Laura Bates’s appearance on the International Women’s Day edition of ‘Daily Politics’

I’m looking forward to a discussion tomorrow with Laura Bates on the Jeremy Vine show, on BBC Radio 2. On International Women’s Day, on 8 March, there was a discussion about feminism in the modern era on the BBC television programme Daily Politics, hosted by regular anchor Andrew Neil. Laura was one of the two key women in the discussion. She was the founder of The Everyday Whining Project – she herself calls it The Everyday Sexism Project and she still runs the site. Nobody would ever confuse Ms Bates for a ray of sunshine, it has to be said.

The other key woman in the discussion was the sociologist Catherine Hakim, originator of Preference Theory (2000). She made some insightful points, and I wish she’d been given longer to speak. It’s a pity she didn’t seize this golden opportunity to point out the damage caused to Norwegian businesses by gender quotas, or to point out that four in seven British men are work-centred, while only one in seven British women is – which largely explains the gender balances we see in parliament, at the top of major corporations, and elsewhere.

The video footage of the discussion (with a little preliminary material) is below, from approximately 15:12 to 25:40. Enjoy:

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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  • How many more men must die before enough people realise that nothing will ever change until they vote for somebody different? There have been seven family court inquiries since the Children’s Act was introduced. How many letters, protests and petitions do you think they’ve already ignored?

    Look at what they’re doing now with the Children & Families Bill. This will only increase the speed and number of children who are put into care, and excluded from seeing their fathers. Sadly, it seems all we can do is watch as our country goes bust, and our government fails.

  • lenfirewood

    What Laura and her feminist ilk are scared shitless of is the public realising the simple fact that more men in power has not resulted in discrimination against women but in fact quite the very opposite is true and that is not a matter of statistics but verifiable fact. For example if the current predominance of men in parliament has resulted in an unfairness to women or that their interests are thereby not fairly represented then why is government spending across the board more overwhelmingly in womens favour on their issues than men’s? Laura and other feminists want the public to believe unquestioningly that it is only men that are “sexist” but if you think about it the same feminists making these arguments then prove that they do indeed assume women are sexist othewise what would be the point of arguing for “equal numbers” of women in positions of power unless they thought those women would put womens interests FIRST and thereby themselves be guilty of sexism??
    As it happens it does appear that women are indeed more sexist than men when it comes to weilding power. I have lost count how many times I have seen women of power, celebrity or influence promoting womens interests often at the expense of men’s, similarly with “alpha males” promoting again womens interests to the exclusion of men’s. What is rare though though by BOTH sexes is man or women of power and influence promoting men or boys interests and on the rare occasion it does happen there is often howls of outrage and derision from the camps that claim they are supposedly all about “gender justice and equality” ie Feminists.