Friday, 16 December 2011

An expose of Radfemhub has been posted over on A Voice for Men, which has caused quite a stir in the anti-feminist movement.

I'm an old hand, though. I remember the same sort of thing when Bust Magazine's forum was spotted advocating eating babies about a decade back. 

The feminist Question

Ashley Judd says this:
"I believe that the social construction of gender - the cultural beliefs and practices that divide the sexes and institutionalize and normalize the unequal treatment of girls and women, privilege the interests of boys and men, and, most nefariously, incessantly sexualize girls and women - is the root cause of poverty and suffering around the world."

Obviously you get great lies like this:

Well, I don't believe that women suffer unequal treatment and men enjoy privileges in modern western society. In the past, maybe. In Saudi Arabia. But not in the modern, Anglophone, world.

Not to say there aren't things in society that are bad for women, but they don't heavily outweigh those things which have a similarly negative impact on men. We can compare the position of women with that of groups universally acknowledged to suffer unequal treatment, such as black people.

Statistics can easily be found to prove the disadvantages under which black people labour. Higher levels of unemployment, higher levels of incarceration, lower levels of income, higher levels of victimisation by violent crime, lower levels of attainment in education, shorter life expectancies, lower sentences for crimes commited against them. Material evidence of disadvantage.

You can't find the same thing for women.

In this thread we see that women have lower levels of unemployment, get more money for less work, are less likely to die on the job, can opt to do less well remunerated jobs in they prefer those jobs due to less social pressure to win bread, and when - for older women - they get less in wages it's because they have the option to work less to have a more meaningful relationship with their children, and so forth.

Women also make up a very large majority of new graduates in all of our western anglophone nations, including newly qualified doctors and lawyers.

At the end of employed life, in the UK at least, women also get to retire five years earlier and then have several years of extra life expectancy, partly due to receiving a large majority of the NHS budget (eight ninths according to the former public health minister Yvette Cooper, now Mrs Balls).

Women are less likely to be the victims of every single violent crime other than rape, although the official count is about 90,000 male-female rapes a year in America compared to Human Rights Watch's figure of c.130,000 in men's prisons in America. Men are more likely to be victimised by both men and women, by both strangers and intimate partners, and are more likely to be abused as children or mistreated at school [;;]. Despite that violence against men is given far less consideration. The AA and the RAC always prioritise lone women whose cars have broken down, for example. Obviously prison rape is a common subject of humour, rape of women never a subject for humour. Men are also more likely to be incarcerated to begin with, of course, even when convicted of the same crime [;].

Also while an organisation, even some rich man's club with no effect on normal people, excluding women is considered scandalous, whereas it's considered to be fine when an organisation like Race For Life, supposedly a charity devoted to raising money for medical research, can exclude men and no scandal results from a group excluding a potential revenue source for their charity solely on the grounds of prejudice.

Despite all this feminism is a prominent social movement, every election has some prominent politician denouncing the so-called gender pay gap, or violence against women, or whatever else. Women's studies are widely accepted as an almost academic discipline in universities. Special funds are set aside for women's shelters which exclude male victims of domestic violence. The burden of proof is lowered in rape cases because it's supposedly a scandal that too many accused are not convicted, although this is exacerbated by policies against dropping weak cases. People who consider themselves progressive, even some of my fellow socialists, identify themselves as feminists, although they wouldn't consider calling themselves whitists.

Is anyone seriously going to suggest that this is a picture of anything other than a society in which women hold a privileged profession and men don't? So feminism is fundamentally unjust. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that feminism is a hate movement. A hate movement doesn't have to manifest in emotional hatred felt by its supporters, although there's that with feminism too, its enough that a privileged group organise a movement to further their own interests at the expense of a disadvantaged group.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

BBC Conviction

A 2004 BBC miniseries called Conviction, about the police investigation into a murder. 

It has a very strange start. It really feels like you've missed something, like there's been a previous episode and you haven't seen. It's a very effective technique, certainly, for immediately familiarising you with the characters. You immediately know that Joe is a rogue, Chrissy just wants to be popular and make everyone happy, the boss is bossy, the woman is a stereotype of insecure womanhood and the other one is otherworldly. Makes it feel like an established series, not the first episode of a one-off.

Chrissey's desire to be popular and his characteristic of being easily manipulated by his seniors and being overeager to please is particularly clear. Just in the brief bit before the opening credits he has a bit of banter spoon fed to him, mouthed to him, by his brother and boss Roy, then when he tries to improvise a bit of wit himself he drops a clanger by basically calling the girl a slut, followed by silence from the group. 

He reminds me a bit of Melvin Smiley, from the film the Big Hit. Not a very popular film, there are disparate opinions as to whether it was meant to be a spoof or not, but I certainly enjoyed it. Starred Mark Wahlberg as an assassin who suffered terrible digestive trouble if he felt that people didn't like him, so he, for example, kowtowed to his fiancee and gave all his money to his other woman and let his fellow hitmen take the credit for what was overwhelmingly his work. A very clean cut sort of professional gangland killer, which is the sort of character Wahlberg generally plays. And very nearly played in real life on September the eleventh 2001. He plays the morally upright action hero, like the patsy in Shooter, not an amoral hero like a Schwartzenegger movie or a morally ambiguous but basically good hero like one of Bruce Willis' drunken and disgraced characters, a la Die Hard. An action hero for the modern age, because you don't really get that sort of corrupt cop so much anymore. Still plenty of corrupt cops, but they're corrupt in that they take money from drug dealers and stick it in Liechenstein trusts these days, but the more unprofessional type of cop who gets drunk on the job and takes harmless freebies is a lot less common now that it was even at the time of the first Die Hard movie. Nowadays a corrupt cop gets paid to look the other way by some multinational and takes a job writing for the papers on retirement as part of his payoff. Andy Hayman, I'm looking at you. I'm drifting.

He's meant to be the hero of the piece, too, the sympathetic character, is Chrissey. Really one of the most pleasant things about this programme is that it's a very ensemble piece, every one of the characters has their own bit of story and they don't get shoved into the background only to be taken off the shelf when the plot demands it. Mind you, the plot always needs all the characters, it's one of the most densely plotted television programmes I've ever seen.

The main theme is originally the murder of a young girl, found stabbed a few dozen times and dumped in a playground. I believe it's set somewhere in the north of England. The female rozzer, Lucy, is obviously Scottish but the rest seem to be local to that place and broadly northern. Doncaster is mentioned. 

The rapid characterisation continues as they get to the murder scene and look around. Robert the outsider heads straight for the top of the half-pipe to scream at passing aircraft. The rest do the usual TV police at a crime scene stuff. A phone rings, turns out to be the girls, and Lucy answers it. She does seem ineffective and lacking in confidence and comes across as the most junior of the cops except for Chrissy. In fact I was astonished when the second episode started, with her fobbing off an old man who was worried about a gang who had previously attacked him, saying to his question of "what if they come back" nothing but "they won't". The best fisherman isn't the one who catches the most fish, he's the one who enjoys fishing the most, according to Robert the outsider, who they call "the Buddha". Anyway, the girl doesn't know what's been said over the phone and the boss is very harsh about it. Later, when she's got a pat on the head from the boss, the Buddha says "I bet if I asked you now you could tell me what that lad said on the phone", and she can. He just waited, he says, till she was feeling good about herself. In fact throughout the first episode those two pal around with him taking a somewhat paternal interest in her, which is why it's astonishing that she turns out, as a great shock at the start of the second episode, to be a DS, a sergeant, while he's only a DC. Okay, he insists that others take the credit for his work and refuses promotions, but what possessed them to write her as a DS? 

They quickly find their first suspect, not based on any evidence but rather on doing what they call a "perv check". They check, turns out there is a perv in the local area, previously imprisoned for exposing himself to schoolgirls, so he immediately becomes their prime suspect in the non-sexual murder of a random child. They quickly build quite a compelling case against him, he knew the girl who came into his shop, he didn't have an alibi, the girl's bracelet, which her parents said she was wearing when she went out never to return, was found in his flat. And he's the local paedo. Joe and Chrissey, the rogue and the impressionable youngster, are sent to arrest him and stop at the side of the road on the way back to intimidate him a bit previous to questioning. You can tell the perv is crazy because he's praying. He manages to get Joe's goat up, not a great achievement, by saying "that which we hate most is that which we fear in ourselves", thereby implying that Joe is a paedo. He certainly had an unhealthy obsession with sex involving young girls, whether obsessing about a previous case of a raped and murdered young girl, to whom he keeps a shrine, or assaulting the boyfriend of his young daughter. 

But the paedo has an upturn in fortunes, turns out they haven't got any of what you might call "evidence" against him, and the modern police procedures handbook frowns upon taking prisoners for some private softening up before interview. So he's released back to his house where he lives with his mother and from which he issues forth only to work, pray and booze. 

That night is Joe's anniversary party, which he slightly disrupts by assaulting his daughter's boyfriend so that his family leave and he stays behind drinking with the police, before he, Chrissey and Chrissey's senile former cop father leave to drive home, an angry drunk, a cowardly drunk and a senile drunk driving away from a group of coppers. Unfortunately the father had said something unwise, that in his day they just took suspects "into the woods" and soon they'd be "confessing to shagging their own mothers". This gives Joe ideas and Chrissey, Mr Easily Led, drives him to the paedo's home where they watch, follow, and then kidnap him. Take him for a drive. Into the woods. He manages to slip his bus pass into the sleeping senile father's pocket before making a break for it into the woods. He's chased down and made to dig his own grave, purely as a form of intimidation, and told that if he wants to live he has to promise, cross his heart and hope to die, to go and confess first thing in the morning. HE agrees to do so, but then Joe realises he might be lying and asks how he can be sure. The paedo says "For Real", a reference to a mysterious tattoo on the dead girl which they'd been speculating about. Joe snaps at that and lashes out with the spade, leading to the paedo dying in the arms of Chrissey saying "I love you". Because he's crazy. Luckily there's a handy recently dug grave right there to receive the body.

Joe gives the impression that he knows what he's doing, straight away gets down to business, "go home, burn your clothes", so on, you'd think he'd done this before. He hasn't though, in fact the guilt takes about ten minutes to destroy his fragile psyche. So the paedo is dead. Not the plan when the night started, but one less kiddie killer in the world. Chrissey goes off to see his woman, who agrees to marry him after a bit of murder-fuelled emotional honesty. Apparently the best quality in a marriage proposal is "not flippant".

