verge of being shipped back to their suburban concentration camps."
  • Is Today's Dad a Wimp and a Slacker? with Glenn Sacks
    Glenn talks with Catherine Seipp, author of a column called "Meet Today's Dad: A model to avoid," and humorist Bruce Stockler, author of "I Sleep at Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets." An audio link to Glenn's latest radio show.

July 21, 2004

  • No Panic Over School Child Abuse by Wendy McElroy
    A recent report claims that nearly 10 percent of children in public schools endure sexual abuse or misconduct by school employees. Wendy McElroy debunks the statistics.
  • Martha Stewart Plays the Chivalry Card by Carey Roberts
    Why did Martha Stewart receive the minimum allowable sentence? Carey Roberts believes that chivalry came to her defense.

July 14, 2004

  • Paternity: Innocence Is Now a Defense by Wendy McElroy
    A landmark decision in California gives hope to men who have been falsely accused of paternity and forced to pay child support.
  • The Marriage No-Shows by Carey Roberts
    "When almost one-quarter of single men in their prime courting years - that's two million potential husbands - declare a Marriage Strike, we're facing an unprecedented social crisis."
  • The Problem With Senator Edward M. Kennedy by Tony Zizza
    Tony Zizza wants to know why Senator Kennedy is stalling The Child Medication Safety Act of 2003, an act preventing schools from coercing parents in placing their children on psychotropic "medications" as a requisite of attending school.
  • The Pill and Female Chauvinism: Part II by K.C. Wilson
    K.C. Wilson continues his report on the biased assumptions within an otherwise "very good PBS program" on The Pill (birth control), and the social context and controversies of its time, the 1950s.
  • Newsweek: When Wives Cheat, It's OK with Glenn Sacks
    When wives cheat on husbands, it's because the wives are overworked and "overscheduled," and their husbands are "inattentive." Yet when the genders are switched, our culture is not nearly so understanding. Glenn discussed the Newsweek double standard on infidelity on his latest radio show. (Audio link.)

July 7, 2004

  • Utah's Parent Czar by Wendy McElroy
    Alicia Davis may be America's first state-funded defense attorney for parents accused of abuse by the same state's own child protective services. She assumes office this week. But will parents benefit?
  • Has Feminism Made Good on Its Own Promises? by Carey Roberts
    In hindsight, Carey Roberts sees that "we have engaged in an extraordinary social experiment. The rapid rise in divorce rates, out-of-wedlock births, and fatherless families reveal the effects of altering that timeless social contract."
  • An Investigation Into the Prescribing of Drugs for Non-Medical Concerns by Diana Goss MSc. PsSC
    Diana Goss addresses the increasing tendency to prescribe drugs for non-medical concerns, specifically with reference to Viagra.
  • The Pill and Female Chauvinism: Part I by K.C. Wilson
    A report on the biased assumptions within an otherwise "very good PBS program" on The Pill (birth control), and the social context and controversies of its time, the 1950s.

June 30, 2004

  • Jackpot Justice, the Wal-Mart Case by Wendy McElroy
    Wal-Mart is facing the largest class action lawsuit ever been brought against a private company. What are class action lawsuits, and why have they become so prominent in the news?
  • Divorced Dads' White-Hot Sense of Injustice by Carey Roberts
    Why are divorced fathers so much more prone to suicide? According to Carey Roberts, "Every step along the way, the legal system favors the mother over the father. It's almost as if the presumptions of innocence and of equal standing before the law have been discarded."
  • Blast from the past: Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen by Olympe de Gouges
    Olympe de Gouges' 1791 classic, written in response to the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" -- a pivotal document in the French Revolution. Note: not ifeminist but of historical importance.
  • Letter to the Editor by Jon W.
    Jon W. writes into ifeminists to decry the recent Newdow decision of the Supreme Court which potentially strips noncustodial parents of rights. He concludes, "It's a legal, outcome based system to plunder fathers."
  • New Study Shows Child Support Guidelines in Need of Reform by Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    The authors discuss a study confirming that the war on 'so-called deadbeat dads' is often really a war on low income and minority fathers.
  • Is Parental Alienation Syndrome a Fathers' Rights Hoax? with Glenn Sacks
    Gloria Allred, America's most prominent feminist attorney, and forensic consultant Dean Tong, author of Elusive Innocence: Survival Guide for the Falsely Accused, debate Parental Alienation, false allegations of sexual abuse, and the Bridget Marks case. An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio show.

