Misandry: Losing Face, the SPLC Resorts To Mass Censorship“To attempt to silence a man is to pay him homage, for it is an acknowledgement that his arguments are both impossible to answer and impossible to ignore.”
- attributed to many people, but most of all John BryantBy I have let the matter of the SPLC sit for a week and a half to see how far they would go, but I think that now is the time to address it before I move on.
I was unsurprised when, earlier this month, Arthur Goldwag of the Southern Poverty Law Center – an organization which is if not extreme-left, one that certainly panders to such – decided to write an article about this site on their blog “Hatewatch.” The motto of their blog is “Keeping an Eye on the Radical Right,” an interesting notion since AVFMS has criticized ideologues on both the left and the right, and since one of its founding nine values is non-partisanship.
The article, while refraining from classifying AVFMS as a “hate site” (the cataloging of which is apparently their bread and butter in more ways than one), nonetheless attempted to paint this site as something born out of partisan extremism, accused it (falsely and without evidence) of dishonestly misrepresenting others, and loosed its gang of dogmatic and mean-spirited online followers to not only attack this site, but also (and more perniciously) attack anyone who stepped in to say a positive word it, or about men and boys.
They also heavily suppressed the comments of many men’s advocates in a very dishonest and one-sided fashion.
I was undismayed by their article, however. It gave me the opportunity to clarify where the SPLC and I differ, to demonstrate how the old social justice establishment doesn’t meet the needs of today’s world, and to show how websites like AVFMS help fill that void. I seized this opportunity by writing an article of my own and commenting on theirs. My first comment was overwhelmingly upvoted. It remains there as of now, but I am curious how long it will stay up.
It was uplifting to see so many people come out of the woodwork to defend this site’s work and values, and to advocate for men and boys. Robert O’Hara, news director at A Voice for Men, wrote an article on the matter. The SPLC article (and my response to it) was discussed heavily on the Men’s Rights subreddit and Facebook. And many, many men’s advocates showed up on the SPLC article itself to comment.
Upon returning to the SPLC article later on, I saw that the site administration had deleted over 100 comments by men’s advocates. Someone who had not visited the comments section of their article might be tempted to wonder whether the reason was because many of them were simply making childish rants, personal attacks, and other generally unproductive and insincere statements (trolling). Based on my experience, such would be the go-to accusation from any extreme ideologue with which we, by now, are all too familiar.
On the contrary; much like the chaotic and well-chronicled events at the University of Toronto, the men’s advocates were generally well-behaved. It was primarily their opponents who behaved in childishly, made a career out of personal attacks, trolled, and even made false accusations. And their comments were not deleted.
It is unfortunate that so many men’s advocates spent the time to make comments only to find them deleted. I think there is a bright side to this, however. Since the SPLC resorted to censorship on such a mass scale, it has made much of their comments section almost impossible to consistently and coherently read. In addition, since the SPLC has decided to not delete the childish, trolling, and hateful comments of its supporters, it has forfeited any credibility it might have had for making the claim that they are deleting comments based upon anything other than political suppression.
As a result, the comments section of their article is now an echo chamber that reflects far more poorly on the SPLC than it does of this website. You now simply cannot read the comments section of every other subthread without stumbling over a space where a comment used to be, responded to only by the personal attacks of SPLC supporters. This is what much of it now looks like:
Just look at that screenshot: three comments by three different dissenters deleted. One of whom (of all people) is Pierce Harlan, a blogger at Community of the Wrongly Accused who is well-known for his civilized approach. Meanwhile, the comments of those who responded with nothing but childish personal attacks remained. And that, folks, truly is representative of how the SPLC and their commenters like to run things.
And what’s worse, when you think about it, is that this is how they would like to run the world, if they could. But we’ve just begun:
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