Meanwhile his sister has been busy, she, unmentioned by me until now due to all the other plot points, has been the paedo's defence brief and has found some CCTV footage establishing an alibi for the time of the killing. So he was innocent all along, meaning they now have no suspect and a mysterious disappearance of their former suspect. The episode ends with the senile old man asking "who was that man in the woods". 

And that's the first episode. It takes until the end of the third to find out who killed the girl, after a long list of suspects including some young lads she was fucking, at twelve, her abusive mother, sex mad father and mild mannered stepfather. As I say, the series is excellent. Good writing, realistic characterisation, nice premise, excellent cinematography, plenty of drama, involvement of all the characters and an extremely intricate plot. Laura Fraser is good as the girl, Reese Dinsdale is excellent as the Buddha and Jason Watkins makes a very compelling hallucination/crazy paedo.

Also, a somewhat happy ending. Obviously the kid is still dead, two other damaged children are in prison, the innocent pervert is dead, the innocent pervert's family has lost her only family, Joe's daughter is in intensive care and Joe has lost his family, his job and ultimately his freedom. And his mind, with all the hallucinations. But for the rest, it's happy. Chrissey gets the girl and get married, even though she had to spend half of every episode talking him out of turning himself in and he spent to other half of every episode trying to help the paedo's mother catch him for killing her son. Joe was right to call him a streak of piss, too cowardly to turn down steak and chips from the old woman to go and choose a ring with his wife to be. Because he wants her to like him. Like he always does, he says. Very Melvin Smiley. Lcuy gets the boy too, having seduced a fence turned police informant, which as with all the various plot threads eventually ties back into the dual murder investigation. And the senile old man eventually realises that he didn't murder his wife's long ago lover, and his daughter isn't the spawn of another man's loins. 

It's just a pity Chrissey, who really wasn't sympathetic at all, didn't get the jail sentence. Reminds me too much of scrappy doo, or Harry Kim. Needed locking up.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Followup on Frnak Timis

Followup to this article, is this post, which links Frank Timis to, in the first link the Labour Lord Truscott, selling laws, and in the second case the then Blair government presurring Sierra Leone to give Timis natural resources.

A4E once again.

I was looking back across some of my older blogs, when I was more productive, and found this old post about A4E, Action for Employment, where I am once again on placement.

Seems to have attracted several times as many comments as any of my many other articles. Do go and read them, a nice compilation of hostility which A4E richly deserves.

Also, I've learned something, that the bitch queen of A4E, its millionaire founder who I've talked about on numerous occasions and who is something of a money grubbing media whore who makes a big fuss about inviting people to her massive country mansion and so on, she's not only been recruited by David Cameron to save the national economy, she's also head of the NSPCC's Full Stop campaign, the male-demonising advertising campaign which gets plastered all over the TV and the papers and makes things worse rather than better.

Moving on to now, A4E have been doing just as well from the Work Programme as from the old New Deal for Young 'Uns. My own position is actually as a client, or beneficiary or whatever modern bullshit term is being used, of Framework Housing Association, who are subcontractors of A4E. I happened to get a glimpse of their paperwork which showed that they got well over a hundred pounds for my first appointment and induction, and implying similar amounts for each weekly appointment. It is just badgering by the Framework staff, specially hired for this work, not from the Housing Association side. It just triples the work of signing on, nothing more or less. There was a three day a week course not long ago, which consisted mainly of watching Matt Alwright and The Fairy Jobmother. Particularly poor reality TV, an inherently poor genre.

One story was told by one of my fellow victims, which was quite interesting, he briefly worked at Curry's in the warehouse. Apprently everyone is searched at least four times a day to prevent theft. Another victim said he's been in there, not even on the floor of the warehouse, and was searched on the way out. The staff are often kept behind without pay to be searched individually with just a few security guards so they have to wait. One of the women there knows one of the security guards, and knows that they have made off with tens of thousands of pounds of stock, as have other members of staff. All the searching just encourages people to steal. Trust breeds trustworthiness.

I remember George Bush

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Small points on the Welsh Triads

One, the three tribal thrones of the island of Britain is "in the North". All are ssaid to be held by Arthur.

Another is the three kings of Bernicia and Deira, which were nominally Saxon kingdoms in the North.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

An anti-feminist classic

From here:

A review of my book in the New Statesman asked, incredulously: "Does
Neil Lyndon really imagine that we are all going to say that we were wrong about feminism and think again?" Something like that had indeed been my hope when I wrote No More Sex War.
How hopelessly naive I must have been to expect that the 1960s and 1970s generation of leftists - of whom I was one - might think again and admit the possibility that they (we) might have been mistaken. The beautiful people of the 1960s, the generation of love and revolution, do not have it in them to admit error about anything at all, least of all feminism. If they were mistaken about feminism, somebody might see that they actually have been wrong about everything.
Feminism was the last remaining conceptual spar from the wreckage of the 1960s to which that generation was clinging. Though we might not admit it, we had achieved nothing to change or stop the progress of the Vietnam war.
The cold war had threatened the extinction of the planet and then come to an end without its leaders showing any susceptibility to the thoughts of our generation. Far from ushering in a new epoch of love, peace and a saintly renunciation of property, my generation had let in Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and then taken material greed to new heights. Former hippies became billionaires and competed for the most exclusive possessions. Former revolutionaries spent fortunes on cocaine and exercised their free-love philosophies on each other's spouses.
The changes that had incontestably occurred in the position of women were my generation's only claim to have achieved anything lasting in the world. If the assertions of feminism should turn out to be bogus - if it was recognised that women's lives had changed for reasons that had nothing to do with feminism - my generation's most radical and original contributions to the political world would be the penological thoughts of Jack Straw, George W Bush and Ann Widdecombe.
I think that was one of the reasons why, when my book was published, the establishment of beautiful people closed together to annihilate the danger that it might have posed. Their desperation not to allow debate was startlingly naked. "What I hope most of all is that people will not read this book," said a feminist on Start the Week. The feminist QC Helena Kennedy even included my book among her selection of books of the year in a newspaper's Christmas list and urged readers not to buy it.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

misogyny: definitions

Something from one of my ongoing feminism debates, on the nature of misandry and so on:

Looking at the definition of misogyny given by the evil dictionary manufacturers:

"hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women."

Not quite the same as misandry, which is

"Hatred of men."

or even

"an extreme dislike of males, frequently based upon unhappy experience or upbringing. Cf. misogynism."

Now, to me, hatred dislike and mistrust is an odd choice, and one of those things is not like the others, which is mistrust. No doubt would fit in with C_w's position that women are generally thought of as villains. What prompts this is actually this thread, in which Nordic posits that men should not be allowed to investigate child pornography, or possibly to work for the FBI at all as his hyperbole is imprecise, because men are supposedly more likely to look at child pornography in a recreational setting.

That, to my mind, is what being mistrusted and villainised is all about, and it would simply never happen to those kind and nurturing females. No woman was ever moved on, or from, an aeroplane because her booked seat was next to someone else's child and it was just casually assumed that this placed the child in grave peril, but this is a common occurence and official company policy for men, at BA for example. This despite the clear majority of child abuse being perpetrated by women.

Obviously it goes without saying that the middle of this thread was entirely based around arguments over misogyny, dominated by the position that women must be trusted to define what is or is not misogyny, interpreting for us all the meaning of our experiences.

But that's not misandry, as you can see in the dictionary, because only mistrusting women is a sin, mistrusting men is the basis of modern society, whether fear-mongering over rape, or keeping men out of traditional female professions and roles like childcare, or pretending things would somehow magically be better for women or anyone else if more women were in parliament or on corporate boards or indeed the general tolerance for feminism on the sexist assumption that while men may be driven by a lust for power women want only what's best for all, or for their children, or some such rubbish.

Just thought I'd stop taking this sort of talk into that other thread, and tack it onto that villain stuff from this thread.

Another internet debate on feminism

Adding to the long-lived misogyny thread at the rigint forum, I'm also involved in a feminism debate at The Straight Dope, here.

A couple of links

This feminist FAQ is rather interesting.

This is the record of a sex discrimination case brought by a man against the government.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Private Lynch

Obviously she was rescued back in the Iraq kerfuffle and the pretty-blonde-damsel-in-distress meme was big throughout the war. Some occult connection to the name, too, I believe.

Jessica Lynch, pfc. Heroically taking supplies to front line forces she was ambushed by those cowardly sand-niggers, then she fought alongside her fellow soldiers, standing over the body of a fallen comrade, guns akimbo, blowing away those muthas, until treacherously taken from behind and dragged into captivity. Into a world of demeaning sexual torment no man can ever imagine. Then rescued, heroically, by those spec ops commandos, with their rakish, cigar-chewing ways.

Or, more accurately, she fainted when her lorry was ambushed, was taken to a hospital where she was properly looked after, was shot at by Americans when the locals tried to give her back in an ambulance, and was then rescued in a daring raid on an undefended hospital. Take your pick.

Anyway, more recent news. From above top secret we get the remarkable happenings which have proceeded from her rescue for those burly rakish heroes who dragged her from the den of vice in which she was receiving proper medical treatment. Three of them are dead. An "spc", whatever one of those might be, was in a murder-suicide. A marine was in a "single car accident". A marine lance corporal was killed by a mysterious gunman who leant over his fence and took him out, before disappearing never to be seen again.

Odd happenings. I do wonder why they would do this, assuming "they" did it. We already know the entire original story to be lies, what else might these men know?

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Male Privilege

A reminder

Catherine Comins: "sometimes men who are falsely accused of rape can benefit from the experience."

Compare this.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. -- Frank Herbert, Dune
Competition is a sin. -- John D. Rockefeller Sr.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Good old testosterone

I'm still involved in the misogyny thread at RI. I'm trying to get a functional microphone so as to do some youtube stuff.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Friday, 22 April 2011

Recommended: the Man-Woman-Myth youtube channel

A quick sample embedded below, more at the channel homepage.

Seneca Falls and Spiritualism

From here:
The fist women’s rights conference was held in Seneca Falls, New York. It was also the birthplace of the movement of what we call “spiritualism,” which involved sĂ©ances and spirit raps and talking to the dead.

Per's MANifesto September 1998

Per's MANifesto: A newsletter of news and opinion on
man-bashing, anti-male stereotypes and other great moral principles.
September, 1998.
WELCOME, READERS, and our apologies for our recent hiatus. We're back
in the swing with an issue we're sure you'll love if just for the
title alone. It's called "The Failed Morality of Liberalism." Does it
have something to do with Bill Clinton? How did you guess! Also,
you'll read about a really swinging teacher, and we ask the burning
question: does feminism cause cancer? Enjoy.

