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Feminist Rhetoric Is Anti-Male ‘Libel,’ Author Says
Veteran Journalist Robert Stacy McCain to Speak Sept. 9 in Leominster
Men are being libeled by feminist rhetoric about “misogyny” and “rape culture,” according to a veteran journalist who will discuss his book at an event Sept. 9 in Leominster, Mass.
“Words mean things and the accusation of ‘misogyny’ – woman-hating – is being unfairly used by feminists to protect their ideology from criticism,” says Robert Stacy McCain, author of Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature. “In recent years, we have seen an effort to censor and silence critics of feminism, including the case of a Google engineer who was fired for a memo raising questions the company’s policies.”
McCain will speak Saturday, Sept. 9, at Tang Dynasty Restaurant (638 North Main Street, Leominster) for a luncheon event hosted by the Worcester Tea Party, DaTechGuyBlog.com and GraniteGrok.com. Advance tickets for the event can be ordered online for $35, which includes a buffet meal and a complimentary copy of McCain’s book.
Censorship of feminism’s critics is an issue that should be both familiar and concerning to Massachusetts residents. “In 2005, Harvard President Larry Summers was targeted by protests simply because he dared to mention ‘innate differences’ between men and women,” said McCain, referring to a controversy that led to Summers’ 2006 resignation. “Now we have seen the same basic issue turn into another national controversy involving Google, which is arguably the world’s most important information company.”
Google’s firing of Harvard graduate James Damore illustrates the way in which feminism has become a “totalitarian” movement that threatens free speech, McCain argues.
“By declaring their authority to speak on behalf of all women, feminists turn disagreement into ‘hate speech,’ and claim that anyone who criticizes them is ‘anti-woman,’” he said. “This is libel, a false accusation against men whose only crime is to disagree with a radical ideology.”
University departments of Women’s Studies are a major factor in promoting this attitude, said McCain, who has spent more than three years researching what his book calls the “anti-male propaganda” of radical feminism. “If the average person knew what Women’s Studies professors were teaching, they’d be shocked,” he said, citing such assigned materials as “Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals,’ Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality” in the widely-assigned textbook Feminist Frontiers. “It’s like a cult. Nobody on campus is allowed to question feminist ideology, so when students graduate and go out into the real world, they take these weird ideas with them. It’s a recipe for insanity.”
The notorious Rolling Stone rape hoax at the University of Virginia illustrated the toxic influence feminism has had on the media. “All the key facts in that story were wrong, but they let it go because it fit the feminist narrative,” he said, referring to the debunked 2014 article, “A Rape on Campus,” which cost the magazine millions of dollars to settle defamation claims. “Here was a case where an emotionally disturbed woman literally invented a rapist, ‘Haven Monahan,’ and a major magazine was willing to report that story as a fact.
“This is a very dangerous attitude,” McCain continued. “It’s not just that feminists are teaching women and men to hate each other, but they’re attacking the whole concept of truth.” A veteran of more than 20 years in the newspaper industry, McCain began investigating radical feminism at the urging of readers at his popular blog, TheOtherMcCain.com.
“After I started writing about this stuff, the commenters kept saying, ‘You ought to write a book,’ and finally I gave in,” he said. He had previously co-authored the 2006 book Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Democratic Party, but self-publishing Sex Trouble in early 2015 turned out to be just the beginning of what has turned into a long-term project. “There’s no end to this craziness. Every day, there’s some new story about how feminism is affecting our society, and I just kept digging deeper and deeper into it.”
Researching dozens of Women’s Studies textbooks is different work than what McCain had done previously, covering campaigns as a political correspondent for The American Spectator. From 2008 to 2012, he traveled thousands of miles, doing “shoe leather” reporting on the scene of debates, campaign rallies and conventions. It was while covering Scott Brown’s 2010 Senate campaign in Massachusetts that McCain met one of his hosts for the upcoming Leominster event, Worcester-based “Da Tech Guy” blogger Peter Ingemi.
“Pete picked me up at the Amtrak station in Boston, and off we went,” McCain said of his trip to cover the whirlwind final week of the Tea Party-backed campaign that elected a Republican to the Senate seat formerly held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. “We went all the way to the end at the victory party where the confetti and balloons came down. It shocked the world.”
In subsequent trips to the region, McCain met the proprietors of Granite Grok, a site covering New Hampshire politics. “There is no substitute for old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting,” McCain says, “and citizen-journalists are challenging the mainstream media to keep up or else get beat at their own game. The Internet has opened up a whole new world.”
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“Buffet Books & Blather” with Robert Stacy McCain
12 p.m. Noon, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Tang Dynasty Restaurant,
638 North Main Street,
You can buy your tickets here