This blog will tell you about the growing family crisis throughout the Western world. It will concentrate on the increasingly dangerous divorce machinery being operated by Western governments, as described in my recent book, Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family (Cumberland House, 2007).

I will continue publicizing these abuses in established, mainstream publications (see more than 80 published articles and studies on my internet site). But I also want to highlight here the increasingly totalitarian trajectory of the divorce regime, which I don't think is being emphasized adequately by others. What Frederick Douglass once observed of the slave power’s menacing expansion throughout the political system can now be seen in the cancerous spread of the divorce machinery: It is “advancing, poisoning, corrupting, and perverting the institutions of the country, growing more and more haughty, imperious, and exacting.”

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Review of Save the Males

This review of Kathleen Parker's new book, Save the Males, was apparently never posted on the Human Events website, so here is the text in full.

Human Events, vol. 64, no 41 (24 November 2008)

Men: The New Victim Group

by Stephen Baskerville
“The last thing we need in America is yet another victim group,” writes columnist John Leo, “this one made up of seriously aggrieved males.” Yet he devotes the column to the dangers of male-bashing.

Men seldom complain about negative “stereotypes,” from fear of appearing petty. So Kathleen Parker has performed a valuable service in her fine book about the increasingly male-hostile culture created by extreme feminism. The relentless venom against males and masculinity – and its impact on women and girls – is presented in readable prose with vivid, often humorous anecdotes. In popular culture, men are portrayed as bumblers, deadbeats, pedophiles, rapists, and batterers. Even boys are deprecated beyond a joke, with feminist teachers declaring “I don’t like boys” and feminist curricula trying to make them girls, plus T-shirts urging that they be pelted with rocks.

The consequences reach beyond New Age Men in aprons and Lamaze classes. By far the most serious fallout is the systematic destruction of fatherhood – “patriarchy” in feminist jargon. Single motherhood is more than celebrated in the popular culture; it is enforced in the courts. Public ridicule may be sufficient for public figures like former Vice President Dan Quayle, who do not subscribe to the fashionable orthodoxy that children can be raised just fine without fathers, but handcuffs and jail cells are available for private men who refuse to accept that their own children are just fine without them.

Criminalizing Fathers
Parker shows how families with fathers are more than a cultural ideal and social necessity: They also “keep government in its place.” She exposes repressive measures against “deadbeat dads,” including privacy and constitutional rights violations of “Americans accused of nothing,” and how this dishonest campaign is actually causing the problem it is supposed to be addressing. While Parker’s emphasis is on culture, she transcends the trendy but superficial “he said/she said” approach and highlights government power: How easily “stereotypes” result in not merely unfairness but incarceration.

To appreciate why this book is more than the mirror image of feminist “whining” requires recognizing a fundamental distinction between unfairness and injustice. It may be unfair that a woman can decide to abort a child or not and that a man with no “choice” about the child he fathered must then pay child support. But (even aside from the immorality of abortion) it is not necessarily unjust, and it does not in itself threaten a free society. Criminalizing innocent fathers by seizing and holding their children through divorce laws that allow them to the “treated like criminals by family court,” leveling false charges of ill-defined “abuse,” confiscating their homes, gagging their voices, forcing them to confess to crimes they did not commit, demanding that they pay for it all under the guise of “child support” – and all this on pain of incarceration without trial – constitutes government repression. It threatens not only the families and social order but the privacy and freedom of us all.

Though sugar-coated on Oprah and Dr. Phil, what this book exposes are the consequences of a political ideology that, like most ideologies, promotes hate. Not only has this permeated every corner of our society and culture; its ideologues are now set to assume unprecedented political power. Save the Males offers an important contribution to understanding what we may expect.

Stephen Baskerville is associate professor of government at Patrick Henry College and author of
Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family (Cumberland House, 2007).

1 comment:

Erik said...

In Britain, there is the story of Baby P, who died after being used "as a punchbag" for eight months by his mother's boyfriend and having his back and ribs broken…


"The abuse of the child, known in court as Baby P, was said to have taken place over eight months, during which time the boy was on the child protection register of Haringey … The [UK's] children's minister, Beverley Hughes, announced an independent review of child protection services."

The only thing the review did not seem to discover was how the baby would likely still be alive (certainly according to the law of averages), had he not been removed from the care of the real, natural father…

"THE FATHER['s] last memory of his son was the little boy flinging his arms out and shouting 'daddy, daddy, daddy'.
The toddler had stayed overnight with him and he returned P to his wife just five days before he died.
'She met me at the bus stop,' he said, fighting back tears. 'As she walked away he screamed 'daddy, daddy, daddy' so much she brought him back.' He had been overjoyed when his son was born but the marriage broke down soon afterwards. He paid regular maintenance and continued to see his son. 'When I came in he was happy and bouncy,' the father told the court."


"According to the NSPCC, half of the children killed or seriously injured through abuse and neglect are babies under a year old, while a further 20% are under the age of five. On average, 47 pre-school children are killed every year, mostly by their parents or carers."

Interestingly (but hardly surprisingly), the article does not mention the sex of the parent and carer who "mostly" kill them…

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