Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination Against Men

Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination Against Men

Paul Nathanson, Katherine Young

Language: English

Pages: 971


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Lurid and sensationalized events such as the public response to Lorena Bobbitt after she cut off her abusive husband's penis, prurient fascination provoked by Anita Hill's allegations about Clarence Thomas, and the exploitation of the mass murder of fourteen women in Montreal have been processed through popular culture since the 1990s to produce pervasive misandry - contempt for men, the counterpart of misogyny. Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young believe that this reveals a shift in the United States and Canada to a worldview based on ideological feminism, which presents all issues from the point of view of women and, in the process, explicitly or implicitly attacks men as a class. They argue that ideological feminism is silently reshaping law, pubic policy, education, and journalism. Legalizing Misandry offers lively and compelling evidence to demonstrate the pervasiveness of this new thinking - from the courts, classrooms, government committees, and corporate bureaucracies to laws and policies affecting employment, marriage, divorce, custody, sexual harassment, violence, and human rights.

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such as the right to know the nature and cause of the accusation, the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury, the right to be confronted with the witnesses against him, and so forth (all under the Sixth Amendment) and the right to due process (under the Fifth Amendment). Note the gendered lingo; those who wrote these laws made no attempt to use gender-neutral terminology, even though men can be and sometimes are raped. Since it is the defendant’s burden to show why any of these

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A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are” (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas [1843; London: Gollancz, 1983]: 29). 5 In Higher Superstition, Gross and Levitt argue that academics in the “hard” sciences have not taken the attack seriously for several reasons. It makes no sense in

Dutton, “The Incidence of Wife Assault in Alberta,” Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science 21.1 (1989): 40–54. Research was done at the University of Alberta’s Population Research Laboratory. 42 Adler 56. 43 John Fekete, Moral Panic: Biopolitics Rising (Montreal: Robert Davies, 1995) 71. 44 See also R. Emerson Dobash, Russell P. Dobash, and others, “The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence,” Social Problems 39.1 (February 1992): 71– 91. Critiques of what has been dubbed the “Battered

activity.”16 Federal laws against various aspects of prostitution date back to Canada’s first criminal code. These laws were updated by the Soliciting Law of 1972. In 1983, the Special Committee on Pornography and Prostitution (also known as the Fraser Committee) recommended that prostitution be legalized but also that its venues and circumstances be restricted. In 1985 the Communicating Law – this name is unfortunate, to say the least, since many Christian churches use precisely the same word

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