Gerry, an Irishman, studied telecommunications when telephones lived in a box on a street corner. So keeping up with the pace of change in technology and society kept him fully occupied throughout his career in the public and private sectors. His work took him to the Balkans conflict where he met his wife, and where he has settled in his retirement.
The luxury of having more time has allowed him to pursue a fascination with the narratives of feminism, which are contrary to his own observations.
In search of answers to some of these narratives he proposes a counter-argument based on the intersection of vested interests in the consumer society, and the position women occupy there.
He will explain how female attention-seeking behaviour has moved beyond childish affectation and adult dysfunction…[For a fuller profile, check out the speakers page https://icmi2020.icmi.info/?page_id=27.]
This video is one of 120 videos published for the sixth International Conference on Men’s Issues (2020) http://icmi2020.icmi.info, a conference originally planned for Sydney, Australia, but later turned into a virtual conference due to Covid-19.
The videos are being published simultaneously on two YouTube channel playlists. The first is run by Paul Elam of A Voice for Men “AVfM” http://avoiceformen.com. His personal website, which includes details of his coaching and counselling services, is http://paulelam.com. The video playlist is here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOXfnai0-o0I8BtOpmjbn_3FGYBHiV64S.
The second playlist is run by the British political party Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), “J4MB” http://j4mb.org.uk. The playlist is here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjMscr0TpRqgzZSIxFCxDwCxVBzyakCMu. The leader of the party since May 2020 has been Elizabeth Hobson (32).
From #metoo to the American Psychological Association’s guidelines pathologizing “masculinity” as harmful, to Gillette’s razor adverts blaming all men for the actions of a damaged few, ideologically motivated groups have used unchallenged narratives of female victimhood to promote damaging stereotypes about men and boys, masculinity and men’s relationships to each other.
More than ever before, recognition of men’s issues is needed. Men and boys deserve compassion, they deserve consideration for their unique needs, and they deserve our support.
Men and boys also deserve respect for their unique contributions to society and an end to the promotion of unkind stereotyping of being harmful, abusive, toxic, selfish and hateful. We would not tolerate this stereotyping directed towards any other group.
We are in an era of unprecedented ideological conflict. By reducing men’s ability to take a positive identity from their masculinity we are encouraging young men to pursue ever more radical ideologies to find a place to belong. In turn we are also encouraging young women to embrace an identity as society’s victims rather than its equal co-creators.
The inaugural conference was held in 2014, and since 2016 the conferences have been held annually:
– Detroit (2014)
– London (2016)
– Gold Coast, Australia (2017)
– London (2018)
– Chicago (2019)
Playlists of all 100+ presentations at the conferences (as well as the 120 at this one) are accessible by using the link below, which will take you to the YouTube channel of J4MB, along with playlists of the presentations at the Messages 4 Men conferences in London (2017-19) and the (UK) National Conference on Men’s Issues, “Domestic Abuse is a Men’s Issue, Too” (2020):
The conferences deal with the social and legal issues that disproportionately (or uniquely) affect men and boys.
This year’s conference is being held online, with the publication of 120 videos (one per hour, every hour) from midday, Saturday, 14 November, to midday, Thursday, 19 November, 2020 (International Men’s Day), Sydney time.
Our thanks to Tom Caulfield, Technical Director at J4MB, for his impressive launch video:
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