The following poster is being placed prominently in multiple cities in Canada, starting in Vancouver but also elsewhere. Similar posters with similar messages are beginning to appear in Seattle and other parts of the United States, as well as Australia and the UK. In every place so far that they’ve gone up, they’ve faced ridicule, mocking, and, worst of all, received regular vandalism and torn down in locations where it’s perfectly legal to place and display them. They have been classified by people who call themselves “feminists” as “hate-speech.”

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The statistics from these posters are from the Canadian government and apply to Canada nationwide; statistics for the US, Australia, and other advanced Western nations are very similar, however. The poster reads:

40% of domestic violence victims are male

94% of all industrial deaths and accidents happen to men

42% of Bachelor’s Degrees are earned by men

90% of divorces are initiated by women

30% of those named as fathers who test for paternity find they are not the biological father

85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes

Government funding for Prostate Cancer is 60% less than the amount for breast cancer despite diagnosis rates being idential.

80% of all suicides are men.

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.

76% of homicide victims are men

97% of combat deaths and casualties since the 1st Gulf War have been men

90% of the homeless are men

90% of all homeless children are from fatherless homes

85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes

Fathers receive primary custody of their children less than 10% of the time.

Had enough of this yet?

Those are Canadian government statistics, but they are very similar in the United States. Furthermore, the domestic violence and general violence victim rate for men is almost certainly higher than the numbers given, since virtually all sources agree that male victims and female perpetrators are under-reported in a wide variety of violent crimes, including domestic violence and sexual assault.

In case you’re having trouble reading that, click the image to enlarge it. Or if you would like a full-size PDF of it, suitable for printing out and posting yourself, you can find it here, and may find similarly useful posters in PDF form here and here. Just be sure that if you do print and post any of these, that you are fully in compliance with the laws in your area and have the consent of any property owners.

For the record, I find conservative traditionalists to be somewhat better than radical feminists on these issues–but only by a tiny, miniscule amount, since the usual “conservative” response to these things is to say nice things about “Traditional manhood” but otherwise the same as the radical feminist response: “man up,” “suck it up,” or “men need to get their act together.” To which a growing number of men, young men in particular, are starting to lift a middle finger.

We aren’t going to accept your definition of “manning up.” We are not going to accept a “blame the victim” mentality thrown at us. We aren’t going to go away, we are not going to let you divide us by race, and we are not going to shut up. These statistics are just the tip of the iceberg, for there’s more, far more to look at and far more to be done.

If someone can tell me which of the major Presidential campaigns in America plans to do anything about any of the above, I’d like to hear it. So far as I can see, Barack Obama has nothing to say about any of it, and neither does Mitt Romney.

Further mainstream news coverage of the postering campaign and active censorship efforts against them here. Further discussion of these issues, as well as censorship efforts against them, here.

Why do I write about these things? Because I have sons I love, growing up in a world that is increasingly contemptous and dismissive of them.

Dean Esmay, Guest Voice Columnist
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zephyr
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zephyr
4 years 14 days ago

and, worst of all, received regular vandalism and torn down

The obvious question that comes to mind: What percentage of the vandalism is taking place at the hands of men and what percentage is at the hands of women? No answer to this of course – and I know it strays from the point of the post, but I wonder just the same.

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 14 days ago
40% of domestic violence victims are male Significant 94% of all industrial deaths and accidents happen to men not relevant 42% of Bachelor’s Degrees are earned by men so? 90% of Divorces are initiated by women so? 30% of those named as fathers who test for paternity find they are not the biological father relevant, but not a surprise. 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes ok, fatherless or single parent? what about two women raising a child? Government funding for Prostate Cancer is 60% less than the amount for breast cancer despite diagnosis rates… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago
They have been classified by people who call themselves “feminists” as “hate-speech.” Who? As in, which ones? I mean, giving a bunch of statistics is certainly not “hate-speech”. It is, again (as with all your MRA articles), patently ridiculous to blame these stats on feminists, or to act like feminists aren’t working to help many of these causes. Perhaps it’s MRAs out there working with the feminists to get women ability to serve in all jobs on the military? Oh, they’re not? Maybe it’s MRAs trying to make it so that women can hold a larger number of industrial jobs?… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago

So, it looks like 90% is high — about 2 of 3 divorces are initiated by women. Of course, another stat I found while looking to confirm or refute the 90% number above was that, upon marriage, the average woman’s standard of living drops by 27%, while the average man’s rises by 10%. Maybe a little insight into why the initial statistic exists.

roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago

in a society where divorced men routinely lose their custody and a huge chunk of their income to the woman who left them

I’d like to throw out there that the “huge chunk of their income” is because men usually make significantly more than women, despite all your stats about how women are earning more degrees, etc. Er, also something (in case you missed it), that feminists are working on. It should be noted that when women make more than their husbands, a divorce generally ends up in a huge chunk of her income going to him.

dduck
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dduck
4 years 14 days ago

I basically agree with Roro on this one.

