Lise Gotell, bigot extrodunaire
On Sunday September 15th, MR-E set about postering the area AROUND (not in) the University of Alberta property with the following poster:
We are not sure who created this poster, but we are very grateful to them. The poster features the likeness of Lise Gotell, the chair of the women’s & gender studies program at the U of A, along with the phrase “don’t be that bigot”. The reason we of MR-E opted to include this in our regular poster runs, was to perform a public service. What kind of public service? To understand this fully, we will have to turn the clocks back a bit and provide a bit of context.
Some months ago, MR-E made international headlines with it’s “Don’t be that Girl” parody poster which was aimed at starting a dialogue about the prevalence of false accusations of rape and sexual assault. The poster was a play on the misandric “Don’t be that Guy” poster which insinuated that rape was something any average guy could (and likely would) commit, if they were not constantly reminded that rape was not acceptable behavior. The reality is, rape is a crime committed by an extreme minority of psychologically unstable men and women on men and women and children.
Anyways, it’s apparent this parody poster was fantastically successful, as evidenced by the flood of supportive emails and donations our website received from people literally all over the world. Despite the media coverage which, for the most part, was disappointingly slanted in favor of the dogmatic feminist perceptions of these issues as well as the MRM (mens rights movement) in general, we were delighted to see comment sections overflowing with ordinary people who shared our perspective and engaging in open dialogue with people about these issues. But some people did not appreciate this kind of open discussion.
Lise Gotell (one of the small minds behind the original Don’t Be that Guy poster) & mayoral candidate Don Iveson publicly lied about MR-E’s positions on this topic, referring to us as “rape apologists” and referring to our parody poster campaign as “cowardly”. So we of MR-E partnered with our pals over at A Voice For Men (avoiceformen.com) and together we hosted a live radio show on blogtalkradio the very next evening. We invited both Gotell and Iveson (and any feminists interested) to appear on the show and debate live with us. Both Gotell and Iveson declined the invitation and ZERO feminists called in to field a defense for their perspectives on rape. From where we’re sitting, it’s clear who the true cowards are. The reason they refuse to debate these topics, is because they don’t have to. They know their opinions and comments are morally and intellectually indefensible. In a debate with us, we’ll kick their asses and they know it. Worse than that, their authority on these issues will be drawn into question. There is nowhere for them to go from here, but down. By engaging us in public discussion, they will only hasten their metaphorical decent into the cellar of society, and they know it. So it serves them better to censor, silence, or ignore us and hope we all just…go away.
Except, we’re not fucking going away.
LISE GOTELL, you have a right to hold any beliefs you wish. You also have a right to shut out and ignore any facts or opinions you deem to be a threat to your preferred world view. But if you insist on lying about men, and blaming masculinity or some fictional “patriarchy” for abhorrent crimes like sexual assault or rape, then those who foolishly employ you to educate young people should know that you’re a BIGOT by definition. Those who study under you have a right to know you’re an anti-intillectual as well. MR-E has received violent threats from feminists as a result of our activism. You can rest assured that retributive violence is not how MR-E or the greater MRM conducts itself. Unlike feminism, ours is a movement of intellectual honesty and non-violence. We do not wish any physical harm to come to anybody in any way, but we will use the light of public scrutiny to expose your willful ignorance and make you own your beliefs publicly. The catch is, this strategy requires a sane culture that actually cares when such morally bankrupt and bigoted individuals like you occupy positions in education and in politics. We may be too far gone, but the only way to find out is to get out there and show good, decent people what is being said and done in their taxpayer funded universities, their family courts, and in their governments.
That’s Fucking Your Shit Up.