Paul makes an exceptional point. Smearing the MRA with Elliott Jones is pretty unproductive, if not heinous.
Men face very serious real issues in society, labeling the people trying to address these issues as murderous lunatics is about as Machiavellian as it gets.
Has Paul made some distasteful satirical jokes in the past? Yeah. Sorry Paul, but you have. I know that your cause is just, as do many of AVFM supporters. I've personally donated to AVFM and plan to do so again.
But Paul, you are now becoming the fixed point for the MRA movement. You've managed to get more attention and more mainstream credibility then anyone, and for a divorced fathers like me who are living estranged from the children we love, that fills me with more hope than I've ever had. Hopelessness is common feeling for fathers like me, and you've managed to bring a spark in the darkness. You've taken on quite a bit of responsibility. This movement can serve to positively impact the lives of millions of people.
Now that AVFM is gaining momentum, everything has to be beyond reproach, or else you're going to have to continue to justify yourself to mudslingers like Matt Binder who think you are an easy mark. I think the clear preemptive statement you made about being intolerant of misogynist commentary at the conference was on point.
People associate criticism of feminism with misogyny. It's time to change that perception. One can be critical of contemporary feminism and what it's narratives and stated goals are without being a misogynist. When one looks critically at feminism, it's not really that difficult. One can be for gender quality and be critical of feminism - as a matter of fact - if one is truly about gender equality that one has little choice but to be critical of feminism.
Feminism professes to be egalitarian, well it's time for it to put it's money where it's mouth is.
Stop the misandry. Stop the demonization of all men. Stop giving credibility to the radicals who talk about castrating and murdering men and aborting boy babies. Stop pushing dishonest studies and inflating statistics. Stop advocating for laws that rescind due process and presumption of innocence. Stop advocating for the creation of kangaroo court college sexual assault tribunals. Stop expanding the definition of rape. Admit that false accusations of violence and sexual assault is a crime and that it hurts people. Come to the table and talk about creating more equitable family law standards. Put mothers and fathers on equal footing. Create standards of default shared parental responsibility - including shared parenting time. Repeal VAWA and replace it with an Intimate Partner Violence law that is not discriminatory and actually is constitutional.
And feminism most of all... Stop trying to create a victim class out of the female gender. We're all adults and we're all responsible for the condition of our own lives.
Why discuss feminism? Because feminism-inspired legislation harms men and feminist narratives in general are discriminatory and hateful.
It's pretty indefensible to attack people who are trying to talk about escalated male suicide and homelessness. 1 in 3 children are growing up without a father - and the number in some studies has been higher than that. These are real issues. Paul Elam is trying to address them and bring them into the light of day. Seder and Binder thought MRAs are still an easy mark. I think they learned that the times are changing. They got their noses bloodied a bit and they came away looking callous, pernicious and dishonest - and now Paul Elam has gotten more attention to his website.
Win for Paul.