Thursday, February 15, 2018

1912: “A Man Is Killed By A Woman Every Day!” - Petticoats Confer Immunity

FULL TEXT from October 6, 1912:

Increase of Homicides by Women. Especially in West and South. Accompanied by Growing Unwillingness of Juries to Convict Female Offenders – Petticoats Confer Immunity – Men Usually Victims – Prominent Attorney Analyzes Stagecraft by Which Women

Some future historian of the feminist revolution will attempt to explain why the rise of woman towards equal suffrage and economic independence was concomitant, in the first part of the twentieth century, with a remarkable crescendo of feminine crime, particularly murder; and will trace the curious process by which the human savage, who more than any other mammal held his females in abject servility, became gradually so uxorious that he not only failed to avenge homicidal rebellions effected against his own sex by his former underlings, but, through the voice of his juries, even pardoned and justified them in their crimes.

The murder of men by women, is proved by criminal records to be steadily on the increase, especially in the South and West; and this deplorable phenomenon accompanies, and is no doubt partly due to, a waxing unwillingness on the part of men to convict any woman of a capital offense. The defendant may be ignorant, homely and and depraved; she may be in all respects inferior to the average man and even to criminal man; her guilt of a cowardly and revolting crime may be obvious to every impartial mind; but her petticoats hedge her about with a mysterious divinity which practically assures her of immunity. It is declared that on an average a man is slain by a woman every day in the United States, and that scarcely one conviction occurs in 50 such cases.

The historian will point out that, while women were on every hand asserting their equality with men in nearly every field, those accused of crime instantly betook themselves for defense to the ancient fortress of the sex – male pity aroused by woman’s weakness; and that the defendants hastened to emphasize their pose of hopelessness with every means afforded by dress, falsehood and tears.

The annalist will relate that dexterous lawyers her husband to death: Women are spiteful. They would show no mercy to a woman. They would take pleasure in convicting me.

Mrs. Louise Lindloff, indicted for seven deaths by poison: I want justice and woman have been pretty successful to getting justice from juries composed of men. I want no women to sit on the jury that tries me.

Lulu Blackwell, charged with killing Charles Vaughn: It would be foolish to consent to have a jury of women try me. I want a man’s jury to sit on my case.

Margaret McCabe, charged with killing Edward Lee: No women for me. If the State’s Attorney wants women juries, that is reason enough why I should not want them.

Elizabeth Buchanan, charged with the killing of Josephine Rice: I would never consent to be tried by women.

In a recent interview Attorney Wayman skillfully dissected the mental processes which actuate male jurors holding the fate of women criminals in their hands. His text was the case of Mrs. Minnie Bernstein of Chicago, who was accused of murdering her sleeping husband, and against whom, according to Wayman, the evidence was so clear that, “had a man been the defendant, he would have been convicted by any jury in the world.” Nevertheless, Mrs. Bernstein was acquitted, the jury declaring she was insane when she killed her husband.

“In acquitting Mrs. Bernstein,” said the attorney, “the jury gave a typical illustration of the attitudes of American juries towards women charged with murder. Mrs. Bernstein is not pretty, yet in her widow’s weeds there was much in her appearance that would appeal to any man of susceptible nature and tender heart.

“She, like all women, was a sufficiently clever actress to make the most of her looks and the dramatic possibilities of her situation. With her pallid face and dark eyes she looked wistful, helpless and appealing. At times she wept into a dainty lace handkerchief – this is a fetching trick o’ women defendants – and again she bowed her head upon her arms while her shoulders shook with sobs.

“The ordinary man such as the juror is feels sure that this woman who looks so much like the woman who looks so much like the women of his own family must have been abused and hounded and driven insane by the cruelty of the man she killed. So in almost all cases the juror, unsophisticated in the subtle psychology of the woman criminal, has made up his mind long before he retires to the jury room that the woman on trial committed her crime during some violent brainstorm that rendered her irresponsible.

“There is but one remedy. That is, to give women the right to serve on juries.

