Saturday, December 22, 2012
The REAL father of the men's rights movement
Let's get one thing straight: Richard F. Doyle is the FOUNDER of the men's rights movement. A lot of MRA's have never heard of him which is a shame. The following is from Doyle's website Men's Defense Association:
Richard F. Doyle was born December 3, l930 in Rosemount, Minnesota. He attended St. John’s Prep. school, Collegeville, Minnesota; White Bear High School, White Bear Lake, Minnesota; and St. Thomas College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Heavily into athletics as a youth, Doyle served four years with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and three years with the Marine Corps Reserve, including a stint at officer training school in Quantico, Virginia. He was an air traffic controller for l7 years and an active commercial pilot and flight instructor for 3 years. He coached two U.S. Tug of War teams at the 1986 World Tournament in The Netherlands.
Divorced in l957, and now happily re-married, Doyle was shocked by the anti-male prejudice pervasive throughout the court system. He formed the Men’s Rights Association (now Men’s Defense Association ) in l972 and Men’s Equality Now (M.E.N.) International , an international coalition of similar organizations, in l977. He became an author and lecturer on gender issues, especially divorce. His best known work is The Rape of The Male (Poor Richard’s Press, l976. Now out of print). He has appeared on national TV shows, as well as many local TV and radio programs throughout the country. From 1972 until 2004 he edited and published The Liberator, première monthly newsmagazine of the legitimate men’s/fathers’ movement with international circulation. A brief biography of Doyle can be found on the Wikipedia website.
--------------------------------- “To Dick Doyle, who for years has been the backbone — & brain & muscle — of the Men’s Rights Movement…” Professor Emeritus (USCLA) Daniel Amneus (From his autograph in the author’s copy of the Amneus book “Back to Patriarchy”
--------------------------------- Richard Doyle is the proud recipient of an award from the National Coalition of Free Men (NCFM) bearing this inscription, “With sincere gratitude for a lifetime of selfless service to the men’s and fathers’ rights movement.
– From your brothers at the National Coalition of Free Men.”
George Santayana said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose). Anyone serious about the men’s/fathers’ movement and means of assisting it should become familiar with its past. Hence, this section.
Organized attempts at improving the status of men have developed over the years, differing according to various perceptions of the problems. In America, this began in the 1800s with small groups scattered about. The National Sociological League was perhaps the earliest large organization. In 1931 its Executive Director, Dr. Alexander Dallek, claimed 25,000 members, from every state in the union. They attacked shotgun marriages and unreasonable child support. In 1932 an organization called The Family Protection League lobbied state legislatures. No details of its demise are recorded.
With the exception of founders of USDR, no others in the Fathers movement could rival Charlie Metz intellectually until Professor Amneus came on the scene in the late 1970s. Charlie was the practical expert, Amneus the theoretician. Today’s leaders have forgotten, actually few ever knew, whose shoulders they’re standing upon.
Reform requires developing mutual respect, confronting inherent egotistical organization problems and restoring continuity. It is imperative that the movement honor its founding fathers and theoreticians, most of whom are deceased, men such as Reuben Kidd (who died 2/26/07 at age 94), George Partis, Jay Burchette and Charlie Metz. Reform requires developing mutual respect, confronting inherent egotistical organization problems and restoring continuity. It is imperative that the movement honor its founding fathers and theoreticians, most of whom are deceased, men such as Reuben Kidd (who died 2/26/07 at age 94), George Partis, Jay Burchette and Charlie Metz. Reform must be more than a notion; a modern crusade against the anti-male jihad must be mounted. The huge feminist swamp must be drained. Hear Frederick Douglass: “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.”
Samuel Adams said “It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Reformers need more of what Tom Wolfe called “The Brotherhood of the Right Stuff,” men with cajones.
These are the roots upon which the movement is based. Unity eluded the earlier groups it must be embraced by us if we are to succeed. Petty differences are just that,petty. They can be overlooked for the greater good and for the greater good they must be overlooked. If you insist upon magnifying atrocities then magnify the feminist's atrocities. Infighting accomplishes nothing. Meanwhile a unified assault upon the enemy will accomplish a lot. Never forget that.