Men in the Media:
A 2014 Retrospective of Men’s Issues 

The following is CAFE’s Top 10 list of men’s issues stories from 2014 compiled from your recommendations. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The Good

1. Finally some attention on female sex offender

How the treatment of female teachers who sexually exploit male students reflects society’s legal and cultural double standards

2. The city of Abbotsford, British Columbia, reverses policy and opens housing for homeless men after prior rejection, declaring You have a right to housing first.”

3. The opening of the Canadian Centre for Men and Families sparked a lively debate on men’s health and welfare, including some excellent supporting editorials:
Rosemary Westwood: Giving Men’s Rights Centres a Chance

“That’s why the city – and country – needs a men’s centre.”

4. We’ve started to see some increasing media focus on the higher rates of murdered and missing aboriginal men, although much public consciousness-raising remains.

The Bad

5. Boka Haram made worldwide headlines for months as a result of the heinous kidnapping of 215 school girls who’s fate was left in the balance. Little was made of the Boko Haram slaughter, burning alive through gender selection of young school boys only months earlier. Similarly, there was little emphasis on gender in ISIS’s sex-selective be-headings: “Starting with a 13-year old boy, they lined up the sons according to height and beheaded them in that order.”

6. Elizabeth Sheehy is a law professor at the University of Ottawa. She published a book “Defending Battered Women on Trial”. The book is dedicated to explaining why it is a legal right for women to murder their male partners. Of course it would be a life sentence in prison for men to murder their female partner.

7. Affirmative action has been the order of the day in public hiring when women are absent or simply under represented in a job category. In 2014 it came to our attention that all the youth workers and social workers at the Toronto District School Board are women. There is not one male social worker or youth worker nor an affirmative action plan to move men into those roles.

8. When Nick Olivas was 14 he was raped by a 20 year old woman. 10 years later Arizona state sought him out (which is how he found he had a daughter), and assessed him $15,000 in back support payments which the courts enforced.

9. The whole Dalhousie dentistry scandal was full of quick to judge reactions and unjustified punishment.
Dalhousie dentistry student suspended for Facebook posts he didn’t even see: lawyer

And the ugly
(literally an attack on the unpleasant “thin pale” appearance of CAFE’s President)
10. Heather Mallick: Men’s Rights Groups a Waste of Time

2014 was a fascinating, aggravating and yet ultimately hopeful year. Let’s make 2015 a great year for boy, men and their families.