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When Bad Allies Get “Good Guy” Awards


Victory!!! See updates at the bottom.

A while back I wrote about fake allies—specifically, Charles Clymer, a cis white dude who used to run a popular Facebook page called “Equality for Women” but shut it down amidst accusations that, among other things, he was deleting comments from and banning women who questioned his views or the way he ran the page. And then there was his abusive verbal flaying of Stephanie Kay in a private conversation that went public a year or so ago and revealed the dude beneath the Perfect Feminist Ally act. It didn’t help that when called on that tirade, Clymer basically stood by his remarks and went on to admit—almost proudly—that his goal is to become a professional Feminist Leader. And he dug himself in deeper when, following the many accusations leveled at him directly and via the #StopClymer hashtag (by nearly every woman who had been a moderator at the EFW Facebook page, among others), he tweeted promising to address his “mistakes” with an apology and dropped off the Internet for several weeks. When he reappeared, he deleted the aforementioned tweet and went back to promoting the “Charles Clymer: Feminist Ally” brand.

As more people become aware of this behavior and lack of accountability, you would think his stock would plummet. And it has taken a hit: PolicyMic (now Mic) first deleted him from a listicle of male feminists and then further distanced themselves from him, explaining that he is a “freelancer” and promised to investigate. Activist Millennials recently removed him from their advisory council. But he apparently still serves on the Board of Poetic Change, “an organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of social justice leaders.” He has retained a large following on Twitter (which he grows by taking up more space than most women in any feminist hashtag he can appropriate and saying all the right things) and on his personal Facebook page. He gets speaking gigs at feminist rallies. The frakking BBC had him on to comment on Emma Watson’s UN speech, for heaven’s sake.clymerquote1

Now the National Women’s Political Caucus has announced that Clymer will receive their 2014 “Good Guy” award for being “vocal” on behalf of women.

“We salute men who stand up for women’s rights, especially men like Charles who are so vocal about feminism,” stated NWPC President Linda Young. —NWPC press release

This news upset me in a way that surprised me a little. I mean, I get angry about stuff. But this has been…deeply upsetting, I guess is the best way to put it. When I first learned the truth about Clymer, I was pretty shaken up by everything I saw: the abusive and/or manipulative language he used when women challenged him, the creepy chats with his moderators, his use of EFW to hit on women, and the arrogant ambition to get paid to do the thing that most of us do purely out of passion and need, just to get through this misogynistic world. Just to survive it. I realized that this guy who said, “I think I do a pretty good job of standing with women, not in front of them,” was indeed standing directly in front of women and anyone who isn’t a cis white male. Now he’s getting AN AWARD from a NATIONAL WOMEN’S POLITICAL ORGANIZATION? I’m just…


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I spent most of a day emailing and tweeting about it, my stomach in knots, heart pounding, hands shaking. Others had been tweeting about it for several days. None of us, to my knowledge, has received a response from NWPC.

NWPC gives Good Guy Awards to men who have proven, through their actions and words, to be strong advocates for women. Past recipients of the award include exceptional men such as Martin Abzug, President William Jefferson Clinton, and Julian Bond. —NWPC press release

clymerquote2Emphasis mine because NO and HOLY SHIT NO.

My first question was, “Did they not Google his name?” It’s almost impossible to miss that he’s a controversial figure, at best. The second result is a petition to have him removed as a Huffington Post contributor. Due diligence is a thing, people.

My second question was, “Did they Google him and decide to ignore what they found?” I mean, that petition has under 200 signatures—that’s a mere 200 people who think this guy is an abusive fake ally who needs to NOT take up space in feminism at the expense of women and nonbinary people. And maybe it’s easy to write #StopClymer off as just a few angry people (of which I am one) at this point, but back in the spring I saw plenty of testimony (again, much of it from women who had been EFW mods) and other compelling evidence that Clymer is not nearly the ally he pretends to be. And it’s also not difficult to confirm that he has failed to address most of the accusations against him—to discover that, in fact, he tends to label criticism as “abuse” and “bullying” and even “hate speech” and bans or blocks those who challenge him in any way. These are not the actions of a “Good Guy.”

