(I have started a new category for these posts called Amanda Marcotte’s Misandry.)
My last post on Amanda Marcotte has generated a lot of hits. First Snark sent it to the mens rights reddit. Then TFH sent it to Instapundit/Glenn Reynolds. My thanks to the both of you. Since then that post has been linked at Dr. Helen, American Power, and elsewhere. The daily hitcount for yesterday and especially today has been far beyond anything I have ever had. That being said there have been some interesting reactions.
The first is from Mara who commented here on the blog. (There was some question whether Mara was Maura from this post who was obsessed with my genitalia. I checked the IP addresses and they are clearly two different people.) She tried to use the fact that Mr. Ball once slapped his daughter as an excuse to justify the feminist totalitarianism used against him in anti-family court. Here is what Mr. Ball had to say about that:
When I got the Court Complaint form the box was checked that said Domestic Violence Related. I could not believe that slapping your child was domestic violence. So I looked up the law. Minor custodial children are exempted. Apparently, 93% of American parents still spank, slap or pinch their children. To this day I still wonder if Freyer would have made this arrest if it had been the mother that had slapped the child.
This site I pulled that quote from is thomasjamesball.com, a website recording all of the facts about what happened to Mr. Ball. If this was as simple as Mr. Ball being a violent man, then why is there an attempt to erase all knowledge about him at places like wikipedia?
Worse than Mara, we have a conservative who responded to Glenn Reynolds defending the anti-family court system:
Assistant Village Idiot here. People who have a hair across their ass in general about the family court system are trying to keep the Thomas Ball story alive as if he is some kind of victim. In his efforts to have unsupervised visits with his daughter, he was told to have his visits supervised by Monadnock Family Services. He refused because he blames them for his problems.
I deal with that agency all the time, though not the children’s services – I have for 30 years. They are entirely reasonable people who make adjustments and accommodations for people who don’t like them or are suspicious of them all the time. Hell, they are a mental health center, so most of their clients are difficult and suspicious. They are not some Orwellian controlling agency. Ball decided that being pissy and proving that he was right about one incident ten years ago was more important than seeing his daughter. He’s no victim.
Family courts may indeed be prejudiced against fathers – I hear that, but I don’t know. I’ve certainly dealt with many cases of NH courts ruling in favor of fathers in custody disputes, though, and I don’t see a massive trend here. It pays to remember that MFS cannot tell its side of the story because of confidentiality, and that some pathological people hide by trying to tie themselves to legitimate causes. Wolves hide in sheep’s clothing, because it doesn’t do any good to hide in wolves’ clothing, does it?
Here is the blog of the guy that wrote that.
Again, the question has to be asked, if it’s this simple then why is there an attempt to hide what Mr. Ball did from places like wikipedia? This guy says he has had no dealings with children’s services and really doesn’t know if anti-family courts are prejudiced against fathers. Those of us who do know, know that anti-family courts are prejudiced against men. We have decades of evidence proving that fact.
Amanda Marcotte has finally responded to this on her twitter:
@AmPowerBlog Yep. It’s not uncommon for abusers to turn to self-harm to continue exerting control over their victims. http://chzb.gr/lLvaEz
Glenn Reyonds asked (most likely rhetorically) if Amanda Marcotte said the original quote from manboobz. Since she is now defending it, there should be no question it was Amanda Marcotte.
Take a look at her link. It’s about a criminal who barricaded himself in a hotel room with a woman. At the end of the standoff, the man decided to shoot himself in the chest in an attempt to not be arrested by police. The woman he was with was completely unharmed. In Amanda Marcotte’s deluded mind, this man was shooting himself to screw a woman over. What Amanda Marcotte said makes about as much sense as saying that UFOs were involved in this incident.
When it comes to committing suicide what group is doing it the most? Men. Divorce radically increases the chances that a man will commit suicide. Rather than recognize this as the tragedy it is and recognize the part that anti-family courts are playing in ending these men’s lives, Amanda Marcotte is claiming that men who commit suicide are doing it to screw over a woman. The only logical conclusion that can be drawn from this is that Amanda Marcotte does not think men are human beings.