The Real Peterman
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The Real Peterman
4 years 14 days ago
“It is patently ridiculous to blame these stats on feminists, or to act like feminists aren’t working to help many of these causes.” But feminists worked to make divorce much easier, and told women that divorce would work out fine because children don’t need a father. This leads to children growing up without a father’s influence and being more likely to commit crime, abuse drugs, or attempt suicide. A man in America is 3 times as likely as a woman to be a victim of a violent crime, yet feminists push for a Violence Against Women Act. Feminists complain all… Read more »
The Real Peterman
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The Real Peterman
4 years 14 days ago

“Er, also something (in case you missed it), that feminists are working on. ”

Yes, feminists are definitely working on getting women more pay, but not so much on making divorce settlements more reasonable.

The Real Peterman
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The Real Peterman
4 years 14 days ago

“upon marriage, the average woman’s standard of living drops by 27%, while the average man’s rises by 10%”

With all due respect, that defies belief. There was a book called “The Divorce Revolution” which stated that after a divorce a man’s standard of living rises by 10% but the wife’s drops by 27%; of course, that book is based on a 35-year-old survey of only 228 people in one city (Los Angeles).

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 14 days ago
“94% work-related deaths for men is relevant in a society which claims men are “privileged” and where any discrimination faced by females is automatically given priority in the news and in government policy.” No no no, those numbers prove absolutely nothing when it comes to privilege. Men mostly do those jobs because the have the genetic advantage of strength and they have kept women out of those jobs…even though that is slowly changing. Women with the same education are secretaries or retailers. One job is significantly more dangerous than the other. So now we are at 2/3s and that still… Read more »
The Real Peterman
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The Real Peterman
4 years 14 days ago
“Men mostly do those jobs because the have the genetic advantage of strength and they have kept women out of those jobs” Is there nothing that can be done to make those jobs safer? Maybe we should take the money spent on the VAWA and use it to make coal-mining or commercial fishing safer. I think that would be a better use of it. You sure sound like you simply don’t care about men dying at work. “Men are just stronger” is certainly a blase way of waving off tens of thousands of deaths a year. What if I said… Read more »
ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 14 days ago
Yeah, well, when I see a lady working the deck on The Deadliest Catch, I will take that argument into more consideration…and even then… one lady out of hundreds… Walking on steel beams is dangerous. Changing out lights in antenna towers is dangerous. Even building a 2 story home is more dangerous than working at Macy’s. When those jobs are split 50 50 and considerably more men are still falling to their deaths…then we have a sexism problem… and it will most likely be because men are not using the safety equipment they are required to use.
roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago
When was the last time you heard a feminist say “instead of campaigning to restrict men marrying women from other countries, let’s work to eliminate Selective Service?” or “why don’t we fight to make workplaces safer instead of creating websites to complain about being whistled at on the street?” I sure haven’t. Then you are not paying attention. See, feminists think we can talk about and work for changes in workplace safety (BIG defenders of unions, feminists are), equality in military service, and at the same time work on sex trafficking and the constant microagressions that make millions of women… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago

feminists worked to make divorce much easier

Yep. Sorry, but if one of the parties in a marriage does not want to be in that marriage, they should be able to get a divorce. We can argue about terms, but legally shackling together two people who do not want to be together is not my idea of marriage.

davidpsummers
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davidpsummers
4 years 14 days ago
“94% work-related deaths for men is relevant in a society which claims men are “privileged” and where any discrimination faced by females is automatically given priority in the news and in government policy.” No no no, those numbers prove absolutely nothing when it comes to privilege. Men mostly do those jobs because the have the genetic advantage of strength and they have kept women out of those jobs…even though that is slowly changing. Women with the same education are secretaries or retailers. One job is significantly more dangerous than the other. It is true that the number implies a simple… Read more »
The Real Peterman
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The Real Peterman
4 years 14 days ago

“and it will most likely be because men are not using the safety equipment they are required to use”

That’s absurd.

