Schools Out – Forever!

 

Whenever I need a bit of a lift – I turn to music – and nope – not some wishy washy ballady type music written for women to assure themselves that the greatest love of all is to love yourself! No doubt while chanting “I loooooooooooove me, what’s your hobby?”

Please! Get a grip.

Nope, what gets my blood moving again, what gets me up and dancing around the kitchen in my wellies (yes wellies) is Thin Lizzy – The Boys are Back in Town, and Alice Coopers – Schools Out.

Today and yesterday was no different – except in one way – it hit me, this morning – ladies, Schools Out – not just for the summer – but forever because The Boys ARE back in town.

Don’t believe me – hmmmm – you should maybe take a trip to Detroit this summer on June 27th and 28th, when the first International Men’s Rights Conference, of this century, is due to take place hosted by A Voice for Men.

The theme of this conference is simple, it is clear, and it is unequivocal, and it is the message of the Men’s Human Rights Movement (MHRM)

MENS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS.

The line up of speakers will address issues that impact on the lives, the worth, the value of men and boys – and they will speak the truth.

I can’t recall which one of you said those asinine words “the personal is political” but, I will give you all fair warning – YOU made it personal – now the growing international Men’s Human Rights Movement, WILL make it political.

For any feminists intending to attend, to protest, to launch a counter offensive in an effort to silence these voices, these truths – a concept I know that feminists have not even a passing acquaintance with – it’s too late.

Seriously ladies – you are too late – for almost 10 years I believe, since the inestimable angryharry first sat in front of his computer and tapped out the truth on his keyboard your days were numbered.

From: Equality Between Men And Women Is Not Achievable. Click here for article.

“The search for ‘equality’ between ‘men’ and ‘women’ is like a dog chasing its own tail. It will always be out of reach. And the very act of chasing it is costing us a great deal and causing tremendous damage to us.

The solution that we need to seek is not ‘equality’ – because it will never be found.”

You have been informed, the MHRM has attempted to educate you, to school you – and yet in your arrogance, in your vanity and egotism you played hooky, you skipped class and went on your merry ways. Well ladies – time to pay the piper, time for you to stop, to sit, stand or slouch still – lesson time is over – no more extensions – no more due over’s.

SCHOOLS OUT – forever.

Perhaps there was a time when you could have been considered capable of learning, capable of becoming more than you were, of growing into adults endowed with reason, with honour, with integrity, with even a small semblance of humanity. Alas with each poisonous article, each putrid blog and site, each repetition of the same tedious, asinine and frankly boring whines and complaints, peevish and petulant gripes and moans – it is abundantly clear that you are not capable of any of those things.

So, while all you fabulous 30 something’s are penning your screeds, cackling and sniggering with your various covens – and it must be said – while your ovaries are shrivelling to walnuts, your eggs have just gone off, and your vaginas are drying up – which apparently speak to and for you – the world is moving, and has moved on.

Oh yes, we know it is not going to be easy, we know that you will try every nasty, underhanded, sly and vicious trick in the book, and at your disposal to stop this, to prevent this conversation from taking place.

We know this, we know that you will point your manicured fingers at men and young men, at boys, and make false accusations, tell vicious lies.  We know this.

Just as we know that you will continue to write your poisonous articles, keep on posting your vicious rants on your blogs and sites.

WE KNOW THIS.

We don’t care, do it, bring it on – say what you like – peddle your lies, spin your fairytales, rant and rage, shriek and howl at the moon for all I care.

We know this, because we already know what you are willing to do to protect your ideology, to cling gracelessly and rigidly to your unsupportable “theories” we know that you will lie, will libel and slander, will viciously and dishonestly attack anyone who dares to challenge you. Like cornered rats do.

Do it – bring it on.

Then go look at the numbers – go look at the numbers of women backing away from feminism, go look at the numbers of men and women who are looking back at YOU – in contempt, in scorn, in derision.

