Detailed Article About the IGAF Meeting
International Men's Movement Bursts onto Europe's Political Scene
And look at that picture of the opposition ("Red Feminists") in the streets of Zurich. (Ha! The meeting itself was being held out in the country, miles away!)
Yikes! It looks like some people seriously don't want anybody to Question Feminist Authority! Do they?
See also THIS: Feminist Wandzeitung
Now, there is simply no way that the backlash would have mobilized itself on this scale, this quickly, in the USA. (The Left, in Europe, is a rather different kind of animal than in the USA!) But then again, the odds that an organization such as the IGAF would even form in the first place, in the USA, are also pretty slim -- let alone garnering the level of prior media attention which the IGAF meeting recieved. But who knows, maybe in ten or twelve years we'll be witnessing scenes somewhat like this in the USA. . .
I think it would have been fun to stand up in front of that crowd with a picket sign reading: "Feminism Hides Behind Women!" In fact, that is exactly what I myself would have done, if I had been in Zurich at that time. But first, I would have found somebody to translate the phrase into German for me! (I wonder if those "red feminists" would have comprehended the meaning of such a counter-feminist disruptor meme?)
So, here is what I gather from all of this. For the past few years, pro-male/anti-feminist groups and political parties have been sprouting up all over Europe -- but most heavily concentrated in the regions where German is spoken. And this IGAF meeting is a milestone, for it appears to be an effort to pull together the opposition to feminism on a pan-European basis; a kind of European Union of Anti-feminists. That is what "international", at least for the present, appears to mean: international among the nations of Europe. But, one step at a time . . eh?
Another interesting European development is, that they now have -- at least in an unofficial, de facto way -- a "male studies program". I don't think this has yet reached the point of colonizing the academic curricula, but there is most certainly a wealth of high-toned, scholarly, overtly male-friendly books being published by "classy" publishing houses -- at least in Germany!
I believe that the phrase "feminism hides behind women" would translate into German as: "Der Feminismus versteckt sich hinter Frauen."