My men's Equality Involvement Started Early
What qualifies me as a men's equality authority? First, the way I was raised. My father told me to always make sure I was right and then go ahead based on that premise, sort of like the theme song from the television series Davy Crockett, popular when I was a boy. My mother too always encouraged me to think for myself and to believe in myself. This free-thinking spirit was also supported by the times, with a post-WWII brotherly love and unity that predominantly existed in our society.
As a boy raised with two sisters, and a belief in fairness, I began to see some differences at a very young age between the way my sisters and I were treated, with more burdens placed on me to become a complete person than my sisters. I was finally glad to see an equality effort emerge in my late boyhood that actually, unbeknown to most now, at first addressed many issues unfair concerning males. I became very attuned to what was happening politically during these times, especially due to the fact I was likely about to be drafted into the military. (Thankfully, my draft number was high and the Viet Nam War was ending with the military draft about to cease.)
During this time when so many conscripted young men, not women, were being sent to, and killed in, Viet Nam, it was very difficult to ignore men in an equality effort. Ironically, the war actually helped at first to inspire the equality effort. However, any equal consideration for males and the male perspective was quickly thwarted as the so-called “equality” effort was then hijacked by very selfish and contemptuous women who ironically used their female chivalry advantage. I personally recall however a fair amount of women who at first were fighting for men's rights during these times because they were rationally-minded enough to know that a legitimate equality effort could not exist without including men and the male perspective with an equal consideration for men needed for legitimacy. But they often stated that, although they could see many of the problems facing men, men had difficulty expressing their feelings and concerns for their own behalf. (But the real reason for this inability had yet to be identified--men as part of their worthy masculine identity were groomed to be pawns for women and the government.) Shame would overtake men, as to be less of a man, if they were to open up and express themselves. And searing a scar within many men, sometimes the same women (accustomed to being served with no regard for men) who insisted that men open up, would use what the few who did say against them. The just-minded women got pushed to the wayside when men themselves failed to secure their own equality interests. I was very disappointed when the equality effort went entirely to women and the feminist effort took hold, making it necessary for me to carry the real equality cause by myself if I had to.
I spoke out as much as I could, but I was only one voice amongst a sea who were mostly “women's rights'” activists, with many male chivalrists and apologists joining in to get their credos as 'men' for supporting women. In fact, I was told later by one of my university professors in 1982 that what I had to say would have never been allowed had I been attending the university ten years prior. He didn't take kindly to my response when I brought up how he and others there supposedly advocate an intellectual environment where one is free to express oneself.
I began first, especially after the equality effort got hijacked by feminists, by writing daily notes of examples concerning men's equality concerns, a habitual task that has continued for many years up until the present, in fact since the women's movement/feminist effort began. I started early collecting information and acquiring any material available pertaining to men's equality and/or that just understood men and their perspective in my search for truth so restricted from the media and educational institutions--especially any acknowledgement pertaining to men's rights. Just as food, I was starving for it because I knew, although not generally expressed, this truth existed. (The preponderance of evidence was presented and experienced on a daily basis throughout society as in chivalry practice and dating in addition to the new prejudices developing, especially conveyed through propaganda via media, political, and educational sources.) I began piecing things together from my own experiences and knowledge gathered, along with cross-comparisons to the way men and women are treated, all contrasting to an equality premise held as part of our country's constitution, that being equal justice for all.
I never accepted the politically-forced idea that women had a status of inequality to men. Nothing supported it. Instead, I have always contended, due to actual practice and an established pedestal status for women, men were, and continue to be, the recipients of an unequal status to women, with the practice of chivalry, and all that status provides, bearing as testimony. I, along with many other men's rights' advocates later, have proved that point through many efforts. Although I never received the notoriety of some, I have continually conveyed the knowledge (e.g. sex discriminatory laws, rulings, social customs, etc.) through my lectures, writing, signings, articles, papers, books, studies combined with my men's rights associations, group leadership and meetings, research, graduate and doctoral coursework involvement. All this experience, research, and study has continually added to my knowledge and credentials.
When I first began attending college I hated English more than any other subject, even math, but I knew that learning to write would provide a means to express myself and an avenue by which I (and the male's perspective) could be heard. What may qualify as my first official acknowledgement as a men's rights advocate came in the Fall of 1982 when I was featured as a guest columnist in the city's newspaper, the Bellingham Herald, with a large published article titled Education has Adopted Sexual Biases. (My aunt, who had her own business and was well known in the business sectors of the city, told me that the president of the Chamber of Commerce inquired to see if she and I were related and, upon finding out we were, told her that he commended me for the great article. But this newspaper was in the same city where WWU was located where I was attending my first year (accepted as a sophomore). Feminists quickly took notice. But although I received flack, many others commended me. From this point forward, I became delighted whenever I got feminist ridicule because then I knew I was getting heard and striking my mark since I apparently posed a threat to their sex bigotry and hatred. Sort of like a submarine sending out a torpedo, if you don't see an explosion, you know you didn't hit your target. As a student attending the university, and as eluded to above, my sentiments were not received well within that environment—a whole other story, and that saga continues into more recent times.