Can you see them? Can you hear them? Of course you can, of course you know this is happening – why else would you all be in a fever, in an ever accelerating panic to enact legislation, to put in place gynocentric policies, to attempt to shut down and shut up these voices?

Do it, bring it on – laws can be repealed, policies can be abandoned, all it takes is the will and the commitment of men and women willing to say – ENOUGH. All it takes is for people who know the truth to stand up and say – this is wrong.

“All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

Victor Hugo

You are facing a growing army of these men and women – you are facing a determined, committed and immovable body of men and women who not only have stood up to be counted, but ARE standing up, more and more with each day that passes.

Abandon ship ladies, the boat is sinking, and the rats are leaving – and by the way – there is a price to be paid if you want room on the lifeboat?

That price is and should be easy enough to pay – all it will be is that, you become a human being.

The lifeboat? The Men’s Human Rights Movement.

 

© Anja Eriud 2014

 

 

 

Got the Whole World in my Hands…..

 

Of the oft and interminably repeated complaints from feminists, two stand out, the first being that women are and have been denied access to positions of power and influence both at the present time and in the past.  In fact the constant whine from feminists is that women have NO POWER, because men are hogging it all? On a Global scale.  Hmmmm.

The second is that no-one cares about women, never did, never have and presumably never will. Not only that, but now it seems feminism has finally turned its attention to women in faraway places and decried the lack of “resources” for these women.  Not only that, apparently women from these faraway places are even more “oppressed” than women in the West, if that’s even possible!

So, this is a Global issue is it? Women are being kept out of positions that wield global influence and no-one is listening to women?

Shall we take a look at some heavy hitting Global Organisations and see the patriarchy in action.  Let’s start with the IMF (International Monetary Fund) because, well because this organisation wields enormous power and influence on governments, on states, in fact the IMF could make or break a nation.

The current head of the IMF – is Christine Legarde (France) – Managing Director

Now Ms. Legarde was apparently a bit naughty in May of this year, with lots and lots of other people’s money, but managed to dodge that bullet and retain her position of enormous power and enormous influence.

 Another female Ms. Nemat Shafik a native of Egypt is a Deputy Managing Director, of the IMF, Egypt being one of those faraway places feminists like to point to as hotbeds of female oppression. Ms. Shafik obviously forgot to be oppressed.

Then we have Ms. Antoinette Monsio Sayeh  from the tiny African country of Liberia who is the Director, African Department, of the IMF, Liberia is a tiny African country, with tiny African countries being high on the feminist list of places where women are oppressed. By the way, the current “President and head of government in Liberia is President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF (since 16 January 2006); Vice President Joseph BOAKAI (since 16 January 2006) note – the president is both the chief of state and head of government.”

 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is female and has been head of government in Liberia for 6 years.

But of course, according to feminism the world turns its back on the suffering of women, the health of women, and demands that women be given a voice, an end to the silencing of women’s voices.

 How about that Global Organisation which is the voice of World Health “issues”? Just who is “in charge” at the WHO – World Health Organisation? Why look it is;

 Dr Margaret Chan – Director General

Dr Margaret Chan is the Director-General of WHO, appointed by the World Health Assembly on 9 November 2006. The Assembly appointed Dr Chan for a second five-year term at its sixty-fifth session in May 2012. Dr Chan’s new term will begin on 1 July 2012 and continue until 30 June 2017.”

 Appointed to a second five year term in 2012, having already been “in charge” of World Health “issues” since 2006.

Dr. Chan’s complete Bio is  here. What are worth noting are the dates, she started her career in 1978 and was appointed as Director of Health in Hong Kong in 1994, obviously the Government of Hong Kong didn’t get the patriarchy memo about “not allowing women into positions of influence and power”

 It’s an anomaly, I hear all you feminists scream in frustration, eemmm, nope it isn’t, out of seven Assistant Director Generals at the WHO two are female.