It seems you just don’t care about men. They are disposable to you, like napkins.

roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago

I have already provided a link documented the self-described “feminists” who claimed this is hate-speech

I see 3 poster PDFs, a link to an article about a poster that is different (and much more incediary) than the one you posted here, and 2 GWW youtubes. Where are the feminists who call this hate speech?

oooooooooogh
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oooooooooogh
4 years 14 days ago

ShannonLeee If you believe that these stats are because women are not allowed to work in dangerous jobs. Then I challenge you to find two hundred women who are willing to leave the warmth of their homes and family and friends to spend several months on a deep sea fishing vessel. In dangerous conditions, then I will acknowledge your point!

roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago
Then I challenge you to find two hundred women who are willing to leave the warmth of their homes and family and friends to spend several months on a deep sea fishing vessel. Holy cow. Good lord, you’d think that it was women who made the men go take those jobs, instead of it being that they pay a helluva lot better than the jobs relegated to women of similar education level. Men have the same option to clean up bedbans and sweep floors and clean rich people’s houses, but they choose to do the more dangerous jobs because they… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago
Maybe we should take the money spent on the VAWA and use it to make coal-mining or commercial fishing safer. OMG of course coal mining and commercial fishing should be made safer! Union busting, lax regulation, the inability of our leaders to grow a backbone on issues that concern their donors, and absolute disregard for safety by mining companies and fishing companies holds firm blame for this. Is lax laws on domestic violence going to help coal miner safety? Will a coal miner who is allowed to smack around his wife do a better job at standing up to his… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago

There was a book called “The Divorce Revolution”

The place I had read the stat initially incorrectly had it indicated as a post-wedding statistic, but upon further review, you are correct that the stat was post-divorce, not post-wedding.

roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago
Many have pointed at things like the wage gap which implies that if you are women, they write you a smaller check when the reality is more complex. Not really. In the 77c/$ figure, things like hours worked and time off and different career choices are taken into account. But the pay gap taking all these things into acocunt still exists, although it is less than 77c/$. Surely you’ve looked at Lilly Ledbetter’s particular case? And if a company is legally allowed to discriminate by paying women less, which in that case was found to be so, then why wouldn’t… Read more »
SteveK
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SteveK
4 years 14 days ago

Until these 4 x mo. rants about how ‘Poor Men’ are being mistreated by ‘Evil Women’ I lived in a fantasy world where the women in my life and I really liked one another… we like who we are… and, we like how we relate to one another.

After reading these ‘Poor me… I’m an abused man’ rants I feel the same way. Though now I realize there are some having a real time trying to adjust to modern society. I hope that they are able to get some help.

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 14 days ago

Yikes, it got awful trollie around here.
My cousin would. She also works wildfires and is a paramedic.

And yes… I’m a dude.

roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago

you can stop personalizing everything and making emotion arguments for yourself

Hahaha! …..and my comment was actually for Peterman, not you, about a comment made to Shannon, a man. The hysterical roro lady will stop making such wildly emotional comments such as “but hey”. Or, you know, not.

ordinarysparrow
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ordinarysparrow
4 years 14 days ago
” Hell is oneself, Hell is alone, the other figures in it merely projections.” T.S. Eliot Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings. Projection reduces anxiety by allowing the expression of the unwanted unconscious impulses or desires without letting the conscious mind recognize them. An example of this behavior might be blaming another for self failure. The mind may… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago

it seems to bounce all over the place.

If I’ve not been clear, by all means let me know where and I’d be happy to give clarification. And I suppose I’m glad I’m entertaining? Not really why I’m here though…being so emotional and stuff what with my ladybits and all that bidniz has evidently made me personalize issues that personally affect me (horrors!), which seems to be seen as a problem by others on this board.

keith
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keith
4 years 14 days ago

Dean I find no difficulty in considering the message these posters imbue. That they would be torn down is emblematic of the soft violence of contempt that many men face in their lives. It is no less a process of silencing followed by an accusation of stoic emotional insensitivity for not speaking up. It is the hypocrisy of our culture that will damn you if you do and damn you if you don’t. It is for men a culture that gives little and takes much and tells you it is a privilege.

DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist
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Hi there all: IF youre new here, read the commenters rules. No attacking other commenters, trying to ‘read their minds’ (no one can), no attacking writers. Read the rules and abide and all will be well. Stick to the topic of the post, and not each other, or what you think of others’ ways of presenting their facts, opinions or teachings, and all will be well. We reserve the right by the fact that you register here, to edit or delete comments that are not in keeping with the house rules for civility. Thanks, archangel/ dr.e Also “oooooooooogh” suggest you… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 14 days ago
and it will most likely be because men are not using the safety equipment they are required to use Shannon — I do want to point out that, unless it a man working for himself, safety incidents, particularly those that end in death, are very often the result of extremely unsafe work conditions, insufficient safety or hazard communication training, and overall blasé attention by management toward the issues of safety. This is because it’s expensive to do correctly, and regulations favor profits over the safety of the worker. In all the factories I’ve audited (maybe 40 now, from high-tech to… Read more »
keith
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keith
4 years 14 days ago

@ ordinarysparrow

your comment on projection is very insightful,sensitive and well stated. Would you mind if I quoted your comment?

StockBoyLA
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StockBoyLA
4 years 14 days ago

80% of all suicides are men.

