Stop Violence Against Men
It is time to get angry about the fact that there are no campaigns to try
to stop violence against men.
Men make up the vast majority of victims
of violence, and yet it is very rare indeed that one ever comes across
anybody arguing that we should try to put a stop to this.
of dollars across the world are poured annually into campaigns to try to
reduce the amount of violence against women, there is virtually nothing,
as far as I can see, that aims to achieve the same kind of reduction in
it comes to men victims.
And yet violence against men is an enormous
problem right across the planet.
And has been throughout history.
throughout the whole of history have, essentially, been wars against men.
throughout the whole of history have, essentially, been wars against men.
All of them.
The misery and the destruction that they have wrought has
been both colossal and unimaginable.
So why is there no ongoing public
campaign to address this issue in a such way that it could easily have an
And the answer, as ever, is that men victims of
violence do not seem to count for very much in the minds of people and,
further, that it suits some very powerful groups to continue to demonise
men and, hence, to encourage violence against them and between them.
Whether it be domestic violence, prison rape, wrongful arrest, detention
without charge, rough treatment at the hands of the authorities, gang
violence, muggings, Bobbit jokes, Hollywood, war, etc etc, violence
against men - or the inciting of it - is generally seen by the population
as nothing to be concerned about.
With women, of course, the situation
is completely different.
And women's groups will also always attempt to make a huge
fuss about numerous issues surrounding violence against - or the
mistreatment of - women.
And who can blame them?
And it is about time
that men started supporting a similar campaign to stop violence against
From what I can gather, the most common arguments against the view
that a campaign to SVAM would be effective are fairly feeble - not in the
sense that they are invalid, but in the sense that they can easily be
overcome with thoughtful activism.
Here are some of them.
1. Well, sometimes you need to inflict
violence on men in order to protect others.
Yep, that's true.
But the same goes for women; or even children if, for example, they
are pointing a gun at you with malicious intent - which often happens in
Besides which, an SVAM campaign is never going to eliminate
all violence against men any more than will the typical campaigns engaged
in by women's groups to eliminate all violence against women.
of the campaign is to keep alerting people to men victims of violence in
an attempt to reduce it and, while doing so, to make a fuss about it.
And this notion can be applied to a whole range of issues; prison rape,
mistreatment by the authorities, domestic violence, war etc etc
Why not campaign to stop violence against all people? - i.e. not just men.
Fair enough. But women and children have billions of dollars worth of
funding every year to campaign against violence against them. You could
say the same to them, couldn't you?
Well, since they do not spend their
dollars campaigning to SVAM then what can possibly be wrong if men start
campaigning on behalf of themselves when it comes to this issue?
men supposed to accept that violence against them is OK?
Well, I'll tell
you something of importance if you believe that.
a. You can go and fk
b. You would be advised not to say it where MRAs can see you
Especially if you work for a large company or a government
There is almost nothing that enrages MRAs more than seeing
someone inciting unjust violence against men, disregarding it, or
laughing about it.
3. A campaign to SVAM will never take off. No-one gives a damn about
Good point. But think about the following ...
a. MRAs do care
about it - and they can use their influence to get other men to care about
b. It is not wise to get on the wrong side of an angry group of
c. There is absolutely nothing to stop MRAs from pursuing a
campaign to SVAM, because no-one has a leg to stand upon to oppose such a
What legitimate arguments could anybody possibly make to
oppose effectively a campaign to SVAM?
None, as far as I can tell.
As such, the only reason that such a campaign would never take off is
because MRAs, themselves, had failed to see how hugely important such a
campaign could be.
Indeed, can you imagine just how different the world
would be if, say, the notion that violence against men was wrong entered
into the consciousness of even a quarter of the Earth's population of men?
And what if thousands of them, all over the place, were actively
campaigning to SVAM whenever the situation was appropriate?
of the impact of that!
Furthermore, it is an issue that pretty much
unites all MRAs - almost no matter what are their own personal concerns -
though I do accept that, at the moment, many MRAs cannot yet see how it is
that what they are mostly protesting about is usually, at least in some
way, related to violence against men.
For example, removing a man from
his own home is an act of violence by the state as far as most MRAs are
concerned. Being held in custody without charge for long periods of time
merely following an accusation of some sexual sort is also seen as such an
Indeed, the way in which 'violence' is nowadays defined in the
minds of westerners is such that it includes the mistreatment of people in
ways that do not necessarily entail beatings, stabbings or physical
'Mistreatment', therefore, is probably a more appropriate word to
use in many circumstances; but the word 'violence' will do given the way
in which it is currently used.
In short: there is no effective argument
that can block an effective SVAM campaign.
No feminist, or women's group, or politician, or newspaper can turn
round and say that such a campaign is 'wrong' or 'outrageous' or 'unfair
To repeat: It is not a campaign that can be effectively
4. Promoting an SVAM campaign would make MRAs sound like a
bunch of wussies.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
Let them think so.
The more that they underestimate MRAs the better.
Besides which, many
MRAs on the internet are, indeed, wussies. They are
Neurotic-Introverts who have 'their own way of knowing' - LOL! - and
fighting - and they are going to exert an increasingly effective force;
e.g. Neurotic Introverts Unite.
They will fight their enemies with their brains, not with their muscles.