“Only a woman can understand a woman. Only a woman can can be uninfluenced by sentiment. Only a woman would punish a woman guilty of murder. Only a woman could construe the law impartially where a woman is concerned. A jury of women would look upon a woman criminal with cold, sexless, unsentimental eyes and return a verdict in accordance with the merits of the case.”

Wayman pointed out that in the last nine years in Chicago 38 women charged with murder, 20 of whom were accused of killing men, were acquitted. During the same period only seven women arraigned for killing men were found guilty. Wayman declared that if men had been accused they would have been hanged in nearly every instance.

Mrs. Rene B. Morrow, a poetess and writer, was acquitted only a few weeks ago of the murder of her husband, who was found dead on the back porch of their home in the fashionable Hyde  Park district, Chicago, with two bullets in his body.The State showed that they were estranged and had been heard in violent quarrel on the night of Morrow’s death.

While Mrs. Dora McDonald and Webster Guerin, with whom she was engaged in a Hason [sic], were alone in a Chicago office, Guerin was shot and instantly killed. The defense was that he shot himself while in a scuffle with the woman for possession of a pistol. She was acquitted.

Lucille McLeod, a girl still in her teens, and William Nieman Jr. were found in a Chicago hotel, the man dying and the girl severely wounded. She recovered, was tried for murder, and asserted that the shooting was done by Nieman. She was acquitted.

Mrs. Minnie, a trained nurse, was arraigned for the murder of her husband, who was asphyxiated by gas flowing from a range in a room adjoining that in which he slept. He had insurance of several thousands of dollars on his life. A jury found that his death was due to murder, but acquitted his widow.

Mrs. Jane Quinn was arraigned a few weeks ago on a charge of killing her husband, who was shot as he lay asleep in bed. Two former husbands, heaving insured, had died under mysterious circumstances. Mrs. Quinn said her husband had been killed by a burglar, and was acquitted.

Mr. Louise Vermilya, charged with murdering nine persons with poison, was arraigned for the death of Arthur Bisonette. The arraignment resulted in a disagreement of the jury. She is to be tried a second time for the murder of Richard T. Smith.

One of the most theatrical trials in St. Louis was that of Mrs. Dora Doxey, accused of poisoning William J. Erder, whom she was charged with having married bigamously and whose insurance she collected. Despite a formidable array of circumstantial evidence she was acquitted.

Mrs. Clara Murray of St. Louis, charged with killing her husband, pleaded that she did not know the rifle she pointed at him was loaded, and that, anyhow, he had treated her cruelly. She was acquitted in February.

Mrs. Alma James was tried in St. Louis last March for shooting her husband, Leo James, as he lay asleep in their flat. The jurors, who significantly bound themselves not to discuss for publication the manner in which they reached a decision, reported the following double-barreled verdict:

“We, the jury, find the defendant not guilty on the ground that she was insane at the time she committed the offense as charged in the indictment, and she has at this time entirely and completely recovered from such insanity.”

Mrs. Moses Felton of Mexico, Mo., who shot her husband while he lay asleep, was exonerated by a Coroner’s jury on her plea of self-defense.

Mrs. Lucy Matheson of Fort Worth, Tex., traced her husband to the house of a negress and killed him. A jury freed her in 10 minutes.

Mrs. Assunta Mollicone was not brought to trial in Denver for killing her husband after she told the Prosecuting Attorney Mollicone had misused her and that she shot in self-defense.

Mrs. Frances O’Shaughnessy shot her husband in New York “to save his soul” and was freed on the the ground that she was insane.

Mrs. Laura Stannard of Ontonogan, Mich., was acquitted by a jury of the murder of her husband, who died from poison administered in a drink cure.

Mrs. Sudall shot her husband in the back and was acquitted of murder by a San Francisco jury.

A plea of self-defense acquitted Mrs. Eleanor Valentine of Denver, who shot her husband.

Mrs. Maude Lee Allen of  Sherman, Tex., shot her husband five times. Arrested for murder, she worked on the sympathies of a grand jury with a plea of self-defense until the jurors voted “no bill” and took up a collection of $12 for her among themselves.