Look, I shuffled my feet for weeks before I finally wrote about this the first time, and even then I never participated in the #StopClymer hashtag. I really didn’t want to go all torches and pitchforks on his ass. But this straw broke the camel’s back, and I am done pussyfooting around. You do not get to dismiss, silence, manipulate, and abuse women; you don’t get to privilege yourself above women again and again with your words and actions; you don’t get to do these things in the name of feminism, utterly fail to hold yourself accountable or do any work to reach out and rebuild trust, and then get a “Good Guy” award for being a feminist ally. Not without a fight from me. Charles Clymer needs to get his house in order before he pretends to be anything other than part of the problem.

clymerquote4I have tweeted and emailed the NWPC via their website. I have sent separate messages to several board members and to my local chapter. I have emailed my U.S. Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell because I assume they are NWCP members. I have tweeted several other congresswomen and will continue to email and tweet this week. I’m also reaching out to some friends and acquaintances who may have ideas as to how to get a response from the NWCP, which currently seems to have its fingers in its ears while it sings “La la la I can’t hear you.”

I will make them hear me. Enough is enough. clymerquote5

Feel free to join me (contact links below) in letting the NWPC know that to give this man an award like this is to ignore the women who spoke out for this story and the ones who have spoken out on #StopClymer to say that this man’s behavior toward them (us) has not been that of an ally but that of an opportunist, a manipulator, and an abuser. I’ll be tweeting at members of congress and the media and anyone else I think might listen. I’m not shutting up until I get a response.

Giving Clymer this award sends the message that a man can use his privilege to silence and berate women and still be a celebrated feminist: a “Good Guy.” And that’s just not ok with me.

Contact NWPC:

Via Email: 

  • Linda Young, NWPC President: President@nwpc.org
  • Paula Willmarth, NWPC Vice President, Communications: pjowen49@aol.com

You can also use NWPC’s General Contact Page or the one that purports to email their board members directly.

Via Twitter: NWPC_updates has ignored all contacts to date on this topic as far as I know, hence my inclusion of the following twitter accounts:

Find and contact your local chapter.

Note: Images have been altered from their original state. All quotes are directly from Charles Clymer via this story.


This morning I received the following email from no one in particular at NWPC:

Thank you very much for reaching out to the National Women’s Political Caucus. We appreciate that you took the time to write a thought-out message to us regarding this issue, and we have therefore taken your feedback, as well as the feedback of others, into consideration. Please see our agenda update for the Exceptional Merit in Media Awards regarding the Good Guy Award: http://www.nwpc.org/emmasagendaupdate.

Thanks again,


The link above goes to their announcement, which claims a “scheduling conflict” and a “record setting turn out for the EMMAs this year” which is dishonest at best, but allows them and Clymer to save face, so I’m not shocked. The key takeaway is that they claim that they listened and this is the result. We are meant to believe that they will not be giving the award to Clymer, and I’m calling this a WIN. But I’ll keep my eye on them, and I won’t be the only one.

I’m so grateful to all of you who helped with this. Your emails, tweets, and calls all chipped away at a wall of denial. We made them listen.

Thank you.

Update #1 (9/26/14): I am tweeting under #NoGoodGuy as well as #StopClymer. Join me.

Also, I received a reply from the NWPC Washington State chapter president. She has granted permission to post it here:

Thanks for your email and information about Mr. Clymer. As you noted, NWPC-WA is the local chapter and we operate fairly independently from the national organization. We do not have a representative from Washington state who serves on the National Executive Committee. They made the decision to honor Mr. Clymer. I am happy to pass your comments onto the national office. No one from Washington state plans to make the trip out to New York for these awards due to the distance. 
I read the stories with great interest and appreciate you contacting us. As an advocate for women’s issues, I would love to engage you more in our work locally. 
Liz Berry

Update #2 (10/6/14):

Earlier this update was about the fact that the original press release announcing this award is returning a “page not found” error. Apparently they took the old one down and reposted it yesterday? I dunno.