 Flavia Bustreo – Assistant Director-General – Family, Women’s and Children’s Health

Marie-Paule Kieny – Assistant Director-General – Health Systems and Innovation

 Not only that, there are six Regional Directors; two of whom are also female:

 Dr Carissa Etienne – WHO Regional Director for the Americas, the Americas being a ginormous place to be “in charge of”

 Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab – WHO Regional Director for Europe, again, EUROPE! All of Europe. No power or influence there!

Not looking really good is it for the feminists, all these women in positions of power and influence, maybe we’ll have better luck finding some oppression at the UN ?(United Nations)

 Let’s take a look at:

 United Nations – General Assembly of The United Nations: The Team.

 The President of this “Team” is Ambassador John W. Ashe and his second in command, directly under him is Ambassador Paulette BethelChef de Cabinet.  Ok then, the head honcho IS MALE.

What about the rest of the “Team”?

 Well there are 24 members and of those fourteen of them are female:

  1. Ambassador Janine Coye-Felson – Special Advisor – Legal Matters
  2. Ms. Tala Dowlatshahi – Director of Communications
  3. Ms. Afaf Konja – Spokesperson
  4. Ms. Abigail SommaSpeechwriter
  5. Ms. Frances Fuller – Special Assistant to the President
  6. Ms. Aqeelah AkbarAdviser – Third Committee
  7. Ms. Allison BookerAdviser – Third Committee
  8. Ms. Marie-Elena John – Adviser – Gender Issues
  9. Ms. Alina Padeanu – Adviser – Rule of Law / Human Rights and Civil Society Engagement
  10. Ms. Dornella SethAdviser – ICPD+20
  11. Ms. Maia Shanidze – Adviser – Fifth Committee
  12. Ms. Anya Thomas – Adviser – Sustainable Development Matters
  13. Ms. Fanny Langella – Deputy Speechwriter / Deputy Spokesperson
  14. Ms. Alice Farhat – Administrative Assistant to the President

There are six “Main Committees” of the UN with several other committees and subsidiary bodies.

The Third Committee that Ms. Akbar and Ms. Booker are advisors to, concerns itself with: Social, Humanitarian & Cultural issues:

“The General Assembly allocates to its Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee, commonly referred to as the “Third Committee”, agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world……

“…..The Committee also discusses the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control…..”

Please note, there is NO Committee that even bothers discussing the “advancement of men” in fact there are NO committees at all about men.

 What about the  Fifth Committee  that Ms. Shanidze is advisor to?  That is the Administrative and Budgetary Committee of the UN and is currently in its 68th session. Fifth Committee Resolutions & Decisions of the 67th session can be found here.

Hmmm, Ms. Shandze is the advisor to the committee that basically decides where the MONEY goes? Zero power or influence there!  Really?

You might have looked down the list and found yourself wondering, What the heck is ICPD + 20?

 Well, it is INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT one of the first of which was held in Cairo, Egypt 5-13 September 1994.  See here. Though there were two previous ones.

“World Population Conference in Bucharest in 1974 and the International Conference on Population at Mexico City in 1984.” 

The Cairo one was notable for this:

“The 1994 Conference was explicitly given a broader mandate on development issues than previous population conferences, reflecting the growing awareness that population, poverty, patterns of production and consumption and other threats to the environment are so closely interconnected that none of them can be considered in isolation.”

And this:

“The Conference outcomes will be closely related to those of the upcoming World Summit for Social Development, the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, as well as the elaboration of the UN’s Agenda for Development and the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.”

And finally this:

“The Programme of Action recommends important population and development objectives, including a set of mutually supportive qualitative and quantitative goals. Among these objectives and goals are: sustained economic growth in the context of sustainable development; education, especially for girls; gender equity and equality; infant, child and maternal mortality reduction; and the provision of universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning.”

 So, it would seem that not only are and have women been holders of enormous power and influence in and of Global Issues, but are most definitely NOT voiceless, never have been, and I very much doubt WILL ever be “voiceless” (chance would be a fine thing)

 As for women and “women’s issues” not being on the world agenda, women and “women’s issues” ARE the worlds agendas. Always have been. There has never been a time when women, have not had a platform. NEVER.

