Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Help Save Amy Alkon's column in the Orange County Register

Amy Alkon writes to let me know that her columns, which emphasize fairness to men, will be let go from the Orange County Register unless readers express support for them:

In a world where domestic violence against men is laughed off -- while Mary Winkler blows her husband away and gets away with it...where there's rampant paternity fraud...where men are bled dry in court proceedings that take away access to their children...where men are squeezed out of opportunities (thanks to women-only and minority fellowships in the name of righting discrimination)...where selfish women feel free to become "single mothers by choice," when piles of data show that children need daddies to have a good shot in life...and on and on...I use science and reason -- presented with humor -- to put out a column that is fair to men. In fact, because I'm so outraged by the rampant discrimination I see against men, it's one of my main missions.

With such a dearth of writing out there doing that job, I think that alone is reason my column needs to remain in the Orange County Register.

Two things will save my column:

1. If enough people write to the Register to tell them it's a must-read for them. Write to Life@OCRegister.com

2. If people start reading it online as of Tuesday. The editor has conceded to me that it's been hard to find online (after readers wrote and told me the link was impossible to find).

They've put up a permalink.

More about my column: I work hard to make my column something you can't get anywhere else. I go to the same conferences and read the same journals as Ph.D.'s in psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology. A few of my other big influences: the late Albert Ellis (who was a fan of my work), Nathaniel Branden, John Gottman.

I get piles of mail from OC Reg readers every week, and I think my column is much more popular than they know because people have been reading it in the print edition only since it's been impossible to find online.

If you like and believe in my work, I hope you'll take action to keep my column in the Register -- both by writing to the editor and by starting to read me regularly at the permalink above. All the best,-Amy Alkon, advicegoddess.com


In you are so inclined, write and let them know how you feel or at least click through the link above so that the OC Register will get the gist that the columns are worthwhile. I know I will!

15 Comments:

Blogger Brother J said...

Done. Email sent.

8:00 PM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger uncle ken said...

Dr. Helen it is also easy to cc. the RSS feed into your newsreader, which I have done.

8:12 PM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger MarkyMark said...

Thanks for the link, Doc! I'll have to bookmark it, and perhaps put it on my blog...

8:52 PM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger Trust said...

I sent an email to them. Got a nice email of thanks from Amy as well. Kind of owed her--I misunderstood a Q&A of hers a while back and never read her again until Dr. H. interviewed her, then listening to her I realized I was wrong.

9:52 PM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger TMink said...

Trust, I love it when people admit their mistakes. It helps me, well, trust them.

Good on ya!

Trey

10:19 PM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger Jungle Jim said...

I just sent an email to the Register.

I find one thing in Amy's letter to you to be very relevant to me: "where men are squeezed out of opportunities (thanks to women-only and minority fellowships in the name of righting discrimination)...".

Just try to be a white man pursuing a career in any number of fields in academia, you may find yourself almost completely shut out. You will be discrriminated against at every step: graduate school admissions, employment, promotion, etc.

7:05 AM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger Michael said...

meh. I won't help. I posted on Amy's website once with a contrarian view. She asked me for documentation and studies supporting my position, while providing none for her own position.

If casual conversation for private opinions is sufficient proof for her positions, but my opinions have to be documented to have any merit, she's not the sort I can expend any energy supporting.

8:21 AM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger Roci said...

I am just guessing that my support would be more meaningful if I actually read the OCR.

8:27 AM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger TS said...

Just try to be a white man pursuing a career in any number of fields in academia, you may find yourself almost completely shut out.

Amen, brother. The white man has it rough!

2:09 PM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger Trust said...

@TMink: "Trust, I love it when people admit their mistakes. It helps me, well, trust them."
_________

Thanks, Trey.

I've been wrong about people more than once. One example on this board was a man named Jeff who kept calling men p^ssies and one day I laid into him for it and it got heated. Later, I regretted it because, aside from that one quirk, he seemed like a better guy than I gave him credit for.

7:00 PM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger GM Roper said...

Done

11:59 PM, March 21, 2009  
Blogger Ken said...

I work for the Register. The paper is cutting back on everything. Employees are having hours cut, all sections are shrinking and almost anything imaginable is being done to save money. I don't want to discourage anyone but the chances of saving the column are not good.

It is a rough time in the newspaper industry. But maybe we can save the column. Just don't be upset if we don't.

1:17 AM, March 22, 2009  
Blogger M. Simon said...

I blogged it.

I hope that helps.

4:05 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger Helen said...

M.Simon,

Thank you and thanks to all who have written or helped out!

12:21 PM, March 26, 2009  
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