Monday March 16, 2015

Author warns of dark side of men's rights movement

Writer Jeff Sharlet covered last summer's men's rights conference in his article "Are You Man Enough for the Men's Rights Movement?"

Writer Jeff Sharlet covered last summer's men's rights conference in his article "Are You Man Enough for the Men's Rights Movement?" (Peter Wright, Flickr cc)

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The men's rights group created by Paul Elam began as a mostly online entity, but last summer, it held its first conference in Detroit, Michigan. We hear from the GQ writer who covered that conference, and who argues it revealed a disturbing threat in our culture.

The group is called A Voice For Men. It's one of the leading voices in the broader Men's Rights Movement, which is concerned with issues such as male suicide, custody for fathers, violence against men and false rape accusations. 

Many of the issues the movement seeks to address are real, but Jeff Sharlet says that the movement has a dark underbelly to it — an underbelly of rage. He wanted to find out more about the men and women who are drawn to this movement, so he attended a conference in Detroit last summer that was hosted by A Voice for Men. 

Sharlet wrote an article about his experience for GQ magazine: Are You Man Enough for the Men's Rights Movement?

Jeff Sharlet is a professor of English at Dartmouth College who's written or edited six books, most recently Radiant Truths.

Anne Cools is an Independent Canadian senator. She has decades of experience in the fields of social work and family law, and has worked to keep fathers in the lives of their children after divorce. She also spoke at the Detroit conference last summer.

What are your thoughts on what you've heard about the men's rights movement?  

This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.