MANifesto is available on the web at

President Bill Clinton has admitted what was obvious to those
willing to look objectively at the facts: that he had a sexual
relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and lied about
it. After denying the affair, after attempting to smear and intimidate
those who dared disagree with him, Mr. Clinton finally admitted the
truth only when he was backed into a corner.
The feminist response to the Clinton scandals again displays
that feminism is not a movement of principles or morality. It is a
movement of cynically calculated expediency in which the only true sin
is not being of benefit to feminism. "Per's Rule of Feminist Support"
is verified once again: to feminists, it doesn't matter how you treat
or mistreat women, just so long as you treat feminists well.
By his own admission, Clinton had engaged in the type of
behavior that usually draws the condemnation of feminists and results
in termination or worse for less powerful people. In addition, there
are numerous other accusations that have not yet been proven. In the
case of both Clarence Thomas and Senator Bob Packwood, such
he-said/she-said accusations alone were enough for the feminists to
demand that these men should be removed.
With Bob Packwood, feminists ran newspaper adds demanding to
know: If your boss stuck his tongue in your mouth, would he still have
a job?
Now we know that Mr. Clinton has stuck his cigar in a White
House intern, that he is accused of groping Kathleen Willey in a
manner that might have made Packwood blush. But Clinton still has his
job. And feminists want him to.
Eleanor Smeal, Patricia Ireland, Betty Friedan, and other
feminist leaders held a press conference to say that Mr. Clinton
should remain in office, despite a longer list of misconduct and
accusations than Thomas and Packwood combined. (1) These feminists
made it clear that their reaction to Clinton's misdeeds was entirely
political -- they like his politics, so they don't want him removed.
In other words, an act is an offense if feminists don't like
you, and it's not an offense if they do like you. Your actual guilt or
innocence are irrelevant. Truth is irrelevant. You are to be tried and
convicted based on whether you have a record of helping feminists.
And no, that is not hyperbole. Just ask Barbara Battalino,
who used to be a psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Hospital
in Boise, Idaho. The Clinton administration's Justice Department just
had her fired and arrested for one act of oral sex in the workplace.
Battalino lost her job, was fined $3,500, and was sentenced to six
months of house arrest. She had performed oral sex once on a patient
under her care and was caught lying about it. (2)
As chief executive, Mr. Clinton is in charge of a government
that regularly punishes people for that same sort of conduct that he
insists is just between him and his family when he does it. Air Force
lieutenant Kelly Flinn was discharged when she committed adultery and
was caught lying about it. Men in the military have gotten worse
punishment for that offense, including military prison. The Army
disciplined or discharged several male drill sergeants who faced
unproven accusations of having sex with female recruits -- punishments
that feminists solidly supported. (They were sorry only when some men
were acquitted.)
The White House rescinded a job offer for Joseph Holley, who
had sold his home and moved to Washington to be a speech writer for
Hillary Rodham Clinton. He was denied the job when the White House
learned he had been a defendant in a sexual discrimination and
harassment lawsuit seven years ago -- even though he was cleared.
Hershel Gober had to withdrawn his nomination to be the Clinton
administration's secretary for veterans affairs because of
four-year-old, unproven accusations of "sexual misconduct."
And so on.
One has to wonder about the impact of all this on the military
and Clinton's power to punish soldiers or send them into danger. It
has not escaped the notice of soldiers "that if Clinton were a service
member, he certainly would be facing a court-martial on multiple
charges and likely eviction from the military for violating
fundamental precepts of fidelity and integrity." (3)
Mr. Clinton is overseeing a government that tacitly is finding
people guilty of not being Mr. Clinton.
Feminists are advocating a program of punishing people found
guilty of not being useful to feminists.
(1) "Feminists Urge Against Impeachment," By Lawrence L.
Knutson, Associated Press Writer, Thursday, September 24, 1998; 6:01
p.m. EDT.
(2) "Doc Paid Stiff Price for Lying Like Bill," Deborah Orin,
New York Post,
(3) "Military Leaders Worry Privately About Impact; Some
Troops Offended by Double Standard," By Bradley Graham, Washington
Post Staff Writer, Tuesday, September 15, 1998; Page A10

The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal has thrown the double standards
of feminism and liberalism into high relief.
Sometimes liberals are quite open about their double
standards, while other times they deny even those double standards
that are glaringly obvious. They are, for example, quite open about
their agenda to discriminate against people based on their skin color,
ethnic group, or sex, just so long as the discrimination benefits
people in the liberal camp. However, they deny they are engaging in
racial or sexual stereotypes even as they flail away at "dead white
European males," "the patriarchy," "male oppressors," and so on.
Feminists have gone to absurd lengths to deny that they have
double standards in the cases of Clinton, Clarence Thomas, and Bob
Packwood. A coalition of feminist leaders -- including many groups who
demanded harsh punishments for other men accused of sexual misconduct
-- recently rallied around Bill Clinton. They issued a statement that
said: "As feminist leaders, we will not stand idly by while a Congress
made up of nearly 90 percent men attempts to remove the first
president elected by women voters." (1)
The hypocrisy of that statement rolls richly on the tongue. We
are to understand that Congress is somehow bad. Why? Because it's
mostly male. Male equals bad. And Clinton, who has probably mistreated
and harassed more women than any president since John F. Kennedy, is
to be defended. Why? Because he was elected by women. Woman equals
And, oh, by the way: Feminists are opposed to gender
stereotypes and sexism, you know.
In a way, the Clinton fiasco provides a valuable, widely
published example of the moral dishonesty of the major feminist
organizations. It helps the public understand just what type of amoral
policies are being advanced in the name of "fairness." Previously,
this awareness was limited mostly to those who took the trouble to
examine the holes in the phony statistics, the fabricated studies, the
skewed research, and outright propaganda that feminists had succeed so
well in placing in the mainstream media. Now, the malleable and
convenience-prone ethics of feminism are manifest for all to see.
The modern hero of liberalism and feminism is Bill Clinton.
Once upon a time, Clinton said: "No question that an admission of
making false statements to government officials and interfering with
the FBI is an impeachable offense." Clinton was applying this
standard to Richard Nixon in 1974. In liberal fashion, he considers
himself exempt from the standards he applies to others.
Clinton also said: "I think it is plain that the president
should resign and spare the country the agony of impeachment and
removal proceedings." (2)
Now, of course, Clinton has been caught making false
statements to government officials. His administration some how
illegal obtained 700 FBI files, most of them on political enemies. In
the Nixon administration, Charles Colson went to prison for receiving
just one FBI file illegally.
But when Clinton acts as though the rules should not apply to
him, he is right in step with today's liberal movement: Liberals
believe it is their place to dictate moral principles, not to follow
The ethics of liberalism today are pretty much the same: Rules
are for other people to obey. Morality is something that you use to
manipulate moral people. An offense is an offense only if someone else
commits it. Discrimination, hatred, sexism, and racism are bad only
when directed at groups in the liberal fold. It's acceptable, even
desirable, to aim those same attacks at people the liberals don't like
or can't use.
If these words anger you, then show us liberal politicians who
are opposing man-bashing and anti-male policies. Show us feminists who
oppose anti-male propaganda. Show us liberals who are willing to say
that discrimination based on sex or skin color is wrong when the sex
is male and the skin color is white.
If you cannot show us such liberals, then our point is well
taken. From there, liberals will merely try to justify the bigotry and
expediency in their camp.
When morality and fairness become a topic for liberal leaders,
it consists of them telling all the rest of us what we must do and
what sacrifices we must make to make the world a better place.
Of course, this world usually ends up being a better place
only for liberals. And once they are in control of the lives of the
rest of us, they feel no compunction to practice the moral principles
they demand that we follow. They tell us it is wrong to discriminate,
to stereotype, to hate people because of their sex or the color of
their skin. And when they gain power, they actively discriminate
against us, stereotype us, and hate us because of our sex or the color
of our skin.
What is particularly scary about liberals is that there are no
liberal Commandments we can cite, no liberal book of moral teachings
we can quote, to ask them to conduct themselves in a moral and ethical
manner. If there is someone on the conservative Christian right who is
being hateful or judgmental, we can point out how these actions are
un-Christian. But how can you tell a liberal that affirmative-action
discrimination and class warfare are un-liberal when they are at the
heart of liberalism?
If a political conservative preaches racial bigotry, we can
point out that the political system they are defending insists that
all men are created equal. We can appeal to their moral conscience.
But what liberal work can we cite to ask liberals to behave morally?
"The Feminine Mystique"? "The SCUM Manifesto"? Ms. Magazine?
When feminists engage in anti-male hatred and discrimination,
many people mistakenly thought they could appeal to feminism's moral
conscience by pointing out that feminism (supposedly) was opposed to
such gender bigotry. After several decades of trying to do so, those
people have only wasted their breath, and feminism has gone on
promoting anti-male hatred, anti-family and anti-father sentiments,
and discrimination.
This is because feminist literature and Women's Studies
courses are not about fairness or equality -- they are about sexual
partisanship -- female chauvinism and bigotry.
Accusing feminists of gender bias does not faze them. They've
never really been against it. Oh, it's wrong if *you* engage in gender
bias against them, but they feel entitled to wield that sword
Feminist programs on "domestic violence" are not aimed at
ending violence in the home. They are aimed only at ending violence
against women. Women's violence -- against men, against children, and
against other women -- is not a concern of the "domestic violence"
activists. Violence is only wrong when done to them, but not when done
by them.
Feminist programs on language have managed to replace
"chairman" with "chairperson" and "policeman" with "police officer,"
while maintaining "con man," "bag man," "hit man," "gun man." Feminist
programs on the Bible have tried to remove references to God as male
or as a father -- while keeping the devil male. Feminists strive to
remove what they see as bias against women, while also reinforcing
bias against men.
We can't ask liberals to behave ethically because their ethics
are fluid and situational at best. They define some group as the
"oppressor" and some group as the "oppressed." Then any attack a
supposedly oppressed person makes on a human being who is pigeonholed
as an "oppressor" is deemed a noble act of liberation, retribution,
and freedom. Maybe you just didn't realize you were an "oppressor"
when you were denied a job for being male.
That's why the feminist movement, which came to power claiming
to oppose gender discrimination and stereotypes, immediately began
practicing gender discrimination and stereotypes. Why? Because they
were discriminating against the male "oppressor" in favor of the
female "victim." It didn't matter if the man they were discriminating
against came from a poor background and the women benefitting from all
this were upper-class. Goodness and badness were assigned by your
group. The "good" people could then use the dirtiest of tactics,
including but not limited to character assassination, false
accusations, phony science, gender discrimination, censorship,
intolerance toward differing views, and even violence, to attack the
"bad" people and benefit the "good."
In liberalism there are no "shall nots." There are no actions
that are wrong no matter who does them. There is only "thou shall not
do this to me, but I can do it to you."
And they do.
Bill and Hillary Clinton came to office promising the most
moral administration in the history of the republic. They have left a
trail of lies, bribery, abuses of power, defiance of the law, invasion
of privacy, corruption, misrepresentation, smear tactics, dirty
And through it all, the Clintons have been perfect exemplars
of liberal morality. They have committed every offense they supposedly
objected to -- they objected to them only when they were done by
someone else.
Looking back on the Watergate scandal of Republican President
Richard Nixon, we realize that Nixon would never have been removed
without the actions of many Republicans of conscience who decided
Nixon had gone too far. In the Clinton scandal, a similar sense of
conscience has been glaringly absent from the Democratic ranks.
Senator Joseph Lieberman made a brief and heartfelt objection to the
immorality of Clinton. But Democratic loyalists have since closed
ranks around the president. Perjury and obstruction of justice? They
are sins only when someone else commits them.
(1) "Clinton Team Regains Optimism As Battle Moves to
Political Realm" John F. Harris, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday,
September 25, 1998; Page A18