Only a month ago the spectators in a court at Harrodsburg, Ky., applauded for 30 minutes when the Judge dismissed Mrs. Dora Russell on a charge of murdering her husband. She testified that she met Russell at the door and on declaring he would killer and the children, whipped a revolver from behind her back and shot him four times.

Mrs. Lizzie Brooks of Fort Worth killed Mrs. Mary Binford, with whom Brooks was said to have been intimate. At her trial, after resisting how her home had been shattered, Mrs. Brooks’ attorney closed his argument to the jury by singing “Home, Sweet Home.” The defendant was instantly acquitted.

Other women charged with murdering men and acquitted in recent years include Mrs. Gertrude G. Patterson, Estelle Stout, Mrs. Antoinette Tolla, the Baroness de Mansey, Florence Burns, Nan Patterson, Josephine Terranova and Mrs. Annie Birdsong.

[“A Man Is Killed By A Woman Every Day!” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Oct. 6, 1912, Sunday Magazine, p. 3]














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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Real Life Female Serial Killers in Contemporary Theater

Some these plays (Maison des Reves, Ambition), the perspective is standard oppressor/oppressed class struggle feminism, employing orthodox “social construction” dogma to invent rationalizations for behavior. Thus farm owner Belle Gunness falls under the gender theory claim that women were not property owners until recent times [Youtube synopsis of Ambition] and that motives are necessarily retaliatory.

Other writers take an open and exploratory avoid dogma, such as Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers, which was inspired by the superb 2017 Peter Vronsky book on Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters.


1999 – Wuornos; opera; Composer: Carla Lucero; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ca., Jul. 1999; Florida, Oct. 2012.

Case: Alieen Wuornos (USA)

2002 – Self Defense: Deaths of Some Salesmen; Playwright: Carson Kreitzer; Studio 115, NYC; Mar 25-Jun. 15, 2002; New Georges and Reverie Productions; 7 acts, 95 min.

Case: Alieen Wuornos (USA)

2013 – Maison des Reves, Playwright-performer: Talie Melnyk; solo stage performance; Feb. 2013; Dir: Gretchen Cryer; Frigid Festival, Red Room, New York, NY.

“Maison des Reves is based on the true story of Alexe Popova who in 1909 Samara, Russia confessed to killing over 300 men, all known for abusing their wives and children.  Through 7 characters and a narrator, I tell the story of this female serial killer who was the champion of women in her community.”
[Byrne Harrison, FRIGID New York Interview - Talie Melnyk of "Maison des Reves", Feb. 24, 2013]
2013 – Pipás Pista; Playwright: Pozgai Zsolt; National Theater of Szeged, Hungary; 2013 (revived annually); Dir: Frigyes Kovács, Csaba Csaba Varga.

Case: Victoria Rieger (Hungary)

2014 – Blood Countess; Playwright: Keleen Conway Blanchard; Annex Theatre, Seattle, Wa., Oct. 24-Nov. 22, 2014.

2015 – The Execution of Mrs. Cotton; Playwright: Sara Fellini; Standard ToyKraft, Brooklyn, Nov. 8, 2015; IRT, New York, NY, Jul. 17?-31, 2016.

Case: Mary Ann Cotton (England)

2016 – Ambition: The Female American Serial Killer Musical; Playwright: Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin; soundtrack CD, 11 songs, rel: Nov. 5, 2016; Workshop: Dixon Place, New York, NY, Jan. 22, 2016; Fringe, Ars Nova ANT Fest, NY, Jun. 13, 2016; Fringe Planet Connections Theater Festival 2016.

“Ambition is an in-development musical about female American serial killers Nannie Doss, Jane Toppan & Belle Gunness, who claimed that their societal value (their inability to own property, miscarriages caused by vindictive strangers, or their non-resemblance to the heroines in romance novels) somehow led them to a path of violence. This song cycle focuses on how structures of oppression aimed at stabilizing the status quo can erupt into disorder born out of repression—and don’t forget, there’s singing!” [Kaela Garvin, YouTube, Jan. 21, 2016]

2016 – Skin Deep, Playwright: Attila Theatre; Pentahotel, Reading, England, Reading Fringe Festival, Jul. 22, 2016.

