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Letter to the editor — Mark Lepine

Mark Lepine

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Edmonton Journal - December 8

Only Canadians would turn a mass murderer into a yearly celebrity, even though he was an odd misogynist who appears to be a rarity in Canada (Ed Journal Nov 7/00) .  But every year like clock work, Mark Lepine is trotted out as an example of what men are capable of.

When we hold out the Mark Lepines of this world and say that all men are capable of such behavior, we are asking men to feel guilty for acts they are not responsible for.  This is no different than the popular argument that men ruled history and are responsible for the domination of women since the beginning of time.  Once again, the men of our day are asked to feel the guilt of all history and pay the price.  No feminist would admit that the price is to let women use the same tactics they have so loudly denounced as oppressive for the purpose of writing the social policy that makes them winners in the gender war.  It is hard to avoid the conclusion that this war is no different than the last one, and harder still to imagine how making the world a guilt-ridden, hostile environment for men will somehow result in a kinder, gentler masculinity.  Until we start caring about the violence done to men, and caring about men at all, our efforts to reduce violence against women will not succeed.

Modern feminists never tire of saying that we still live in a patriarchal society where men have the majority of power.  This ignores the reality that feminists have succeeded in developing laws biased in favour of women, while usurping the right of due process for accused men.  Male politicians go along to get along with the feminists.  These feminists do not speak for all women, for there are many less vocal, less funded women who feel that the feminist agenda of assuming all men are violent is creating a hostile world.  Ironically, women may be placed in more danger by the hopeless anguish this generates for men.

I still remember with longing those few shining years in the early 80's that were, in my view, the crowning achievent of feminism.  It was when women broke through the barriers of the public world to express their many talents, while men began entering the private world of the family, and found the freedom to express emotion and the talent for nurturing others.  We were sharing the best of both genders back then, but peace was so fleeting that I think we missed it.  Or do we miss it still?

Louise Malenfant
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Family Advocate
Parents Helping Parents, Edmonton

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Posted 2001 03 29
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Louise Malenfant

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Family Advocate, Parents Helping Parents

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Louise Malenfant passed away in 2006.  She is being missed.

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