June 23, 2004

  • The Decline of Affirmative Action by Wendy McElroy
    Wendy McElroy looks at the effect of recent court decisions on Affirmative Action, and concludes that AA is on the decline.
  • Afraid to Say What We Think by Carey Roberts
    "The purveyors of PC began 20 years ago by discouraging the use of demeaning stereotypes and epithets directed against any racial, ethnic, or gender group. Who could argue with that?" Carey Roberts could, and does.
  • Don't Use Mediation for Divorce by K. C. Wilson
    Wilson warns: "Mediators sincerely believe they provide something different. Unfortunately, it is in form, not substance. As long as they act as extensions of the legal system -- simply separate implementors of the same conventions -- they can only create the same results."
  • Poor Parenting Skills Can Be A Choice by Tony Zizza
    According to Zizza, too many parents choose the "quick fix." "Stop allowing the pharmaceutical companies with their magic pills, brochures and videos to do what we alone must do - raise our children."
  • Be Happy - Choose Now by Debbie Gisonni
    Gisonni advises, "Instead of living in the land of 'I could've, should've, would've' or 'what if,' try living in the land of 'I am,' because now is the only moment you can affect and enjoy."
  • Liz Taylor's Son-in-Law Says Taylor, Daughter Kidnapped His Two Year-Old Son with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio show.

June 16, 2004

  • The Birth of Father's Day by Wendy McElroy
    The United States is to be applauded for pioneering Father's Day, when children express their love and appreciation for fathers. But a question remains. Why did it take so long after Mother's Day for it to become a national holiday? And how did it happen?
  • Yes, Fathers Are Essential by Carey Roberts
    The United States has achieved the dubious distinction of becoming the world leader in fatherless families. When did this trend start, and what does it bode for our kids?
  • Bridget Marks PAS/Custody Case with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio show.

June 9, 2004

  • How to Form an Informed Opinion by Wendy McElroy
    As a casual news browser, how can you assess whether an accusation (e.g. of rape) seems plausible or false? Wendy McElroy provides some common sense guidelines.
  • Air-Brushing Dads Out Of The Picture by Carey Roberts
    "The rise of fatherlessness in our country did not occur because dads decided one day to get up and leave. It happened because they were pushed out."
  • National Fatherhood Initiative's Ad Campaign Insults African-American Fathers by Glenn Sacks and Reginald Brass
    "Research shows that fathers bear only part of the responsibility for black fatherlessness. The other major factor is...the obstruction of fathers' visitation rights by custodial mothers."
  • Blast from the past: On institutionalizing the care of children by Suzanne LaFollette
    An excerpt from her classic book "Concerning Women," 1926.
  • Bill Cosby & the Blogosphere by Matt Rosenberg
    Matt Rosenberg comments on the recent "racial" controversy surrounding Bill Cosby, "The Cosby story -- like others before it -- has shown that a news story can grow 'legs' thanks more to repackagers in the blogosphere than to 'legitimate' print and broadcast outlets."
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio show, featuring Dr. Milton Diamond of the University of Hawaii and Wendy McElroy of ifeminists.com.

June 2, 2004

May 26, 2004

  • Death by Theory? by Wendy McElroy
    David Reimer's suicide is the last chapter in a life made tragic by medical professionals, especially by Dr. John Money who was out to prove the theory that sexual identity was a social construct.
  • Female Virtue Takes a Beating at Abu Ghraib by Carey Roberts
    "Evil is not a gendered phenomenon. It's just that men and women personify evil in different ways."
  • Powder Attack on Tony Blair Done in Service of a Just Cause by Glenn Sacks
    Glenn Sacks explains the anguish that caused an estranged father to throw a packet of purple flour at Tony Blair in the House of Commons.
  • Misandry and Female Sexism by K. C. Wilson
    K.C. Wilson sketches some of the social campaigns that are "mass vilifications" against men, conducted "along strictly gender lines."
  • Why Girls Need Fathers with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio show, featuring Dr. Linda Nielsen of Wake Forest University and Dr. Stephen Johnson, founder of the Men's Center Los Angeles.

