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The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system.

The last few decades have seen steady and dramatic increases in the incidence of boys and young men suffering from genital deformities, low sperm count, sperm abnormalities and testicular cancer.

At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia.

The Disappearing Male takes a close and disturbing look at what many doctors and researchers now suspect are responsible for many of these problems: a class of common chemicals that are ubiquitous in our world.

Found in everything from shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles, they are called “hormone mimicking” or “endocrine disrupting” chemicals and they may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development. (Excerpt from cbc.ca)

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It's shocking and some scientists are calling this a possible extinction level event

Originally posted to anime1973 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 10:47 PM PDT.

Also republished by Canadian Kossacks.

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  •  wth... (9+ / 0-)

    Is this spam?  This is a 4 year old film that's been debunked.  

    This  "diary" is just reprinting the movie's pr...where's the diary?

  •  Gawd (7+ / 0-)

    I thought you were talking about my whiskey.  

    When the truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

    by Sun dog on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 11:18:56 PM PDT

    •  I'm sure your whiskey is an equal opportunity (3+ / 0-)
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      kyril, Sun dog, Ahianne

      destroyer.

      The full spectrum of possible genders is equally subject to being destroyed by the overindulgence of your whiskey.  Let's hope you don't run out because there may be a lot of volunteers to test this particular hypothesis.

      Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

      by sjburnman on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 11:43:19 PM PDT

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  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    kyril

    Also, teh gayz. We're all dooooomed!!! Oh, the humanity!

    Weathering Michigan's recessions since the '70s.

    by jennifree2bme on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 01:19:25 AM PDT

  •  This guy is a admitted Men's rights Activist. (3+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1, Ahianne, Lost and Found

    This is his comment stating his affliation.
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Other comments where he reveals his hatred of women are put on display and linked below.

    yeah. It would be aweful if a women had to (0+ / 0-)
    fall for the same trick many have played on men to get pregnant and then treat the man like a piggy bank."
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    between you and the people taking about prenup (0+ / 0-)
    you made me think of something funny. We all know that in divorse that women typically win. Alimony, child custody, child support, the house, the car, etc. In the few times the man actually wins something like alimony women are actually indignate about it. After gay marriage is legalized everywhere it'll be almost entertaining watching lesbian divorse court.
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    i hate the family court system (0+ / 0-)
    and after what happened to my dad and my male friends in divorse I'm largely convinced that nothing will ever change until it sucks as bad for women as it does for men.
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    This is link to a Southern Poverty Law Center documenting the Men's Rights Movement and their violent rhetoric.

    http://www.splcenter.org/...

    With this in mind, I'm HRing this diary because it is clearly an attempt to push the MRA agenda and I believe any association to this movement to be damaging to the dailykos community.

    •  i don't know what to do with this (1+ / 0-)
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      debedb

      if pointing out that the oil and chemical companies are putting profits above people and are doing active damage to

      A)pregnant women
      B)developing babies
      C)men through the rest of their lives
      D)animal life and the environment in general

      then i guess i'm happy "to be damaging to the dailykos community."

      Personally i thought few things were more progressive than regulating the oil and chemical companies and holding them accountable for the damage they have done.

      •  nope. (3+ / 0-)
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        kyril, Clem Yeobright, Lost and Found

        Please don't try to proclaim you have only the purest intentions. I'm sure you thought really hard about the best way to spoon feed your hate filled message to progressives but seriously... did you think no one would call you out on this? That no one would consider the source?

        If a member of the KKK made some seemingly innocuous  arguments about how welfare is bankrupting the country, no one would take him seriously. Because he would have already proven himself crazy town banana pants.

        This film brings up a interesting scientific question. But you specifically, due to your background, are not the person to champion it. Or anything really.

        •  so it's ad hominem then? (0+ / 0-)

          don't bother attacking the arguement or what's present.. just attack the presenter?

          also i find it in poor taste to compare the decades of terrorisms that the klan wrought on black people to to the MRM, who do little more than argue against the family court system as it currently is.

          •  Your movement is violent. (2+ / 0-)
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            mamamorgaine, Hayate Yagami

            Women have died because of it.

            From the SPLC report.

            For some it is more than just talk. In 2006, Darren Mack, a member of a fathers’ rights group in Reno, Nev., stabbed his estranged wife to death and then shot and wounded the family court judge who was handling his divorce.
            This just one in a string incidents recorded in the SPLC article.

            Again, The movement's rhetoric is violent, overtop, angry, and advocates among other things beating women and harassing feminists.

            So yeah its basically a hate group. Maybe its scope and influence isn't quite comparable to the KKK yet. But I still believe the comparison is apt.

