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Men’s Resource Center Abuses Men with False Stereotypes

On Monday February 14, the Men’s Resource Center of Western Massachusetts is running a Valentine’s Day advertisement (see below) which states, “Women are entitled to live their lives free of fear of abuse and violence.”

The ad conveniently forgets to mention that women are just as likely as men to commit domestic violence. Indeed, the advertisement promotes the worst stereotypes about the so-called “masculine culture of violence.”

On February 4, Tammy Warner of Lake Jackson, Texas was indicted for negligent homicide. She is accused of killing her husband, Michael, by giving him a sherry enema that caused his blood-alcohol level to rise to almost one-half of one percent.

But the Men’s Resource Center would like you to think that victims like Michael Warner don’t exist.

Contact the Men’s Resource Center and tell them the following:

  1. Their advertisement is one-sided and misleading because it ignores the fact that women commit domestic violence as often as men – see RADAR Fact Sheet .

  2. The advertisement abuses men by promoting scurrilous stereotypes. Tell the MRC, “Men are entitled to live their lives free of social abuse and false stereotypes.”

  3. The Men’s Resource Center’s website openly admits it wants to “give Valentine’s Day a whole new meaning.” But Valentine’s is a day devoted to romantic love. It should not be turned into an orgy of male-bashing and fear.

Contact Rob Okun , executive director of the MRC:

  • E-mail: raokun@mensresourcecenter.org

  • Telephone: 1-413-253-9887, extension 10

  • Fax: 1-413-253-4801

  • Address: Men’s Resource Center, 236 North Pleasant Street, Amherst MA 01002

Please mention you are contacting Mr. Okun in response to a RADAR Alert.

This group claims to be working to help men. So how does fear-mongering and anti-male propaganda do that?

Here’s the MRC advertisement – see it for yourself at the following web address:



Men of Heart Campaign to End Violence Against Women

As men committed to creating a society where women are safe from violence and abuse, we are stepping forward to proclaim this Valentine's Day as Men of Heart Day, a time for men who reject the masculine culture of violence to support creating a masculine culture of peace.

As Men of Heart, both older and younger, as fathers and sons, uncles and brothers, nephews and cousins, coaches and teachers, public officials and private citizens, and as workers and managers, we are coming together with one voice to say, "Enough!" Women are entitled to live their lives free of fear of abuse and violence, free from stalking and harassment. We call on all men to pledge to respect women every day not just on a special day. And we call on men to mentor boys to learn respect for girls and women, and boys and men.

By signing our names below, we are making our personal commitment a public act. We pledge to give women more than flowers and jewelry this Valentine's Day. We pledge to help create an enduring masculine culture of peace.

Date of RADAR Release: February 13, 2005

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R.A.D.A.R. – Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting – is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://www.mediaradar.org