This morning I received an email alerting me to the launch of the Men and Boys Coalition. We are informed:
The Men and Boys Coalition is an informal but cohesive and mutually supportive network of responsible groups, [as opposed to ‘irresponsible groups’?] organisations, academics, journalists, commentators and leaders who are committed to taking action on the gender-specific issues that affect men and boys.
Wow. The ‘coalition’ is ‘an informal but cohesive and mutually supportive network…’ on the day of its launch. Impressive progress, or fatuous hyperbole? You can be the judge.
So, who is behind the ‘coalition’? Nobody is claiming leadership – what does that tell you? – but the ideological direction is clear from many of the organizations and individual members. They include feminist bloggers such as Ally Fogg and Glen Poole, and radical feminists including Jane Powell (CALM Initiative) and Jenny Garrett. From Garrett’s website:
Jenny’s mission is to transform the world for everyone, one empowered woman at a time. She use’s (sic) her years of experience in coaching and leadership to inspire and motivate people, working with them to deliver career and life changing results beyond expectation.
Women’s Coach of the Year 2014, APCTC award winner Jenny is a sought after executive coach and trainer, author of Rocking Your Role, the how to guide to success for female breadwinners, speaker, founder of Reflexion Associates leadership consultancy and Co-Founder of Rocking Ur Teens CIC.
The ‘coalition’ considers Garrett a qualified commentator on issues affecting men and boys. On International Women’s Day this year, I debated with her on Sky News – here (video, 14:49).
There are some people I admire among the members, but I regret they’ve been persuaded to join a virtual organization that is clearly going to hide the truth about the state’s assaults on the human rights of men and boys – through its actions and inactions – and the roles played by feminists in those assaults, to advantage women and girls. People wishing to understand those issues can read our 2015 general election manifesto.
Ally Fogg has penned a predictably dire blog piece on the ‘coalition’.
We believe this ‘coalition’, far from being the British men’s sector’s ‘coming of age’ – Ally Fogg’s absurd claim – is on the wrong side of history. Ever more men and women are recognizing that most of of the major problems facing men and boys as a class are the inevitable and natural consequence of the advantaging of women and girls, relentlessly driven by state-embedded feminists, funded in the main by male taxpayers.
This ‘coalition’ will never be a part of the solution, but it could become part of the problem. That’s why J4MB cannot support it.
One last thing. So far as I can see, the ‘coalition’ isn’t calling for an end to (illegal) Male Genital Mutilation. Couldn’t they at least have managed to include that?
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