May 19, 2004

May 12, 2004

  • Do Fraternities Deserve Their Bad Reputations? by Wendy McElroy
    How much of what you believe is based on fact, and how much has been manufactured? A recent news story left Wendy McElroy questioning how deeply the ideas in her own mind have been socially engineered.
  • Misbehaving Women, Chivalry Justice by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts observes that men do not have the monopoly on violence, but that a misguided remnant of chivalry prevents women from receiving equal justice.
  • Is a Pool More Important than a Dad? by Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    For eight years California courts have permitted children of divorce to be moved hundreds or thousands of miles away from the fathers they love and need. Last week the California Supreme Court issued an historic opinion which clarifies current case law and reaffirms the importance of both parents in a child's life.
  • Alert to Action! Write Dear Abby
    Regina N. alerted ifeminists.net to an exchange in the "Dear Abby" column of May 10th, in which Abby seems to be advising a woman to falsely report domestic violence. Add your voice to Regina's protest.
  • A Mother's Day Tribute to Mothers Who Co-Parent with Glenn Sacks
    On Mother's Day His Side saluted mothers who co-parent and respect and promote the bonds between their children and their ex-husbands after divorce or separation. Also discussed was the holy grail of the fathers' rights movement -- the rebuttable presumption of joint physical custody after divorce. An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program.

May 5, 2004

  • Gun-Proof Your Children by Wendy McElroy
    In reflecting on the Million Mom March this Mother's Day, Wendy McElroy concludes that the best way to provide "gun safety" children is to teach them to respect a firearm and how to treat it.
  • Deadbeat Moms by K. C. Wilson
    "For fourteen years, judge Steven Wakefield has paid such high child support for a son who spends half his time with him that the mother has never been on welfare. Nor worked." K.C. Wilson explores the virtually undiscussed phenomenon of "Deadbeat Moms."
  • Depression Screenings Don't Belong In Our Schools by Tony Zizza
    May is Mental Health Month. Tony Zizza "celebrates" the occasion by continuing his critique of the medicating and medicalization of school students by "health professions."
  • The Advice Goddess: 'I'm Not Anti-Male' with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring nationally syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon (aka the "Advice Goddess").

April 29, 2004

  • Facts or Propaganda? Deconstructing Advocacy by Wendy McElroy
    Another chapter of NOW is demanding changes to the family court system, this time through federal intervention. Wendy McElroy would like to see some evidence and hard data to back up their incendiary claims.
  • Oh My! Women's Groups Are Excluding Men by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts discovers that two of the National Council of Women's Organizations have no men on their Board of Directors. "As everyone knows, that's a prime example of the Glass Ceiling, and we can't have that."
  • A Conversation With an Abused Man by George Rolph
    George Rolph offers a glimpse inside the life of an abused husband, as related in a typical support call to Man2Man.
  • Stop Selling Depression and Drugs To Men by Tony Zizza
    Tony Zizza laments that "depression" has become big business, and that men are being targeted as "a profitable market for medications and subjective mental health labels."
  • National Fatherhood Initiative Attacks Black Fathers with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Reginald Brass and Alvin Thomas of [i]My Child Says Daddy[/i], and Roland Warren, the president of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

April 21, 2004

  • Martha Burk Declares a Holy War On Corporate America by Carey Roberts
    According to Roberts, "Burk's campaign amounts to little more than a shakedown of capitalist America, a strategy that would make any 1960s radical proud. But once again, Burk has miscalculated. She forgot to check her donor roster."
  • Replace "Best Interest of the Child" with "Protect and Support the Child's Family" by K. C. Wilson
    K.C. Wilson advises, "There are two critical flaws in the 'Best Interest of the Child' doctrine that forms the basis for all family law in Euro-rooted countries: Its lack of definition, and its assignment."
  • "Discipline, No Television, No Kidding" by Tony Zizza
    A new study suggests "television viewing by children at age 1 and at age 3 increases their risk of having an attention disorder by the time they are 7." Tony Zizza comments, "Well, duh. Ya think?"
  • Be Happy - Choose Diversity by Debbie Gisonni
    Debbie Gisonni, the Goddess of Happiness, wants to know why our multi-cultural society often make us feel ashamed to be different? She says "Choose Diversity!" and mean it.
  • Showdown in Motown: Michigan Dads vs. Leader of ACES with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Debbie Kline of the Association for Children for the Enforcement of Support and Murray Davis of the National Family Justice Association.

