Claire Fox (56) is a British writer. She’s the director and founder of the think tank the Institute of Ideas. From her Wikipedia page:
Fox joined the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) as a student at the University of Warwick. For the next twenty years, she was one of the RCP’s core activists and organisers, becoming co-publisher of its magazine Living Marxism, until it closed after losing a libel case. Fox stayed with her ex-RCP members when the group transformed itself in the late 1990s into a network around the web magazine Spiked Online and the Institute of Ideas, both based in the former RCP offices.
Predictably, the Institute of Ideas isn’t keen to give exposure to MRAs. So we were interested to learn of this discussion and Q&A (video, 52:29) held recently at their event in London. A sense of the anti-male bias is revealed by the title, ‘What’s Wong With Men’s Rights?’ In the description under the video:
…men’s rights activists or ‘meninists’ claim that…
I know of no MRAs who term themselves ‘meninists’. ‘Meninism’ is a projection by feminists, unable to understand that MRAs aren’t seeking an ideological alternative to feminism, they simply want to see an end to feminism as a cultural force, as it’s an ideology which for 100+ years has been seeking ever more female privilege, regardless of the consequences.
The moderator is Luke Gittos, whose articles for spike include this piece in which he argued that men accused of rape shouldn’t be anonymous. Maybe he’ll be falsely accused of rape one day, with predictable consequences for his career. His opening to the discussion includes this:
I’m generally someone who’s quite sceptical of the whole idea of men’s rights…
So Gittos, the moderator, is anti-male. Not a good start, but what of the panelists? The debate is about men’s rights, so naturally two of the three panelists are (female) feminists. They’re described by Gittos as ‘broadly critical of the men’s rights movement’. Peter Lloyd, the journalist and author of Stand By Your Manhood, does a great job in the face of ridiculous opposition. At 9:35 he comes out with this gem:
Men who support feminism are turkeys voting for Xmas.
The Q&A session is interesting, and includes an excellent contribution about male suicide by Jordan Holbrook (44:06).
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