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Action features a major action that we feel is important for
men to take towards making this a country that also cares
about men. We will give you the situation, the call to
action, and the people to contact to hopefully make
After reviewing some of these topics, we
encourage you to write the corporations and the government
and give them your viewpoint. Change doesn't usually take
place when only one complaint is received. If you want to be
part of the solution, let them hear from you!
See Take Action from 2006,
of the Week Responses.
Action of the
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ACTION OF THE WEEK
How old is old enough to be interested in blind dates? MGA
Entertainment Inc., maker of
Bratz®, thinks it's six! The
Bratz & Bratz Boyz Secret Date Collection is in toy
stores nationwide. These "action figures" feature on of the
Bratz girls looking way too grown up to be a child's toy.
Each Bratz girl is paired with a mystery Bratz Boy--included
in the package but hidden from view. And each Secret Date
Collection comes with two champagne glasses, a bottle and
"tons of date night accessories."
MGA PROMOTING BLIND-DATE PLAY FOR 6-YEAR-OLDS
Does NBC really stand for the Northern Baptist Conference
and CBS stand for Community Bible Study. Both have
become narrow examples of what freedom of speech has come to
TV NETWORKS REFUSE RELIGIOUS COMMERCIAL
Verizon's condescending, anti-father "Leave her Alone!" TV
commercial depicts a bumbling father attempting to help his
young daughter with her homework. The daughter clearly
believes her father is a fool, and looks to her mother to
get him out of her way. The mother is happy to comply,
barking at the father to go wash the dog and commanding the
father to "leave her alone!" when he is slow to comply with
her condescending order. To view the commercial and join our
campaign, click here.
VERIZON DSL DISHES FATHERS
Abercrombie & Fitch, that is. It's true. As the
company continues to lose sales, they are taking this
opportunity to identify with losers by selling t-shirts with
the slogan. Unfortunately, they aren't using a picture of
Michael Jeffries, their CEO but rather a picture of a
gymnast on the still rings. Bob Colarossi,
USA Gymnastics president has asked them to stop selling
the T-shirt with the slogan "L is for Loser" and asking the
rest of us to boycott the store until the T-shirt is pulled.
"No individual regardless of race, gender, age, intelligence
or athletic ability, can or should be deemed a loser." This
isn't the first action involving Abercrombie
PBS aired a fairly good "American Experience" program
on the introduction of The (birth control) Pill in the
1950s. However, with statements like "With the pill, women
were finally free to have sex without fear of pregnancy,
just like men always had.", their skewed perspective became
obviously one-sided. Just like men always had? Women have
always been able to "walk away" via adoption and abortion.
Men have never been able to unless willing to live as a
THE PILL -
A WOMEN'S ONLY ISSUE?
If you're planning to drive on vacation, or just to the
store, beware of the "Shell" Game that we came across
on August 4, 2004 on a trip up I-5 in Oregon. The only sign
showed regular gas at $1.999 per gallon. There was two
aisles to choose from. Choose carefully. The wrong one will
cost you $2.599 a gallon, and you won't even realize it.
WATCH OUT -
THE NEW "SHELL" GAME CAN COST YOU
California Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San
Francisco) is trying to sneak a "stealth" bill through the
legislature which would harm children and the fathers they
love and need by destroying the California Supreme Court's
recent decision in In re Marriage of LaMusga (2004) . The
Burton bill would give custodial parents the right to move
children wherever they want, whenever they want--without
even needing to obtain a court order.
KIDNAPPING CHILDREN MAY BECOME LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA
There's a scene (which is repeated in a flash back later)
in the 3rd Harry Potter movie that is expected to find the
viewers cheering. It's where one of the Slytherin girls
makes a sneeringly vicious insult towards Ron, and he hauls
off and slugs her.
NEW POTTER MOVIE CONDONES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Fred Meyer carries Ex-Boy Friend Sour Apple Lip Jelly. "Now
that you're single, Get out and mingle. He was a jerk
anyway." Boy Girl Lip Jelly "Keep your lips greasy like a
boy!" Plus, "Boys are Smelley" Bath Pillow and "Boys are
Smelley" Shower Gel and Body Lotion in a packet with 4 other
products. (See other Retailers) Ask
them to stop.
we think they are really saying.)
