Toronto Star

Dec. 11, 12:12 EDT

White Ribbon Campaign targets all men

Re Prof's klan comments go unpunished, Dec. 8.

Letters to the Editor
Toronto Star

Professor Charles Rackoff is not alone in thinking that the feminist agenda is the force that fuels the White Ribbon Campaign.

Marc LÚpine did not represent anybody but himself. Yet, some groups continue to promote the idea that LÚpine represented all men and that unless men collectively renounce violence against women, then women will continue to die at the hands of men.

What's worse, when someone dares speak up and question the wisdom behind those conclusions, he or she is labelled ``repugnant.''

Let's look at two different individuals and compare their repugnance.

On the one side, you have a fundamentally non-violent man who, like Rackoff, refuses to wear a white ribbon because that ornament identifies him as a man, therefore potentially violent. This man is confident with regard to his peacefulness and he refuses to believe that his fellow men are all inclined to abuse women.

On the other hand, there is the man sporting the white ribbon who closes his eyes when a fellow man is falsely accused and convicted of a violent crime that he didn't commit. This man, on the contrary, believes that the world is primarily composed of good women and bad men, and that therefore, if a woman accuses a man, then he must probably be guilty.

Who is really more repugnant?

The government of Ontario is about to ram a law through the Legislature that will facilitate wrongful convictions by allowing women to accuse a man and get a so-called ``intervention order'' that will just about strip him of all his rights.

I'm talking about Bill 117. Last week, the government invoked closure on this flawed and abusive bill in order to proceed with the third reading this week and make it law before Christmas.

If all goes as planned, and no one appears over-zealous about derailing those plans right now, then by the end of the year, some poor Ontario men will find themselves in the street, with no money, no access to their children, and very little hope of getting justice, all because our society finds it repugnant when someone dares speak up and try to bring people to their senses.



- Gerald Gauthier
Toronto

Copyright © 1996-2000. Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.