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    COMMENTARY
    Case of the runaway bride has some men hopping mad
    By MARK SCHWED
    Cox News Service

    WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - Anger. Disgust. Outrage. Men, who usually
    couldn't care less about weddings, have strong feelings about Georgia's
    runaway bride.


    As of Tuesday morning, bride-to-be Jennifer Carol Wilbanks hadn't
    publicly apologized for temporarily turning her fiance into the next
    Scott Peterson.

    The fiance, John Mason, once a suspect who had to take a lie-detector
    test to prove he hadn't chucked her into the Chattahoochee River, said
    he was "happy" she was alive and pledged to marry her still. But days
    before, "Oh man, I was mad," he told Sean Hannity, Fox-TV's political
    pit bull, who turned all sensitive and mushy for his scoop interview,
    conducted — of all places — in a church.

    Mason wasn't the only mad guy.

    "Does anyone else in this country see a pattern of lying by females
    about crimes against them?" asked a man named Ray in an online news posting.

    Imagine, men are saying, that the tables were turned, that the man had
    jogged away, taken a Greyhound bus to Las Vegas, then Albuquerque, N.M.,
    and then claimed he had been kidnapped by a Hispanic man and white woman
    packing heat, only to confess later it was all a big lie. Would police
    have given him a teddy bear the way they did Wilbanks?

    Hardly.

    No wonder guys are so furious. To many of them, the case represents yet
    another example of double standards that favor women.

    "Women always make men out to be the abuser," said Dr. Richard T. Hise,
    a Texas A&M University professor and author of The War Against Men.
    "Women are turning men into the enemy."

    Male fury was front and center Tuesday, bubbling across the Internet, at
    AngryHarry.com, Mensactivism.org, FireYour

    Wife.com and NoMarriage.com.

    Perhaps we're witnessing the emergence of a new men's movement —
    fractured as it may be — similar to the birth of women's lib 40 years ago?

    Absolutely, says Hise, who has suggested a name for the group: "NO
    MA'AM, or the National Organization of Men Against Anti-Maleness."

    There is a need for such a group, says Michael McCormick, executive
    director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, which has
    affiliates in 26 states.

    He believes the case of the runaway bride is yet another example of how
    the cards are stacked against men.

    "With this particular bride, the first-blush reaction was, 'Oh, silly
    girl. She got cold feet. No problem,' " said McCormick. "If a man had
    done this, the immediate response would be, 'Let's bust him.' There is a
    legitimate sense of anger that's building up in men over their
    mistreatment."

    Nancy Grace, victims-rights advocate turned CNN Headline News host, had
    practically lynched the fiance in earlier programs. But she was
    unrepentant Monday. Instead of apologizing to him, she pleaded for
    leniency for the woman.

    Grace asked Duluth (Ga.) Police Chief Randy Belcher: "Why would we put
    this girl behind bars because she got cold feet?"

    "Because she lied to police," Belcher responded.

    "I went out on a limb," Grace said, referring to her attacks against the
    fiance. "She sure tricked me."

    It was the closest thing to an apology to Mason from anyone on TV. Even
    after Wilbanks 'fessed up that she had lied, some women speculated in
    online chat rooms that perhaps she ran because Mason had abused her.

    As usual, though, TV's Dr. Phil cut to the chase. "I'd really have
    problems with this woman if I were him," he told CNN's Larry King.

    Already, some TV psychologists were laying that groundwork, speculating
    about everything from eating disorders to the pressures and stress that
    all brides feel before a wedding, much less an obscenely large affair
    with 600 guests, 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen. Even Fox television
    mad dog Bill

    O'Reilly got all soft, suggesting that Wilbanks might need a mental
    evaluation.

  • #2
    The Runaway Bride and Double Standards

    is that OUR Ray quoted in that article???

    "Jaycee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ink.net...
    COMMENTARY Case of the runaway bride has some men hopping mad By MARK SCHWED Cox News Service WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - Anger. Disgust. Outrage. Men, who usually couldn't care less about weddings, have strong feelings about Georgia's runaway bride. As of Tuesday morning, bride-to-be Jennifer Carol Wilbanks hadn't publicly apologized for temporarily turning her fiance into the next Scott Peterson. The fiance, John Mason, once a suspect who had to take a lie-detector test to prove he hadn't chucked her into the Chattahoochee River, said he was "happy" she was alive and pledged to marry her still. But days before, "Oh man, I was mad," he told Sean Hannity, Fox-TV's political pit bull, who turned all sensitive and mushy for his scoop interview, conducted — of all places — in a church. Mason wasn't the only mad guy. "Does anyone else in this country see a pattern of lying by females about crimes against them?" asked a man named Ray in an online news
    posting.
    Imagine, men are saying, that the tables were turned, that the man had jogged away, taken a Greyhound bus to Las Vegas, then Albuquerque, N.M., and then claimed he had been kidnapped by a Hispanic man and white woman packing heat, only to confess later it was all a big lie. Would police have given him a teddy bear the way they did Wilbanks? Hardly. No wonder guys are so furious. To many of them, the case represents yet another example of double standards that favor women. "Women always make men out to be the abuser," said Dr. Richard T. Hise, a Texas A&M University professor and author of The War Against Men. "Women are turning men into the enemy." Male fury was front and center Tuesday, bubbling across the Internet, at AngryHarry.com, Mensactivism.org, FireYour Wife.com and NoMarriage.com. Perhaps we're witnessing the emergence of a new men's movement — fractured as it may be — similar to the birth of women's lib 40 years ago? Absolutely, says Hise, who has suggested a name for the group: "NO MA'AM, or the National Organization of Men Against Anti-Maleness." There is a need for such a group, says Michael McCormick, executive director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, which has affiliates in 26 states. He believes the case of the runaway bride is yet another example of how the cards are stacked against men. "With this particular bride, the first-blush reaction was, 'Oh, silly girl. She got cold feet. No problem,' " said McCormick. "If a man had done this, the immediate response would be, 'Let's bust him.' There is a legitimate sense of anger that's building up in men over their mistreatment." Nancy Grace, victims-rights advocate turned CNN Headline News host, had practically lynched the fiance in earlier programs. But she was unrepentant Monday. Instead of apologizing to him, she pleaded for leniency for the woman. Grace asked Duluth (Ga.) Police Chief Randy Belcher: "Why would we put this girl behind bars because she got cold feet?" "Because she lied to police," Belcher responded. "I went out on a limb," Grace said, referring to her attacks against the fiance. "She sure tricked me." It was the closest thing to an apology to Mason from anyone on TV. Even after Wilbanks 'fessed up that she had lied, some women speculated in online chat rooms that perhaps she ran because Mason had abused her. As usual, though, TV's Dr. Phil cut to the chase. "I'd really have problems with this woman if I were him," he told CNN's Larry King. Already, some TV psychologists were laying that groundwork, speculating about everything from eating disorders to the pressures and stress that all brides feel before a wedding, much less an obscenely large affair with 600 guests, 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen. Even Fox television mad dog Bill O'Reilly got all soft, suggesting that Wilbanks might need a mental evaluation.