Case: Elizabeth Bathory (Hungary)

2017 – Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers; Songs by Molly Rice; cabaret genre, Real/Time Interventions, Aftershock Theater, Lawrenceville/Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 25-Nov. 11, 2017; singer/actor Milia Ayache; Dir: Rusty Thelin; Inspired by Female Serial Killers book, by Peter Vronsky.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Nelia Mushonga, Suspected Serial Killer Bandit: Zimbabwe, 2017

FULL TEXT: A 20-year-old Harare woman, who is accused of being part of a gang that allegedly went on a murder and robbery spree, has approached the High Court seeking bail. Nelia Mushonga from Maseko area in Epworth, is said to have been part of a gang that went on a rampage, robbing, assaulting and killing innocent people in and around the capital. Prosecutors said Mushonga's accomplices were Nelson Nyarambi (33), Bothwell Zigomo (31), Raymond Nyajina (21), Sebastian Mademo (27) and Talent Gwada (24), who are all Epworth residents but currently held at Chikurubi Prison awaiting trial. Mushonga and her accomplices allegedly murdered their first victim in January this year and later killed two others before attempting to murder seven others in May this year. [Gift Njirisi, “Zimbabwe: Female 'Serial Killer' Seeks Bail,” The Standard, Nov 26, 2017]

Jan. – May 2017 – 3 murders plus 7 attempted murders.


For similar cases, see: Female Serial Killer Bandits



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Early Men’s Movement Booklet from 1931, by Heinrich Berl, Germany

Heinrich Berl, Die Männerbewegung : ein antifeministisches Manifest (The Men’s Movement: An Anti-Feminist Manifesto), 1931, Kairos verlag, Karlsruhe, Germany, 59 pages.

I.         Einleitung: Feminismus und Antifeminismus --
II.        Familie und Männerbund --
III.       Materialismus und Paterialismus:
A. Matriarchat -- Materialismus. Die Frauenbewegung.
B. Patriarchat -- Patrialismus. Die Männerbewegung –
IV.       Anarchie und Panarchie


EXCERPT: In 1931, Heinrich Berl published the anti-feminist manifesto "The Men's Movement" (see Kemper 2010). His key message was that a male movement had to be constituted because "general feminism" would lead to the "decadence of culture" (see Berl 1931, Kemper 2010). During the Austro-fascist state in the mid-1930s, the anti-feminist men's rights activists were no longer active (see Malleier 2003, Wrussnig 2009). [Source: Kerstin Christin Wrussnig, „Wollen Sie ein Mann sein oder ein Weiberknecht?“ Zur Männerrechtsbewegung in Wien der Zwischenkriegszeit Verfasserin, 2009, p. 77]


Biography - Heinrich Berl

Wikipedia: Heinrich Berl (from 1919 the pseudonym of Heinrich Lott [1] ) (born September 2, 1896 in Baden-Baden, † April 3, 1953 ) was a German writer, musicologist and journalist.

His mother was Josefine (born 1875 in Marlen , † 1935 in Offenburg) and his sister Irmgard Lott (born 1905 in Offenburg, ∞ shepherd). As a child, the toes of his left foot were cut off. 1907-1911 he attended the Realschule Offenburg and 1911-1914 the local Municipal School of Commerce, while he also completed a commercial apprenticeship in a factory for cooker and cash cabinets. After the war, he attended lectures at the University of Munich until a disease forced him to return to Offenburg. He sought rest with relatives in Basel, where he studied anthroposophy at the Goetheanum. In 1921 he married Frieda (also called Friedel, née Kassewitz (1896-1950)), with whom he had the daughter Ruth (* 1923 Karlsruhe, † 1975 Atlanta, Ga / USA, ∞ Prudhomme). The family spent a lot of time with Alfred Döblin.