I’ve removed a petition previously linked here due to some controversy over the creator and associated discomfort expressed by allies. Nothing is simple.

Update #3 (10/8/14):

Clymer has posted a response to #StopClymer. It’s pretty gross on a number of levels.

Update #4 (10/10/14):

This story has now been covered on Feministing and New York Magazine’s The Cut.

I have now been tweeting at @NWPC_updates for two weeks with no response to that or my several emails to general contact and board members. One caller reports in the comments below that NWPC hung up on her as she when she called to comment on the award. Clymer’s response (see above) has caused no small amount of outrage, especially given the fact that he referred to criticism as “insanity,” took zero responsibility, cherry-picked the criticism he wanted to respond to, blamed Suey Park for the whole thing, and called critics on the #StopClymer hashtag “hateful, small people.” Traffic on the hashtag has increased, and more and more people are tweeting at @NWPC_updates asking them why they are giving such a man their “Good Guy” award. Today, the creator of the #YesAllWomen hashtag tweeted an open letter to @NWPC_updates telling the story of Clymer’s bad behavior during the height of that hashtag’s popularity and asking them to reconsider this award.

More updates as they happen. Watch this space.

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41 responses

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  4. Wow I am behind the times. It is so pleasing to me personally that I have come across this. I have a serious run in with Charles Clymer back in 2013 and from him tagging people to abuse me on Twitter, I ended up blocking over 100 people. I originally disagreed with someone else he was supporting in a discussion on Twitter and he grabbed my disagreement and misinterpreted it – really badly misinterpreted what I was saying. I simply was explaining things are not the same in some parts of my country (Australia) as what she was saying. To be honest, I can’t even remember what he tweet was about. I wasn’t being rude, just pointing out that not everyone was like she was making them out to be. He couldn’t even take the time to understand that not everyone is American and people in other countries have different experiences and national cultures and attitudes. He made me out to be a really horrible person and kept tagging people in and it looked like I was talking to them, not defending myself to him. The attack he generated to encourage over 100 people to attack me was horrible and terribly upsetting – over one tweet. From that point, I stopped being active in feminist discussions on Twitter and Facebook, including his page. I am pleased to see his behaviour has been exposed. I have nothing but disrespect for him and I think he is like a parasite that has fed off the back of discrimination of women – which is majorly a sick thing to do. Thank you for doing all this work. I was not brave enough to speak up at the time as he had a massive following.

    August 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    • Hi Trish,
      Yikes, I’m so sorry he did that to you and that it caused you to avoid speaking out. This is just another example of how Clymer’s behavior and the space he takes up in feminism silences women’s voices. He still has many loyal followers who believe him when he says that those of us who have worked to expose him are “insane” or just bullies. He continues to jump on every feminist hashtag and fill it with his pretty words to gain more followers and increase his public profile. He seems to have zero self-awareness about how his behavior is harmful, but he may be fully aware and just willing to do anything to achieve his goal of being a professional feminist. It’s so gross. Thank you for reading, and sorry it took me so long to approve your comment. If you’re still on Twitter, I’m at @MMASammich.

      August 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

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  6. betternotbroken

    I find the whole “Good Guy” award both horrifying and appalling. The “good guy” persona is one of the CLASSIC personae used by predatory abusive males to prey on women and then twist things around to abuse the victims further by accusing them of being the “bad guys.” So what happened here? EXACTLY THAT! Make a gender neutral award or forget it, that is my opinion. The good guy award will simply be a magnet for narcissists and a waste of everyone’s time. They want special recognition because they are good to women? Come on, it should be part of the regular deal and not an oddity. I am highly suspicious of all self-proclaimed “good guys” with good reason. As a white person I say it is a ridiculous as a would be “I am nice to African Amerian People” award! Give me a plaque and praise me for NOT being a racist. Enough.

    November 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    • I agree. I’d love to see them do away with it altogether.

      November 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      • betternotbroken

        I was so upset when I read your post, I made a typo. HAH! Sorry. Thank you for great read.

