Janet Street-Porter v Swayne O’Pie, ‘The Feminists’ Nemesis’

Three weeks ago the militant feminist journalist Janet Street-Porter – winner of a ‘Harpy’ award – wrote a piece in her Daily Mail column arguing that non-violent female criminals shouldn’t be sent to jail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2298552/Janet-Street-Porter-Vicky-Pryce-shouldnt-send-women-jail.html

When convicted of the same crimes as men, women are less likely to face prison sentences, and typically serve more lenient sentences. I’ve never heard a feminist arguing for ‘equality’ in this area, nor indeed in any of the many areas in which outcomes for women are better than for men.

I was delighted therefore to learn that the anti-feminist campaigner and writer Swayne O’Pie – author of Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism http://exposingfeminism.com had written a letter in response to Janet Street-Porter’s piece, and the paper had published it (link below). He isn’t known as ‘The Feminists’ Nemesis’ for nothing…

130408 Swayne O’Pie’s letter

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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  • ONE of the latest demands of feminism is that female criminals shouldn’t be sent to prison (Janet Street-Porter, Mail). Allow me to rebuff this very odd demand with some facts.

    Janet claims: ‘A far higher proportion (of women than men) prisoners self-harm. In 2009/10, 61 male prisoners committed suicide (the ultimate in self-harm). Only one woman took her own life.

    ‘More than half of the women in jail have been in care’. It is the same percentage for male prisoners,
    so should they also be spared jail?

    ‘Many (female prisoners) have been victims of domestic abuse.’ Yes, and so have a lot of men. Should they also be able to commit crime and avoid jail?

    ‘More than half (of female prisoners) are mums.’ Yet when they committed their crime, they knew they might go to jail and be separated from their children. But .. still they went ahead and offended.
    So, by definition, they are irresponsible, uncaring and therefore unfit mothers.

    ‘Others (females) have drink and drug habits.’ But so do the vast majority of male prisoners, so should they also be spared jailed? Why should females escape jail for committing the same offence as a male?

    ‘The Government has finally listened to the many pressure groups who have been saying for years that sending most women to prison is pointless.’ These are feminist political pressure groups, so of course they say this.

    Every reason given is spurious or can also apply to male prisoners. What feminists are demanding is the right for women to commit a crime and avoid the punishment laid down by law.

    SWAYNE O’PIE, Bath.

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