[Note added 20.1.14: A Voice for Men has just published a slightly amended version of this piece http://www.avoiceformen.com/feminism/feminist-lies-feminism/huffington-post-withdraws-a-false-allegation-against-j4mb/ ]
The 10 months since we launched J4MB have been invigorating, to say the least. The number of ‘hits’ on our sites – this one, along with our associated sites http://thealternativesexismproject.wordpress.com, http://c4mb.wordpress.com and http://fightingfeminism.wordpress.com – have been far beyond our wildest expectations, and they continue to rise inexorably. We’re looking forward to 2014 and beyond with considerable optimism. Our base of supporters and donors is growing by the week.
We end the year with some good news. We recently gave some coverage to a Huffington Post contributor, Ellie Slee, who’d made a false allegation in an article, namely that J4MB refers to women as ‘gestational incubators’. Our piece on the matter:
We have little time for false allegators (I couldn’t resist it) here at J4MB. We politely invited Ms Slee to retract the statement and apologise. Predictably – as a gender feminist, and therefore shameless by definition – she declined to do either. We duly placed the matter in the hands of the legal team at AOL – the company which has owned the Huffington Post since 2011 – and told them that if the statement were not retracted, we’d be taking legal advice on the matter. After a brief exchange of emails, we received one earlier today which included this:
In relation to Ellie’s blog on the Huffington Post, I’ve followed up with our blogs team here with respect to the ‘gestational incubator’ comment and they have now removed the reference to your political party, with the agreement of Ellie. Please note that we have taken this action as a gesture of goodwill and it should not be treated as any admission of AOL (UK) Limited’s alleged liability. We trust that our prompt action in removing this reference upon receipt of your complaint will be the end of this matter.
‘… with the agreement of Ellie.’ Priceless. We’d have preferred her publicly not to ‘agree’, to be honest, but you can’t have everything in life. So, what do we know of Ellie’s true feelings about the retraction? We need only turn to a ‘tweet’ she posted afterwards:
Ellie Slee @EllieSlee @MikeBuchanan11 Thanks for contacting HP. The blogs editor and I have changed the article so it’s more reflective of your ideas.
So, no admission she’d made a false allegation, never mind an apology. No, the Huffington Post blogs editor and Miss Ellie ‘changed the article’ so it better reflected an anti-feminist’s ‘ideas’. You really couldn’t make it up, could you? Again, priceless.
We wish you and your loved ones a happy and successful 2014. Thank you for your support.