AVfM is hosting the First International Men’s Conference in Detroit on June 27th and 28th and I am super excited about it! I will be attending the conference along with my husband and I am really looking forward to meeting all the people I regularly read or interact with on the internet in person. The speaker line up is impressive, and I can’t wait to hear them all, but I am honestly hoping that commenters show up in droves too. I won’t be presenting at the conference, I’m just there to listen and learn and I hope I will be surrounded by many like-minded others.
Actually, I hope we get some petulant feminist protesters, too. That should be fun.
The speaker lineup includes Dr. Warren Farrell, author of the Myth of Male Power and he is really good at getting feminist panties tied in knots, based on a comment he allegedly made in Playboy Magazine way back in the 70s.
What did Farrell say? Oh that sometimes incest and other forms of sexual abuse are not perceived by the victims as life-shattering and it really doesn’t help anyone to insist that people who have experienced sexual abuse are completely devastated individuals.
Ooh. How radical. Of course when Lara Logan suffered a sustained sexual assault reporting from Egypt she said Meh, it will take more than rape to bring me down, which is essentially saying the same thing, but she has a vagina tucked in pants, so that’s totally different.
Lara Logan refuses to let sexual assault destroy her or her life and she’s a hero. Warren Farrell suggests that some people are not destroyed by sexual assault and he’s a rape-apologist?
This is why we need the damn conference in the first place.
The amazing Erin Pizzey will also be speaking in her area of expertise: intimate partner violence. She will be joined by Robert Franklin, a lawyer who specializes in family law and advocates for shared parenting, Dr. Miles Groth, an advocate for Men’s Studies at the university level.
You can see the whole line-up here:
I anticipate it will be one hell of a conference and I personally can’t wait to hit up the hotel bar afterwards and have a few beers in person with all the people I so admire!
Hope to see some of JB’s readers there!
Woo hoo! Detroit!
Lots of love,