            •  so based on one guy who stabbed his wife to death (0+ / 0-)

              and another who lit himself on fire we're concluding that the whole group is a bunch of evil violent haters?

              I typically am one of those people who don't actually like getting into it with feminists because, quite frankly, I'm NOT trying to get back to the old patriarchy paradigm.  But if we're going to base an entire movement based on the violent actions of one or two people and some angry violent rheteric then feminism should be equally declared a hate group. Not because i think so, i don't, but because that's your standard.

              Published a manifesto advocating the murder of men and even killed her own husband.
              http://en.wikipedia.org/...

              Violence or it's advocacy isn't an MRA thing or a feminist thing. It's human thing. Neither of these groups are fundamentally screwed up; human beings are fundamentally screwed up.

    •  hehehe (1+ / 0-)
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      anime1973

      You're saying "Men's rights" like it's something bad.

      SPLC itself would really do well to change their branding, btw (with all respect to the work they're doing). Merge into ACLU or something. There's a big problem with branding here.

      •  again.... nope. (1+ / 0-)
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        debedb

        The MRA movement specifically is not only a bad thing it is horrifying. Maybe you didn't read the SPLC report so I'll make it easier for you.

        "For people who associate the men’s and fathers’ rights movements with New Age drum circles in the woods, the ferocity of Ball’s rhetoric, the horror of his act, and, in particular, the widespread and blatantly misogynistic reaction to it may come as something of a revelation. When the feminist Amanda Marcotte, a bête noire of the men’s rights movement, remarked that “setting yourself on fire is an extremely effective tool if your goal is to make your ex-wife’s life a living hell,” a poster at the blog Misandry.com went ballistic. “Talk about the pot calling the kettle black,” he raged. “She is evil and such a vile evil that she is a disease that needs to be cut out of the human [consciousness] just like the rest of the femanazi ass harpies.”

        "And many are quick to endorse violence against women. “There are women, and plenty of them, for which [sic] a solid ass kicking would be the least they deserve,” Paul Elam wrote in an essay with the provocative title, “When is it OK to Punch Your Wife?” “The real question here is not whether these women deserve the business end of a right hook, they obviously do, and some of them deserve one hard enough to leave them in an unconscious, innocuous pile on the ground if it serves to protect the innocent from imminent harm. The real question is whether men deserve to be able to physically defend themselves from assault … from a woman.”

        "For some, it’s more than just talk. In 2006, Darren Mack, a member of a fathers’ rights group in Reno, Nev., stabbed his estranged wife to death and then shot and wounded the family court judge who was handling his divorce.'

        In Seal Beach, Calif. last Oct. 12, a day after Scott Evans Dekraai and his ex-wife had been in court to fight over custody of their 8-year-old son (Dekraai had 56% custody but wanted full custody and “final decision making authority” on matters of the child’s education and medical treatment), Dekraai walked into the hair salon where his ex-wife worked armed with three handguns. There, he allegedly shot seven women, six of them fatally; he also is accused of killing two men — the salon’s owner, as he attempted to flee, and a man in a car outside.

        "Michelle Fournier, Dekraai’s ex-wife, had testified that Dekraai was not taking his bipolar medicine and that he was suicidal and dangerous. If she had survived his rampage, she might have enjoyed having the last word about his propensity for violence. But she did not, becoming instead the latest in a long, sad line of victims of women-hating men."

        That was lengthy but I felt it was necessary. The Men's right movement might have a few valid criticism's (very few I might add and they have no perspective on the paternalistic society that creates those problems) but the rhetoric they use is undeniably violent and it has real world consequences.

        Also, I don't buy for a second you respect the SPLC's work.... just saying.

        •  oy oy oy (0+ / 0-)

          Too many words, plus quoting Marcotte. That's way too much in our era of anyone being able to put their cat on a keyboard. SPLC also should merge into ACLU, like I've said before; Potok should be the spokesman. Now, you just quoted a whole  5 paragraphs about some nut - and so what is the point? That there are violent nuts in the world?

          Well.

          There are violent nuts in the world.

          And?

          •  no. just no. (1+ / 0-)
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            debedb

            Marcotte was quoted by the SPLC. The substance of quote really isn't even note-worthy. What you should be focusing on the the super hateful rhetoric spewed out as a response to that by a leader of the MRA.

            I quoted 5 paragraphs of the SPLC report whose reputation I hold in very high regard. And has a very good record on tracking hate groups. Like the go-to-guy good.

            And really they have very little in common with the ACLU so no..... just some much no in this thread.

