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: Posts on “Fathers’ Issues”

Breastfeeding group: no trans “dad” as leaders

Please note: The blog posts are not endorsed by the Canadian Association for Equality and do not represent official positions or policies of the organization.

By Roni, University of Guelph

The Story

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/08/20/trevor-macdonald-breastfeed.html

Reaction

“You have given up your fundamental right to be a woman socially and biologically when you undergo sex reassignment surgery; you can’t have it both ways.”

Why not?

Please go brush up on what trans means and the continuum of choices they make in conforming to one or no gender. Besides, male lactation is not entirely impossible. Even though I wonder about production level, physiological and irreversible changes, perhaps the milk itself matters less than the breastfeeding action. After all, this is a group that supported individuals that may not have enough lactation due to various situations.

http://www.milkjunkies.net/2012/08/my-lll-rejection-letter.html

…who decided the difference between motherhood and fatherhood in parenting anyways?
What are they based on? Are they valid? What are the implications? Are they necessarily superior and better off without any improvement attempts?

T. MacDonald suggested that he could be of additional help to his local leader; and if necessary, make his situation known before members are comfortable in being supported by him.

I wonder what happens if a lesbian LLLC leader considers herself the father… do they simply adopt the term mother associated with the female gender, do they both mother the child, thus missing the “unique, non-interchangeable contribution of fatherhood”, or do they each adopt a different role, similar or unlike the traditional mother and father roles? You see, as Ann said, if only LLLC were honest about how unconventional T. MacDonald’s experience is for other members to relate to him, that decline would’ve passed by “peer support” in my book.

Aftermath

LLLC failed to evolve and we have to respect their choice. I also agree that the Breastfeeding Transmen group resulted from this is a better outcome. What do you think? Vote on BBC News Community or comment here.

Matt Campbell – An Interview with a Men’s Activist (Pendulum Effect podcast Ep 9 available)

If you can show with objective data that your assumptions and perceptions about men vis a vis women is incorrect the average person goes into a trance, into autopilot, they just dismiss it

Matt Campbell is the Editor of the Men’s Activist News Network (MANN), an ongoing publicly accessible database of news and commentary on men’s issues. He has been involved in men’s rights activism since 2001, working with several organizations in efforts to raise awareness.

Matt also worked with True Equality in organizing their 2007 conference in Washington DC on Boys and the Boys Crisis. The conference featured discussions covering topics like education, fatherhood, circumcision and media bias. In attendance were such keynote speakers as Christina Hoff Sommers on the discrimination of boys in school, radio personality Glenn Sacks addressing the topic “Can Boys and Girls be Raised Without Men: the Drive to Diminish the Importance of Fathers”, and Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young speaking on the topic “Coming of Age as a Villain: What Young Men Need to Know in a Misandric World.” It was a real landmark event in terms of bringing some very rarely heard issues into the spotlight. You can learn more and get DVDs of the presentations at TrueEquality.com.

Additional Links of Interest:

Submit a story or commentary to MANN: http://news.mensactivism.org/node/add/story
Primer on Men’s Issues: Trueequality.com/booklet
Spreading Misandry, by Katherine Young and Paul Nathanson
Legalizing Misandry, by Katherine Young and Paul Nathanson
The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men, by Christina Hoff Sommers

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John Simpson – Men’s Group The Movie…What Lies in the Hearts of Men (Pendulum Effect Ep6 Available)

I’m really happy to have on the show today John Simpson. John is one of those unique guests that makes it such a pleasure to host the Pendulum Effect. He is an award winning creative film producer with over twenty years experience working in the performing arts.

John’s film productions have been screened at the Montreal International film festivals, the Palm Springs film festival, Sydney Film Fest, World of Woman Festival, Algarve Film Festival and Tropfest 2004.

Early in 2007 he launched TITAN VIEW to bring important Australian films to Australian and international audiences. More information can be found on that venture at www.titanview.com

John got involved recently with the film The Jammed, which explores human trafficking and illegal prostitution, helping to guarantee the film would be seen by a large public audience.

Turning from a film focusing on the lives of a group of women to one involving a group of men, he is the producer and co creator of the powerful new Australian film “Men’s Group” that was released in 2008. The film bears the tagline “All around the world men are gathering in groups to talk. What is going on?

This important film, which we’ll discuss with John shortly, received a plethora of awards, including official selection at 2008 film festivals in warsaw, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Sydney and Melbourne as well as the winner of the prestigious Digispaa best film award. insidefilm awarded the movie best script, best actor and best film awards. It was the higest Scoring Australian Feature Film at the 2008 Sydney Film Festival (as voted by the audience)

The Herald sun said about this film “group gives a male community a chance to speak”, while infilm.com reported “With an emphasis on interesting characters and heartfelt performances, Men’s Group is a compelling drama that wields an emotional impact very few features this year – or any other year – can match.”