 But, I’ll tell you hasn’t had a platform, who haven’t even made the shortlist of “Global Issues worth talking about”?

 MEN

Count Me Out!

Of International Women’s Day, women’s decade, and every other feminist backed, feminist inspired overhyped, overinflated, fraudulent, numbers, statistics and “studies” peddled by feminists and fed to us through international organisations like the UN.

Enough!

Take my name, the fact that I exist and happen to be female OFF your lists, out of your calculations and get this message one and for all:

YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME.

You do not represent me, you do not get to use me without my permission to sell this shit to the world, you do not get to lie about the circumstances of my life, lie about what may or may not happen to me as a woman living on this planet, or stand in front of the world and presume to tell the world who I am.

SHUT UP!

You do get to smear and defame my father, grandfather and great-grandfather, my brothers, my nephews, my male friends.

I saw the post Reyeko put up on his blog about International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November and it irritated me, not his post, the idea of it, so I went looking on the UN website, and there it was, pages and pages of lies, half-truths, misrepresented situations, ethnic conflicts used as exemplars to peddle a false picture of what happens in other non-conflict territories. Repetition of false and fraudulent statistics.

It was all there, all the feminist bullshit, all the feminist lies gathered together in one place, then using an international platform, spewed out into the world. It made me angry, all sorts of thoughts ran through my head as I clicked through their “information”

But the over-riding one was, WHERE ARE THE MALE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE, OF RAPE, where are the men and boys who are used as viciously, as callously as women and girls?

I went to bed and do you know what my first thought was when I woke up? Count me out, enough! Enough of this bullshit, and;

 YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME!

I thought it was bad enough last week when I typed “men’s issues” into the Directory of UN Resources on Gender and Women’s Issues, search box and got a blank page, but looking at the UN page for this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November, page last night, they’re not even pretending that gender means women AND men anymore – how stupid do these unelected, unrepresentative ideologues think people really are? How dumb do you have to be to say “women and gender” and imply that you give a shit about men and boys when women and gender means women and WOMENS issues?

One half of humanity erased, written out of the script, disappeared and ignored, one half of humanity treated as non-existent, one half of humanity’s suffering pain and anguish waved away, trivialised, dismissed and now not even worthy of a footnote, an aside, a mention.

No organisation gets to call themselves a HUMANANITARIAN one if ignores one half of humanity. The depth of the fraud, the sheer level of the sham perpetrated by this vile propaganda exercise is  breathtaking.

So, let’s just take them one by one and expose the lies, the frauds, the misrepresentations.

The “Brochurethat the UN has helpfully supplied on the website lists these “Fast Facts” with an obvious lack of competence to distinguish facts from fiction and to differentiate between facts that are provable, and therefore cited and “facts” described as “estimated” or “approximately” or using phrases as “some countries” to indicate a “worldwide”   phenonomen and claim outrageously large figures that “were calculated” in “some countries

Let’s just look at these “Fast Facts” in more detail.

1. Women and girls make up 80% of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually, with 79% of them trafficked for sexual exploitation.

 “Anne Gallagher, Advisor on Trafficking at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry that the use of poor quality data was widespread in policy-making on trafficking. She argues that, ‘Rather than acknowledging or confronting these inadequacies, much contemporary trafficking research unquestioningly accepts and promulgates unverified data’ (APJC Submission 23, 2003).

The unfortunate result of the ambiguity surrounding human trafficking data is most often the perpetuation of poorly researched, unrepresentative, or misleading statistics that fill the void left by researchers who are unwilling to make estimates or predictions based on research that is unreliable. Policy is then informed by flimsy estimates, drawn from unsubstantiated newspaper claims, or research that does not carefully articulate the definitions and methodology that inform the study.”

From: Exaggerated statistics used in Human Trafficking research by Erin O’Brien Posted on October 28, 2012, See here.