April 14, 2004

April 7, 2004

March 31, 2004

  • Supreme Court Ruling May Impact Domestic Violence Cases by Wendy McElroy
    On March 8, the Supreme Court affirmed a defendant's right to face and question accusers. Wendy McElroy looks at the ramifications for victims of domestic violence.
  • Where Have All The Young Men Gone? by Carey Roberts
    According to Carey Roberts, "the claim that women were shortchanged by medical research turns out to be one of the biggest deceptions ever foisted on an unsuspecting American public."
  • Naomi Wolf: Power Feminist or Victim Feminist? by Robert L. Campbell
    The last two installments of a five-part series on Naomi Wolf, with special emphasis on her recent accusations against Yale Professor Harold Bloom. First posted on the Liberty and Power Blog.
  • GSK Uses Sports Icon as Newest Propaganda Tool by Tony Zizza
    Tony Zizza takes a hard look at the trend of medicating people, including children, for emotional problems and concludes, "The new heroes are in fact parents who wean their children and loved ones off...drugs - standing as the real mental health advocates of today."
  • Whatever Happened to the Mythopoetic Men's Movement? with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Dr. Stephen Johnson, founder of the Men's Center Los Angeles, and Timothy "Whispering Eagle" Aguilar, a Shaman.

March 24, 2004

March 17, 2004

  • Feminist Confession Reveals Cultural Shift by Wendy McElroy
    Feminist claims of victimhood no longer meet with automatic acceptance, but are starting to receive skepticism. Wendy McElroy welcomes the trend and suggests the next step.
  • Radical Feminist on the U.S. Supreme Court by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts examines the record of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and concludes that radical feminists have a friend on the bench.
  • California NOW Spits on My Wife by Glenn Sacks
    Should Glenn Sacks -- his son's "primary caregiver" be able to leave his wife and take their child thousands of miles away from her? NOW says "yes!" He thinks his wife deserves better.
  • Phuck Pheminism: A Response by Pat Taylor
    In a letter-to-the-editor, Pat Taylor responds to an article entitled Phuck Pheminism by Sunni Maravillosa which recently ran in our daily newsfeed.
  • "What Do You Want To Do?" by Tony Zizza
    Seeing drug commercials while watching the movie "Good Will Hunting" inspired Tony Zizza to compare the movie's psychologist with other medical professionals who seem to medicate rather than help their patients.
  • Warehousing Minority Males with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Judge Jim Gray, Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate in California, and David Borden, Executive Director of the Drug Reform Coordination Network.

March 10, 2004

  • When "Mother" is a Bureaucracy by Wendy McElroy
    HIV-positive children, who were abandoned, used in medical experiments? -- it reads like a tabloid headline. But a looming scandal in New York City may cause at least one child welfare agency to become more transparent and accountable.
  • The Follies of Child Support: Dead-Beat or Dead-Broke? by Carey Roberts
    "We have unfairly marginalized millions of poor dads from their families, while betraying the hope and trust of struggling moms. In the process we have infringed on the rights and privacy of average law-abiding Americans."
  • Will Some Reservists' Homecoming Be a Jail Cell? by Glenn Sacks
    "More than 100,000 reservists are currently stationed in Iraq, as well as 2,500 members of the Illinois National Guard. Many will remain on active duty for as long as 18 months. But will some Illinois fathers' homecoming be a jail cell?"
  • To Marry or Not to Marry by Todd Andrew Barnett
    Todd Andrew Barnett argues for a separation of marriage and state, especially in light of Bush's recent proposals to "encourage" that institution.
  • Featured Site: Anarchism and Feminism
    The Memory Hole offers free online articles from 19th century individualist feminists and commentary thereon.
  • Michigan Fathers Under Siege with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Dianna Thompson and Murray Davis of the National Family Justice Association.

