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Who or What is the O'Palmer ???


The O'Palmer is for anyone who thinks a little differently. 



O'Palmer is the surname of the hypothetical protagonist of this little narrative. The Full name is Harry O'Palmer. 
Harry O'Palmer isn't so much a "who" as a "what". It's a way of looking at the world which springs from a discomfort with commonly held notions and ideologically based assumptions about males in society. 

If this sounds familiar, then then you might also be Harry O'Palmer.   
The magasine, and the people involved, aim to raise awareness of cultural misandry, which diminishes almost to zero our relative concern for males, which in turn promotes a widespread lack of concern for male issues. 

If your immediate reaction to this is irritation, or simply dismissive, then that is the blind spot the O'Palmer is talking about. However, it's one thing not to see it, it's quite another to refuse to see it.

It is so much part of our being, that it often remains unrecognised and so unobserved and unaddressed. People are generally good, and are simply not aware of their own prejudices, until it's pointed out.

With your help, the O'Palmer will address male issues by raising awareness about Cultural Misandry; 
how to see it, why it's invisible, and why we should care.


What's Cultural misandry?

A case in point is the use of a link to define misandry; you would be surprised how many people are unfamiliar with the word. Actually, up until early 2014 (and possibly still), microsoft chrome, when in facebook, for example. did not recognise the word in it's spellcheck. Microsoft Word is the same. 

Very new versions of programs may have changed this, but do check your software - just type in Misandry and then Misogyny - and see for yourself. Chances are that your computer will tell you that misandry isn't a word, and will offer you alternatives such as "masonry". Not so with misogyny, which is not only recognised, but the computer will offer it if you misspell anything similar.

"But, so what", you may say.  

Well, what a lot, actually. This is only one small example of our cultural and social blindspot when it comes to men and while many people are instinctively and uncomfortably aware of it, there is a reluctance to talk about it. It may simply be a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. 

The notion that male identity, suffering, status is of little or no value and so can be ridiculed, dismissed or ignored is reinforced throughout popular media (music, cinema, tv, drama, literature and so on) and makes it acceptable. These provide the framework which justifies, and so encourages this misandric attitude. 

Negative portrayals of males, disregard of male suffering, attacks and chastisement of male identity are a regular part of tv drama, cinema, art, theatre, pop-music and have an integral role in forming public opinion and attitudes. 

This insidious phenomenon manifests itself in many real ways and extends to public policy, legislation, court procedures, criminal law, education, health and social interaction. It's in the very air we breathe and yet remains invisible.

This is what can be referred to as Cultural Misandry.
(you're going to be hearing a lot about that in the near future)
Most people are genuinely good people, and recoil from causing hurt. 
If you're standing on someones foot, it doesn't mean you're a bad person, it just means you're not paying attention. 
However, If you're told that you're standing on someones foot, and you continue to do so, then an eyebrow can be raised.


Ok, but why "O'Palmer" . . .

Obviously, the site and imagery are a reference to The IPCRESS file (a 1962 spy novel by Len Deighton, made into a film starring Michael Caine in 1965) and it's protagonist, Harry Palmer.

Harry O'Palmer is his metaphorical Irish cousin.

You may be surprised how many women and men in Ireland and the UK have already "put their glasses on", so you're in good company.

If you haven't seen the film, then please do. It's a wonderful blend of 60's cool, mock heroics, thrilling suspense, a charming anti-hero and a cracking soundtrack. Get some food and friends in, crank up the old DVD.

There's also a further linguistic subversion with the name, which is picked up by many people. A man who spends time on his own, or unmarried, was often jeered with taunts of being unable to find a woman - being on his own intrinsically meant that there was something wrong with him (this applies to women aswell, of course, but that's already been done to death). 

Commonly, it was intimated that he was occupied with industrial auto-eroticism, which was understood to lead to having hair on your palms and blindness. Hence, a common slur was to call someone a "hairy palmer", meaning loser. 

Harry O'Palmer can be easily seen as the pun that it is. 

Well, in this day and age of interpersonal toxicity, men spending time on their own (or with other men) is becoming simultaneously desirable and impossible, and there is a need to repossess the language and become proud of being a Harry O'Palmer, in response to what society has to offer.

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