R. F. Doyle Portrait

In Defense of Men, and Civilization author Richard F. Doyle was born December 3, l930 in Rosemount, Minnesota.  He attended St. John’s Prep. school, Collegeville, Minnesota; White Bear High School, White Bear Lake, Minnesota; and St. Thomas College, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Heavily into athletics as a youth, Doyle served four years with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and three years with the Marine Corps Reserve, including a stint at officer training school in Quantico, Virginia.  He was an air traffic controller for l7 years and an active commercial pilot and flight instructor for 3 years.  He coached two U.S. Tug of War teams at the 1986 World Tournament in The Netherlands.

Doyle was deployed to  Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska as air traffic controller for a year and a half.  His then-wife declined to live on the base with him preferring to remain in Minnesota with their two young children, while pursuing an extremely disloyal lifestyle.  A lengthy divorce, custody battle up to the state Supreme Court and many related court and administrative appearances followed.  Divorce occurred in 1957.

(Accolades from early Men’s Movement persons)

Doyle was shocked by the anti-male prejudice pervasive throughout the court system.  He formed the Men’s Rights Association  (now Men’s Defense Association ) in l972 and Men’s Equality Now (M.E.N.) International , an international coalition of similar organizations, in l977.  He became an author and lecturer on gender issues, especially divorce.   He has appeared on national TV shows, as well as many local TV and radio programs throughout the country.  

Active in the men’s rights trenches for over 40 years, Doyle edited and published The Liberator, foremost newsletter in the men’s movement, for over 30 years (and now store most of the back issues in his basement). A lightning rod, he was considered in some circles a social dinosaur and accused of advocating everything but suttee. He has been accused of everything from plotting overthrow of the government to demonic possession. The New York chapter of NOW dubbed me a “Male Chauvinist Pig” in the mid-70s. The Minneapolis chapter named him “Male Chauvinist Sleaze of the Year” (He still have the letter, and wears such tributes as a badge of honor). George Orwell said, “The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” However, accusations of misandry are erroneous. Doyle believes women in general are no worse ― or better ― than men. Judgmental? Hell yes, he’s judgmental. In the words of philosopher Harry Jaffa, spoken by Barry Goldwater, “…Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” A wise old lady said, some fights are worth fighting even if you lose. He said, “If I should lose, this is a good hill to die on.”

“To Dick Doyle, who for years has been the backbone — & brain & muscle — of the Men’s Rights Movement…” Professor Emeritus (USCLA) Daniel Amneus  (From his autograph in the author’s copy of the Amneus book “Back to Patriarchy”

Richard Doyle is the proud recipient of an award from the National Coalition of Free Men (NCFM) bearing this inscription, “With sincere gratitude for a lifetime of selfless service to the men’s and fathers’ rights movement.

– From your brothers at the National Coalition of Free Men.”