You can learn more about the film at www.mensgroupthemovie.com.

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Ken Wiebe – Deadbeat Dads or a Deadbeat Family Law System? + Warren Farrell on Feminism and the Gender Transition Movement – Pendulum Effect Episode 4

On today’s show I interview Ken Wiebe of Fathers Canada, a coalition dedicated to working on behalf of fathers and children, advancing fathers’ rights and shared parenting while exposing the corruption and sexism rampant in the family law system.

We conclude a three part interview with Dr. Warren Farrell, men’s movement pioneer. We focus on gender history along with a discussion on historical and contemporary feminism, and the future of the gender transition movement and men’s activism.

Plus, news and commentary in the fields of gender and equalism from our regular pundit Mark aka Argus Eyes, who runs the blog True-Equality.

Ken Wiebe is a father, a self employed business man and an independent contractor who has been a frequent independent contract consultant for government for approximately 19 years, in computer matters. He is the spokesman for B.C. Fathers, an unregistered support group for fathers and mothers in regard to access, custody and matrimonial disputes. He also assists in coordinating the coalition Fathers Canada.

Dr. Warren Farrell is roundly regarded as a leading figure in the men’s movement, or better, the gender transition movement. His unique background and expertise give him a perfect vantage point from which to address men’s issues. Dr. Farrell has taught gender issues and psychology at several institutes, including Brooklyn College, Georgetown University, American University and the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego.

As a young graduate, Dr. Farrell was a major player in the feminist movement, especially in creating men’s groups across the US, then becoming the only man to be elected three times to the Board of Director of the National Organization for Women in New York City. Farrell was featured in media including the New York Times, the Today Show and the Phil Donahue Show, leading to his authorship of the pro-feminist book The Liberated Man.

As we discuss, in the late 80s, Farrell became increasingly convinced that feminism was rather one sided and that men’s issues were being neglected, leading to deep research on a variety of topics long taken for granted, and the publication of his landmark The Myth of Male Power, which touched on a diverse cross section of issues.

Farrell would go on to research each area in great depth, leading to the publication of 5 more books, including “Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say”, a couples communication book to address the rise in divorces, “Father and Child Reunion”, to address the issue of fatherless homes and present the optimal shared parenting solution, “Why Men Earn More” to address the pay gap, and “Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men” which, among other things, called for men’s studies in academia

You can get the latest show by:

* Subscribing here for free with itunes
* Using this feedburner link in your browser.

Download: mp3 file

If you like the show, please leave us a review on itunes.

Links of Interest

Fathers Canada

Warren Farrell’s website

The Myth of Male Power Part 2 with Dr. Warren Farrell – Pendulum Effect Episode 3 Available

The Myth of Male Power, Part 2, with Dr. Warren Farrell

On today’s show we continue a three part interview with Dr. Warren Farrell, men’s movement leader. We’ll focus on fathers rights, the boy crisis, violence against men and women and discrimination in the legal system. First question on the agenda: do children really need their father

Dr. Warren Farrell is roundly regarded as a leading figure in the men’s movement, or better, the gender transition movement. His unique background and expertise give him a perfect vantage point from which to address men’s issues. Dr. Farrell has taught gender issues and psychology at several institutes, including Brooklyn College, Georgetown University, American University and the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego.

As a young graduate, Dr. Farrell was a major player in the feminist movement, especially in creating men’s groups across the US, then becoming the only man to be elected three times to the Board of Director of the National Organization for Women in New York City. Farrell was featured in media including the New York Times, the Today Show and the Phil Donahue Show, leading to his authorship of the pro-feminist book The Liberated Man.

As we discuss, in the late 80s, Farrell became increasingly convinced that feminism was rather one sided and that men’s issues were being neglected, leading to deep research on a variety of topics long taken for granted, and the publication of his landmark The Myth of Male Power, which touched on a diverse cross section of issues.

Farrell would go on to research each area in great depth, leading to the publication of 5 more books, including “Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say”, a couples communication book to address the rise in divorces, “Father and Child Reunion”, to address the issue of fatherless homes and present the optimal shared parenting solution, “Why Men Earn More” to address the pay gap, and “Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men” which, among other things, called for men’s studies in academia.

You can get the latest show by:

* Subscribing here for free with itunes
* Using this feedburner link in your browser.

Download: mp3 file

If you like the show, please leave us a review on itunes.

Links of Interest

Learn about Dr. Warren Farrell and order his books

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