Father's Rights Groups & the Backlash Against Feminists in the Online World

6 October 2006

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The document analyses the thin line between free speech and open hate, particularly in the Internet.

An organized backlash to feminism among men has increasingly made itself
visible in Canada and among most Western capitalist countries. Organized
anti-feminist groups of men tend to organize specifically on the basis
of their position as fathers. Hazy regulations concerning the web make
for a comfortable world where websites, e-mail, and on-line discussion
groups have become powerful recruiting, fund-raising, and indoctrinating
tools for hate.

Present hate laws play an important role in Canadian society, but their
adaptation for regulating cyber-hate will prove difficult. Education and
self-regulation will be imperative in handling use of ICTs by father’s
rights networks and other anti-feminist movements.

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