(2) "Release of Clinton Tape Delayed: Partisan Bickering
Forces House Panel to Continue Debate Today," By Juliet Eilperin and
Peter Baker, Washington Post Staff Writers, Friday, September 18,
1998; Page A01

The feminist movement is known for continually sounding the
alarm that the rights of women are supposedly being eroded.
Of course, it's a pretty odd catalog of rights. Like the right
to sever your husband's penis, or to kill him while he's sleeping. The
right to be free of discrimination while practicing it against others.
The right to take out your hostilities on men in a workplace that must
be free of hostilities against you. The right to have any man fired on
the unprovable claim that you were made uncomfortable by his jokes,
even if you tell the same kind of jokes yourself.
Now another "right" seems to be eroding: the right to take
drugs while pregnant, to subject an unborn child to a lifetime of
crippling maladies or premature death, and then dump the
responsibility on society.
In Aurora, Illinois, Cynthia Smith was sent to jail after
giving birth to five babies born with cocaine in their systems.
Our reaction is not "Oh, it's her body, her choice, her rights
are being violated."
Nope. Our reaction is, "Why did it take so long?"
According to a Chicago Tribune article, "Beginning in 1992,
Smith gave birth to a cocaine baby each year for five years. The last
baby was stillborn in 1997."
Technically, Smith wasn't jailed for harming the children. She
was jailed for violating her probation by testing positive for drugs
and for missing sessions with her probation officer and a drug
rehabilitation program.
If a male drug user had punched a pregnant woman in the
stomach and caused damage or death to the fetus, we doubt he would
have been let loose to do it four more times.
("Woman Jailed For Using Drugs While On Probation,",1051,SAV-9808060276,00.html)

Here's a letter we just received relating to Tracie Ribitch,
the 19-year-old Macomb County, Michigan, woman who stuffed gauze into
the mouth of her newborn child and left it to die. She was sentenced
to lecturing teenagers about safe sex. (We first mentioned this slap
on the wrist in the March 1997 issue of MANifesto.)
Then we got a letter purporting to be from the brother of Ms.
Ribitch. It says:

To: <>
Subject: Fuck Off
From: "Frank J. Ribitch III" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 10:57:28 -0400
Dear asshole
My name is Frank J. Ribitch III, the brother of Tracie
Ribitch. Until you known all of the facts on my sisters case, shut the
fuck up. The only things you know on the case are the lies the the
local media publishes. By deleting words from quotes, an new quote
meaning the exact opposite of the original is created, which the media
did. You want the truth, go to the court transcripts, not the press.
Because of assholes like yourselves, my family was fucked over. Fuck

Our response: We can understand your desire to protect your
sister, but we also know what the facts are. An innocent and
defenseless child was killed. Ms. Ribitch was "sentenced" to giving
lectures to teenagers. We can't help but wonder how this is going to
be received by that teenage audience. It presents to impressionable
teenagers that you can kill a child and receive an absurdly light
sentence. What if a member of that audience decides that this form of
punishment is worth it to get out of parenthood?
If you really are Ms. Ribitch's brother, then the child that
was killed was not some inconvenient "choice." It was your niece or
nephew. We think people should feel some obligation to protect those
lives, as well.

Does feminism cause cancer? No, we're not talking about the
moral rot of shifting principles and situational ethics so common to
feminism. We're talking about skin cancer.
Cancer experts in England say that children are going to be
more vulnerable to skin cancer because teachers have been told not to
help students apply sun screen. The reason: fear of sexual harassment
The Local Government Association and teachers unions are
telling teachers they should refuse to apply sun screen to students
even if the parents request it.
According to an article in the Electronic Telegraph: "Cancer
experts urged the LGA to reconsider, pointing to research showing that
children who suffer severe sunburn are twice as likely to develop skin
cancer later. Kate Law, of the Cancer Research Campaign, said: 'A lot
of youngsters are going to do a haphazard, dabbing job. It is a great
shame they can't be helped.' "
Indeed it is a shame. But the shame is not on the teachers.
Much as we regret this situation, we can't blame them.
Feminists have fostered an atmosphere of paranoia in this area. We
can't blame people for being too careful after teachers and day-care
operators have had their lives ruined over imaginary offenses:
"satanic" cults that didn't exist, "ritual abuse" that never occurred,
and false memories brought on by the darling of the feminist movement,
Recovered Memory Therapy. If you can have your life ruined by the
phantoms running through the twisted imagination of feminists, how can
you blame people for being careful?
Now that feminists have made people afraid to protect students
from skin cancer, they can go back to defending a president who
applies cigars to a White House intern.

Meanwhile, more bad news from the U.K. An article in The
Guardian states:
"Men are turning away from careers as primary school teachers
because they fear being branded perverts for showing an interest in
working with young children, according to evidence presented yesterday
to the British Educational Research Association conference in
"... Mary Thornton, a researcher at Hertfordshire University
specialising in male teacher recruitment, said physical contact with
children was one of the key concerns brought up by men on teacher
training programmes."
" 'For females, working with young children is viewed as an
extension of the mothering role. When males opt for primary teaching
or work with young children, it is perceived as unnatural... Fear of
such perceptions is present amongst these students and may be a factor
in deterring men from work with young children,' Dr Thornton said."
The article also notes that David Hart, general secretary of
the National Association of Head Teachers, said that if the research
is correct, it is a horrifying reflection of the fact that teachers
are becoming obsessed by the risk of prosecution for child abuse,
though he expressed skepticism as to whether it was so.
When we hear of such fears and stereotypes, we wonder who
benefits from them.
Figures show that female teachers in nursery and primary
schools outnumber men by about five to one. There is no equality
there. When a situation is biased in favor of women, you no longer
hear feminists calling for equality.
Now is that because women make such better teachers?
Ask the students of Hermina Brunson.
In New York, this substitute teacher has been arrested and
charged with bashing students with chairs. Her reason: she wanted to
stop the class from making noise.
Brunson, 64, allegedly injured two 11-year-old students by
swinging metal-and-wood chairs at them.
One of the injured students, Olivia Boyd, said Brunson hit her
on the left side of the face. "I ducked twice and she hit me on the
cheek with the chair the third time," she is quoted in the May 6 New
York Post.
The ensuing investigation revealed that Ms. Brunson had
previously been banned from city schools for a year for using corporal
punishment, but she was somehow rehired. Schools officials are at a
loss to explain that.
Remember, don't be sexist when you refer to Ms. Brunson. She's
a chair woman, not a chair man.
And in Fukuoka, Japan, nine women have been charged with
robbing more than 50 businessmen after the men drank too much. The
women are accused of taking more than $150,000 over four years from
their inebriated male victims.
You go, girl.
Straight to jail, that is.
When they get out, these women should have a great future
ahead of them. They have all the essential talents of an affirmative
action director.
(1) "Abuse alert over school sun cream," Daniel Waddell,
Electronic Telegraph,
(2) "Male teachers fear slurs: Primary school careers
'tainted,' "By John Carvel, Education Editor, The Guardian, Saturday
August 29, 1998,
(3) "Police arrest nine Chinese and Korean women for crime
spree," the Associated Press, May 30, 1998.)

We were encouraged to see that September 21-27 was the 10th
Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Kudos to The National Men's
Resource Center for publishing much valuable info on its website at
Here's what Gordon Clay, Executive Director of The National
Men's Resource Center has to say:
"The first year of the program (1989), there were fewer than
100 screening centers in the United States. Today, this number has
increased to over 1000 locations providing free or low-cost prostate
cancer screening. ... This public awareness and education program was
conceived and instituted by the Prostate Cancer Education Council
(PCEC) which represents urology, oncology, patient advocacy,
minorities, clinical and behavioral research. Because of the alarming
percentage of men presenting advanced, incurable prostate cancer, the
PCED was formed in 1988 to promote awareness, screening and early
detection of prostate cancer. General Norman Schwartzkopf has served
as national PCAW chairman since 1994 and in 1996 actor Danny Glover
joined as co-chairman in order to help recruit African American men,
who have the highest risk of prostate cancer in the world. Over
300,000 men will be diagnosed this year and 41,000 will die because
they didn't get an examination soon enough."
The National Men's Resource Center
PO Box 800, San Anselmo, CA 94979

1.) Blames the White House travel office. Has them fired.
2.) Hillary stands by her man ... just not so close.
3.) N.O.W. is brought in to declare that everything smells
just fine.
4.) When he says he didn't inhale, this time we believe him.
5.) White House mysteriously loses the receipt to Bill's
Bean-A-Rama Mega Meal at Taco Bell.
6.) Bill defines "farting" to not include flatulence.
7.) Turning green and fainting is declared to be a sign you're
a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy.
8.) But most important of all ... DON'T LIGHT THAT CIGAR!
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Per's MANifesto September 1997