        November 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    • WallyWorld

      If you went above and beyond to help African Americans it would not be unreasonable for the NAACP to award you or acknowledge your dedication to their cause. Theres nothing ridiculous about that. A “Gender Neutral Award” cannot possibly attract a group of any gendered self serving narcissists? Thats a ridiculous notion.

      December 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

  7. I received the same email you did, referencing the web page which claimed that they were taking the “Good Guy” award off due to scheduling reasons. I am definitely not as sanguine as you are that they’ve listened to us, unfortunately. They’ve certainly heard us, in the sense that they’ve realized it would bring them a metric buttload of bad publicity if they went ahead with the award in a public space… but you really think they’re going to just let it fade away and never give it to him?

    I think it much more likely that they’re giving it to him in the first place in exchange for a humongous donation of raw cash (the same reason racist assholes like Donald Sterling get awards from the NAACP), and that they’re not going to let that cash run out the drain. Instead, they’ve figured out that they can just let *US* fade quietly away, by taking the timing of the award out from where it’s in the limelight and so many women will be present to make a fuss about it. Then they’ll give it to him in a private ceremony later, with as little direct press as possible — which still allows him to claim that this big feminist organization honored li’l ol’ him as a Bona Fide Good Guy; and therefore aids him no end in his campaign to take over feminism and use it as a tool for his own personal enrichment and aggrandizement.

    If I’m right, we won’t get any notice in advance next time — they’ve learned *that* lesson, I expect. Meaning we won’t be able to get away with simply “keeping [our] eye on them” as you want to do… the next thing your eye will see will be Clymer tooting his own horn about his shiny new award, and it’ll be a done deal with absolutely nothing we can do about it.

    We need to keep up the pressure NOW, if we’re to have any chance of making them drop this thing. Let them know that rescheduling his award is not enough — they have to *drop* the plans to give him that award, and *say so*. In public, and in a loud enough, clear enough way that we can make sure every feminist in the country knows they have committed explicitly to NOT giving him the award. That way, if they try to weasel back to their original plans and give it to him anyway so they don’t lose his money, we can nail them for hypocricy with their own words, since they’ll have said explicitly he would never get such an award from them.

    That’s the only thing I can think of which stands a chance of working. Otherwise, the lure of money is too strong. Or possibly we can try to ask them how much we would need to raise in donations to them in exchange for a commitment not to give him an award, ever? It’s unlikely they’d admit to taking his money for it, but they might let us outbid him, without ever admitting explicitly that that’s what we’d be doing. I’d both pitch in and try to raise funds from other people for a goal like that, wouldn’t you?

    October 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

    • You make some great points and I’ll follow up soon. Exhausted. I take my wins where I can get them, but I’m planning to watch this very closely and am meeting w/my local chapter pres to discuss further & get involved on the local level. Yes, I would totally be onboard with further efforts, but CC is not getting feted at a gala on 10/27, and for now, I’m pretty damned happy.

      October 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

      • Oh, don’t get me wrong — I think it’s great we’ve made this much progress, I just don’t want to see it slip away because they got sneaky on us. Let’s take the victory and celebrate it and rest a little… and then get back on them, demanding a public commitment not to give him the award at some other date. I didn’t mean to be skipping past the first parts in order to get to the last one. :)

        October 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

  8. Kudos to you for writing this! I’ve said this for a very very long time.

    October 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    • Thank you! I’m glad I finally caught up. Now if only NWPC would…

      October 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  9. David D

    “men cannot be feminists.”

    Yeah, blowups like this are why men don’t even bother. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I might as well go back to enjoying my ill-gotten privilege in peace on top of my throne of skulls.

    October 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    • Aw, that’s so sad! Actually, lots of men do a great job of being allies. Also, that throne sounds lumpy.

      October 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    • Kate

      Agreed David, I’ll join you on the throne when there is ONE side to an argument,,,,

      December 15, 2014 at 11:25 am

  10. onlinewithzoe

    You are right on every level and some you don’t even know about. Well Done.

    October 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  11. When I called them earlier to ask about this decision, they hung up on me.