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    • #3
      The Runaway Bride and Double Standards

      There is almost no accountability in the Court system for women
      involving domestic issues. They routinely bring false restraining
      orders against their ex husbands all of the time so they keep away
      from their new boyfriends. Purjury just doesn't seem to apply women at
      all.

      James
      Webmaster http://www.childsupportreform.org

      On Wed, 04 May 2005 17:50:59 GMT, Jaycee <[email protected]> wrote:
      COMMENTARYCase of the runaway bride has some men hopping madBy MARK SCHWEDCox News ServiceWEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - Anger. Disgust. Outrage. Men, who usuallycouldn't care less about weddings, have strong feelings about Georgia'srunaway bride.As of Tuesday morning, bride-to-be Jennifer Carol Wilbanks hadn'tpublicly apologized for temporarily turning her fiance into the nextScott Peterson.The fiance, John Mason, once a suspect who had to take a lie-detectortest to prove he hadn't chucked her into the Chattahoochee River, saidhe was "happy" she was alive and pledged to marry her still. But daysbefore, "Oh man, I was mad," he told Sean Hannity, Fox-TV's politicalpit bull, who turned all sensitive and mushy for his scoop interview,conducted — of all places — in a church.Mason wasn't the only mad guy."Does anyone else in this country see a pattern of lying by femalesabout crimes against them?" asked a man named Ray in an online news posting.Imagine, men are saying, that the tables were turned, that the man hadjogged away, taken a Greyhound bus to Las Vegas, then Albuquerque, N.M.,and then claimed he had been kidnapped by a Hispanic man and white womanpacking heat, only to confess later it was all a big lie. Would policehave given him a teddy bear the way they did Wilbanks?Hardly.No wonder guys are so furious. To many of them, the case represents yetanother example of double standards that favor women."Women always make men out to be the abuser," said Dr. Richard T. Hise,a Texas A&M University professor and author of The War Against Men."Women are turning men into the enemy."Male fury was front and center Tuesday, bubbling across the Internet, atAngryHarry.com, Mensactivism.org, FireYourWife.com and NoMarriage.com.Perhaps we're witnessing the emergence of a new men's movement —fractured as it may be — similar to the birth of women's lib 40 years ago?Absolutely, says Hise, who has suggested a name for the group: "NOMA'AM, or the National Organization of Men Against Anti-Maleness."There is a need for such a group, says Michael McCormick, executivedirector of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, which hasaffiliates in 26 states.He believes the case of the runaway bride is yet another example of howthe cards are stacked against men."With this particular bride, the first-blush reaction was, 'Oh, sillygirl. She got cold feet. No problem,' " said McCormick. "If a man haddone this, the immediate response would be, 'Let's bust him.' There is alegitimate sense of anger that's building up in men over theirmistreatment."Nancy Grace, victims-rights advocate turned CNN Headline News host, hadpractically lynched the fiance in earlier programs. But she wasunrepentant Monday. Instead of apologizing to him, she pleaded forleniency for the woman.Grace asked Duluth (Ga.) Police Chief Randy Belcher: "Why would we putthis girl behind bars because she got cold feet?""Because she lied to police," Belcher responded."I went out on a limb," Grace said, referring to her attacks against thefiance. "She sure tricked me."It was the closest thing to an apology to Mason from anyone on TV. Evenafter Wilbanks 'fessed up that she had lied, some women speculated inonline chat rooms that perhaps she ran because Mason had abused her.As usual, though, TV's Dr. Phil cut to the chase. "I'd really haveproblems with this woman if I were him," he told CNN's Larry King.Already, some TV psychologists were laying that groundwork, speculatingabout everything from eating disorders to the pressures and stress thatall brides feel before a wedding, much less an obscenely large affairwith 600 guests, 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen. Even Fox televisionmad dog BillO'Reilly got all soft, suggesting that Wilbanks might need a mentalevaluation.

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      • #4
        The Runaway Bride and Double Standards

        James Hernandez wrote:
        There is almost no accountability [anymore]
        Agreed.


        Comment

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