A young gender feminist blogger, Ellie Slee, recently wrote a blog piece containing a false allegation about J4MB. It was published by The Huffington Post. I politely pointed out to her that the allegation was demonstrably false, but as I’d anticipated – because she’s a gender feminist – she was willing to neither retract the statement, nor apologise for it. I contacted the legal team at AOL – HuffPo‘s parent company – and the offending allegation was swiftly retracted.
Impressed by the professionalism with which the matter had been handled – given HuffPo‘s business model, I feel confident they weren’t aware of the misleading statement in advance of publication – I was intrigued to get a call from a supporter suggesting I offer blog pieces to HuffPo. It’s well-known for being left-leaning so I doubted they’d publish any pieces from me, but I got in touch anyway. The lady there was very polite, and asked me to submit a piece for consideration. I duly submitted an 800-word piece, as requested. Like all short articles, it took a surprisingly long time to write. It takes so much less time to write a long article.
I then had an exchange of emails with the polite lady, and it soon became evident that the changes she required to make it acceptable for publication by HuffPo were such that I wouldn’t be prepared to put my name to the piece. But having spent time writing it, I thought the least I should do was publish it elsewhere. So here it is, modified only with an expanded ‘author biography’: