Of angry men and misinformation
Here we are again. The mainstream media keeps referring to violent men with alleged links to the men’s rights movement. If you listen carefully you will often hear violent men being called MRAs by the media after an attack. As more information becomes available they may drop this but they will never acknowledge the lie that they propagated.
This happened with Alek Minassian who drove a truck down a sidewalk in Toronto, Canada in 2018, killing 10 and injuring 16. He had no connection to the men’s rights movement, but that didn’t matter. The slur was made anyway by the Fourth Estate.
Anders Breivik, who perpetrated mass murder on an island in Sweden in 2011 was claimed, without any evidence, to be an MRA by The Good Men Project.
One particularly egregious example was that of Elliot Rodger who, despite no known links to the men’s rights movement, is still routinely called an MRA. Rodger, of course, is infamous following a massacre in California in 2014.
Today it is Roy Den Hollander. Den Hollander is alleged to have killed one man, seriously injured another, and may yet be implicated in the murder of a third but as expected the mainstream media is making it all about misogyny.
Den Hollander wrote one article for A Voice for Men (AVfM), which was published on October 24, 2010 – nearly ten years ago. A quote from this one article has been widely circulated in the media as it attempts to link AVfM to violence. The mainstream media focuses on the mention of firearms. This quote though is perhaps more telling than they realise, for it expresses the pessimistic view that Den Hollander already had of the men’s movement all those years ago:
The future prospect of the Men’s Movement raising enough money to exercise some influence in America is unlikely. But there is one remaining source of power in which men still have a near monopoly—firearms. At some point, the men in this country will take the Declaration of Independence literally:
“[W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”
More recently Den Hollander published a manifesto in which he has made clear his position on the men’s rights movement:
I don’t belong to that group of wimps and whiners. They’re trying to win back their rights by acting like girls instead of men.
Most men’s rights advocates act like little girls and behave largely as the Feminists tell them to. You can identify them by the politically correct lingo they use and their copying of Feminists tactics by simply changing the sex. For example, “A woman is more likely to physically attack a guy than vice versa.” True, but who cares, unless she’s behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz. Even if she has a gun, most girls can’t shoot straight anyway, so unless it’s a shotgun, she’ll miss.
In one of my martial arts class, one Senshi always told us don’t hit the girls and I don’t. I let them hit me, which rarely hurts, unless it’s low.
What the men’s righters don’t understand is that girls have different weapons for causing evil, such as fraud and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Very clearly AVfM (and the wider men’s rights movement) is going in one direction and Den Hollander was going in another. He was no MRA – he said so himself. It took AVfM about 30 seconds to find this information in Den Hollander’s manifesto, so we must presume that the mainstream media found this too and are thus lying when they refer to Den Hollander as an MRA.
Den Hollander reached out to an allied organisation in March 2020 to express interest in assisting with a project that was being jointly worked on with AVfM. A discussion ensued on an internal AVfM channel and Paul Elam offered the following comment about Den Hollander:
Roy Den has a few screws loose. NCFM won’t touch him. I had to reject an article from him he wanted to publish with us, “The best way to preserve men’s rights is with a gun”
NCFM refers to the National Coalition for Men.
Every movement has its ideologues and extremists. What’s important is how they are dealt with. The many extremist feminist leaders are well known and listing them is beyond the scope of this article. In feminism, extremists tend to percolate to the top. Feminism thus selects for extremism whereas the men’s rights movement selects against it. The MRM pushes extremists to the side, and that’s what happened to Roy Den Hollander. But that won’t matter to the mainstream media, who will continue to peddle their lies.
With assitance and advice from Peter Wright.
Original Story on AVFM
Author: Robert Brockway
These stories are from AVoiceForMen.com.