Per's MANifesto: A newsletter of news and opinion on
man-bashing, anti-male stereotypes and other progressive moral ideals.
September, 1997.
WELCOME, READERS. In the movie theaters right now is a
propaganda film called "G.I. Jane," purporting to show that women are
tough as nails and can handle any adversity. Meanwhile, in the real
world, feminists are doing their best to demonstrate that women are
too delicate to stand up to naughty words, or pictures, or even a
certain "Peyton place." And feminists aren't the only ones trying to
pull a fast one with sexual harassment rules today -- men are getting
in on the act. But men and woman alike are being affected by
feminism's neo-Victorian insistence that they be treated like royalty.
So we'll call this issue "Feminism: Doing A Job On Us All."
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Joseph Holley was pleased that he had landed a new job,
writing speeches for first lady Hillary Clinton.
To take the job, he had to break his lease, quit his old job,
pull his kids out of school and move his family to Washington from
Then, in the middle of this, the job offer was revoked. The
White House had learned that Holley had been the defendant in a sexual
discrimination and harassment lawsuit seven years ago.
Holley's employer at that time, the San Diego Tribune
newspaper, had settled the lawsuit with no admission of wrongdoing.
The suit had been brought by a writer Holley once supervised. He says
the accusations were "absurd" and "fiction." The paper's internal
review showed Holley did nothing wrong and recommended no disciplinary
action against him.
But the White House said the job was off. They wouldn't even
give Holley a chance to tell his side of the story.
His accuser, San Diego journalist Lynne Carrier, is applauding
the decision. Yes, that's right, she's a journalist.
What she accused Holley of was allowing a "male locker room"
work environment featuring coarse sexual comments.
Even if her accusations were true, it brings up the spectacle
of a feminist journalist explaining to us why the First Amendment no
longer works. Or at least why it doesn't apply to men.
Feminists like Carrier are demanding Victorian protection from
naughty words. Carrier might demand sensitivity for herself, but the
newspaper described her as having an uncontrolled temper. Sensitivity
seems to be a one-way street.
Harold W. Fuson Jr., vice president and legal counsel for The
Copley Press Inc., owner of the San Diego Tribune, said: "Frankly, I
think Joe's the victim of a modern form of blacklisting, and I don't
think it's a lot different than the 1950s version."
It would be interesting to see what would happen if the
standards the White House used against Holley were applied to Bill
Clinton himself. After all, he has had a few accusations of his own.
(See "White House Rescinds Job Offer to Writer Once Accused in
Bias Suit," by John F. Harris, Washington Post, Monday, September 1,
1997; Page A04.)

Holley's case wasn't the only one to hit the White House
The Drudge Report, an internet newsletter of political gossip,
recently claimed that White House aide Sidney Blumenthal "has a
spousal abuse past that has been effectively covered up."
The newsletter quoted an unnamed "influential Republican" as
saying "There are court records of Blumenthal's violence against his
The story turned out to be utterly unfounded -- something
planted for political purposes.
Matt Drudge, author of the newsletter, retracted the story and
deleted it from his web site on American Online. He also said: "I
apologize if any harm has been done."
Since when do we assume there is no harm in smearing innocent
It appears that Blumenthal was the target of a politically
motivated smear. Some Republicans had been upset over unverified abuse
accusations leveled against Republican political consultant Don Sipple
in Mother Jones magazine. It appears that someone put out a false
story on Blumenthal as retaliation -- an attempt to switch the
spotlight from a Republican to a Democrat.
"Someone was trying to get me to go after [the story] and I
probably fell for it a little too hard," Drudge acknowledged. "I can't
prove it. This is a case of using me to broadcast dirty laundry. I
think I've been had."
This sorry state of affairs shows just how politicized the
entire debate over sexual harassment and abuse has become. Extremist
feminists have created an overheated emotional atmosphere that is ripe
for this sort of abuse. False or trumped-up accusations of harassment
or abuse have become weapons in the political arena, in divorce and
custody cases, and in the chase for fat legal judgments. And it is not
just radical feminists who are making them. Even Republicans can get
in on the act.
We wonder how far this will go, how much damage will be done,
before society says that false accusations are never acceptable.

(See "Blumenthals Get Apology, Plan Lawsuit: Web Site Retracts
Story on Clinton Aide," by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, Tuesday,
August 12, 1997; Page A11)

Patricia "Patti" Tehaney of Oxnard, California, recently lost
her job at a termite control company. She says it's because she posed
as Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month more than twenty years
ago, in May 1976. She says her employer felt that this made her far
too much of a risk for sexual harassment. The company didn't want to
get sued if she ever claimed harassment in connection with her nude
pictures, so she says.
Her former employer says that Tehaney was fired for other
reasons, but that she violated an agreement to never discuss her
Playboy pictures with anyone at work. The company also says she once
brought to work a copy of her nude centerfold (she says she did so
reluctantly, at the request of her supervisor.)
Maybe that sounds like a raw deal for Tehaney. But with all
the lawsuits and claims over sexual harassment, can we really blame
the company for protecting itself?
The reader who alerted us to this story also included a quote
from Warren Farrell, who said that discrimination for women would
become discrimination against woman. It sounds like that might be
happening to Tehaney. If we are not hyper-vigilant in protecting
women, the result can be a devastating lawsuit. That can only make an
employer think twice when hiring.
But Tehaney has taken her case -- and her centerfold -- to the
web. A friend put up a web page for Tehaney, at, in which she pleads for help in
finding work. A lot of people thought the page was a gag, but Wired
magazine checked into it an verified the story, and she's been written
up in the December 19, 1996, Los Angeles Times. (You can see the Wired
article at
Tehaney's page starts off by saying: "If you remember the 70s,
you may remember my centerfold pictorial in the May 1976 issue of
Playboy. Or my controversial cover in Nov. 1975. This may all seem
glamorous, but these 70's memories have suddenly become my 90s
nightmare! If you saw my recent story on NBCs Dateline (1/12) or the
LA Times on 12/16, you know that all this "glamour" has cost me my
job and continues to prevent me from finding a new one."
Tehaney had the page put up so that she could ask for work and
for donations to see her through her job search.
But right up at the top of the page, so it's one of the first
things you see, there is a reproduction of Tehaney's Playboy
centerfold. She's looking for work and money, and she's showing her
It seems to us that any prospective employer concerned about
harassment issues would have second thoughts about a woman who is
using a nude picture as part of her job search.
For one thing, it invites all sorts of jokes about her
"resume" and her "assets." And those jokes are precisely the type of
thing that could get someone sued for harassment.

If you think that the company that fired Tehaney is being
overly cautious, remember that sexual harassment lawsuits over nude
pictures are a very real concern, and very expensive.
For example, Continental Airlines is being sued by a female
pilot, Tammy S. Blakey, who says male pilots belittled her and left
pornography around the cockpit.
The company says her accusations of harassment began only
after she was cited for poor attendance. It's interesting to note when
a harassment accusation is made after an employee's job performance is
Blakey says she was belittled once when she found a 10-inch
doll in the pilot's seat with blonde hair in a ponytail, like hers.
"I was belittled. That was uncalled for," she says.
It will be interesting to see how many thousands of dollars
she thinks will soothe the trauma. (And remember, when companies are
hit with large damage awards, they have to find a way to pass the cost
onto the consumer. In the end, the public ends up paying for our
efforts to shield women from life.)
She also said that pilots left "pornography" around the
cockpit (insert bad pun here) and in flight manuals.
"It was embarrassing. I knew those guys were looking at it,"
she said.
Now, we don't support porn. But do people lose their rights to
read what they want as soon as a woman is embarrassed to know they
read it?
Maybe we can try this tactic the next time a Women's Study
class reads Andrea Dworkin or excerpts from "The S.C.U.M. Manifesto."
( Just go to your
diversity department and tell them to stop the feminists from reading
it because it's embarrassing. "I knew those feminists were looking at
Hmm. It would certainly be ironic if some of those pilots were
viewing Patti Tehaney's Playboy centerfold.

While the propaganda film "G.I. Jane" purports to show a woman
undergoing the same rigorous military training as men, the Army is
finally planning to narrow the difference in its separate-and-unequal
fitness standards for men and women.
In the wake of accusations of sexual harassment against women
in the Army, a special Army panel conducted a gender investigation. In
reporting the story, the Washington Post sounded amazed at the
"surprising results" indicating that men feel aggrieved by gender
What do you know! Men resent gender bias against them. Why,
who ever would have thought it!
Mainly, the men are concerned about the far-easier fitness
standards for women. Only half of the men said they thought that women
"pull their load." But nearly all soldiers, including the women, felt
that male soldiers "pull their load."
Many of the men felt that women received favorable treatment,
and 28 percent of men said "women have an advantage over men when it
comes to having a successful military career." And 30 percent thought
female soldiers get treated better.
Feminists will probably try to dismiss this as backlash among
men who don't want women in the service. But nearly 70 percent of the
men said they felt women should be allowed to do any job "for which
they can qualify."
The problem is, the qualifications for women are often
remarkably lower. A 25-year-old man is required to do 40 push-ups and
47 sit-ups in two minutes and run two miles in 16 minutes and 36
seconds. A 25-year-old woman must do 16 push-ups, 45 sit-ups and run
the same distance in 19 minutes and 36 seconds. (The difference in
running ability is notable. Apparently the Army thinks the enemy will
be courteous enough to wait until the women catch up.)
The standards for women are so low that overweight smokers
could pass with ease, while men often struggled to meet their higher
standards. This is one form of discrimination you didn't hear
feminists complaining about. There is no demand for a "level playing
field" when the field tips so far in women's favor.
New rules will require women to do a few more push-ups and
will slightly lower the time for the two-mile run. The number of
sit-ups will stay the same.
As the Washington Post noted, men found extra burdens being
placed on them when women soldiers got pregnant: "Men complained about
a battalion-level fuel handler who became pregnant and was assigned a
desk duty until she gave birth so her unborn baby would not be exposed
to chemical hazards. There were only a few fuel handlers assigned to
the battalion and because she technically remained on the unit
payroll, the battalion could not request a temporary substitute." The
remaining men had to take up the slack.
So women's "equal" rights translate into more responsibilities
for men -- as usual.

(See "Army Moves to Toughen Fitness Standards for Women," by
Dana Priest, Washington Post, Saturday, September 13, 1997; Page A01)

Jamie Whited is in the money after reaching a settlement with
the University of Tennessee.
Whited, a female athletic trainer, netted $300,000 in the
settlement. What terrible trauma merited giving this delicate woman
more than a quarter of a million dollars?
She supposedly was mooned by quarterback Peyton Manning.
Manning says he was joking around with a male track athlete in
a training room and didn't see Whited.
You can't really blame Whited for being so traumatized. What
has society done to prepare women for such an assault on their
delicate sensibilities?
And how could Whited have even known that an athletic trainer
might one day go into a room and see a bare butt?

