Started by Rob Layton, Apr 11, 2006, 01:02 PM
First, let me just say that I don't like the male-bashing that's so much a part of Western culture any more than you do. I let my friends, family and acquaintances know why I don't like it and why I think it's harmful to both men and women in the long run. Having said that, I'm afraid I can't sign this petition since doing so would be a betrayal of my libertarian sensibilities. I am opposed to censorship of any kind, especially when it comes from the government. This kind of censorship would only set a precedent for a slippery slope for other groups to push for censorship for speech *they* might find offensive and harmful. The gender feminist and religious right's ongoing crusade for censorship of porn -- albeit for different reasons -- is a good example of this. As soon as you give the OK for censorship, where does it end? It can only lead to an Orwellian nightmare, and I personally think government intrudes into our lives enough already as it is. I'm of the mind that not only are government restrictions on freedom of expression harmful and potentially dangerous, they are not even necessary to defeat misandry, misogyny, racism or any other similarly repugnant forms expression. I believe those things can best be defeated in a free and open marketplace of ideas.Just MHO.
I signed the petition, but I could not answer the following question accurately, "Which political party best represents your values?"They did not have a way of answering "None."
I agree with Niall on this. As much as I hate male bashing, I can't sign this particular petition.
I have some problems with the petition like others have expressed (such as making it a crime to present men in a negative way), but I see it as a general expression of opposition to male-bashing commercials. It's not a specific piece of legislation and I'm not going to hold it to that standard. As such, my signature is added.