    October 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

    • Whoa. I would love to hear more about this. Do you know who you talked to? Would you please message me via my FB page?


      October 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      • I don’t have facebook, otherwise I would! Respond to this comment with your email address and delete it immediately if you want – I think the comment notification containing your email address will arrive in my email still.

        October 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm

  12. Lilin

    I’d been wondering when the next Hugo Schwyzer would come along. Someone who was in it for the money and the fame and the fact that women would pay attention to him. Someone who knew he could rise through the ranks of feminist organizations simply by being male. Someone who knew that once he got a few feminist allies, he knew he could count on them to cover his ass as long as he didn’t screw up too much.

    Here he is.

    October 6, 2014 at 11:38 am

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  14. I tweeted the org. Thank you for writing this and making women aware of this man. I did a post on him a year ago when he ‘debated’ Paul Elam, an MRA. The debate was foolish because it wasn’t a debate. It was Paul Elam running off talking points and Clymer running off his. No debate was actually allowed. That’s what happens when you talk to MRA’s.

    Anyway, at the time I didn’t know Clymer was doing this. Maybe it was just prior to him pulling a male ego power trip that I wrote about him.

    Here’s my point and I’ll be very blunt. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: men cannot be feminists.

    When you’re talking to a man on the left who you think is an ally you’ll always come to a point where he’ll start mansplaining you. I’ve seen this happen over and over again to feminists who think they have a male ally.

    It’s better for us to call men pro-feminist, NOT feminists. This way the language is clear and they are only allowed in a supporting role. Men should never be in positions of power over women in feminist spaces. EVER.

    I’m reminded of the HeforShe tweets by men where they tweet sexy photos of themselves with a hashtag. We’ll imagine that ‘this guy gets it’ but we’ll always be disappointed when we actually start naming the problem. The guy will suddenly start balking and talking over you.

    I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t get disappointed because I don’t put men in those positions. EVER.

    October 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    • Andro

      It’s hard to take your argument seriously when you use a term like “mansplaining.” I get that it’s a cute euphemism for an incredibly annoying behavior but I promise you the behavior is not gender exclusive.

      But truly, ‘cis’ men cannot be feminist, as feminism by its very nature subordinates men to women, favoring femininity over masculinity, even though we all contain both of the hormones which generally “define” a persons innate behavior and physiology. So the movement further alienates the sexes and effectively does little more than shift the polar extreme and thus perpetuate the problem which feminism arose to solve.

      So yes, it would be silly of a man to suggest that he could champion a movement based largely on emphasizing one gender by downplaying the actions and identity of his own gender. A gender EQUALITY movement however, seems a little more feasible.

      I don’t expect that this comment will change minds, and I agree that based on the info here Clymer sucks at feminism and being a decent person in general, but the fact that you’ve ruled out a whole class of people as being capable of taking a genuine interest in an issue that runs much deeper than gender identity is very disappointing.

      October 8, 2014 at 3:08 am

      • Andro is clearly and MRA troll. The best way to combat pigs like this is to remove their comments wherever they appear. He’s a verbal rapist, so do what needs to be done and verbally castrate him- remove his comment and block him. Women have this sick obsession with being fair, and since we are never ever treated fairly by men, we are eternally at a disadvantage. We need to snap out of our nicey nice daydreams of soothing the hate out of these beasts and just slay them. Our peace of mind is more important than the feelings of a sadistic cad. Our feminist pages belong to us- please defend them. Thank you.

        September 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

        • Thanks for the input.

          I allow a lot of comments for different reasons. Sometimes I allow comments for the benefit of visitors to my site (not all of whom are schooled in the ways of feminism or in the challenges of being a feminist on the internet) because they serve to illustrate the point or in this case, the fact that every post about male behavior results in a “not all men” or every post about mansplaining results in a man explaining why “mansplaining” is a sexist term.

          I’m not particularly fond of the phrase “verbal rapist” as it feels like every other rape analogy to me, which is to say not particularly apt considering the damage rape has done to me over the course of my life, so while your mileage may vary, I will have to disagree with your assessment of Andro in that respect. I also have lots of experience with MRA trolls, and Andro may very well be an MRA, but he’s not particularly trolly IMO, just misinformed.