            •  Curiously (0+ / 0-)

              Why not SPLC and ACLU? What exactly differentiates them?

              •  I'm gonna quote their websites. (2+ / 0-)
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                gramofsam1, Ahianne
                The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
                The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

                Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation’s schools.

                So very different focuses. And that has led to some very different tactics. Specifically, SPLC's tracking hate groups and creating educational materials.

                ACLU has a much broader scope. It also dabbles in education but is far more focused on litigation and doesn't track hate groups.

                •  Well (0+ / 0-)

                  One doesn't preclude another. I don't even know what "tracking hate groups" involves, in our informational age. Looks like ACLU umbrella should take it over.

                  •  Nah. (0+ / 0-)

                    The information age actually makes tracking hates groups and their members a lot easier because they have blogs, message boards and even their own subreddits.

                    Personally, I believe it is incredibly necessary work. It helps identify threats and trends and it certainly helps clarify situations like what was going on in the mind of that shooter that shot up the Sikh temple. The SPLC had been tracking that guy for over a decade.

                    Also, I believe it is absolutely necessary that attention be given to minority groups specifically.... until racism, sexism, and ableism cease to exist really.

                    But whatever, agree to disagree.

      •  There's nothing wrong with equal rights for men (9+ / 0-)

        which I, personally, strongly support (and I've made some unpopular comments along the way).

        There's something seriously wrong with MRAs.

        People who are seriously interested in real men's human rights issues - things like the lack of support and advocacy for male victims of human trafficking, rape and domestic abuse, and prison rape and violence, as well as the inadequacy of veterans' healthcare, housing, and employment, workplace safety, pension protection, the (total lack of) social safety net for men, and the culture of violence that dehumanizes and depersonalizes men, as well as environmental health issues like those identified in the diary -  have no fight with (most) feminists.

        Just as poor and disadvantaged white people have more interests in common with people of color than with people of privilege, so do abused and disadvantaged men have more interests in common with women than with privileged men.

        MRAs, who frame feminists as the enemy, are doing the work of the oppressors for them. Whether or not they're aware of it.

        "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

        by kyril on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 03:25:37 AM PDT

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        •  Agreed. (4+ / 0-)

          As a devout feminist and a veteran (thank you for mentioning that) I totally agree with you. These are issues we should be working hand in hand on. Actually, I feel that many of the issues and feminist issues share a common source in patriarchy.

          MRAs though. Those guys scary. And well... they don't belong here.

          •  you see (1+ / 0-)
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            anime1973

            I'm a man. I don't think men's rights are abridged or infringed or whatever. Duh.

            But on the face of it, I do not like the discourse that says, "Oh, it talks about 'men's rights', so we can dismiss it', or worse, we can treat it badly".

            To repeat the point -- on the issues I'd most likely agree with you. Formally, I just don't like dismissing a point of view like "Oh, it's just MRA". It's very similar to "Oh, Democrats were pro-slavery".

        •  kyril (1+ / 0-)
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          kyril

          you're right as always. This argument is not with you :)

  •  A few years ago (4+ / 0-)

    I read an article or heard a discussion on the radio concerning two very polluted native communities in Canada where a larger than normal per centage of recent  births were female.  Also mentioned were certain South American countries that showed a similar distortion in the young male/female ratio in heavily polluted areas.   One would think that men would be giving this issue greater attention.

  •  I remember reading quite a long time ago about (4+ / 0-)

    estrogen from plastics leaching into the environment and causing massive genetic defects in the frog population and that it was a canary in the mineshaft sort of warning for humans.

    I pretty much read only mainstream stuff and I'm not an environmental conspiracy buff, except in  that I think our collective dismissal of anything environmentally scary is so monumentally stupid I wish it was a conspiracy that could be unmasked and disposed with.

    In the environment, as with anything financial, I take to heart what a friend told me a long time ago - "Phoebe, if you know about it, it's already too late."

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 03:13:06 AM PDT

  •  Since all of the world's diseases put together... (2+ / 0-)
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    Lealia, Lost and Found

    ...don't put a damper on overpopulation, I think "extinction level event" from something that hasn't killed anyone is a little deranged. I think the diary should be extinct, though.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 04:56:56 AM PDT

    •  Climate change, on the other hand, could (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      develop into an extinction level event.  Real people have died real deaths this year because of climate change induced floods, droughts, and windstorms.  

      Renewable energy brings national global security.     

      by Calamity Jean on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:08:54 AM PDT

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  •  The film is hyberbolic and poorly sourced. (0+ / 0-)

    Jenny McCarthy might find it interesting.

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/...

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 10:35:57 AM PDT

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