SELLS "BOYS ARE SMELLY"
Child model sites are NOT illegal; but maybe it should be.
Webe Web is a Florida based company that portrays itself as
a child modeling website. They sell photos and videos of
scantily clad 7 to 17 year-old girls in provocative poses to
anyone with access to the Internet and a credit card. There
is legislation before congress introduced by Representative
Mark Foley (R-FL 16th) and Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY). If
you want to send a message, please click here: dads.e-actionmax.com/r.asp?aacwc=363314838259071269585
You can also email a complaint
to the web site directly at E-Mail.
This does make us wonder,
however, about the proliferation of these sexy looks on the
covers of most girl's and women's lifestyle magazines (see
55 examples here)
and the cover stories, often sexual and suggestive, which
they use to entice purchase of their magazines. Shouldn't
they also be included in this legislation? And then there's
SEXY" campaign which
supports girls to "dress sexy and that it doesn't men you
have to have sex." Who's telling the boys? And, on a final
note, click here to see how many babies have been
born to mothers under 15 so
far this year.)
CHILD SUPERMODEL SITES ARE QUESTIONABLE
(Click on ad)
Wal-mart has expanded their use of seductive names to, once
again, promote Junior Intimates (underwear). It includes
"Juniors' No Boundaries Bra and Panty Set", "Juniors' No
Boundaries Panties" in new designs, "Juniors' No Boundaries
Woven Boxers" and "Ladies' Secret Treasures Boyleg
CONTINUES TO ENCOURAGE NO BOUNDARIES
Commercial list brokers sell lists of the names and
personal information of children as young as two. Student
Marketing Group's web site www.studentlist.com/products/list_preschool.shtml
boasts that it sells a list of preschool children between
the ages of 2 and 5. Each record includes the child's full
name, address, age, and sometimes includes other
information, such as gender and telephone number. U.S.
Senate Bill S.2160 would prohibit the sale of
childrens personally identifiable information for
marketing purposes. Urge your congressional leaders to
support this bill. Our childrens' privacy is not for sale!
To send a message, please click this link: dads.e-actionmax.com/r.asp?aacwc=363314838259063157178
COMMERCIAL LIST BROKERS TARGET CHILDREN
off the Press
Staff write Jane Ganahl seems to feel that merchandise that
is directed to teen age girls that jokes about boys being
stupid so throw rocks at them is angry chest-beating by
women and men who think otherwise. She supports the
manufactures view that these are harless cartoon T-shirts.
We wonder if Ms Ganahl would hold the same view if the word
"girl" replaced that of "boy?"
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE RESORTS TO CHEAP SHOTS
While Claire's was reported as having removed the offensive
David & Golaith products from their stores (see
they haven't and, according to a couple of managers,
they haven't informed their stores either. In
addition, Claire's also carries some "It's Happy Bunny" key
chains and stickers that read "I love boys, they're
while Borders carries the David and Golaith journals that
read "Boys are Smelly" and "Chics Rule! Boys Drool."
BORDERS SELLS "BOYS ARE SMELLY" JOURNALS
Glenn Sacks was on the air Sunday, February 1 discussing
what is happening on many college campus's to Poison
Valentine's Day by making it about hate and violence rather
than about romance.
POISONING VALENTINE'S DAY
You won't see the winning
ad in MoveOn.org Voter Fund's Bush in 30 Seconds ad
contest on the Super Bowl. CBS refuses to air it. Meanwhile,
the White House is on the verge of signing into law a deal
which Senator John McCain (R-AZ) says is custom-tailored for
CBS and Fox allowing the two networks to grow much bigger.
CBS lobbied hard for this rule change; MoveOn.org members
across the country lobbied against it; and now their ad has
been rejected while the White House ad will be played. It
looks an awful lot like CBS is playing politics with the
right to free speech. If you want to do something, go to
Author and LA radio show host Glenn Sacks exposes an
international retail chain of 3,000 outlets called Claire's
which sells hats, wallets, wristbands, socks and other
products which say "Boy are Stupid - Throw Rocks at Them"
and "Stupid Factory - Where Boys are Made". Help encourage
the management at Claire's to remove the availability of
these products from their stores.
AOL's mirroring of society and the lack of interest in men
and their issues.
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