          I do agree that we as women are often more tolerant than we need to be when it comes to being treated unfairly, however I don’t believe that’s what’s happening in this case. I just don’t find his comment particularly offensive.

          Which brings me to your final point, and mine: This particular feminist page, while it is available for all to read and even for others to contribute to now and then, actually belongs belongs to me—it’s the space where I talk about what feminism means to me and where I attempt to contribute to the general conversation, as do the commenters here, some of whom do not agree with my takes. And while I block a lot of abusive, hateful comments that don’t deserve to see the light of day, I don’t feel the need to remove this relatively tame one.


          September 2, 2016 at 7:36 am

  15. male

    Clymer has no place in women’s activism and organizing. He should do what Hugo Schwyzer tried to do and remove himself from women’s activist communities online (offline goes without saying), if not from the public internet.

    October 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  16. Just sent them the following message:

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    It has come to my attention that you are honoring Charles Clymer with a Good Guy Award at the upcoming 2014 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs). On this subject, NWPC President Linda Young has said the following:

    “We salute men who stand up for women’s rights, especially men like Charles who are so vocal about feminism. We are excited to celebrate him as a Good Guy at the EMMAs in October.”

    I feel, very strongly, that the man you chose for this award only stands up for women’s rights for personal gain, time and again silencing women in his position of power. To give a man like this an award entitled “Good Guy” is truly disgusting of your organisation.

    It makes me wonder how much research and time goes into choosing the award nominees – by googling his name you can find evidence of his questionable actions within feminism. This includes, but is not limited to, his use of feminism to pick up women.

    I vehemently recommend that you read the following blog post about Clymer’s practices and educate yourself about the kind of person he is: https://makemeasammich.org/2014/09/28/when-bad-allies-get-good-guy-awards/

    Until this award is withdrawn, I and many women who stand against Clymer and his abusive, self-centered behaviour will continue to be disappointed by your organization.

    Thanks for your attention,


    October 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

    • Excellent. Thank you, Nicole!

      October 1, 2014 at 11:05 am

  17. You persuaded me to send an email to the president of the national committee:

    “I am an attorney who did not join in any of the “Stop Clymer” campaigns, as I considered it too unimportant. I will attest, however, that the one time I tried to engage Mr. Clymer on the issue of his using the language “gave women the right to vote” — suggesting to him that it was important linguistically NOT to imply that this right was something within men’s power to GIVE women — he repeatedly dismissed my polite concerns and promptly blocked me from his page. He seems to be all about making a name for himself rather than participating in a useful dialogue with and about women. I sympathize with his victim-status, but it seems to me that he tends to SAY the right thing, rather than DO the right thing.

    “Just one woman’s entirely non-hysterical opinion.

    “Very truly yours,

    “Kelly Moore”

    October 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

    • Well said. Thank you so much.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:39 am

  18. I have now posted this and written and sent many emails to inform all the women I know to weigh in on this.

    September 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

  19. Alexandra

    This is a really good article, Rosie! I appreciate all the work it took to pull together the myriad of tweets and emails from this fakest of the fake male feminists. It was very interesting to read the comment from a real veteran since it adds light to my long-held belief that his credentials, if not outright false, are certainly enhanced to mislead. I also re-read your Stairway blog and you’ve inspired to me to work even harder to ensure this insipid failure of a man to stop harming women and feminism.


    September 29, 2014 at 9:47 am

  20. The sheeple mentality must stop! Due diligence indeed. New outlets calling “consultants” in for comments is a good place to start…if Journalists won’t do the digging for pay (!) and for the sheer sake of quality of craft, the lay person will not either. Grrr. How about a call to your readers for a massive forward of this post and others about Clymer to a few folks at NWCP…?? I’m in. -Ret

    September 29, 2014 at 6:56 am

    • I’m all for it! Thank you.