2. Approximately 100 TO 140 MILLION girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting.

 This is one of the more emotive subjects that feminists use to, and use cynically to propel their agenda forward.  It has been carefully scripted as an issue that allegedly comprehensively illustrates the global perpetuation of violence against women and girls. In fact it is such an emotive issue that it is guaranteed to shut down debate and leave those who would question the feminist agenda stumped to respond.

 Well, I am going to respond, and say this, first female circumcision was hijacked by feminism in a cynical manner to give credence to their underlying contention that women and only women suffer, using something as highly emotive as genital cutting. It strikes at some deep inner core of personal revulsion buried within any compassionate person against brutalising another human being.

 Is female circumcision something that happens? And when it happens it is an assault on that person? Yes it does and yes it is.

 It happens within very specific cultures and for various reasons, ethnic, cultural and religious.

“The procedures are generally done by other female members of a family or social group. All are damaging to a woman’s sexual and reproductive function. They are justified on the basis of tradition and superstition that contact with an intact clitoris would harm a baby during childbirth, or that a woman’s “purity” and cleanliness demand it.”

 Is there any evidence of a worldwide epidemic of female circumcision due to increased migration FROM cultures that practice this?

Well no, actually there isn’t.

“As no example of this practice has ever been proven it could hardly be justified to introduce such a law and it seems that the Danish national campaign against FGC has been successful (21). However, there are constant rumors in the groups concerned about young Danish African girls being circumcised. Yet there is no substantiated evidence in the form of court cases or social service documentation.

In Norway, there has been one report to the police concerning circumcision, when a Gambian woman reported her husband. This report was, for unclear reasons, withdrawn. Rumors are frequent and a list with anonymous examples of Norwegian African girls said to have been circumcised has been edited by an organization working to support immigrants in Norway but no case has been taken to court (pers. commun., Sara Johnsdotter, Lund University, Sweden, and R. Elise B. Johansen, Oslo, Norway, at the state project against female circumcision; ‘‘Omsorg og Kunnskap’’).

In Finland, sending children abroad for circumcision is prohibited as well. There have occasionally been rumors regarding girls being circumcised in Africa during summer holidays, but no cases have been verified so far.”

 Does circumcision happen to boys and men? Is it taken as seriously as female circumcision? No, it is not.

 So, who resists abandoning this practice? Within those cultures that practice it? It is the women, the women of these cultures that perpetuate this practice. 

“I could write an entire book about the emotions, the fear, the pain and the pride as well, that many women surprisingly still felt instead of all the hardship they had been put through by their mothers and grandmothers.

 The problem will be,” said Cheik Camara, the eldest and wisest of the team members, ” to convince the mothers. It is much more difficult to convince the women to give it up than the men. It has nothing to do with Islam either. It is much deeper”..

3. Up to 7 IN 10 WOMEN in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.

 Really?  Let’s break this statement down. “Up to 7 in 10” what does that mean? Is it any number between 1 and 7?  Let’s take “in the world” next. What parts of the world? Were comprehensive studies done? and by whom in every single country “in the world”? Where are these studies? What about “report having experienced” where are these reports? Who compiled this data? Where is this data? What definitions for “physical and/or sexual violence” is the UN using here?

 The UN is implying in this false statement that practically every woman, anywhere in the entire world is being assaulted and abused and yet there is no mention of the assault of and abuse against men.

 Perhaps this major review of over 1,700 studies will give a clearer picture.

PARTNER ABUSE STATE OF KNOWLEDGE PROJECT (PASK)

The world’s largest domestic violence research data base, 2,657 pages,  with summaries of 1,700 peer-reviewed studies.

4. 603 MILLION women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.

 Again with the rather vague “countries” and of course the massive number guaranteed to shock, and of course imply that these 603 million women are being beaten in these “countries

 Let’s see, there 196 or so, recognised sovereign states in the world, perhaps the UN might like to pick which of these sovereign states they are referring to, or does the UN prefer to just make vague unsubstantiated allegations against EVERY sovereign state in the world, as barbaric, uncivilised and in violation of international standards of law?

