In the year 1900 a burgeoning bachelor subculture was thriving in America, and a magazine entitled The Bachelor Book circulated for that audience. Here’s a sample article, Bachelorhood As a Fine Art.
The Ancient Greek story The Odyssey describes a man attempting to go his own way while enduring temptation by the Sirens, those femme fatales who pull men away from their chosen paths and into inevitable destruction. Our hero Odysseus shows that with awareness and skill, we can sail right past the temptresses and on to our chosen destination.
In the 1890’s feminists came up with the idea of imposing financial, occupational and social penalties on America’s bachelors as a way of pressuring them to marry. The bachelors however had a different idea, and went about setting up the first Men’s Rights group with one overriding message for feminists: get the fuck out of men’s lives and stop telling them what to do.
Marriage is a union between equals, or so we are told. Scratch beneath the surface of this time honored tradition and a very different reality appears, one that is eerily reminiscent of bygone culture in which men were slaves to overlords.
In 1991 Naomi Wolf wrote The Beauty Myth where she claimed that women are oppressed by patriarchal pressure to be beautiful. What she failed to tell us is where the beauty-mandate originated, or how it is used to gain and maintain power over men. Peter Wright fills in some of the gaps left by Wolf’s victim narrative.
Noted British columnist Peter Lloyd now joins the ranks of those providing exclusive content to A Voice for Men. We welcome that enthusiastically. And we ask you help welcome Peter to Our Team by signing his important petition against male genital mutilation.
At what point did isolated instances of gynocentrism morph into full-blown gynocentric culture? Peter Wright explores the difference between Paleolithic instances of gynocentrism and the beginnings of the pervasive gynocentric culture we have grown familiar with today.
Traditionalists and feminists share a common dream of entitled women; traditionalists maintain conventional entitlements for women, while feminists work to extend the range of those entitlements. In 1818 Sir Walter Scott detailed how chivalry is the force that makes all this possible.