      September 29, 2014 at 7:08 am

  21. Wow. i’m just….wow.

    I am new to actively reading about feminism but i have always been a feminist on the inside. It just took a friend of mine explaining that feminists aren’t the crazy butch wackos that the media would have us believe, to understand that a feminist was exactly what i was.

    Since i am new to this, I have never heard of this guy.

    I really, really want to punch him in the face.

    How can people fall for this kind of bulls**t in the face of the people closest to his activities showing him up to be the complete c*ck he is?

    September 29, 2014 at 4:42 am

  22. Eric Duckworth

    An excellent assessment on a very questionable nomination. I am a 20+ year military officer, USMA grad, and combat veteran. I had a number of extended debates with him in the Corbin Forum (discusses gender related issues in the military) back in 2011-2012. I found him perhaps sincere, or overly-compensating, in his passion, but totally unable to apply critical thinking to different perspectives. He shut down debate instead of promoting and facilitating it by attacking individuals with differing viewpoints. What I do see is a continuing need for self promotion and a need for ego boosts and affirmation (especially from women).

    If interested, you might want to see how he represents his military service given his relatively young age at the time of his “medical retirement.” A term he uses often and also likes to brand his credibility as a member of the Army for 6 years (2005-2012). He certainly has earned a voice as a veteran (though not a combat veteran from what I’ve seen), with approximately 2 years(?) as an enlisted Soldier who then attended West Point/USMA as cadet from 2009-2012. He did not receive a commission from West Point, but his self-reported health issues resulted in a “medical retirement.”

    If you are unfamiliar with the military jargon, his wording conveys a particular spin that warrants scrutiny if he is attempting to benefit from it. He apparently tallies his 4 years as a cadet as part of his overall 6 years as an Army Veteran. That is like a lawyer including his time as a law student to make you think he has more experience than he really does.

    While in actuality he would have been a card carrying member of the Department of the Army (basically in a student membership status) during those 4 years that time is not considered usable for active federal service. Time as a West Point cadet time gets rated to about the equivalent of 15 membership points in the Army Reserve per year. Generally speaking – you’re getting credit for learning military science as a college student. But those 4 years do not normally viewed as Active Federal Service Years for military service.

    So you have someone saying they have 6 years of military service instead of really saying they got some initial entry training for a job for about a year, worked in the “field” for a year, before getting a college scholarship for 4 years.

    Then there is the use of the term “medically retired” which has a positive connotation as someone who served around 20 years or at least a good number of years that their service and medical problems earned a retirement compensation. With so little actual time in service, I would scrutinze the actual terms on which was released from his military commitments. Often the more appropriate term is medically separated or chaptered from the Army when a medical condition disqualifies you from continued service and you need to be released from contractual enlistment/commissioning obligations.

    Separation means you have an injury which precludes your performance of duty, and not enough for retirement. Retirement on the other hand means you have an injury, which
    precludes your duty so drastically with enough time and service, you are retired with a pension for that injury. Also, you can be medically separated but receive a % disability payment from the V.A.. I do not see Charles as having a enough time in service to warrant a “retirement”, but perhaps instead having a service related condition that receives some level of federal compensation. I only speculate to this level because he tends to use it in his credentials so much. But at this point I am speculating without knowing any further facts and can’t continue.

    So as you continue your efforts for NWPC to take a good look at itself, you might want to research this angle more fully.

    September 28, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    • Eric Duckworth

      Allow me to correct my earlier post – he attended West Point for 3 years and did not graduate, due to his medical release.

      PS. From his current Linked In Profile – Public Profile as of 28 SEP 14

      His initial credibility and identity is his “six” years in the Army


      “I served six years in the United States Army before being medically-retired in 2012 due to health problems.”

      US Army
      November 2005 – January 2012 (6 years 3 months)

      United States Military Academy at West Point
      Bachelor of Science (B.S.), American Government and Politics (United States)
      2009 – 2012

      I had the honor of attending West Point for a few years before I suffered health problems that forced me to medically-retire from the Army. I cherish my experiences at the Academy.

      Activities and Societies: Ring & Crest Committee Glee Club Gospel Choir Margaret Corbin Forum”

      September 28, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      September 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm

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