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CAFE’s Adam McPhee on TVO’s The Agenda talking Men’s Issues, Monday 8PM & 11 PM

the_agenda_logoWe are delighted to announce that the Canadian Association for Equality will be represented by Spokesperson Adam McPhee on The Agenda on TV Ontario, hosted by Steve Paiken. The topic: Men’s Issues. The date: this Monday, 8pm and 11pm.

The show will feature an all-male panel responding to this Friday’s Munk Debate, featuring 4 women debating “The End of Men: Be It Resolved, Men Are Obsolete…” The Agenda is TVO’s flagship current affairs program regularly featuring heavyweights like Janice Stein, Jonathan Kay, Jordan Peterson, as well as Premiers and Prime Ministers. This is a tremendous sign of the new credibility of our movement to bring attention to the crises facing boys, men and families, and to the growing authority of the Canadian Association for Equality.

For more on the episode, please visit http://theagenda.tvo.org/ in the coming days. Currently their homepage links to the following blog post by the episode’s producer Singing the Gender Blues

mcpheeAdam will explain how, if we’re successful, the Canadian Centre for Men and Families will provide urgent services and support for men in need, but will also look to the long term, by focusing on public education and outreach programs to galvanize attention in areas routinely overlooked.

We would love to be able to announce the opening of the Canadian Centre for Men and Families on television! We’re nearly able to do this, as we are now at $46,000 of our $50,000 fundraising goal. Please donate now to make sure we reach our objectives in time. Visit Canadian Centre for Men and Families Indiegogo Campaign. This would be a great response to the Munk question, highlighting the rejuvenation of a new role for men and a newly balanced dialogue on gender.

Adam is a strong voice in our movement. Read a recent article in Fast Forward Weekly:  Tackling abuse for all genders: Men stigmatized in an overburdened system

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  • CAFE’s Adam McPhee On TVO. ← Men's Human Rights Ontario
    Nov 17, 2013 at 04:04 am

    […] CAFE has announced they will be represented on TVO’s  The Agenda hosted by Steve Paiken. Looking forward to the show which airs this Monday at 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm EST. […]

  • Paul Nathanson
    Nov 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

    A friend told me to watch The Agenda last night, and I’m glad that he did (although I missed the first few minutes). For a panel that represented such divergent views, this one was surprisingly polite. I was most impressed by Adam McPhee, not only because of his truly egalitarian point of view but also because of his calm presentation. .

    The teacher from U. of T. (whose name I don’t remember) referred at least once to evolutionary psychology (although he didn’t use that term) in connection with male “expendability.” Several panelists let this pass. It’s a prevalent notion, but it’s also facile, false and even dangerous in the context of humans, because it acknowledges only one aspect of evolution. It ignores the fact that humans, in particular, have evolved as moral beings. If we’re going to rely on the authority of human evolution, honesty should compel us to recognize that there’s no such thing as a human community without a moral code. The most highly evolved and widespread moral codes, moreover, do not permit the notion that any human life is expendable. It’s true that our moral reach has always exceeded our moral grasp. And it’s true that we’ve produced exceptions both individual (such as psychotics) and collective (such as the Nazis). But these are indeed exceptions to historical and evolutionary processes, so they prove nothing about some underlying, unchanging or “essential” human nature. This particular claim, that men are expendable, was characteristic not only of Nazi ideology, by the way, but also of Social Darwinism, its direct predecessor, and remains characteristic of its modern successors. Evolutionary psychology is very fashionable. We need desperately, therefore, to challenge any form of biological determinism in connection not only with women but also with men.

    I was equally dismayed by the preposterous notion of war as a “game.” I suspect that some feminists have used game theory as a sophisticated cover for their notion that men have evolved as mindless killers (as distinct form women, of course, who have presumably evolved as compassionate “nurturers”). And at least one man on the panel seems to have learned about men as much from feminists as he has from his own observation of boys and men. It’s easy to interpret what you see with your own eyes by applying this or that ideology. Boys like video games; ergo, they like competition and even warfare. Why waste time clarifying the definitions of loaded words such as “competition” and “warfare”? Even warfare can have a positive meaning, after all, if you’re fighting for the common good (let alone against Nazis).

    One thing that no one mentioned, at least not directly, was the problem of how boys and men can form healthy identities, specifically as boys and men, if there’s either nothing positive that makes them distinctive (which is the implicit and sometimes explicit premise of ideological feminism) or nothing at all that makes them distinctive (which is the explicit assumption of egalitarian feminism). This, I believe, is the central problem. I don’t know the answer, but I do know that men (like women) must have a healthy collective identity. And I define the latter as the ability to make at least one contribution to the larger society that’s (a) distinctive, (b) necessary and (c) publicly valued. And I think that if fatherhood is the basis of this identity, we’ll have to define fatherhood as something more than either assistant mothers or distinctive playmates for children.

    To sum up, this discussion highlighted both biological determinism (we are what our remotest ancestors were) and cultural determinism (we are whatever this or that cultural context, with its stereotypes, says that we are). We need to get beyond both kinds of determinism and see men, no less than women, as equally valuable segments of society.

    P.S. Is a transcript of this panel discussion available?

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