Men Fighting Back
new men's group forming headed by Dr Daniel Flowbert.
"The first rule of gun use is discipline. It's
about making sure that you never hurt anyone. However, if I found out that my wife
was planning on dumping me, and taking away my kids, I would find it very
difficult not to blow her brains out, or simply beat the sh*t out of her.
I don't think that I could keep my cool in
(If you could, and you think that you could help
others in this situation, then see below for more details of this new group.)
Please read the above passage
again, and notice that its main message is very clear.
According to its author, it would be
absolutely justifiable for a man to beat the hell out of his wife if he
discovered that she was planning to leave him.
Notice, however, that while fully
endorsing such a beating from a moral point of view, the author, himself, is not actually claiming that he, himself, would actually do such a thing to his
He is simply claiming that he would find it very difficult to resist doing such
a thing - even though his words suggest that such an action would be entirely
Well, you have just been subjected to
a little hoax - because the above piece is not really about the formation of a new men's
group at all. But, believe it or not, the UK
Police have, for some time now, been putting out a similar advertisement on national
TV and on cinema screens throughout the land in connection with domestic
It is an advert specifically aimed at
justifying acts of violence against men who are themselves suspected of domestic
Now, regardless of how you might
feel about the way that men who are suspected of domestic violence ought to be
treated, please focus your mind on just one single issue alone ... the above text
(in italics) clearly condones violence against women who are planning to ditch their
Whoever wrote this text definitely believes that violence
against a woman is legitimate in such circumstances - and he, himself, would
probably not be able to restrain himself.
Well, in the police advertisement, Lennox
Lewis, the famous British boxer, sits on a chair, flexing his fingers
threateningly, as he talks coldly and menacingly about what he might feel or do
should he come across a man whom he suspected had just been violent toward his
Here are his actual words.
The first rule of boxing is control. It's not about losing it with someone. It's
about keeping your composure. But if I was called out to a home where it seems
as if a man was using his fists on a woman, beating her up over some domestic
row, I don't know if I could keep my cool with that man. I couldn't swear to
"Could you?" (These two words
are printed rather than said.)
The main idea behind this advertisement is that if you could avoid beating up
such a suspect
then you might be a good candidate for joining the police service.
let us not lose the point!
British Police are actually saying - throughout 90% of this advert - that it would be
completely reasonable for a domestic violence suspect to be beaten up by an
Indeed, even an
icon like Lenox Lewis - a hero - highly respected, and highly
trained in the art of self control - might well, himself, lose his cool in such a
situation and so resort to violence.
if you could refrain from beating up a man who was suspected
of domestic violence, then you might be a good candidate for joining the
advertisement is nothing less than an explicit incitement to violence.
as such, it is clearly against the law.
even the great Lennox Lewis himself might not be able to control himself, they tell
And so if this
superman can barely control himself, who can?
of course, what blame could be attached to a mere mortal - an ordinary man - who
decided to use his fists on a man suspected of domestic violence?
He would, presumably, get sympathy from
After all, he is not Lennox Lewis.
He is an ordinary man. He is
not a man who is highly skilled in the art
of self control.
advertisement is not only in breach of the law, not only an encouragement to
violence, but it is in complete contravention of Home Office, government and
police policy with regard even toward people who might actually be defending
the UK, you
must not use unreasonable force even when defending yourself or your property -
so we are constantly told.
even had men sent to prison (e.g. Tony Martin) for defending themselves too
And yet here is the Home
Office endorsing acts of violence against men who are merely suspected
of a domestic violence offence.
other words, the Home Office will not permit people to defend themselves too
aggressively when they are, themselves, being attacked, but it is quite happy to
promote the view that it is morally justifiable for people to beat up men who
are merely suspected of domestic violence.
Indeed, this Lennox Lewis advertisement is
just another example of how the laws of the land can be twisted and
moulded in order to condone and encourage hostility and aggression towards
For example, a parallel
anti-abortion advertisement such as follows would clearly be against the
"The first rule of boxing is control. It's not about losing it with someone. It's about keeping your composure. But if a woman aborted her defenceless unborn child (flexing knuckles, menacing voice) I don't know if I could keep my cool with that woman. I couldn't swear to that. Could
because it would clearly condone violence against a woman who had
undergone an abortion.
another example, consider the following 'advert' concerning gay sex ...
"The first rule of boxing is control. It's not about losing it with someone. It's about keeping your composure. But if
I saw two men having sex in the park (flexing knuckles, menacing voice) I don't know if I could keep my cool with
them. I couldn't swear to that. Could you?"
an advert by the police would be a clear incitement to violence
against those men caught having gay sex.
other words, there can no be real doubt that the Lennox Lewis domestic violence
adverts currently being put out by the Home Office and the police are designed
to incite violence against men.
it is worth noting that Lennox
Lewis is a black boxer, and the advertisement justifies his violence against a
white man suspected of domestic violence.
yet the police know that such advertisements arouse
racial hatred in white men towards blacks. The evidence from their
enquiries into the murder of Stephen Lawrence shows quite clearly that
advertisements which promote the notion that black men are superior to
white men are inflammatory - particularly to white men who are more
And so, in
summary, the Home Office has deluged the nation with an advertisement that
promotes violence against men who are merely suspected of an offence -
even though it is against the law for advertisements to condone violence -
and it is quite prepared to inflame racial tensions in order to promote
I exchanged quite a few emails with the
UK's Advertising Standard Authority and pointed out that this advert broke
at least three of the advertising standard codes. They refused to accept