Although not a Jew, he was close to Zionism and enjoyed the appreciation of Martin Buber. In the 1920s, he published some articles on Judaism and music in The Jew (1916-1928) and the Vienna Zionist journal Menorah [6] . When his book was published in 1926, borrowing his title from the Wagnerian polemical The Judaism in Music, Berl continued the magazine debate, referred to Zionist position against Wagner and tried to re-establish a Jewish music tradition by the "Orientalism" emphasized Jewish music as its special quality, as it was especially to be found in Gustav Mahler . He is also a key representative of the current "Asian crisis of music". The irritating writing found great attention and approval among Jewish discussants. Arno Nadel, Paul Nettl and Max Brod participated in the discussion.

Berl became managing director of the society for mental construction , which was founded 1924 in Karlsruhe, which carried out lectures, meetings and in July 1930 the Baden Heimattage. 1931-1933 he led the Kairos publishing house.

He learned with concern about organized crime in America and Russia (possibly the state apparatus there, according to Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin). In 1931 he published The Fifth Coming to the Sociology of Criminals , and as a positive complement The Men's Movement: an anti-feminist manifesto [Die Männerbewegung : ein antifeministisches Manifest], as a fight against the dehumanized man, as he had previously reported to Leopold Ziegler. 1932 followed the fight against the red Berlin or Berlin an underworld residence. In 1933, after the seizure of power by the National Socialists, the Society for Intellectual Construction was banned and he also had to give up his music lecturer in Karlsruhe, he retired to Baden-Baden. In 1938/39 the Reichsschrifttumskammer removed him from their lists for his Jewish wife.

In the summer of 1945, he converted the commission, which was to clean Baden-Baden's bookstores and libraries, into a cultural council with Otto Flake. At the age of nine, he published the biography of Napoleon III in 1948 . Democracy and dictatorship . He was a founding member of the German Academy of Language and Literature.


The booklet is widely referenced in recent German scholarship.

[Johannes Meiners & Christine Bauer-Jelinek, Die Teilhabe von Frauen und Männern am Geschlechterdiskurs und an der Neugestaltung der Geschlechterrollen Entstehung und Einfluss von Feminismus und Maskulismus, Studie Gefördert von Wien Kultur, 2014]


NOTES on a German men's rights organization:

Here: in "An American in Hitler's Berlin: Abraham Plotkin's Diary 1932-33" (published 2009 by University of Illinois) page 31: (original diary December 1932)
  1. The League for Men's Rights, to which Plettl, the President of the German Needle Trades Alliance, sent me an invitation, turned out to be a forum somewhat on the American order. The League itself is liberal and pacifist in its tendency, but is willing to give anyone who has a message a hearing - provided he is willing at the same time to listen to such criticism as the audience or members of the audience may want to express.
  2. The Deutsche Liga fur Menschenrechte had been formed out of the Bund Neues Vaterland, a pacifist organization founded in November 1914. It was forced to dissolve in 1933 because of persecution by the Nazis.
  3. Walter A. Berendsohn was a professor of Scandinavian literature at the University of Hamburg and active member of the League for Men's Rights. He emigrated to Sweden in 1933.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

A text by Sigurd Höberth, "Who Is To Blame?" (1931)

From the important Berlin literary magazine, Der Querschnitt, special issue, “Er und Sie” (“He and She”), Nov. 1931, vol. 11 – Sigurd Höberth, “Wer ist schuld? Auch sie!”



Who’s to blame? You too!

There are men who clearly feel the subjugation of their sex. (Most are so touchingly naïve to have no idea about it.) Of course, the few insightful people wonder how it could have gotten that far. But when searching for a very wrong track. No! and a thousand times no! The women always go just as far and not one step further than they can – and the men like it. To blame for the present condition are the men, and again the men and only the men.

Because they are not men!

Who makes the man-hostile laws? The women though. But who adopted these laws in the parliaments? Who executes their regulations? , , , The men! Who does not move and let himself be subjugated? , , , The men! Who was, let’s say, clever, diligently kicking the bellows and lighting the fire in which the chains for the men were forged by the women? The men, of course! The dear, clever, “logical thinking” men! And in a nutshell, who is to blame for the fact that a considerable part of the world has now become a feminist hysterical Narienhaus*?

