The Canadian men’s rights group CAFE has welcomed Tanveer Ahmed into their fold, an Australian psychiatrist who thinks radical feminists are responsible for male violence. They sat down with him for an interview and uploaded it to Youtube.
Early this year Ahmed wrote an article for The Australian (I’d link it but it’s behind a pay wall) where he let loose at feminists for making the world horrible for men and telling men to ‘man up’ and embrace toxic masculinity. He also let loose this:
“family violence within newly arrived ethnic groups is often related to the sudden dilution of traditional masculinity, leaving men lost and isolated, particularly as females enjoy greater autonomy and expectations.”~Tanveer Ahmed
Clementine Ford quickly responded to the drivel presented by Ahmed regarding domestic violence, which we radical feminists rightly name male violence against women.
‘Radical feminists didn’t endure the wrath and measurably violent pushback of people opposed to women’s liberation so that their activism could be scoffed at by a man directly benefiting from its passion and fearlessness. Nor did feminists come so far just to end up back in the frustrating position of being ordered to preserve men’s privilege ‘for balance’.’~Clementine Ford
The Conversation’s Petra Bueskens also responded:
Men have become “feminised” and are, as a consequence, “humiliated”. It is this, he argues, that is “increasingly the driver of family-based violence”.
While masquerading as analysis, the piece ultimately reads as an apology for men’s violence. There are two reasons for this. First, Ahmed’s “diagnosis” is not followed with a recognition that men’s (likely very real) problems with declining power are theirs to work through, not to enact on their wives, girlfriends or other women in the form of violence. Second, he criticises, in the most stereotyped and deliberately inflammatory terms, the feminist movement, which gave the very tools and resources to make such a critique of male violence possible.
Plus, Ahmed is a notorious plagiarizer as reported in The Guardian. Ahmed was sacked by The Australian in 2012 but vowed to return to writing which he did in 2015.
“There was definitely a time there where I knew what I was doing was wrong,” Ahmed told the Media Report.
“And essentially I did it anyway. And the way that would have happened is that I don’t think…I think I’d lost sight of the magnitude of what I was doing. I think it felt like a fairly minor transgression for me. But I think in terms of my self-audit, I think that’s how it happened.”
He was hired again by The Australian and published his domestic violence piece in Feb. 2015. He didn’t learn his lessons and plagiarized again.
Ketan Joshi’s blog ‘Some Air’ has chronicled the multiple times Ahmed’s plagiarized. In fact, in one article he plagiarized Ronald Dworkin. *WomanoftheWoods corrected this. I quoted this from another site and automatically assumed it was Andrea’s due to the context.
“The thinking is that the human body has an energy to it that can be guided by external manipulation, much the way that matter and tissues are influenced by chemicals and radiation in conventional medicine.”~Tanveer Ahmed
“Supposedly, the human body has an energy to it that can be guided by external manipulation, much the way that matter and tissues are influenced by chemicals and radiation in allopathic medicine.”~ Ronald Dworkin
Ahmed’s excuses for plagiarism possibly reflect his ridiculous position on domestic violence. Ketan Joshi has eloquently put it thus:
‘Ahmed’s incoherent justification of plagiarism seems to mirror his twisted explanatory reasoning around domestic violence. He characterizes himself as some sort of innocent automaton – carelessly copying paragraphs from other people’s work, only semi-aware that his actions are wrong.’~Ketan Joshi
Ahmed was an ambassador for White Ribbon, an international education group on domestic violence. They quickly fired Ahmed but offered him a way back in if he completes ‘training.’ They said ‘views of Dr Ahmed do not reflect the views of White Ribbon Australia.‘ While I like the intent behind White Ribbon, I’m very wary after this happened, that they hired a misogynist men’s rights activist without having a process to determine that’s indeed what he was. I also fundamentally have a problem with men making a lot money off the backs of women’s endless pain.
CAFE has scooped up Ahmed and it’s a good fit regarding what we know of CAFE’s leader Justin Trottier and his dishonesty. Lying to get charity status was just one of his dishonest stunts. Marching in the Pride parade after being told not to was another. The most basic of his deceptions is insisting CAFE is interested in equality but we can clearly see what his group is through the people they employ.