Writing Emails to Online Authors and Media Journalists
This short piece is intended as a simple and
general guideline to men's activists who send emails to online authors and media
journalists in order to further their cause.
Well-known online authors and media
journalists get hundreds of emails every day. There is no hope that they
can read them
all. And most of them do not even try.
There is rarely any point in writing a long
insulting diatribe against authors and sending them the text of it via email.
They will most likely simply hit the DELETE button before reading even the first
lines, and then move on. And, most importantly, you will have wasted your own
If you must be insulting, then keep it down to a
If you must be insulting, then keep it down to a
However, emails that merely contain insults or
make sweeping generalisations - "Your website/article stinks.",
"I think that you are a bigot." - without making some reasonable
argument as to why these things might be true, merely bolster the targeted
recipients by confirming the view that their enemies are too stupid to worry
about and/or cannot actually find any good grounds for any of their verbal
If there is a website that you support, always
try to make some reference to it in any emails that you do send out. This is a very
effective way of spreading your ideas and your general philosophy on the
matters that concern you, and it gives the recipient the distinct and correct
impression that you are not alone in your views.
You can always place a permanent link to your
favourite website(s) in the 'signature' part of your emails - and this will save
you from having to enter them manually each time.
It is quite astonishing how incomprehensible are many emails.
It is quite astonishing how incomprehensible
are many emails. It might be obvious to you what you are saying when you use a
simplified language without decent punctuation and grammar, or a fistful
of abbreviations, but unless the recipients have some familiarity with the way
in which you write and what your intentions are, it can be extremely difficult
for them to work out what you are actually trying to say.
And if they are busy people then they are very
unlikely to spend their time trying to decipher the emails of those people who clearly
did not spend that much time in writing them.
Uninvited emails which have
obviously been sent to a load of addresses are, on the whole, not going to be
read by their intended targets. And, nowadays, 'bulk' filters often guarantee
that they will automatically end up in the garbage can without any human beings
ever clapping eyes on them.
Short emails of support sent to your favourite authors will
be far more effective for your cause
Short emails of support sent to your favourite
authors will be far more effective for your cause than will be hostile emails
sent to authors of whom you disapprove. But, once again, if the author is
well-known, do not necessarily expect to receive any reply.
When it comes to emailing large government
departments or organisations, a different set of rules applies, and their staff are
much more attentive to emails that they receive than are authors or journalists.
However, having said this, it is well-known that emails - and even letters -
with an antifeminist or politically-incorrect disposition are very often binned
by those lower down the food chain who open them. And so they often do not actually reach their target destinations.
there is a great deal to be gained by practising the art of writing
Whomever you are communicating with, bear in
mind that in a society where words rather than weapons are generally the most
effective means with which to exert influence, there is a great deal to be
gained by practising the art of writing clearly and learning to put across your
arguments with force. Apart from anything else, doing this will make your
opponents recognise that they might need to take careful notice of you and your
Further, if you do not do this, then you will
always be outgunned by those who do.
Of course, it isn't just within the
context of activism where writing skills can empower you.
Whether you are
writing a letter of complaint, trying to move up in your career, dealing with a
lawyer or an official body, or furthering your education, in today's
environment, the word is particularly more powerful than ever before. And every
teensy bit of progress that you make in this area will have ramifications
throughout your entire life!
imagine that you are sitting in a chair with two
hostile policemen staring you in the face
As just one example, imagine that you are sitting in a
chair with two hostile policemen staring you in the face. The tape-recorder is
running and the questions begin.
"And so, Sir, you're a keen writer are
"Oh yes, I write for at least an hour a
day. And then I publicise what I write."
"And what do you write about, Sir?"
"Oh, anything that comes to mind. You
know. Anything that seems important to me. For example, tonight, or tomorrow, or
perhaps even next week, I'll probably be writing about YOU!"
Well, if you are an effective writer, you
have some considerable weaponry in your armoury. So, do practise at achieving
this - and remember that there is always room for improvement!
Indeed, here in London, over half a million
anti-war protestors are expected to be demonstrating in Hyde Park this coming
Half a million!
That would make it the biggest ever
demonstration in London.
And, guess what?
Words did that!
The toughest and most charismatic person
I've ever known was a convict whose prison handle was Snake. He told me that the
authorities were afraid of him because he'd figured out their game, but they
were more afraid of me because I could put it on paper.
It's the best way to