Men of the Commons leave Men’s Day debate to the women

A piece by John Crace of the Guardian. The number of male MPs in the chamber during the debate – 83 minutes long, as opposed to the scheduled 150 minutes – let along engaging in it, was, it must be said, shockingly small. Well, only 49% of electors are men, so why should MPs – male or female – have the slightest interest in men’s (or boys’) issues?

They were markedly outnumbered (certainly in terms of speaking time) by feminist MPs, whose favourite narrative for the debate was men being responsible for the high suicide rate, because – unlike women – men are disinclined to talk about their problems. So, victim blaming, then.

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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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  • epistemol

    Ah, The Grauniad again, quelle surprise.

    Women MPs spoke the most so they could trash it the most, I fear.

    As for men not even being present, they had either been got at, or just feared heing got at.

    There is another possible angle to this which occurs to me though.
    And that is the principle that we are as we are today because of the past – or evolution if you like.

    Historically, the ‘power challenge’ to a man would usually be another man, women would not have been physically big and strong enough to actually fight.
    (They would have used deception – just as some still do today.)

    Thus it would be in a man’s interest – especially a power wielding man’s interest (like an MP) to do down other men, whilst protecting the interests of women (who) they hoped to breed with.
    Thus men are genetically programmed to favour women – ‘own group preference’ need not apply here.

    Of course, I can’t prove all this, but I am satisfied that it explains a lot.
    And it has the advantage of simplicity – most of the big truths are simple in themselves – it’s the detail that clouds minds, so I leave that to others.
    I would welcome further comments though…

  • epistemol


    Perhaps the Grauniad’s piece should have been written by John Dis-Crace?

    Just a thought.

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