Activists listen while a speaker addresses them during the International Conference on Men's Issues, June 27, 2014, in St. Claire Shores, Mich. Photo by Adam Serwer for MSNBC

NBC News captures activists at the International Conference on Men’s Issues in St. Claire Shores, Mich.
Photo by Adam Serwer for MSNBC

“We need to name names,” Pizzey said, “and first on my list is Hillary Clinton.” One of the few overtly partisan moments at the conference, it drew loud cheers and applause from the attendees. [NBC News]

MISOGYNY BY another name, “International Conference on Men’s Issues,” was being vented at an international conference that met in St. Claire Shores, Michigan over the weekend. By naming Hillary Clinton as “first on my list” it’s fairly obvious that the notion of equality, women competing with men for equality in the workplace, including equal pay, is a “men’s issue,” with Clinton the symbol of all that feminism represents.

No doubt Rush Limbaugh would agree.

There were only 100 attendees, so to take this seriously would be a big mistake, especially when men still run the world, the media, the armies, and everything else.

“I call it the evil empire,” Erin Pizzey, the British founder of one of the first domestic violence shelters and a staunch anti-feminist, said Friday, borrowing Ronald Reagan’s description of the Soviet Union. “We need to go after them. We cannot allow this to continue. And if we don’t stop it, I don’t see a future for marriage, for love, or for anything.”

“We need to name names,” Pizzey said, “and first on my list is Hillary Clinton.” One of the few overtly partisan moments at the conference, it drew loud cheers and applause from the attendees.

There are many definitions that could be utilized to characterize a “staunch anti-feminist,” but the most important is an iron grip on traditionalism, with any challenge to traditional roles seen as a very threat to what it means to be a man, thus a “men’s issue.”

What’s love got to do with it? A man cannot love fully, act upon that love, make love fully, be a man if a woman stands equal to him? That’s exactly what Erin Pizzy is postulating.

That’s just not where their energy or focus is.

It’s all about railing against feminism.

Mike Buchanan, a British men’s activist, warned that feminism was the ideology of “female supremacists, driven by misandry, the hatred of men and boys.” For 30 years, Buchanan said, “feminists have worked through the state to attack many of the pillars of civilized society,” and become “the defining ideology, of the political establishment.”

At the conference, feminism was responsible for turning wives against their husbands, bleeding them dry in divorce proceedings and separating them from their children, levying false accusations of rape and abuse against good men, or creating an ever-present culture of hatred where men are vilified.

The “pillars of civilized society” is traditional marriage, where the woman has one purpose and it isn’t to become equal to her husband in the world outside of the home.

Men feeling threatened by strong, smart and competent women isn’t anything new, but it is very 1970.

This International Conference on Men’s Issues does represent why some men recoil at the thought of a Hillary Clinton presidency. It’s the What’s This World Coming To Crowd who cannot visualize a female commander in chief. The thought of a woman armed, in power and with an army at her call turns traditionalism upside down forever.