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Two of the three main "headlines" in today promulgate the wage-gap myth and insult fathers.

One is titled "Pay Snub: Why do most women earn less than men?"

The other is titled:  "Daddy Knows Best? One father says he was accused

As a bonus, I got to see a pop-up ad from Honda with the caption "My husband was raised by wolves."  Sounds familiar.  :banghead:

The Doonesbury comic strip (by Gary Trudeau) for May 23 shows the character "Joanie" carrying a platter with a university president's head on it.  The headless man says "What's this?" to which she replies "A good start."

Here is a link to the strip:

Universal Press apologized for running the strip so soon after Nicholas Berg's beheading in Iraq.

Why it would be OK to have published the cartoon if the beheading had not recently taken place?

Honda has an annoying ad for its Pilot SUV where a wife states
that "My husband was raised by wolves." The first time I saw this
was on Super Bowl Sunday (the day of the infamous Janet Jackson
incident at half-time). It showed the husband looking all
dishevelled while licking a plate like a dog, drinking straight from
the water cooler at work, and chasing a Frisbee (thrown by his son)
into a stream.

I hate this nonsense! They can expect a letter from me about where
I'll buy my next car (unless there is an apology and a retraction of
the ad in which case I might reconsider).

To contact Honda, try this:

By Phone:
At our toll-free number: (800) 999-1009

By Fax:
(310) 783-3023 (24 Hours)

By Mail:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda Automobile Customer Service
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Mail Stop: 500 - 2N - 7D
Torrance, CA 90501-2746

"Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., Pacific Time."

Note: No email address was provided

Their site is:

Introductions / New to group
May 17, 2004, 07:51 PM
My name is Steve Van Valkenburg, and I'm the founder of Men's Issues Online (Yahoo).  

How did it start?

Well, I came to the Men's Movement at about the same time as a lot of others (perhaps there was a tipping point around 2001 or so).  I had become increasingly annoyed at what appeared to be an accumulation of insults against the male gender in the media and general society.  I found the "Men's Movement" groups in Yahoo about that time, and decided to start my own.  First, there was Equitarians (goofy name, now defunct).  Then the viscerally named "Stop Anti-Male Bias" which was superseded by Men's Issues Online (a name that I chose carefully, though rather generic sounding).  

Well, I must have hit a nerve with a lot of other men (and even some women), because the group has grown rapidly in the past few years to over 700 today.  It has been an editors pick twice (most recently last week).  

Anyway, it is just one of many good men's movement groups that have appeared online in the last few years.  Most recently I have come across Stand Your Ground, which I find to be quite interesting and informative.

Each of us in our own way can define and advance men's issues.


Steve Van Valkenburg
Founder of Men's Issues Online - a voice for men's advocacy

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