My email to Paul Elam about Southern Man reviews
(Note, this is a rough draft that was stored on my hard
drive; the actual e-mail was edited and completed in my e-mail program,
and was lost in a system crash; however, it was subtantially the same as
this rough draft. Mr. Elam replied that he would read the book, and
requested a hard copy/paperback, but said he could not commit to reviewing
it on his site if it did not support his views on feminism and men's rights.
I subsequently discovered that
his views of women -- not just feminism, but women -- are extremist,
bizarre and damaging, and bear little to no
resemblance to my traditional, Christian-based beliefs.)
May 4, 2010
Hello Mr. Elam,
Owing to your involvement in the men's rights movement, I hope you will
be able to provide me with some information.
I am looking for people who own or contribute to pro-male or MRM websites
who would be willing to read and review my anti-feminist novel, Southern
Man. I visit several MRM sites/blogs but I'm not acquainted with
the owners/writers well enough to know who might be receptive to my request,
so I'm hoping you can advise me who to contact.
The novel is about a devoted family man who is targeted with a false
sexual harassment complaint by an amoral woman and her uber-feminist mentor,
and recounts the persecution he and his family endure as a result.
It is about 120,000 words. The review copy would be delivered in
PDF format by e-mail.
When I began writing this book in 2006 -- only vaguely aware of the
men's rights movement -- I wrote it mainly to honor Southern men
because they are so maligned in popular culture. However, you don't have
to visit many feminist or MRM sites to find out that our culture's feminist-inspired
hostility to men knows no geographic boundaries.
While the novel is perhaps a bit too conservative and traditional for
PUA-types, I believe there are elements in the story that many MRAs will
I published the novel last year under my own imprint, Brasstown Books,
but recently uploaded a portion of the book to HarperCollins' "Authonomy"
community. If you'd like to know more about Southern Man before you
send me to others -- or others to me -- you can read several chapters at
There's also more about the novel at my website: http://conniechastain.com/sm_summary.html
Thank you for any information you can supply.