Answer yourself !?

And why all this? Because the men have become “old women”? Oho, do not offend the old women! One of them is a thousand times grated, more energetic, than thousands of so-called men! If you knew how “men” just despise the real women, yes, despise, and rightly so! - -

Also for you is the word that a great general called to his soldiers in the battle: “Guys, fight back!”

Sigurd Höberth,
Founder of “Aequitas,” Men’s Rights Club, Vienna

* Meaning of Narienhause has not yet been discovered.




Wer ist schuld? Auch Sie!

Es gibt Männer, welche die Unterjochung ihres Geschlechts deutlich spüren. (Die meisten sind so rührend naiv, keine Ahnung davon zu haben.) Natürlich fragen sich die wenigen Einsichtigen, wie es denn nur so weit kommen konnte. Geraten aber beim Suchen auf eine ganz falsche Fährte. Nein! und tausendmal nein! Die Frauen gehen immer nur ganz genau so weit und nicht einen Schritt weiter als — die Männer es sich gefallen lassen. Schuld an dem jetzigen Zustand sind die Männer und wieder die Männer und nur die Männer.

Weil sie keine Männer sind!

Wer macht die männerfeindlichen Gesetze? Die Frauen allerdings. Aber wer hat diese Gesetze in den Parlamenten angenommen? Wer führt ihre Bestimmungen aus? . . . Die Männer! Wer rührt sich nicht und läßt sich unterjochen? . . . Die Männer! Wer war so — sagen wir — schlau, den Blasebalg fleißig zu treten und das Feuer anzufachen, in dem die Ketten für die Männer von den Frauen geschmiedet wurden? Die Männer natürlich! Die lieben, gescheiten, „logisch denkenden” Männer! Und kurz und gut: Wer ist schuld daran, daß ein beträchtlicher Teil der Welt jetzt ein feministisch hysterisches Narienhaus geworden ist?

Antwortet selbst!?

Und warum das alles? Weil die Männer „alte Weiber” geworden sind? Oho, beleidigt die alten Weiber nicht! Eine einzige von ihnen ist tausendmal geriebener, energischer, als tausende sogenannter Männer! Wenn ihr wüßtet, wie euch „Männer” grade die echten Frauen verachten, jawohl, verachten, und das mit Recht! — —

Auch für euch gilt das Wort, das ein großer Feldherr seinen Soldaten in der Schlacht zurief: „Kerls, wehrt euch!”

Sigurd Höberth,

Begründer der „ Aequitas “, Clubs der Männerrechtler, Wien


[Keyword: Hoeberth]


Article on Sigurd Höberth (Revue de Monats) - Feb. 1930

From: Revue de Monats, 4. 1929/1930. H 4. Februar, Wien, pp. 389-90.



1st International Men’s Rights Congress, 1929, Vienna

Yes, there is such a thing. We live in a crazy epoch. The wife has long since entered into competition with the man in the struggle for existence. Today, the strong sex has become so weak that it must fight for equality. About four years ago, Sigurd Höberth made public his plan of a world covenant for men’s rights, with the result that every man sneered. In the cabarets, more or less tactful jokes were torn, and there was simply no one who did not look at the undertaking from the humorous side. Men's rights! A revolutionary term. A long road leads from the head of the family in ancient Rome to the man of the twentieth century who is the victim of an alimentary process.

The history of women’s emancipation is at the same time an outline of the history of humanity. How time for wife and wife for woman began? Time, then you can judge the culture of a people. In earlier centuries, when women were politically and socially completely lawless, since the woman had not yet entered into economic competition, it was obvious that the protection of the law had to be especially given to women. Marriage then conferred a certain social status on the woman. But if there were cases of divorce, it was only natural that the wife, who was closed to work, should be given alimony.

Times have changed since then thoroughly, the political and economic rights enjoy the woman today as much as the man. Only the legal provisions are the same. Their excesses are therefore the struggle of the men's rights and not, how many misunderstood, the woman and the marriage.

