Reclaim the Night: why is a women-only march ending with a ‘mixed social’?

Our thanks to Cheryl for sending us a link to the itinerary of the two-mile ‘Reclaim the Night’ march starting at 18:30 on 19 November, International Men’s Day – here. It starts at Great College St, near Parliament Square, the ‘Streetmap’ of the area around Great College St is here.

Cheryl points to two elements from the march website:

Reclaim The Night is a women-only march. Girls of all ages and boys aged under 12 are welcome to attend.

This women-only event will end with speakers outside St Paul’s Cathedral followed by a social (mixed) at the Paternoster Bar, Paternoster Row, EC4M 7DZ.

She speculates that the reason the social will be ‘mixed’ is that someone (i.e. men) will have to pay for the women’s drinks.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • This from Marc Rudolv the NONONSENSEMAN

    On March 24, 2007, I appeared on ‘The Single Life,’ hosted by Samantha Phillips and Chris Leary on KLSX 97.1FM in LA. The topic was about who should pay for dinner. Done to death, you say? Not even close.

    Even though she seemed to agree with me initially, that men and women should reciprocate, eventually Sam opined that women want to be taken care of. We also received a call from a 22-year-old chick from Beverly Hills who bragged that she NEVER would ask a man out on a date. Why? She’s too hot and doesn’t have to.

    Women don’t want to be taken care of. Little girls want to be taken care of. Women take care of themselves. Unfortunately, the world is populated mostly with little girls in adult bodies. Worse, a lot of men like it that way — that’s why women remain in perpetual childhood.

    If you’re a man who likes to take care of and rescue women, you are insecure. You feel powerless in the presence of an equal woman. So, you seek little girls. And, by doing this, you are setting yourself up to kiss their asses for the rest of your life — through wining, dining, jewelry, vacations, cars, homes, and alimony. Ask yourself why you want this.

    I received yet another letter from a woman complaining that a man buying dinner on the first (blind) date wanted to bang her that night. She even admitted wanting to, but she put on the brakes — for appearances.

    I asked why she didn’t pay half. She ‘offered,’ but he is old-fashioned and wouldn’t ‘allow’ her — giving her the option to pay on the second date. There won’t be a second date.

    My words to her: ‘What in the hell is wrong with you? You don’t OFFER to pay; you PAY. He is not the boss of you; you are not his subject. You plunk down the cash. Period. If he’s offended, tough shit.’

    Had she paid her half and stood her ground, he would have respected her. Then, when they do get it on, the sex will be based on MUTUAL DESIRE not money. Are you grasping this??????

    Men and women get together for sex. Why else would they bother? If a woman likes dinners in exchange for sex, she’s a whore. If she makes or lets a man be the banker, he WILL think of her as a whore, and he WILL want return on his investment. ANYONE who doubts or disputes this is a naive child.

    If men and women aren’t peers, they are mutual slaves.

  • William Gruff

    ‘Mixed’ in this context means nothing more than confused. All they’re saying is that those who will attend will do so simply because they haven’t a @%&£ing clue.

  • cheannaich

    If the pavements are anything like the ones around here, they will break their necks tripping over them in the dark.

  • These have been going on for decades. In my younger years I entertained myself by asking what happened at age 12 ? Is a 13 year old boy suddenly a threat? Why not 14? Its a good question to ask because on the face of it what would not engage the deep protective “instincts” of men in a march so women can feel safe?
    A bit less laudable is the idea that on his 13th Birthday a boy becomes a potential rapist. Perhaps Mike you may get a chance to ask this.

  • epistemol

    RECLAIM boys education.