The writing of my first book, Equality: A Man's Claim: The Equality Issue from the Male Perspective and an Ethical Society's Viewpoint—a very comprehensive reference for many all over the world—first began in the Spring of 1983 and resulted in the book being published in 1995. Prior to this book publishing date however I had many articles published on the subject of men's equality. Due to my insight I have been sought for my input by other men's rights leaders and authors, including Dr. Ferrell in the Fall of 1988 prior to him creating his book The Myth of Male Power. I received many commendations for my work, including book reviews from national men's organizations as the National Coalition of Free Men (now called National Coalition For Men) and A Voice for Men. Other associations have included Frederick Hayward, Men's Rights Inc., Sacramento and Gene Hopp, Seattle.
Prior to A Flaw From Within my most recent published book, Land, People, Politics, and Ignorance, explains how the land and the people are being exploited by the government and big business, with our rights being taken in the process. I convey how this all ties in to the hate-filled feminist effort attacking men, their rights, and any hint of equal status they may hold. This involves destroying the rapport between the sexes, implementing laws that target and criminalize men, breaking down and replacing the family unit for a separatist, two-worker arrangement that supports big business and the government's socialistic/communistic goals. I have headed the group Men and Fathers for Justice, for many years—one of many organizations that are part of a national effort to fight for men's and fathers' rights. Through my leadership involvement I took part in protests at the capitol and at the federal courthouse. (This involvement over-lapped the many years spent fighting for custody and maintaining a presence in my daughter’s life which process subjected me to the extreme injustices of the family court system.)
I have also been a guest speaker on many radio talk shows and at conferences as well as conducted news announcements on local events, created presentations, given educational seminars, and appeared on television for different news shorts. My speaking engagements have pertained to both men's political issues and natural resource education due to my career in natural resources.
I continue to be a tutor, mentor, speaker, writer, and loving father. I believe my greatest asset is the ability to think for myself combined with the courage to express the truth to others.
A more detailed and insightful account of my life as a men's rights advocate:
In my experiences, I soon found it to be sacred territory to tap not only into the male's psyche' but what this inquiry meant for women. Many men, being bound in their identity (prescribed 'self-worth' as mere pawns for women, were clueless as to men's equality, whereas some knew exactly what I was talking about, yet were terrified to speak out. My own father told me shortly after Equality: A Man's Claim was published that he understood what I was saying but that it was something that was never going to change. This acknowledgement by my father of a sacred code resonated with me. What truth could ever be so suppressed as to have its lack of acknowledgement attached to one's identity for serving another—a Pandora's Box held captive within the male psyche' that was never to be touched but sealed for eternity? This is something entrenched only within our Anglo-European culture, basically originating from England to later influence the U.S., Canada, and other countries as Australia and New Zealand, but also manifested in other countries since influenced by the same (e.g. India) where feminism easily follows to further build upon this groundwork.
Just prior to publishing Equality: A Man's Claim a female friend of mine with whom I shared content that went into forming the book told me she wished she would have read what I had given her prior to receiving psychological counseling. She said what I offered was more valuable and helped her more compared to what she did receive which, if anything, was harmful. A man who I knew to be very negative and bitter came to me one day with a totally different attitude and outlook–actually quite pleasant and positive. I couldn't help but notice the complete change in him and asked what had changed, since he was so different. To my surprise he answered, “Your book!” He explained how what was stated within the book helped to reveal that he was normal, confirming what had been suppressed thoughts that made him feel as though he had some sort of problem due to the pent up feelings and beliefs he had. He was so relieved and happy that it transformed him into a different person. I wondered at the time how many other men out there were suffering from the same condition fed by misandric women and self-hating (chivalrous) men as well as government, media, and educational propaganda.
During my stint as a university student, a message of intellectual oppression I received more than once is that unless I am totally indoctrinated with anti-male sentiment (self-hate), I don't even qualify to be a university student. This resentment-based conviction was magnified amongst some when I became a university professor. But during my doctoral coursework I was listened to, and one practicing therapist, a fellow doctoral student, sought my permission to use a technique I developed for her own practice.