Furthermore, on this particular issue, they cannot actually lose, can
they? As such, it is the men naysayers whom they might come across who are
likely to end up looking like wussies if they handle the situation
For example, when it comes to this issue, it is not very hard
to turn what appears to be a (wussie-like) plea into an attack - a fairly
vicious one too.
"Violence against men is wrong."
important about men? What about women and children?"
"Of course violence
against women and children is wrong. And there are billions of dollars
every year poured into campaigns to reduce such violence. That's good. But
what about trying to reduce violence against men? Or do you approve of
violence against men? Does it turn you on in some way? If not, explain to
me why trying to stop violence against men is a bad idea. Or are you too
scared to stand up for yourself? I thought that real men stood up for
themselves. You're not a real man. You're a wussie."
important about men? What about women and children?"
"Aha. I see. You
are Mr Macho Man. No, Sir. You are not afraid of violence. No, Sir. Not
you. Bring it on, is what you are trying to tell us. From behind a screen!
Perhaps you see yourself as Rambo. Or the Hulk. Have you got big muscles
as well? And, perhaps, a gun? Ha. Ha. Ha. What a prat. The women round
here are not impressed. You're in the wrong era. Your time has gone."
Yes, Yes, Shaming language, I know.
But it works!
above examples probably represent the only type of counter-viewpoints that
might impart an effective blow.
And, clearly, they are relatively easy
to deal with.
Furthermore, not many people of importance are going to
dare to stand up and say, or imply that, "Violence against men is nothing
to be concerned about."
They just wouldn't dare.
At 'best', the idea
can just be ignored by them.
So what we have here is a notion that
strongly supports (often indirectly)
many issues that MRAs are concerned about and it is a notion that cannot
be countered effectively.
Furthermore, the more that this notion
spreads, the better off will all men be.
I promise you that these trails lead in many
directions and that they can impact massively and positively on many areas
of concern to men.
As such, implanting the associated memes hither and
thither both across the internet and inside your own heads, and using them
- often by attaching them to issues of particular concern to you - will
empower you hugely with regard to your various MM battles.
MRAs are accustomed to taking on one of the most powerful and most
protected groups of all - feminists.
They have been in direct conflict
with them for much of the time.
But, to repeat myself, when it comes to
a campaign to SVAM, there is no real group to conflict with.
no-one is going to be calling you a scumbag over it.
compared to fighting feminism, a campaign to SVAM should be a piece of
cake for MRAs.
Furthermore, as we all know, speaking
up against the feminist agenda can have significant negative consequences
for one's career and reputation, but this would surely not be the case for
those who simply protest about violence against men.
As such, a campaign
to SVAM could well attract supporters who would normally be too fearful to
support openly the MRM.
I should also point out that it is, surely, not
an exaggeration to claim that the world seems to be teetering on the brink
of some disaster or other for much of the time.
Terrorism. Shortage of energy, food and water supplies. Financial crises.
Excessive immigration. Spread of diseases. Civil unrest.
And, as I wrote
in my piece, Eight Horrible Facts,
there is a good chance that the entire human race could be extinguished,
or nearly so, by the creation of increasingly-sophisticated weapons and/or
viruses that could be unleashed - by accident or by malefaction.
And one way of reducing both the horribleness and the likelihood of
such horrors is, surely, to get into people's heads the notion that
violence against men is wrong.
To put it bluntly: The only reason that
an effective campaign to SVAM could not be launched, pursued and widely
disseminated would be down to a failure of MRAs to get behind it.
Anyway. In order to start the ball rolling, I am offering $500 to the
maker of the best 10-minute YouTube video that inspires others to support
the campaign to Stop Violence Against Men.
And if anyone would like to
add to this pot of money, please feel free to do so.
Who knows, we might
be able to get a few thousand dollars and then give awards for 1st, 2nd
and 3rd place.
But even if we only get just one really good video about
the issue, I shall be very pleased indeed - because even just one really
good video about the issue would be extremely useful for activist purposes
for many years to come.
(Indeed, some of my most popular pieces on Angry Harry - judging by
Google hits - were written over a decade ago.)
I would also like to see
websites (not necessarily MRA websites) displaying some kind of banner or
logo that publicises the campaign fairly starkly ...
... with perhaps a clickable link to a piece that is likely
to fuel further activism.
I haven't yet figured out who is going to
judge the winning video. Perhaps me, perhaps a small group of MRAs, or
perhaps a general vote. And I also haven't figured out the exact basis on
which the videos should be judged. So I will discuss these points with
some other MRAs.
But the video will not need to be 'professional' in
terms of how it looks. A talking head will do. It is the impact that will
Hopefully, sites like AVFM will also chip in to help with the
campaign. Maybe, they could even lead the campaign and take control of it.
However, ManWomanMyth will probably be banned from entering - because,
otherwise, I might as well just give him the $500 and be done with it!
To make the process easier, nominations can come from anybody; i.e. not
necessarily the video producer himself - or herself.
With luck, we could
end up with maybe 5, 10 or even 20 videos sitting on YouTube all promoting
the view that violence against men is wrong and that men should support a
campaign to SVAM.
And, surely, every MRA would also like to see such
videos on YouTube.
So, please post a link to this page if you would like
to see some videos on YouTube supporting the view that violence against
men is an issue that should be addressed far more often than is currently