Sunday, March 13, 2011

Really, Professor Myers? Really?

Professor P.Z. Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, and maintains a pro-science, pro secular humanist blog called Pharyngula. I have great respect for this man.

This is why I was disappointed to find him condemning the Men's Rights Movement, out of hand based on one inflammatory comment left by a visitor to The Spearhead.  Myer's comment

Professor Myers, in basing his opinion on a user submitted comment is doing what prominent fundamentalist Christians do in their efforts to discredit atheism as a viable world view. Rather than addressing the arguments made in article content of the movement, he has taken an unfortunately reactionary user comment as the exemplar view representing the men's rights movement as a whole.

Myer's view of the MRM, based on one spearhead commentator's (admittedly regressive) response to Daniel Craig's recent appearance in an International Woman's Day public service announcement.

So the MRA masculine ideal is violence and angrily demanding gay sex? I am not surprised.
(Warning: if you follow that link, it contains links to the Spearhead, a revealingly named blog which is the MRA version of Stormfront. Trust me, you don't want to go there. Not unless you really want to see how contemptible male entitlement can be.)

I have posted my comment on his site, repeated here in full.

Dear Professor Myers,

I read your recent dismissal of the “me's rights activist” reaction to Daniel Craig's recent appearance in a public service announcement with interest but also some disappointment.

Your assessment of the comment from the website “the spearhead” was accurate in it's evaluation of one violent comment. However, characterizing an entire social movement as reactionary, violent and contemptible based on a single comment is something I have come to expect from fundamentalist christians seeking to discredit secular humanism as a viable world view. I did not expect you to stoop to this.

For a more accurate view of the movement you dismiss so easily, I would recommend your attention to the articles posted on several websites, including the spearhead, and
This article (linked below) provides a concise summary of the men's rights movement.

Thank you for your kind attention.
John Hembling

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