David Shackleton is part of the CAFE (Canadian Association for Equality) men’s rights group. He’s president of CAFE Ottawa. CAFE made a video to promote his new book ‘Feminist Power Under the Banner of Powerlessness.’ He’s also written a book called ‘The Hand That Rocks the World’ which CAFE has promoted as well. In the video he explains how he refused to apologize to a woman he was working with for demeaning her. He mansplained to her why she had to do the photocopying while the dude engineers were paid more. He never says he was fired, but I’m guessing he didn’t last long in the working world. As CAFE has made him president of CAFE Ottawa, he was the main speaker at CAFE’s inaugural event in Ottawa.
He thinks women need men’s protection, money and political power. He proposes that men and women are unconsciously co-dependent. He thinks men have failed by ‘punishing’ women through removing their physical protection, economic abandonment and political power. Women’s three ‘power roles’ are validation of men, emotional tending of men, and giving sex to men and reproduction. Notice how the three power roles of men women are capable of doing themselves while women’s role (gender) is all focused around men’s needs? That my friends, is gender, and Shackleton worships it.
For a moment I’d like to focus on gender and women. We say as radical feminists that gender isn’t real because we know it’s just a system of power, of patriarchy, that trains women through ‘gender’ education from birth to be of service to men. Whether it’s being the nurturer or the object of sexual gratification, it’s the system of male power that puts women in the subservient role. In other words, women can and do discard ‘gender.’
My sister Dirt who runs the blog The dirt from Dirt is one such woman. She, along with many lesbians, has thrown ‘gender’ in the garbage. This is how we know gender isn’t real: lesbian existence. This is also why men target lesbians for corrective rape. ‘Gender’ is why society sees lesbians as a warped version of a male because in patriarchy you are either feminine submissive or you are male dominant. Since lesbians don’t service men through ‘gender’ they become the dispossessed.
The freedom of women will be led by lesbians. I am convinced of that.
‘Boys tend to absorb and manifest those behaviours and attitudes described above as masculine, and girls to value and embrace the complementary feminine set. One consequence of that, of course, is that men and women are pychologically drawn to each other. The opposites attract because we unconsciously seek out what we lack.’~David Shackleton
Back to Shackleton. He was part of the father’s rights movement that was prominent in the early 90’s in Canada. He’s characteristically divorced (no surprise there.) His wife took the dog and told him she was going to the vets office and then phoned him to tell him she had left him this way because she was concerned for her safety. He uses this story to claim he doesn’t benefit from male violence, which he does.
He thinks feminists aren’t compassionate to men and we need to ‘feel’ men’s feelings. He wants women to be ‘held accountable‘ which usually means abused by men. His worship of gender is complete but of course can’t properly define them in any way that would make a lick of sense except to say the highest feminine archetype is ‘love’ and for masculine it’s ‘truth and the objective world.’ He’s just another Jungian rip-off psychobabbler, catering his crap theories around hatred of women.
‘Feminists are pushing into men’s areas,’ he chides, ‘and men are giving them more and appeasing, like Nazi Germany.’ He compares feminists to nazis again in his recent interview with CAFE.
‘The majority of women’s issue have been settled, they’re already in law.’
Knobhead. I can make laws against rape all day dude but if our society doesn’t change how it views issues around rape, like untested rape kits, victim blaming, male violence due to gender training, and how we count sexual assaults in statistics then I can prattle on about the law too. I can also tell you about laws made to protect the working woman but it’s no use if the employer discriminates and under his breath and won’t hire young women for fear of their biology. Look at the Tim Hunt issue. This dude is a Nobel laureate and during a public talk said:
“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.”
Notice first that he doesn’t call them women, but ‘girls’ as if they were children. He suggested sex segregated labs so that the wimminz aren’t tempting his dick and so the men can do ‘true science’ without hearing women crying, because we all know that’s what women do. Ever wonder why STEM fields are so difficult for women? This is the patriarchal attitude in every man that makes decisions about hiring, firing, promoting, work assignments and pay. Of course MRA’s and the other sexist menfolk are up in arms that Hunt was fired from his University post. ‘It’s just a joke!’
IT’S A JOKE! AMIRITE?
Shackleton thinks sexism and woman-hating are just jokes. ‘Issues that aren’t issues will get raised with great hysteria.’
He doesn’t think there’s a rape culture but a ‘moral panic.’ He’s not the first men’s rights weirdo that can’t get the definition of rape culture correct. The real problem he says is men being raped.
Shackleton’s website ‘MenWeb‘ is a good read if you want to understand how he compares women to children and Nazis. Because he worships gender and female submission he thinks women have no reason to fight for our rights. Women are too emotional to have an argument for their liberation in his mind.
‘modern feminist arguments always reveal themselves to be built not on objective gender equality but on female superiority.’~ David Shackleton
He labels feminism an ‘evil ideology’ based on ‘archetypally feminine child abuse.’ He also sounds like he’s against abortion like many other MRA’s including Paul Elam and Dean Esmay. He worries that women’s sexual attractiveness is getting out of hand and men are sexual psychopaths that never stop thinking about women’s body parts:
‘We have sexual harassment laws addressing the ways that men might abuse women’s sexuality in the workplace, but no laws addressing (or even acknowledging) women’s use of their sexuality to unfairly advance their careers.’
He denies the pay gap and compares women to welfare bums:
‘They want to increase their consumption without any increase in their production. They want a legal entitlement to it. And they’re getting it. Their goal is to regress women to the state of childhood: i.e., rights without responsibilities, consumption without production.’
His goals is to take the evil women down some notches. Notice he’s hurling this not at feminists but WOMEN:
‘we have to take women off the pedestal, and we won’t do that as a culture until we see the evil that they do.’
CAFE has a a lot of questions to answer. They claim they’re not against women but have a president that thinks women are evil. I recommend that all feminist activists in Canada who are monitoring CAFE take note of this. It’s clear to me that we have a serious problem in Canadian Universities and CAFE, along with its counterpart A Voice for Men, are the main reasons for this problem.
I was just reading the report on Dalhousie Dentistry whereby a group of men set up a private Facebook account where they expressed incredible misogyny, racism and homophobia. One of the defenders of the men claimed the reaction to the misogyny was ‘self justified misandry [hatred of men] in the name of fighting misogyny.’ ~pg 12 This is a hint that MRA’s are on Canadian campuses and injecting their particular brand of asshattery and misogyny into the mix.
CAFE has done everything it can to present itself to the public as an equality group but they are far from that. Their group is made up of men like Shackleton who would love nothing more than to hurt women in any way he can.