District Judge Alexander MacNichol of Maine has lost his job
because he was accused of not being sensitive enough to women who
claimed they were abused.
Governor King refused to reappoint MacNichol -- although
reappointment of judges has been almost automatic in Maine.
His supporters say MacNichol is a victim of political
"He wasn't a rubber stamp for anybody. He has always been
willing to look at both sides," Henry N. Berry III, a lawyer and
former political adversary, told the Associated Press. "That's what
got him in trouble -- he wasn't politically correct."
Obviously, looking at both sides in domestic violence
accusations is deadly for your career. Extremist feminists have been
trying for years to make sure the public gets only one side -- the
side that paints men as evil. They've been pretty successful. Most
campaigns depict domestic violence as something only men do.
What's remarkable about the case is that MacNichol is not
accused of botching any cases or causing harm. He often granted the
restraining orders that women sought. But he is being fired for a
"lack of sensitivity."
Advocates accused him of "revictimizing" a woman seeking a
protection-from-abuse order. "Revictimizing" is a feminist code-word
meaning "you did not automatically believe our accusations against a
In this case, MacNichol actually granted the protection order
to the woman he was "revictimizing." But he also ordered the woman to
repay $800 she was accused of stealing from the man and he gave the
man instructions concerning small claims court. To bystanders, it
sounds like MacNichol was trying to use legal channels to defuse the
dispute that brought the man and woman to court in the first place.
But, to activists, this was "revictimizing" the woman.
And out he goes.
That'll teach a judge to listen to both sides of a case.

Billie Jean Matay, a grandmother and former Mouseketeer, sued
the Walt Disney Co. for negligence after she was robbed at Disneyland
in August 1995.
In particular, she says her grandchildren were traumatized
after the robbery because they saw employees taking off their Mickey
Mouse and Lion King costumes.
Matay had been in her car the parking lot with three
grandchildren, ages 5, 7 and 11, when a robber put a gun to her neck
and demanded her money. After the robbery, employees took her to a
staging area where cast members were changing costumes.
In court in Santa Ana, California, she often sobbed and cried
uncontrollably on the stand. She panted and sobbed so much on the
stand that the judge removed the jury from the courtroom. She did
manage a mournful account of how she had taken her grandkids to "share
the happy feeling" at Disneyland. But she said Disneyland was
negligent for allowing the robbery to happen. And she said that her
grandkids were traumatized all over again when they watched employees
get out of their Mickey Mouse and Lion King costumes.
Lawyers for Disney Co. said the company is not responsible
because a crime takes place.
Superior Court Judge Richard Luesenbrink agreed with Disney's
request to dismiss the suit. "There's nothing to suggest this incident
could reasonably have been avoided," he ruled.
What a lack of sensitivity, huh?
Imagine the legal precedent this sets. Now someone could even
unmask Santa Claus and not spend one day behind bars.

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WELCOME, READERS, to an issue of MANifesto where we take a look at the moral
leadership that we can expect from women as they guide us across the bridge
to the future and into the 21st Century. For example, there is a move on
today to make sure that the position of Secretary General of the United
Nations will go to a woman next. (After all, she could hardly be less
effective than Boutros Boutros-Ghali.) So it will be interesting to see if
the powers that be decide they're going to hire some woman -- any woman --
no matter what. Remember what happened when Bill Clinton decided he
absolutely had to have a female Attorney General. What an exciting thought
for us all! Just think -- maybe someone in charge of U.N. troops can do for
the world what Janet Reno did for Waco, Texas.
Feminists have told us that putting women in charge will make for a
more peaceful, honest and civilized world. We salute these forward-looking
sentiments by taking a gander at the great moral stances taken by women and
feminists everywhere.

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We'd like to dedicate this issue about feminist ethics to Senator
Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois.
1992 was dubbed the "Year of the Woman," and Moseley-Braun was a big
part of it. For one thing, she defeated a man to win her Senate seat. And
not just any male senator, but one who actually dared to question Anita
Hill's claims of sexual harassment. Women were mad. They wanted to oust
that male senator and replace him with someone with a bit more sensitivity
to the oppressed. When Moseley-Braun won, it was called a major feminist
victory, part of the drive to take power out of the hands of corrupt and
greedy men and give it to the disenfranchised and downtrodden.
So how has Senator Moseley-Braun advanced those principles?
Well, she has become a close ally, supporter and apologist for one of
the most brutal dictators on Earth.
General Sani Abacha rules Nigeria with an iron fist. He executes and
tortures dissidents, smashes the free press, oppresses people of color, and
loots the nation's wealth for every dime he can extort from it.
Just the type of person a moral, forward-looking feminist would want
to support.
Moseley-Braun won office largely because women were offended over what
they saw as harsh treatment for Anita Hill. So Moseley-Braun now chums up to
a man who does things a bit tougher than finding hairs on his Coke can.
While many nations are calling for international sanctions against
Abacha, Moseley-Braun has been speaking out in his defense. She's about the
only one to do so, especially in Congress. The State Department was not
pleased to learn that Moseley-Braun had made a secret trip to Nigeria on
business that she has not quite yet clarified.
Those looking for answers to Moseley-Braun's affections for a brutal
tyrant might want to take a look at her former fiancé, Kgosie Matthews. He
was her campaign manager and also shared a condo with her.
He also was a paid agent of the Nigerian government.
But if you're a feminist, you might not want to look too hard at Mr.
Matthews. Some of Moseley-Braun's staff accused him of sexual harassment.
Moseley-Braun ran for office by exploiting the rage and national
publicity over the Anita Hill sexual harassment case. Then sexual
harassment charges started hitting a bit closer to home. Sort of like a
candidate running on a law-and-order platform by day and hanging out with
felons and grifters by night.
The national rage focused on the Anita Hill case seemed to skip right
over the sexual harassment accusations against Matthews. But if feminists
were moved to so much anger by the charges Anita Hill made, why did they
have so little outrage over the accusations against Matthews? Or, for that
matter, the accusations made by Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones?
Well, here we can see that stringent feminist morality at work. The
rule of thumb: if the accusation involves someone we like, it doesn't count.

There were a lot of people who strongly condemned the Republicans
because pro-abortion speakers were not given time to state their views
during the GOP national convention.
One of them was outspoken feminist Bella Abzug. (See, we can be
charitable. We referred to her only as "outspoken.")
Ms. Abzug accused the convention of "muzzling some of their guys who
didn't agree with them about abortion."
Well, let syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff tell you what happened
next: "A reporter for the New York Post asked her what she thought of her
own party's refusal to allow Robert Casey, governor of Pennsylvania from
1987 to 1995, to speak at her convention. After all, Al Gore had promised on
ABC-TV: "We don't have a gag rule the way the other party does."
"So what?" said Abzug, the tribune of free speech, about the gagging
of Casey. "It's not required to have someone speak who has a position in
contrast to the majority of the party." Casey is pro-life, so he had to be
Abzug defended free speech -- for her views only. She did not extend
those rights to others.
That's sort of like defending "equality for women."
(Source: "The Democrats' Tiny Tent: The Siberian exile of a former
governor with one of the party's most effective records," By Nat Hentoff,
The Washington Post, Wednesday, September 4 1996; Page A15.)

Benazir Bhutto -- seeking another term as prime minister of Pakistan
-- ran on an anti-corruption campaign. Since winning in 1993, she hasn't
done much toward cleaning up the government. But a luxurious estate she
reportedly bought in England indicates that at least she *is* cleaning up.
Pakistan has long had a reputation for corrupt governmental and
business practices. In a recent survey, business executives ranked Pakistan
as the second most corrupt, behind Nigeria. But on the campaign trail,
Bhutto said, "I will not compromise on political corruption of any member of
the ruling coalition."
But Bhutto has appointed several cabinet members who have been accused
of financial crimes. When Bhutto was out of power, she accused the
Saifullah family of being a "plunderer" of the nation's wealth. But when
she came back to power, she appointed a powerful member of the family to her
cabinet. "Then last month, her government exempted a cement company
co-owned by the Saifullah family from $400 million in excise taxes,
disregarding the objections of the national tax collection agency."
Her critics say it's a pattern of Bhutto treating her allies to some
lucrative business deals. Obviously there's some partisan sniping going on
here, with charges being hurled by people whose hands aren't particularly
clean either. But there certainly have been an unusual number of shady
associates for someone who ran so loudly on an anti-corruption platform.
For example, there's Mohammad Nawaz Khokhar, who used to be a fierce
critic of Bhutto. He has been arrested on charges of fraud, embezzlement
and official corruption. But he was released from jail, and a day later he
switched his allegiance to Bhutto's party and was named science and
technology minister. The charges against him then were dropped.
Then there's Munawwer Hussain Manj, arrested on charges of being a
major trafficker of hashish and heroin. He was named to a parliamentary
committee that oversees anti-drug operations.
When Pakistan recently permitted private ownership of TV and FM radio
stations, it granted a national TV monopoly and favorable FM deals, without
bids and without announcements they were available. They went -- free of
fees -- to someone who was an important aide to Bhutto and a high school
classmate of her husband.
But, according to Britain's Sunday Express paper, she's not sitting
out the deals herself. The paper reported that Bhutto and her husband had
bought a $3.9 million mansion in the English countryside near London -- a
335-acre estate with a private landing strip and indoor swimming pool.
Loads of antiques, carved furniture and other household items were
reportedly shipped from Bhutto's private seaside residence in Karachi to
Bhutto denies that she bought the estate.
So what's going on with Pakistan's economy in the meantime? Bhutto's
latest budget calls for a $1 billion tax increase, and the International
Monetary Fund is pressing her to impose even greater fiscal austerity.
Bhutto probably isn't any more corrupt than any of her predecessors. But --
contrary to feminist dogma -- she isn't any more honest, either. She is
truly equal to men.

(Source: "Beleaguered Benazir Bhutto: Corruption Charges Grow Sharper
Against Premier Reelected Vowing to Rid Pakistan's Politics of Graft" By
Kenneth J. Cooper and Kamran Khan, Washington Post Foreign Service, Monday,
August 19 1996; Page A10, The Washington Post.)