March 3, 2004

  • Do Gun Control Activists Pad Gun Death Statistics? by Wendy McElroy
    Wendy McElroy looks askance at the child gun death statistic being used as PR by the Million Mom March and does the research to uncover its source.
  • Fathers the Fall-Guy in the Abortion Debate by Carey Roberts
    According to Carey Roberts, "Despite the vast ideological differences that divide the pro-abortion and pro-life camps, advocates on both sides will agree on one key point: it's really the man's fault."
  • Male Nurturing 101 by K. C. Wilson
    One of the points of gender dogma that we all face, as K.C. Wilson reminds us, is a society that defines aggression as "what men do," and nurturing as "what women do."
  • Featured Blog: Rosenblog
    "Left Coast bulletins, politics, global democracy, education, culture and blogosphere musings from Seattle journalist Matt Rosenberg." Enjoy the March 2nd posting, Former Top Editor: Women's Mags Sell Fear and Knee-Jerk Liberalism.
  • Woman and Labor by Olive Schreiner
    Free Online Book: Olive Schreiner's turn-of-the-20th century classic nonfiction "Woman and Labor." Scanning and posting by ifeminists.net.
  • Do Men Gain Economically from Divorce? with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Sanford Braver, Ph.D., one of the nation's leading experts on the economics of divorce.

February 25, 2004

  • The Separation of School and State by Wendy McElroy
    In the wake of a fatal shooting, the security for a D.C. high school was officially turned over to the city's police department last week. Armed officers will patrol the halls. This is one more indication of the severe problems haunting the public school system: violence, illegal drugs, the mandating of medication such as Ritalin, low academic achievement, controversial curricula, perceived prejudice against boys. Parents who wish explore educational alternatives at their own expense should be encouraged to do so.
  • Dissing Dads by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts inquires, why do feminists campaign so ruthlessly against fathers and the family?
  • Love or Confusion? by Matt Rosenberg
    Matt Roseberg offers a slice of culture by peering through a musical window into "Experiencing Jimi Hendrix" and "the Buddy Guy debacle."
  • Bush's Marriage Initiative: A Step Forward for Families or a State Intrusion? with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Rozario Slack of First Things First and Stephen Baskerville, the new president of the 40,000 member American Coalition for Fathers and Children.

February 18, 2004

  • Censorship Is Not Solution for Trashy TV by Wendy McElroy
    Wendy Mcelroy cautions that the consequences of the Janet Jackson flap may be far worse than a bit of trashy exhibitionism on TV; independent television and radio stations may be silenced. This is especially unfortunate as the application of law is not necessary to remedy the offense.
  • Breaking the Hearts of Men by Carey Roberts
    Carey Roberts takes the American Heart Association to task, for focusing on women when men men face a 70% higher risk of dying from heart disease.
  • GOP runs for cover on abortion legislation by Matt Rosenberg
    "A State Senate bill to ensure parental notification when minors seek an abortion failed to make it out of committee last week as a key deadline passed. A vote wasn't even called for." Matt Rosenberg blames "gutless GOP leaders."
  • Be Happy - Choose Love by Debbie Gisonni
    In a stressful, conflict-filled world, Debbie Gisonni offers peace-of-mind. She offers five ways to love and choose love in your life.
  • We Abort Fathers by K. C. Wilson
    Based on limited data "3% to 5% of all children may be fathered by someone other than who they call by that name." K.C. Wilson believes that men who are victims of such paternity fraud should not be forced to pay child support.
  • Michael Moore, You Used to Be My Hero by Glenn Sacks
    Once the hero of the working man, Michael Moore has now "degenerated into one of the all too common scourges of our society--the low rent man-basher who pours derision upon the last remaining politically correct target of bigotry: men."
  • Grief Counselors Or S.1390: What Really Helps Kids? by Tony Zizza
    Tony Zizza wants to know why "the school, psychological and psychiatric associations so vehemently oppose political reform like the Child Medication Safety Act of 2003, which would makle it illegal to require a child to take any psychotropic drug as a condition of attending school. Actually, he knows why.
  • Nonviolent Resistance by British 'Dads Army' Making UK Ungovernable with Glenn Sacks
    An audio link to Glenn Sacks latest radio program, featuring Sarah Ashford, an organizer for Fathers 4 Justice, and father's rights advocate Jolly Stansby.

