500 feminists are gathering in Birmingham this weekend. Forecast: gloomy, with occasional bouts of thunder

One has no great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.

Jane Austen, Emma (1816)

Jane Austen was the authoress who wrote about women’s desperate attempts to marry well-off men. What an inspiration for feminists she is, yet Frances Wilson, literary critic of the Daily Mail describes Austen as dull and over-rated. She isn’t wrong:


500 rays of sunshine are gathering in Birmingham this weekend. They include Laura Bates of The Everyday Whining Project, so fun times are guaranteed for all. Yes, it’s UK Feminista’s Summer School:


The website contains all the conspiracy theories, fantasies, lies, delusions and myths we’d expect. This gem caught our eye:

Schools Against Sexism Petition

One in three girls are ‘groped’ at school and sexual harassment in (sic) is routine. It’s time for schools to take a lead on gender equality and support students who stand up against sexism.

Why do we call this a ‘gem’? Because the ‘one in three girls’ claim is the same misleading statement made by Kat Banyard – the ‘brains’ behind UK Feminista – on Channel 4 News five months ago. The following is a link to the video of the programme, while the commentary includes the challenge I sent to Ms Banyard at katbanyard@yahoo.co.uk:


The challenge remains unanswered to this day. In common with all prominent feminists, Kat Banyard is shameless in making misleading statements, and not revoking them when challenged.

It doesn’t take long looking at the website for the Summer School to realise it’s the predictable old mix of conspiracy theories, fantasies, lies, delusions and myths. Even that hardy perennial, the gender pay gap, is there, despite being a phenomenon completely explained by men’s and women’s freely made choices with respect to the world of work. All this wallowing in false victimhood leads us to an inescapable thought. Maybe feminists should be seeking therapy, rather than seeking to destroy society yet further? An interesting piece on this very question:


We hope the ladies enjoy themselves this weekend, and return home re-energised to continue their assaults on the patriarchy. If they watch a 13-minute video they’ll realise they’re living in a matriarchy, not a patriarchy. But they have so much invested in patriarchy theory and victim mentality they’d probably prefer to avoid such challenging material, and carry on as they are, driven by hatred of men, the family, marriage etc. Why anyone would choose unhappiness over happiness is anyone’s guess, but the most obvious explanation, as we saw from the last link, is psychological issues. The video:


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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  • even if 1 in 3 girls being sexual harassed or groped at school is true, where’s the number for boys? You can’t establish that it’s a women’s issue(or girls) unless you establish that it isn’t an everyone issue. I’m willing to bet if there is actually a source or that statistic that if they used the same methodology and asked boys about their experiences we would probably get a number similar to the girls.

    • My default position for the past 2-3 years has been that if a feminist trots out a statistic it’s either a lie, or a very carefully selected statistic from a body of evidence which will invariably show a very different picture. The word ‘grope’ is of course very emotionally loaded and intended to upset impressionable and gullible people. When I looked into the matter I think the issue was unwanted sexual attention, which is clearly on a spectrum with ‘groping’ at one extreme end. Banyard claimed the incidents were ‘almost daily’ for one in three schoolgirls on Channel 4 News, while from memory an official study – accessible through the Feminista website, ironically – found almost one in three schoolgirls had unwanted sexual attention at least once in their school career (hardly ‘almost daily’!). The figure for boys was about one in four and has never been cited by any feminists, to the best of my knowledge.

  • Segregation is the solution to all women problems.
    With segregation nobody will be ever hurt – men or women, nobody will complain for harassments anymore, nobody will complain for discrimination anymore, everyone will have equal chances in economics, jobs, schooling, politics, military, police.
    Therefore a party that will militate for this segregation will succeed.
    A segregated Parliament will bring the laws loved by women to women and those loved by men to men.
    Everyone will be happy!

  • vadark

    When I was at school the female teachers used to walk into the boys changing rooms. It didn’t happen the other way around. I know for a fact that at school events, female parents as well as teachers walk into the boys toilets despite the fact that male parents may be in there. The reverse doesn’t happen, however, or not to my knowledge at least – men are more decent than to do such a thing; it’s totally disrespectful. I know more males that have been groped by females than females by males. I think it’s all feminist twisted nonsense designed to make men look bad.