Lyman Makes Common Misunderstanding of “Testosterone Crowd”
In his May 23, 2004 New York Times Week in
Review article “Kerry’s Gender Gap: Yes, Democrats Can Win
(Some) White Male Voters,” Lyman makes simplified and
erroneous assumptions about the white male voting demographic,
or what he calls the “testosterone crowd.”
“To win the presidency, Mr. Kerry won't
need a majority of white male votes. No Democratic presidential
candidate has managed to do that since Jimmy Carter in 1976,
because of the party's perceived weak-kneed stance on military
matters.” As a progressive white male who is disenchanted with
the Democratic Party’s dealings with men’s issues, I have an
alternative theory: white men are tired of a party the tows the
feminist party line at all costs. The Democratic Party
essentially adopts any view that NOW and other radical feminist
groups espouse. After a while, this makes men of any race weary
of the Democratic Party. Which of these issues do you think the
democrats would support in a million years:
WIC, aid for women
with infants and children, to PIC, aid for parents
with infants and children. It makes no sense to give aid to
women only, and only if they are single. It is sexist, and it
does not promote marriage. PIC would be available to single
mothers and fathers, as well as low income married couples. The
money could also be used to help non-custodial parents keep up
support payments in times of illness, injury, or unemployment.
And contrary to what many feminists believe, children grow up
much better with two parents. Sorry, NOW.
the Violence Against Women Act to the Domestic Violence
Prevention Act. This is another piece of sexist legislation
that no democrat would dare change, despite the fact that
repeated studies (including the VAWA studies) show that women
are just as or nearly as likely to initiate domestic violence
with a man as vice versa. Additionally, women are far more
likely to severely injure or kill a small child, and their
victim will be more often a boy than a girl. As long as the
assumption of male guilt is part of the democratic agenda, why
wouldn’t they have trouble getting male voters?
on equal funding for health care for men and women.
Currently, far more money goes to female causes, such as breast
cancer research, than male causes, such as prostate cancer
women register for selective service at the same time men do.
Equal rights should mean equal responsibilities.
the justice system to prevent so many men from going to jail.
Whether it’s well-intentioned yet not wealthy “deadbeat
dads” going into unconstitutional debtor prison, a divorcing
husband being falsely accused of abuse, a man’s life being
ruined by a false rape accusation being thrown in the media
while the woman remains anonymous, the fact that men routinely
get more prison time for the same crime, or simply that over 92%
of our enormous prison population is men, who live in cages and
are often not protected from rape and other forms of assault,
the justice system of America is overwhelmingly biased against
us. Men need help from the system in prevention and justice, and
feminist cries of victim-hood, again echoed by the democratic
elite, do not sound like a sweet melody to men who have been on
the short side of any of these scenarios.
boys and men finish school. Boys are failing to graduate
from high school at a much higher rate than girls: 57% of high
school graduates are girls, and the rate of first-year college
students is about the same. Boys need help in school, starting
with a change in the way schools are structured and classes are
short, appeal to the needs of men, and don’t rely on fluffy
publicity stunts like riding on a motorcycle to the Jay Leno
show. I have listed only a few of the reasons that men are
turned off from the Democratic Party. However, what should make
the most sense to any politician is to appeal to what the needs
of men really are rather than kissing up to feminist special
interest groups like NOW should bring more men into the party.
As a progressive men’s rights activist, I
am not at all excited about the possibility of more
Republican/Christian Right/Big Oil leadership in Washington.
Instead, I am hoping for a democrat victory in November. If John
Kerry and the Democrats hope to gain more male votes, I hope
they actually begin to appeal to the interests of men.
contact Kerry via the internet, use the web form reached by
clicking the link below:
New York, New York
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