We've been told that women are more sensitive, more moral, more
That's when we remember a sensitive, moral art project that took place
at the University of Maryland in 1993. Students in the "Contemporary Issues
in Feminist Art" class took the names of men at random from a campus phone
book. They then put up posters listing these men by name under the heading
that said: "Notice: These Men are Potential Rapists."
Well, we might not know art, but we know what we *don't* like. And
that includes smearing the names of innocent people, fomenting stereotypes,
and engaging in hatemongering and fearmongering.
However, the art must have been more to the taste of University of
Maryland officials. The students were not called to account for their
smear. On today's campus, some forms of hate speech are entirely
The "potential rapists" lists also shows how divided feminism is over
stereotypes and man-bashing. Some feminists condemn the list -- of course,
not strongly enough to require the university to respond. (Feminists had
more important things to devote their energies to. When four male students
at Cornell used campus computers to *privately* circulate a list of
offensive jokes, feminists demanded the men be punished. They were.)
Other feminists are far more ambivalent about the UM "potential
rapists" list. Some criticize it as "bad for feminism." They skip over the
matter of smearing innocent men, then focus on how the issue might be bad
for *women!*
And some feminists ardently support the "potential rapists" list and
the sentiments behind it.
In fact, while searching for the background on the "potential rapists"
list, we inadvertently set off a long-running Usenet discussion featuring
one feminist who absolutely and unequivocally defends the list.
The feminist said: "The girls did good... the quality of their effort
is not measured by its common reception, but by its truth and its endurance.
... The fact is women have reason to fear males any place and at any time.
... The women who posted that list of potential rapists were making a valid
Then this feminist, who uses a male name on the Internet, went into a
sort of free-association word-salad of images apparently about rape: "as for
what the art was illustrative of; any male can be a rapist, a friend, a
father, a thug in any guise... walk down a street not knowing who, open the
door not knowing who, lay in a hospital bed unconscious, no matter where,
when, and by anyone male..."
Many people objected to this feminist's views, trying to get the
feminist to acknowledge a problem with smearing innocent men, or to
acknowledge that a similar list would be unacceptable if it said that all
Arabs are potential terrorists, all Hispanics are potential illegal aliens,
all blacks are potential drug dealers, and so on. The feminist rejected
such arguments as "irrelevant."
The feminist also dismissed moral objections to the list. When someone
replied, "The question is whether it is an effective statement or ethical
statement," the feminist blithely replied: "effective or ethical are matters
for another discussion."
So you can smear innocent men, and the ethics of it are for "another
The feminist saw nothing wrong with taking the fact that some men rape
and then labeling all men "potential rapists." "If you disagree, do try to
present something other than 'because some of a set are does not mean that
all of that set are.'" In other words, the feminist doesn't care if it is an
invalid stereotype. One person replied that because some marbles are blue
does not mean that all marbles are blue. That makes sense to us. But not
to the feminist, who adamantly rejected the argument.
Trying to take the discussion to a higher level of prevention, one man
suggested that we "work on methods of identifying assailants before they
assault." To this, another feminist replied that it's no problem to identify
assailants: "Easy, young men, especially jocks, especially drinking jocks."
Oh, so identifying potential rapists is easy -- just identify "young
So, let's also work on methods for identifying potential stereotypers:
Easy. Feminists. Especially self-righteous feminists.

Feminists say they would make better politicians because they are more
moral than men, and not as bigoted. Of course, last issues we told you
about the diversity director at the Social Security Administration who led
off a diversity seminar with a man-bashing joke, so that sort of blows that
idea all to hell. But that was then, this is
now. So we'd like to show you how one feminist recently condemned
man-bashing -- sort of.
It started with a Usenet posting called "male-bashing continues: How
do you react?" One man asked other men for their reactions: "I'm going very
tired of the continuous male-bashing that goes on in our society. Everyone
is so nice and supportive of females, and if you say one uncomplimentary
thing about them everyone thinks you're a ‘pig,' yet men are continually
ridiculed, told how worthless they are, laughed at, etc.
"I'm very curious how other men feel about this. ... Do you notice it?
Do you ignore it? Do you think it's funny? Does it hurt you? Does it make
you feel less worthy than women?"
So a feminist responded to him. Watch how she proceeds to do the
Step 1) Make some pro forma comments that bashing men is not good.
Step 2) Establish women's perpetual victimhood.
Step 3) Blame men for male-bashing, rather than admitting that some
women can aspire to bigotry entirely on their own.
Step 4) Reverse her initial condemnation of man-bashing by concluding
that bashing men is a good thing because it teaches them how it feels.
Here's what the feminist said:

"Denigrating any one group of people because they are representative
of that group is almost always a form of bigotry, even when it is done in
the name of humor."

(Step One accomplished. Pro forma condemnation of bashing is made --
and in just one sentence. (Note how she didn't actual say that bashing MEN
is bad, just that bashing "any one group ...")
(The feminist will now ignore the poster's concerns about male-bashing
and commence Step Two:)

"When I was a little girl my mother took my sister and I to a town by
the sea called Cape May, New Jersey. One day we were shopping and I saw
some post cards depicting girls in itty bitty bikinis; next to them was
some post cards of older women who were very heavy; they too were wearing
bathing suits, but the message on those cards was loud and clear. If you're
a young woman you have something worth while, but as you age you are
valueless; I didn't see the same type of cards depicting older men."

(Step Two complete, with a bit of animosity thrown in: "I didn't see
the same type of cards depicting older men." Ever notice how many feminists
just can't sit still when a man mentions being a target in modern gender
warfare? The feminist has to jump in and establish her place as the real
(Now, begin Step Three of blaming men for male-bashing.)

"Yes, putting men down may be a form of bigotry and it may also be a
form of comic relief to women who have felt subjugated and put down as a
gender for centuries ..."

(Here at Per's MANifesto, we bet those women who felt that way for
*centuries* sure didn't look good in bathing suits, either. But let her

"I mean, "Why buy the COW if you can get the milk for free", and "God
gave women sex organs so that men would talk to them". There is no easy
answer to your question because if female bashing is wrong and goes
unanswered one has to question the value of male bashing as another form of

(Note the language "if female bashing is wrong" then maybe
male-bashing is appropriate.)

"I don't believe that two wrongs make a right (triteness lives) but I
do believe that once in a while, one has to "fight fire with fire"; "

(So two wrongs *do* make a right if a feminist does it. Now prepare
for Step Four, in which a feminist declares the benefits of bashing men.)

"if nothing else, the men who feel bashed now know what it feels like
to be disparaged. If you really believe that the male gender is suffering
the slings and arrows of "male bashing" in some vacuum, think again."

There you have it: from saying that "Denigrating any one group of
people ... is almost always a form of bigotry" to defending man-bashing as a
"form of retort" to "fight fire with fire" and let men "know what it feels
We certainly are glad for moral feminists like this.
They engage in gender stereotypes, bashing and hatred -- but only for
moral, upstanding reasons.

Feminists say that women make better leaders because they are by
nature more cooperative and nurturing, less aggressive and combative. Women
will settle their disputes nicely, so the feminists say.
So it's interesting to look at a recent dustup in New York state
between a couple of high-ranking women in the GOP, as reported June 5 in the
New York Daily News:
"Open warfare erupted between Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey Ross and
(Governor George) Pataki administration yesterday as both sides traded
accusations of betrayal and deceit.
"Escalating an embarrassing Republican feud, McCaughey Ross used a
radio talk show to accuse unnamed Pataki aides of ‘McCarthyism' for
allegedly targeting her with a series of political shots.
"‘This is the strategy that Joe McCarthy used to discredit his
political adversaries.' McCaughey Ross said on WABC's ‘Lionel' show, blaming
the Pataki administration for leaking allegations that she abused her state
police detail and mounting other attacks.
"‘He would leak anonymous rumors that they had done something wrong
but never actually provide any concrete charges ... and never give the
accused person an opportunity to prove his innocence. It's un-American,'
she said.
"The Pataki administration fired back even as she spoke. State Parks
Commissioner Bernadette Castro called the radio show and angrily accused
McCaughey Ross of ‘slandering' the administration.
"‘You're not loyal to the governor,' Castro charged, as she and
McCaughey interrupted each other with accusations. ‘You're not loyal to the
Republican Party.'
"... The extraordinary public sniping created new embarrassment for
the Pataki administration ..."
Well! We're certainly glad no men were involved here.
Otherwise it might have gotten nasty.

A feminist recently told us that fathers perpetuate violence by
passing it on to their sons.
Never mind that our prisons are full of men who grew up without
Never mind that street gangs are full of young men who don't have a
father at home.
Never mind that growing up without a father is, for boys, linked to
higher rates of crime, violence, school dropouts and drug use.
According to the feminist, it's fathers who perpetuate the violence.
No wonder, then, that so many feminists are trying to make sure these
brutal,primitive beasts known as "men" don't have anything to do with their
You couldn't get away with trying to promote a similar stereotype
about mothers. Motherhood is sacred.
Be careful if you try to take a crack at Mother.
And be careful if you take crack *from* Mother.
That's the lesson to be learned from the story of Rayful Edmond III,
who became one of the biggest cocaine distributors in the United States.
And he couldn't have done it without mom.
Edmond got his start in drug dealing by holding money for his mother,
Constance "Bootsie" Perry, as she sold illegal pills on the streets of
Washington, D.C.
Later, his father also gave him additional training in the drug business.
But now he has been sentenced to prison for life. And at the
Lewisburg, Pa., federal penitentiary he met Dixon Dario Trujillo-Blanco and
his brother, Osvaldo. The three men are now are accused of running a drug
ring from the prison. They hit it off very well because they have something
in common: they all got involved in crime and the drug trade because of dear
old mom.
Authorities say Rayful Edmond's mother played more of a supporting
role in his rise to drug kingpin. Not so for the Trujillo-Blanco brothers.
Their mother was a hands-on businesswoman, known for her violence and her
deep involvement in the drug business.
The Trujillo-Blanco brothers were introduced to the drug trade by
their own mother, Griselda Blanco, who became known at the "Godmother of
Cocaine" for her connections with the notorious and violent Medellin cocaine
Griselda Blanco was a self-made woman, starting out small, as a
pickpocket, and working her way up.
The Washington Post says: "Blanco, who allegedly killed two of her
four husbands, turned to her top financial adviser and her favorite hit man
to instruct her sons on the distribution and killing ends of her business,
(says) Richard Smitten, who wrote a book on Blanco called ‘The Godmother.'"
"Bob Palombo, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who investigated
the Blanco organization, said in an interview last week that Griselda Blanco
was responsible for much of the drug-related violence in South Florida
during the 1980s. She is credited with perfecting the motorcycle
assassination, a popular tactic among South Florida's "cocaine cowboys." And
she once had a part interest in a Colombian factory that manufactured
girdles and bras with compartments to hide cocaine."
They say that behind every successful man is a woman.
Obviously these women knew how to get their sons cracking.
(Source: "For Jailed Kingpins, A Cocaine Kinship: Feds Say Friendship
Begot Partnership For D.C. Dealer, Colombian Brothers, by Toni Locy, The
Washington Post, Monday, August 19 1996; Page A01)