February 10, 2004

February 3, 2004

  • Did a False Condition Lead to False Abuse Charges? by Wendy McElroy
    Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP) is a tool often used by the state to remove children from the care of the parent. Now that diagnosis is being discredited.
  • Pitting the Maternal Instinct Against Radical Feminism by Carey Roberts
    After years of being told how to think and act about gender issues, women have already begun to express their disillusionment with the radical feminist experiment.
  • Where Have All the Grandmas Gone? by Katie Allison Granju
    Katie Allison Granju observes, "The 'grandmother' label - with all its associated baggage - is no longer one that many older women want to carry."
  • Featured Blog: Catfarmer.com
    The doorway to Cat Farmer's many articles on your freedom.
  • Poisoning Valentine's Day with Glenn Sacks
    Valentine's Day, once a happy occasion for college students, has instead become a day of rancor and discord which symbolizes the divide between men and women on college campuses. An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women's Forum and Wendy McElroy.

January 27, 2004

  • A Not Very Funny Valentine by Wendy McElroy
    ""The Vagina Monologues" are coming to a theater near you ... again." Wendy McElroy says that it's time to pull the tax and tuition dollars from the play.
  • The Feminist Subversion of the Gender System by Carey Roberts
    Wrapping up his series on Marxism and Feminism, Carey Roberts concludes, "Fem-socialism has only shifted female dependency to big government and to feminist Pooh Bahs who deem to dictate what women will think, feel, and do."
  • Feminism Denies Male Nurturing to Exploit It by K. C. Wilson
    K. C. Wilson points out that, contrary to feminist dogma, men do have a nurturing side ... and that some women take advantage of it.
  • Letter to the Editor: Forward to the Past? by Pat Taylor
    Recent news items prompt Pat Taylor to ask, "Why do we insist on 'one step forward, two steps back'?"
  • Child Protective Services vs. Families with Glenn Sacks
    Child Protective Services has wide, police-state powers to act against American families, and confidentiality privileges to protect itself from accountability. An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Wendy McElroy and family law attorney Renee Sperling.

January 20, 2004

  • A Man's (and Woman's) Home Is a Castle by Wendy McElroy
    Wendy McElroy asks, "By what right do civil servants enter your home and threaten to remove your children if you do not answer accusations of abuse -- often accusations made anonymously -- to their satisfaction?"
  • The Feminist Subversion of the Gender System by Carey Roberts
    "Subvert the gender system. Emasculate patriarchy. Overturn capitalism....who in the world would ever believe it?" Carey Roberts looks at the socialist origin of the strategies used in the gender war.
  • The Scars Inside by George Rolph
    George Rolph observes that physical assault is not the only form of domestic abuse. "Not all abuse leaves visible scars but all abuse hurts. We have to fight it all."
  • Killing Men by K. C. Wilson
    An open letter from Wilson to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in which he explains that their biased attitude toward men's suicide contributes to the problem.
  • Men and 'Fatal Attractions' with Glenn Sacks
    Every woman has been warned about men who are bad for her, but psychotherapist Stephen Johnson Ph.D. believes that "dangerous women" can be a real problem for men today. An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program.

January 13, 2004

January 6, 2004

  • Prosecutor Grandstanding Undermines Justice by Wendy McElroy
    Why are police departments publicizing rape accusations without evidence and without filing charges? Wendy McElroy sees two reasons: "Careers are made by prosecuting celebrities; and, the legal system has grown callous toward those accused of sexual abuse."
  • The Marxist Prescription for Women's Liberation by Carey Roberts
    Many modern feminists draw heavily on Marxist theory. Carey Roberts observes that there was nothing pro-woman about Marxism, or Marx himself.
  • Letters to the editor: Urban Legends
    Our readers shed light on an urban rape legend.
  • Online Book: The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
    A free online edition of ifeminist Olive Schreiner's freethought novel "The Story of an African Farm," scanned for you compliments of this site.
  • When Working Men Die with Glenn Sacks
    "Since 1982 there have been over 170,000 workplace deaths in the United States...over 90% of those dying in industrial accidents are men." An audio link to Glenn Sacks' latest radio program, featuring Jordan Barab and Barry Wood on workplace safety.

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