With the rest of the statistics, I can see why! :)

StockBoyLA
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StockBoyLA
4 years 14 days ago
I think we can all agree that there are some men who beat up on women and some women who beat up on men. Given that men are more likely to work in dangerous situations, i.e. truck driving, factories, military, etc., I am not surprised that men have the higher percentage of workplace deaths. I think there are both men and women (as has been noted) who, for various reasons, do not report crimes against themselves. I think the growing awareness and education among women is great and allows them to report crimes and seek help. I think it’s important… Read more »
ordinarysparrow
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ordinarysparrow
4 years 14 days ago
I hear you dr.e. yet i would not know how to read a book, a poem, a post without first hearing where the content is coming from, so how can that be separated when it so often speaks louder than the content? Dr.e, it is not okay to speak of that? Keith you are welcome… most of us project when we get into highly charged topics that pit one against another… I so know that just like a bird that needs two wings to fly, men need women and women need men…I am in the and both camp without need… Read more »
DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist
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OS: Commenters certainly can ask about origins of any content in the posts on TMV. The point is civility in the asking. The replies ought be civil also. Commenters are welcome to give their facts and opinions and teachings about the content or sources of content. Civilly. I hope that helps to clarify. And, thanks for asking OS.

keith
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keith
4 years 14 days ago

@ ordinarysparrow

my earlier comment referred to our culture. I have linked a thoughtful youtube clip 3-4 minutes in length. I thought you may enjoy it’s context. Thank you for your response. I found your initial questions to Dean regarding fatherhood curious. I find his effort in this post to be an extraordinary exercise of thoughtful fathering given the value that our culture places on fatherhood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5aGIWyGNUA

ordinarysparrow
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ordinarysparrow
4 years 14 days ago
@ keith Thanks…. Took a look at the clip. Am familiar with Terrance McKenna and have found him and a number of the early explorers in consciousness to be most interesting. For many years worked as a psychotherapist where it was very common to encourage ‘inner mothering’ yet not once do i remember any professional material on ‘inner fathering’…my interest are more with how the imbalance or neglect of fathering effects the collective… Shrug the shoulders and say i don’t know when it comes to the feminist/anti-feminist–masculine/anti-masculine debates… all too often they are based in individual perspectives and personal life… Read more »
keith
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keith
4 years 14 days ago
@ OS “my interest are more with how the imbalance or “neglect” of fathering effects the collective” if by “neglect of fathering” you are referring to fathers being neglectful I would say that it reflects a pervasive cultural perspective with dire outcomes for the inflexibility of it’s position. If you mean that fatherhood itself suffers neglect, the outcome is what we have now. The collective is vanishing, eroded by division. Fathering was removed from the culture when we urbanized, the traditional marriage all but destroyed fathering. No effort has been made since to give it back its life or even… Read more »
ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 13 days ago

Roro, my family is in the construction business. We run numerous safety programs including a reward based system (free stuff) for good behaviour. All of that still does not keep certain people from doing dumb and dangerous stuff.

Anyone know the stats on seatbelt usage?

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 13 days ago

The only thing wrong with Dean’s message is that half of the point do not support his argument. The solid half is all Dean needs to make a very strong case. The rest detracts from his case and gives any opponent a wide variety options to negate the real case he is making.

And that is my point.

There is value in his message. It is just buried by the rest of the piece.

roro80
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roro80
4 years 13 days ago
Shannon — of course things will be at different levels depending on the industry. But to your seatbelt point, in California where it has been mandatory for decades and failure to use them carries high fines, usage is practically universal, particularly when compared with (as just an example) Argentina, where there are no laws about wearing seatbelts, and most consider it kind of silly and nerdy to wear them. Safety outcomes are also much better for those areas where it’s illegal not to. Sure, as with your construction company, not everyone follows the rules, and sometimes even those who do… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 13 days ago

There is value in his message. It is just buried by the rest of the piece.

I keep hoping that maybe he’ll come out with a piece about how to help change those statistics, which as you note, are important and should not be ignored. But his pieces just turn into anti-feminist screeds, where the message is not “these are problems that need to be fixed” but instead “feminists are terrible and awful and hate men”. The latter is neither correct nor at all valuable as a message.

ordinarysparrow
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ordinarysparrow
4 years 13 days ago
@ keith Sorry neither interpretations resonate with what was conveyed. Merely suggesting an honoring of both mothering and fathering principle….compassion and responsibility….a society that nurturing children as well as teaching moral values… i am not invested in polarization of the sexes…mothers and fathers can teach and model both mothering and fathering… The feminism i am familiar with is not ‘misandry’ but rather egalitarianism. Do not agree that the movement of women working for an egalitarian society has destroyed the masculine, fathering, or the family…. Perhaps male as dominate has changed….and some are having a more difficult time in sorting through… Read more »
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