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Men's Political Platform?
By Rod Van Mechelen
In a bid to bring attention to the plight of children in broken families, Warren Farrell ran for California governor.
Raising awareness
2003 Olympia, Wash. - Well known author and equal rights advocate Warren Farrell ran for governor of California in a bid to become the first "Governor for Kids."
Dr. Warren Farrell has officially launched his candidacy for California Governor. His campaign will focus on reducing the economic costs of social neglect, such as when children lose their dads after divorce. - Warren Farrell for Governor, Press Release, August 13, 2003

Although many of us - especially the guys - have followed Arnold Schwarzenegger's career since he came to the states, we admire him, and I believe he would make a great governor, the advantage Warren has over Arnold is his vast knowledge about the problems that plague American families, and the solutions that he has already devised and tested.
Dr. Farrell feels the pendulum has swung from a "women's crisis" to a "men's crisis" that is wasting our human resources just as the energy crisis wasted our natural resources.

What are the solutions? Here are Dr. Farrell's "Top Ten Social Solutions with Budget Saving Results" that transcend Democratic and Republican Party lines.

Top Ten Social Solutions that Create Financial Solutions

  1. a men's birth control pill and a paternity fraud bill;
  2. universal prenatal care;
  3. listening skills taught from first grade, with simultaneous retraining of parents;
  4. equal father and mother involvement, especially if there is divorce;
  5. more male teachers;
  6. stressing female empowerment rather than victim power
  7. keeping taxes on businesses low
  8. schools that are friendlier to boys;
  9. a commission on the status of men and men's health
  10. restraining the Government-as-Substitute-Husband
- Warren Farrell for Governor, Press Release, August 13, 2003
Many of Dr. Farrell's proposals may seem unrealistic or "touchy-feely," but his approach has been tested in the real world by tens of thousands of families throughout the U.S. and Canada, and they work. As much as I would enjoy seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor, were I a resident of California I would vote for Dr. Warren Farrell, a man who has dedicated his career to solving the problems faced by modern families.


Rod Van Mechelen

Rod Van Mechelen is the author of What Everyone Should Know about Feminist Issues: The Male-Positive Perspective (the page now includes several articles by other authors), and the publisher of The Backlash! @ He is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and served for 9-1/2 years on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council.


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