|Old car rally on VFW lawn|
death threats and promises by feminist groups to shut it down. It was a great location along the Lake St. Claire and an old car rally showed up on the weekend as well ... Bonus!
Speakers included living legends like Erin Pizzey from the UK and Canadian Senator Anne Cools, who knew of each other's work since the 1970's, and subsequently became such great friends that they now call themselves "Soul Sisters." Other famous writers, intellectuals and activists included
Dr. Warren Farrell, Stefan Mollyneux, Karen Straughan, and Barbara Kay. Still others came from as far away as Australia and India. The full list can be found on the AVfM website.
|Soul Sisters: Senator Anne Cools and Erin Pizzey|
Other speakers, including Dr. Tara Palmatier, who says that she is terrified of public speaking, also found their inner comedians at this event, which was fortunate for the attendees since the issues described in detail at this conference can seem depressingly insurmountable at times, especially since there has been nothing but ridicule and antagonism for Men's Issues from mainstream media. In fact AVfM and other men's groups have been subjected to near-continuous slander and misrepresentation so, to twist an old saying, "take two jokes and call me in the morning," was good medicine to help the audience cope with the often painful material.
|Dr. Tara Palmatier|
|Erin Pizzey, Founder of the UK Women's Refuge movement|
|Canadian Senator Anne Cools|
Media from MSNBC, Vice, and many more attended, interviewed, filmed, and photographed just about every square inch of the event. The stories to come are likely to present vastly different views of this conference, which I can summarize as: highly informative, passionate, at times very funny, but most of all, absolutely essential in order to break through the stigma created by 40 years of feminist misinformation designed to shame and silence men and women who want to discuss social issues in a culture that increasingly views men as entitled, rapists-in-waiting who are an immediate danger to children on airplanes.
After hearing these well-researched, insightful lectures, it would take a special kind of willful ignorance to deny that the serious issues facing men, boys, and women and families were at least partly, if not entirely, created by decades of feminists promoting an image of men as violent and dangerous to women and families. In fact many feminists now define rape to include anything a man says of a sexual nature that a woman does not want to hear. Yes, they use the word "rape," and examples of this will appear in upcoming videos on Studio Brulé.
|Erin Pizzey receives lifetime achievement award|
The banquet was an unqualified success. Old friends were re-united, new friendships were formed, and people who only knew each other online met for the first time. It was a genuine celebratory evening, which continued at various local pubs later. More pics are added at the bottom.
|A playful moment|
|Some of the Honey Badgers with Erin Pizzey|
|Panel discussion on activism|
Lissie had apparently raised the funds to travel to Detroit with the help of David Futrelle, a devout feminist and venomous critic of AVfM who writes the blog We Hunted The Mammoth. Upon arrival, Lissie attempted to gain free entry by posing as media and demanding that she be given a press pass. She further insisted that paying to enter would violate her journalistic ethics. Her fraudulent claim and history of antagonism prompted the organizers to bar her from the conference. Oddly, she found her way to a small, impromptu, late-night, post-event gathering consisting of a few of the speakers, some AVfM staff, and others in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott. Apparently earlier that evening she had been at times flirting, at times provoking and insulting some of the men. Hotel management decided to escort her from the building, and this was the only "incident," if you can even call it an incident, at this event.
I was at this post-event gathering, and it was a lot of fun. In fact it was the most fun I've ever had in a hotel lobby. Early on, around 10 PM, some of us ordered food, which was delivered directly to the lobby from a nearby restaurant. We shared bottles of wine and beer, and Mike Buchanan, a speaker from the UK and leader of the political party "Justice For Men & Boys," generously brought two bottles of Scotch to the table and most of us happily partook. The hotel was absolutely wonderful to us, providing all the glasses and ice we needed. They let us continue our "party" unencumbered until the wee hours of the morning, although I ran out of steam shortly after 3 AM. Other conference members, like Erin Pizzey, Warren Farrell, Anil Kumar, and Barbara Kay, came and went throughout the evening, while filmmaker Cassie Jaye and her Director of Photography, Evan Davies, conducted a lengthy interview of Karen Straughan in a nearby alcove. It was a really fun ending to a very successful and well-run conference.
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|Host and emcee Attila Vinczer with son Ryan|
|Sage Gerard with Honey Badgers|
|Erin Pizzey and Karen Straughan|
|Anil Kumar from India|
|Karen Straughan and Robert Samery|
|Dr. Warren Farrell with wife Liz|