With regard to the “population” number, there are many countries that have substantial population density, and quite a few that have relatively small population density, the fact that x number of women live in a particular country means nothing, the allegation that in these vague “countries” there is no “law against domestic violence” because what this is implying is that the men in these vague “countries” are all beating up their wives/girlfriends/mothers/sisters/daughters/nieces etc, in fact ALL men in these “countries” are beating up ALL the women, ALL the time.  That’s some vague, unsubstantiated, unfounded allegation to make against practically the entire male populations of “some” countries.

5. Approximately 250,000 TO 500,000 WOMEN AND GIRLS WERE RAPED in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

There is so much wrong with this claim, this attempt to use ethnic conflicts with complex multi-faceted causes and roots to insinuate that ALL men are and will be rapists that it is hard to know where to begin.

First, note the date – 1994 – almost 20 years ago, second during the course of the ethnic conflict in Rwanda, not only were atrocities committed, they were committed, instigated and sanctioned by WOMEN as well as men, thirdly, rape as a weapon of war has been used against MEN as well as women, see here, here and here.

But lastly, Rwanda is a sovereign state with many deep cultural and ethnic scars to overcome and heal, is the UN implying that Rwanda should be constantly reminded of a dark time in its history, that Rwanda should ever be held up as an example to the rest of the world to illustrate men’s, and woman’s inhumanity to men and women?

6. As many as 1 IN 4 WOMEN experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.

 Again, really? Where? What data, what studies what EVIDENCE is the UN using to support this allegation? What does the UN mean by “physical and sexual violence”?

 7. Over 60 MILLION girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18.

 Where? Define “child bride” is the UN including countries where the “age of consent” is below 18, such as these.  Including, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, UK and the USA to name but a few.

 “More than 800 years after the first recorded age of consent laws, the one constant is the lack of consistency. Laws around the world define the socially appropriate age of consent anywhere from 13 to 18. Some differentiate between heterosexual and homosexual acts while others do not. Some apply to young men as well as young women and others remained focused on the lives and actions of girls. And beyond the legislation lies the world of practice, an even more complex story.”

From: Stephen Robertson, “Age of Consent Laws,” in Children and Youth in History, Item #230, http://chnm.gmu.edu/cyh/teaching-modules/230  

8. More than 100 MILLION GIRLS are ‘missing’ due to prenatal sex selection.

 This one takes my breath away, rather coyly the UN is using a euphemism for abortion, and as we all know and have had hammered into our heads by feminists for the last 40 or so years, the mantra of feminism is “My body, My choice” unless the UN is again implying that 100 million women are being forced into having abortions? Is that it?

  Well, if it is, then come right out and say so. Because you cannot have it both ways, on the hand chanting the mantra “my body, my choice” than getting all outraged, all righteously indignant when WOMEN exercise that choice and CHOOSE to abort baby girls.

 9. Worldwide, up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls UNDER THE AGE OF 16.

Again.  Where is your EVIDENCE? What data, what studies, what research are you making this claim on? “Worldwide”? What countries?

10. In some countries the annual cost of intimate partner violence was calculated at US$1.6 TO US$5.8 BILLION.

Some countries”? WHAT countries? Who made these “calculations”? How did they arrive at these massive figures? Using what EVIDENCE?

What really angers me is that this international organisation, purporting to be at the forefront of “humanitarian” activities worldwide consistently and deliberately IGNORES one half of humanity.

Uses its position of influence to promulgate false and fraudulent “statistics” and makes vague unsubstantiated claims and allegations designed to demonise and smear ALL men, worldwide, and elevate ALL women, even the vicious, the inhumane, the ignorant and the cruel to perpetual victim status.

ENOUGH!

 

 

 

Out on The Streets in Ireland

Tom Golden has an article on A Voice For Men, called “Is homelessness a men’s  issue?