Ellen Haas hasn't reached the same pinnacles of success as Benazir
Bhutto. Haas is merely Undersecretary for the Department of Labor. But even
from a relatively lesser post, a woman can start thinking big. She can
become a mover and shaker.
Well, it appears Haas is *moving* a lot of government money to her
friends -- and *shaking* us down in the process.
For the second time in less than half a year, the watchdog General
Accounting Office has accused Haas of violating ethics regulations and
federal procurement laws and engaging in "a pattern of poor management."
Maybe we should call this "poor womanagement." Don't want to use
sexist language.
Despite two such GAO rulings in five months, Haas merely says that
"mistakes" were made and refuses to step down.
Her political allies say the accusations are motivated by politics.
We buy that. People usually don't turn in allies. A politically motivated
charged has to be looked at carefully, but it's not necessarily unfounded.
And GAO investigators have shown evidence indicating that Haas steers
government contracts to cronies and political allies.
For example: According to The Washington Post, "the GAO said Haas
violated federal ethics standards by allowing Susan Shreve, a close friend
of 15 years, to receive a $25,000 contract from USDA to write a children's
book on nutrition."
Haas personally reviewed the book. The author has been paid $11,250
and planned to sell the government 25,000 copies for $50,000.
But another official stopped the lucrative deal after noting that the
department could have free access to the book after a year and print the
book itself.
The GAO also cited Haas for careless management of a $173,000 contract
that mushroomed into a $2.3 million contract, and also for committing nearly
half a million dollars so the department could use two cartoon characters
from "The Lion King."
Maybe Haas could star in her own movie.
Call it "The Good Old Girls Club."
(Reference: "‘Team Nutrition' Leader Again Dines on Crow: Agriculture
Official Admits Contract ‘Mistakes'" By Bill McAllister, The Washington
Post, Thursday, September 19 1996; Page A29.)

Cosmopolitan is a leading women's magazine. Its articles and
attitudes run counter to feminist claims that women are oppressed by "the
beauty trap," that women are less lustful, unfaithful and materialistic than
men, that women are just somehow nicer. Cosmo far outsells Ms. Magazine.
And the "Cosmo girl" knows darn well she can get what she wants by selling
her sexuality or playing hardball at the office. So what attitudes are women
buying when they pick up Cosmo? Here's some items from the October issue:
-- Men *Love* Mysterious Women -- Seven Ways to Become One.
-- What Women Can Learn From Men at Work: Strategies *they* use can
earn titles, money, perks for *you!*
-- Keep *Your* Job -- Even if Nobody *Else* Does
-- In Hollywood, Even Friends Are Professional: These hangers-on have
perfected the art of cozying up!
-- The Glam (Sexy Too!) World of Political Volunteers: Want to meet
some *good* men? Mingle with Hollywood's Hottest? It's *possible* if you
join ...
-- Getting Out of a Psychologically Abusive Relationship. (Among the
"abuse" topics it covers are being in a relation with someone who
criticizes, withholds love, wants you to change, or wants more. If this is
abuse, then the number of abused men just skyrocketed. The article
recommends: "don't trust your lover too much," and says that "the most
important question in any relationship (is) ‘How does this man make
me feel?'")
-- He Might Sit Up and Notice if You ...
(This is a list of ways to get a man's attention. They include:)
... Shine a flashlight in his eyes whenever he stops listening.
... Tell him you have a crush on the doorman.
... Take lessons at a pistol-firing range.
... Shave your pubic hair or have it waxed into the shape of a heart.
... Call him the wrong name while making love.
... Read aloud from an article on penile implants.
... Run over his favorite guitar.
... Ask for a divorce.
Two women in a bar. One says: "His work keeps him away from home most
of the time. I like that in a husband."

Per's MANifesto newsletter announces:
Diogenes took his lamp and went looking for an honest man.
Now it's the feminists' turn.
We're picking up our flashlight and going in search of an honest
feminist. And believe me, we're bringing extra batteries.
In keeping with the theme of this month's MANifesto, we're looking for
this high moral character that feminists say they bring to public life.
We're looking for a feminist who will admit it is gender discrimination when
a man is denied a job because he is a man. In other words, she's so honest
she won't try to claim that discrimination is equality.*
We're looking for a feminist who will admit that she doesn't call for
equality when it's to her disadvantage. If the courts are biased in her
favor in a child custody dispute, she'll admit that she's not going to
demand equality and a level playing field.
We're looking for a feminist so honest that she'll admit that
protecting only female workers from offensive language is a special
protection and not equality.
We're looking for a feminist who will admit that it's censorship to
censor offensive speech.
We're looking for a feminist who will admit that censoring only the
offensive speech of men is not the equality they claim to support.
We're looking for a feminist who'll admit that women living an average
of seven years longer than men does NOT mean that women's health is being
We're looking for a feminist who will admit that the feminist rallying
cry of "all men are potential rapists" is an anti-male stereotype. She
won't try to play semantics or abstract word games in order to ignore the
hate message those words can convey.
We're looking for a feminist who will admit that feminism bears
responsibility for the innocent lives that have been destroyed by fads,
pseudo-science and hysteria promoted by feminism. She'll admit that
feminism has destroyed innocent people by promoting hysteria over "Satanic
cults" in day care centers, in promoting the false accusations arising from
the so-called "Recovered Memory Therapy," in trumped-up rape charges based
on the idea that it's "date rape" if a woman regrets having sex after
the fact, and so on.
And we're looking for feminists who will admit that movies portraying
men as scum and justifying just about any female revenge against them are
man-bashing movies.
So we're calling on all MANifesto readers. Pick up your flashlights
and go looking for an honest feminist. If you find one, nominate her for
the Per's MANifesto Honest Feminist Contest.
The grand prize for the best entry is ... taa-daaa ... well, there
ain't one.
At least we're honest.
And the deadline is ... well, there ain't one, either.
We figure you'll need lots of time.
Message your entries to with the subject line
"Honest Feminist Contest."
And one good thing about looking for an honest feminist.
It's not likely to take up much bandwidth.

(*The fine print: It doesn't count if she basically admits a point and
then fudges it all to heck. In other words, she can't admit it's
discrimination to deny a man a job because he's a man and then fudge it all
over the place by claim this discrimination brings about equality. Fudging
is not honest. No points for fudging.)

... you've ever gone to a "Take Back The Night" march with a condom in
your wallet.
... you're willing to sacrifice jobs, safety, security, rights,
promotions and pay raises -- of any other man except you.
... you've ever told her that "all men are potential rapists" hoping
that she'll be afraid to date anyone but you.
... you've posted anonymously: "submissive male seeks strong woman for
instruction in discipline ..."
... you hope your ability to quote chapter and verse from "The Beauty
Trap" will impress the really hot babes.
... you hope that your staunch support for Affirmative Action and
hiring quotas means that they'll never be applied against YOU.
... you set up a "safe and nurturing environment," a support group, or
a retreat to shelter "strong women."
... you think that violence is always wrong -- and you'll shoot any
man who disagrees.
` ... you think at embracing and preaching anti-male stereotypes means
you'll be exempt from them.
... you believe that a man yelling at a woman constitutes domestic
violence, while a woman stabbing a man is a firm stand against domestic

And here are some from "mew."
... you think that the woman who fired you can't be sexist because
women have no power in today's society.
... you admonish your children to "look before you leap" but you feel
guilty for leaving the toilet seat up.
... you set out the trash for the garbagemen before going to work to
meet with a chairperson.
... you've ever referred to _yourself_ as "draftsperson",
"chairperson", etc.
... you think of your newborn son as a potential rapist.
... you think it's normal genetics that so many first-born children
bear no resemblance to their fathers.
... you agree with the widow next door that women's health issues are

And Aric contributes these:
... you think it unfair that women have to pay more for clothes,
especially since they live longer so they have to buy more.
... you feel women should band together to "take back the net"
starting with the elimination of male-oppressive sexual jargon like "hard
drive" and "motherboard".
... being vilified for things that you never ever did seems natural
and right to you.

Got any of your own? E-mail them with the subject line "You Might Be
A Male Feminist If ..." to If we get more, we'll run
them in future issues.

Dead men are healthier than most women, says a new study released by
the Propaganda Organization for Women (POW).
"We've long known that women are being shortchanged on health care,"
says Colleen Hyphenated-Lastname, president of POW. "Now this report proves
"Statistics show that women live about seven years longer than men,"
she said. "Thus women live long enough to suffer a variety of ailments that
men never have to suffer. Consider the scourge of osteoporosis -- the
brittle-bone disease that occurs in older people. Most victims of this
disease are women. That's because they live long enough to get it. Men
don't live as long as women, so they don't suffer as much osteoporosis.
Obviously, if fewer men are suffering from this insidious and debilitating
disease, then men are healthier than women."
"Also, we have found that many widows have a tough time getting by on
the pensions of their late husbands. These widows cannot always afford the
finest health care. This causes them to suffer from a variety of ailments
their late husbands are not forced to endure."
"Some people ask us -- ‘what should be done about men dying earlier
than women?' We say that obviously it means we have to put more money into
improving the health of women. After all, it doesn't make any sense to
spend our scarce health-care dollars on dead people."
"Some backlashers point out that men have higher rates of depression,
alcoholism and drug abuse. ‘Isn't that a health issue?' they say. We don't
think so. After all, many of the men who have alcoholism or addictions will
go on to commit suicide. Once you're dead, obviously you aren't suffering
from a disease anymore."
"Meanwhile there are all these living women who suffer from
depression. It is our job to help the living."
"Also, suicide is a personal choice. This is one area in which
feminists will defend a man's right to choose."
"We also found that dead men are healthier in one other key area. In
strict, laboratory conditions, we scanned the brain waves of a random
sampling of dead men. For a control group, we then scanned the brain waves
of a random sampling of members of our feminist group."
"The dead men scored higher in every respect."


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