NOMAS Leader Michael Kimmel Criticizes Men’s Movement

Sponsors of the 2005 Men’s Equality Conference, to be held July 15 and 16 in Washington D.C., believe that males are often disadvantaged, and that feminism is part of the problem. Among the grievances cited by the conference are unfairness or inequity in Family Courts, Education, Health, Domestic Violence policies, Paternity Fraud, Criminal Law, and in Reproductive Rights.

Author and sociologist Michael Kimmel, National Spokesperson for the pro-feminist men’s group the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS), disagrees, to put it mildly. In his book Manhood in America Kimmel, America’s leading male feminist, calls the men’s movement “whiners.” According to Kimmel:

Fathers’ rights groups use a language of equality to take their revenge against women to court, to demand mandatory joint custody without demonstration of father’s prior involvement. Most advocates of men’s and fathers’ rights are disgruntled and divorced dads who blame their wives and their wives’ lawyers…”

Kimmel says the men’s movement analysis of gender issues is “so misguided, its inversions so transparent, its anger is displaced onto those who have traditionally been excluded, that it can hardly offer any man of reason a convincing picture of men’s situation.” To Kimmel, those who assert that the tables have been turned against men in the gender wars are looking at the world “through a funhouse mirror.”

Kimmel will joined Glenn on His Side with Glenn Sacks on June 26, 2005.

To learn more, see:

  • The 2005 Men’s Equality Conference
  • National Coalition of Free Men
  • Michael Kimmel’s website
  • Michael Kimmel’s work
  • Michael Kimmel’s biography
  • National Organization for Men Against Sexism’s 30th Annual Men and Masculinity Conference
  • Glenn’s newspaper columns on issues addressed by the 2005 Men’s Equality Conference
  • Family Law:
    – Convicted Murderess Can Get Custody but Decent Fathers Can’t
    Houston Chronicle (9/19/03)
    – Not the Era of the Deadbeat Dad but the Era of the Hero Father
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (6/19/05)
    – Laws Must Protect the Rights of Military Dads
    Army Times, Marine Corps Times (3/28/05)
  • Boys and Education:
    – New Study of Youth Shows It’s Boys Who Are in Crisis
    Los Angeles Times (3/20/05)
    – Start of School Very Different for Parents of Boys, Parents of Girls
    Washington Times (9/12/04)
    – Why I Launched the Campaign Against ‘Boys are Stupid’ Products
    Los Angeles Daily News (2/4/04)
    – Why Males Don’t Go to College
    She Thinks (11/13/02)
  • Men’s Reproductive Rights:
    – Do Women Really Want a Male Birth Control Pill?
    Newsday (4/11/05)
    – 30 Years After Roe v. Wade, How About Choice for Men?
    Mail & Guardian (1/27/03)
    – ‘Sperm Theft’ Ruling a Step Forward for Men’s Reproductive Rights
    Houston Chronicle (3/6/05)
  • False Accusations:
    Baseball Player’s Domestic Violence Arrest Demonstrates How Men are Presumed Guilty in Domestic Disputes
    Los Angeles Daily Journal (8/8/02)
    San Francisco Daily Journal (8/8/02)
    – Kobe Bryant Ruling a Step Towards Equity in Rape Trials
    San Francisco Chronicle (8/1/04)
  • Paternity Fraud:
    – Preserving Paternity Fraud
    Orange County Register (10/3/02)