It is an excellent article highlighting not just the fact that the majority of homeless are men but also exploring the myriad causes of male homelessness and how a snowball effect happens in many cases which propels men into homelessness

“Some folks are starting to understand that there may be some powerful underlying aspects to homelessness that most are simply not seeing. The sad fact is that most every homeless man may have started out his slide into homelessness with a huge trauma like divorce, death, illness, loss of job and probably more than one of these or others all rolled up into one big plate of stink.

These trauma overload the system of any person, but they are particularly hard for men. Why? Because no one wants to hear his pain, and no one wants to hear his story. When people see a man in pain they run, when they see a woman in pain they consider it a call for action. So men are left alone to deal with huge amounts of pain. Often they find ways to move through it and sometimes they end up paralyzed and homeless.”

Tom also points out how male homelessness, and in fact any issue to do with men’s pain is swept under the carpet. Deliberately.

“Not only are men the majority of the homeless, but homelessness is the dead end for so many other men’s issues. How many homeless men do you think have been raped by the family courts? How many homeless men do you think have been falsely accused? How many homeless men have been victims of domestic violence and ignored? How many homeless men have been severely depressed and overlooked.

The sad fact is that homelessness is the end of the road for many men after they have faced years upon years of misandry, people looking the other way, and no services available when they face hardship and discrimination. Nearly all of the issues we discuss and work to bring into public awareness find their dead end in the two male exit points: homelessness or suicide.”

The over-riding theme is, that when it comes to “men’s issues” in particular male homelessness, the default position seems to be that it “must be his own fault” therefore very little by way of sympathy, compassion or more importantly, services are available to these men.  Can you even imagine in this gynocentric culture such an attitude towards women who find themselves in “crisis” situations? No.  Of course you cannot. I’m not even going to bother putting up links to the innumerable services available to women. You know, and I know that they are there for the taking, in spite of the whining from feminists about the “lack of resources and funding for women’s issues

Men in trouble, men with “issues” are invisible, and are doubly invisible apparently, if they perchance find themselves in the public spotlight in connection with some other more, “worthy of compassion” creature. To what am I referring? I sense you asking in puzzlement. What “other creature” could demand more compassion than a homeless human being?

Answer. A rabbit. Yes, you read that right, a bunny rabbit called Barney. Go take a read of the article linked here, and pay special attention to the comments.

Have you read it? Good. Did you notice something about the comments? Almost all of them focus on the plight of poor Barney the bunny, rather than John the human being.

Let me just say this first, it was absolutely reprehensible what that “youth” did, a terrible thing to do to a poor defenseless animal, and he was rightly punished for it.

But. HELLO! Homeless human being here, homeless MAN here, in fact, a brave compassionate man who dived into the Liffey, (the river that wends its way through Dublin) to save another helpless creature.

Now, to be fair, his story did evoke a response, did result in recognition of not just his bravery and compassion, and did inspire many to make gestures of generosity and compassion towards John, the human being.

Within days he was given a Compassionate Citizen Award for going above and beyond the call of duty to help an animal in need.

His story touched the hearts of thousands of people nationwide, with many offering donations and food.”

But the comments from some of the people who did comment on this story? Unbelievable. For example. This poster quoting John Byrne the homeless man, had this to say.

osmundbullock

{{ “I’ve always had animals on the street with me to keep me company and to keep me happy,” Byrne added. }} Hmmm..really? I suspect the main reason Mr Byrne has animals on the street with him while begging is that it increases his appeal to the sentimental, and gives him a higher income (over and above the one the state gives him). Nothing wrong with that, of course, it’s just good marketing – and certainly no reason to throw the poor rabbit in the river. But one would appreciate a bit of honesty about why it was with him in the first place.

5 Dec 2012 01:53

and

Clem2

138 convictions? Lock this guy up!!! Poor bunny… that was SO cruel ;-/

1 May 11:53

Quite a few focused on the young man who actually threw the rabbit into the river, in particular in light of this revelation.

The court heard that Kearney was brought up in care, has 138 previous convictions and is already in detention at St Patrick’s Institution.”