“We have, so says President Höberth, ten demands, the most important of which are:

Divorced women who are able to work and gain or at least have an income that at least reaches the minimum subsistence level are not entitled to alimony.

A right to alimony after divorce is only available after three years of marriage.

Eligible mothers of illegitimate children are obliged to pay their children to contribute to the upkeep of the child.

The most interesting thing, though, is that it’s not just about the man’s rights. There are also many women among the 2,500 Viennese members of the association. So far, the federal government has successfully fought three trials that involved balancing one’s life mate with the wife in matters of alimony. The organization of the association, which was founded more than three years ago, is making great progress lately. There are already 30,000 members around the world now.

The World Federation of Men's Rights is today an institution where you can no longer pass carelessly. Irrespective of political sentiment, people from all walks of life have come together in him. In addition to the high civil servant you can see unskilled workers, business people next to artists and scholars.”

The “World Federation,” which has already made demands on the National Council, will only have to exaggerate itself in order to be sure of the consent of all who are in favor of the equality of the sexes.

[Revue de Monats, 4. 1929/1930. H 4. Februar, Wien, pp. 389-90]



1. Internationaler Kongreß Männerrechte, 1929, Wien.

Jawohl, so etwas gibt es. Wir lebenin einer verrückten Epoche. Die Frau ist im Daseinskampf längst mitdem Manne in Konkurrenz getreten.Aus dem starken Geschlecht ist heute ein so schwaches geworden, daß es um Gleichberechtigung kämpfen muß.Vor etwa vier Jahren trat Sigurd Höberth mit seinem Plan eines Welt-bundes für Männerrechte in die Öffentlichkeit, mit dem Erfolg, daß jedermann darüber spöttelte. In den Kabaretts wurden mehr oder minder taktvolle Witze gerissen, und es gab einfach keinen Menschen, der das Unternehmen nicht von der humoristischen Seite betrachtete. Männerrechte! Welchwandelbarer Begriff. Ein weiter Wegführt vom Familienoberhaupt im alten Rom bis zu jenem Mann des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts, der das Opfer eines Alimentationsprozesses wird.

Die Geschichte der Frauenemanzipation ist zugleich ein Abriß der Geschichte der Menschheit überhaupt. Wie sich die Zeit zur Frau und die Frau zur Zeit einstellt, danach kannman die Kultur eines Volkes beurteilen. In früheren Jahrhunderten, da die Frauen politisch und sozial völlig rechtlos waren, da die Frau noch nicht zumwirtschaftlichen Konkurrenzkampf aufden Plan trat, war es selbstverständlich, daß der Schutz des Gesetzes der Frau in ganz besonderem Maße zuteilwerden mußte. Die Ehe war demnacheine gewisse soziale Höherstellungder Frau. Ergaben sich aber dann Fällevon Ehescheidungen, dann war es nurganz natürlich, daß der Frau, der der Weg zur Berufstätigkeit verschlossenwar, Alimente zuerkannt werdenmußten.


Die Zeiten haben sich seit damals zwar gründlich geändert, politische und wirtschaftliche Rechte genießt die Frau heute im gleichen Maße wie der Mann. Nur die gesetzlichen Bestimmungen sind die nämlichen geblieben.Ihren Auswüchsen gilt also der Kampf der Männerrechtler und nicht, wieviele mißverständlich glauben, der Frau und der Ehe.

„Wir haben, so sagt Präsident Höberth, „zehn Forderungen aufgestellt; die wichtigsten davon sind:

Geschiedene Frauen, die erwerbsfähig sind und aus dem Erwerb odersonstwie ein Einkommen besitzen, das zumindest das Existenzminimum erreicht, haben keinen Anspruch auf Alimente.

Ein Anrecht auf Alimentie.rung nach der Scheidung besteht erst nachdreijähriger Ehe.

Erwerbsfähige Mütter unehelicher Kinder sind verpflichtet, ihrem Einkommen gemäß zum Unterhalt des Kindes beizutragen.

“Das Interessanteste dabei aber ist, daß es nicht nur um die Rechte desMannes geht. Unter den 2500 Wiener Mitgliedern des Verbandes gibt esauch viele Frauen. Der Bund hat bis jetzt schon drei Prozesse, die die Gleichstellung der Lebenskameradin mit der Ehefrau in Alimentationsangelegenheitenbetrafen, erfolgreich ausgefochten. Die Organisation des Verbandes, der vormehr als drei Jahren gegründet wurde, macht in letzter Zeit große Fortschritte. Es gibt auf der ganzen Welt jetzt schon 30 000 Mitglieder.

Der Weltbund der Männerrechtler ist heute also eine Institution, an derman nicht mehr achtlos Vorbeigehen kann. Es haben sich in ihm, ungeachtetder politischen Gesinnung, Menschen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten zu-sammengefunden. Neben dem hohen Staatsbeamten sieht man Hilfsarbeiter, neben Künstlern und Gelehrten Geschäftsleute.

Der „Weltbund, der mit seinen Forderungen bereits an den Nationalratherangetreten ist, wird sich nur noch von Übertreibung freimachen müssen, um der Zustimmung aller, die für die Gleichberechtigung der Geschlechtereintreten, gewiß zu sein.

[Revue de Monats, 4. 1929/1930. H 4. Februar, Wien, pp. 389-90]

Keyword: Hoeberth




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Is Wikipedia a Confederacy of Dunces?

Sigurd Hoeberth (properly Höberth) -- founder of the first international Men’s Rights organization, founder of a men’s right periodical, founder of two political parties -- was active from 1926 through 1938, at which point when the Nazis marched into Vienna on March 14 (the Anschluss) and went about shutting down all politically incorrect organizations and publications.

Why? First, a sage Wikipedia editor presumed the existence of this historical figure must be a hoax. Another of their “research” editors wrote that “ I can find absolutely nothing about him anywhere.”  Another editor thought Hoeberth sounded like “something from a sitcom.” Finally, the deletion was decided on the view that he was not anywhere near important enough to warrant a Wikipedia deletion.

Höberth’s activities, ideas and career is discussed in detail in a 2009 thesis by a University of Vienna student, Kerstin Christin Wrussnig. Nevertheless, Wikipedia's crack team seems to have never found it. Nor did they find the German language periodical (Revue de Monats) which printed the portrait featured here. The many score (probably hundreds) of articles in English language newspapers dating from 1926 through 1931 seem to escaped the Wikipedia scholars’ dragnet, too. It goes without saying that fully cited web sources regarded as associated with “men’s rights” would be dismissed out of hand as “not reliable sources.”

Despite all the Keystone Cops-style Wikibungling Herr Hoeberth and the Der Bund für Männerrechte are discussed by authors for Vice in 2014, Cake in 2015 and The Walrus in 2016 yet readers are not assisted by Wikipedia in discovering the background facts.

With editors like this, who needs Nazi book-burners?



On April 7, 2015 Wikipedia DELETED its “Sigurd Hoeberth” page.

Alex Brook Lynn, “It’s Not ‘Female Privilege’ But ‘Patriarchal Back-Firing On Men’: Exposing Men’s Rights Activism,” Vice, Aug 4 2014

Shambhavi Saxena, “It’s Not ‘Female Privilege’ But ‘Patriarchal Back-Firing On Men’: Exposing Men’s Rights Activism, Youthkiawaaz/Cake, Jul. 30, 2015

Lauren McKeon, "Whose Side Are You On Anyway: Meet the Women Who Hate Feminism," The Walrus (Canada), Nov. 16, 2016

DIPLOMARBEIT Titel der Diplomarbeit Wollen Sie ein Mann sein oder ein Weiberknecht? Zur Männerrechtsbewegung in Wien der Zwischenkriegszeit Verfasserin Kerstin Christin WRUSSNIG angestrebter akademischer Grad Magistra der Philosophie (Mag. phil) Wien, 2009 Studienkennzahl lt. Studienblatt: 301/300 Studienrichtung lt. Studienblatt: Betreuerin / Betreuer: Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Duchkowitsch