St Pat’s as it is/was known in Dublin has a less than savoury history, as have many institutions that operated in Ireland, particularly those tasked with the “care” of young boys.

Am I condoning what Gary Kearney, the 20 yr old who threw John Byrnes rabbit Barney into the river did?  Absolutely not, but if you look past the superficial details of this story, if you ignore the carefully crafted hype around the plight of poor Barney, beneath the surface you will see several issues.

First and foremost, a homeless human being, John Byrne, was begging on O’Connell Bridge when Gary Kearney came along and threw his pet into the river.

Outside the court, Byrne, who has been living on the streets for 23 years, said he was in shock when he saw his pet swimming around in circles, looking up at him.”

Did you see that?  23 years living on the street, earlier in the article it states that Mr. Byrne is 37 years old – do the math – he was 14 years old when he became homeless. 14 years old! Now I’m only guessing here, but if Mr. Byrne had alcohol or substance abuse problems, it would’ve been mentioned, in a faux sympathetic way as “poor alcoholic man” but mentioned.  It wasn’t.

Regardless, think about the fact that this man became homeless at 14 years of age, a boy, a child, and here he is 23 years later still homeless, still living on the street!

Can you imagine any woman, whatever her “issues” substance abuse” or whatever would have been left “living on the streets” for 23 years? I certainly cannot.

Now before I continue, this linked article in the online Irish independent has slightly different details than the Huffington Post one, for example it states that Mr. Byrne has been living on the streets for 24 years rather than 23, though still cites his age as 37 years old. Also it does confirm these details.

The court heard the culprit Kearney was brought up in care, has 138 previous convictions and is already in detention at St Patrick’s Institution.”

Both articles confirm Gary Kearney is from Crumlin, a working class area on the south side of Dublin.

With regard to Gary Kearney, the young man convicted of animal cruelty, again absolutely condemn what he did, absolutely endorse his conviction. But, I do find myself wondering, taking into account the limited information given about this young man’s history, and in spite of his abhorrent actions, what detail is missing?

In fact, for what it’s worth, this young man’s history, brought up in care, incarcerated in St. Pats and growing up in a predominately “working class” area, acting in this cruel and reprehensible manner is almost inevitable, not excusable, not justifiable but, inevitable. In fact, after Gary Kearney serves his sentence and the remainder of whatever other sentences he has or receives, and if and when he is released, it is almost also inevitable that Gary Kearney himself will end up living on the same streets as John Byrne. If not inevitably then at least possibly.

Does this make me glad? Absolutely not, do I believe he “deserves” this? Again, absolutely not? Am I just being a “bleeding heart liberal”? Nope. All I am doing is hoping to raise some deeper issues, shed some light on some of the more complex factors that contribute to male homelessness, and perhaps to ask, are the seeds of those factors that lead to male homelessness planted in childhood? In the types of lives that some boys are forced to live? As well as the factors in adult men’s lives as outlined in Tom’s article on AVfM.

Whatever circumstances caused Gary Kearney to grow up “in care” in Ireland, and “in care” in an Irish context* doesn’t have a warm fuzzy connotation to it. Whatever dysfunctional life he was born into that set in motion the events that led up to his throwing poor Barney into the river, and may also have led to John Byrne finding himself homeless and on the streets at 13 or 14 years old, and still on those same streets 23/24 years later. Those factors need to be examined, addressed and as eloquently articulated by Tom Golden made part of the public debate on Men and Boys issues. in answer to Tom’s question “Is homelessness a men’s issue?” My answer is YES it is, but even more it is a Human Rights issue. Are men not Human Beings?

And yes, I am glad that Barney is safe and well and in the care of, what seems to me, a kind and compassionate man like John Byrne.

 

*There really is too much evidence, too many reports, to post links to the level and extent of child abuse perpetrated in Ireland, just type “child abuse in Ireland” into Google and you will get “About 21,500,000 results

 

© Anja Eriud 2013

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