About two months ago I was invited to speak in support of the motion, ‘This House Believes Feminists Are All Too Often Sexists In Disguise’ at Durham Union Society on the evening of 24 January. The invitation came from Freya Bromley, a student at Durham University, and a regular Huffington Post contributor. Her letter included the following:
The Durham Union Society is Durham University’s oldest and largest student society, and one of the country’s most prestigious student bodies. Since 1842 we’ve been the University’s independent forum for debating controversial issues and inviting leaders in every field to discuss their experiences. We are a registered charity, and aim to educate our 3,000 resident members while providing exciting and unique opportunities to engage with a diverse and fascinating range of speakers.
I was unable to be present at the debate for reasons which needn’t detain us, but I’ve just been asked again, and this time I’ve accepted. Also speaking for the motion will be the veteran men’s human rights advocate Swayne O’Pie, author of an important book, Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism. It’s also available in a Kindle edition with the title Exposing Feminism: The Thirty Years’ War Against Men.
Speaking against the motion will be the veteran gender feminist Julie Bindel, a frequent contributor of pieces to the Guardian. Her Wiki profile is here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Bindel. Speaking alongside her will be Cindy Gallop, a New York-based Englishwomen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Gallop.
The debating chamber holds up to 300 people, and most debates attract capacity audiences. Only Durham Union Society members will be allowed to attend. It should be an interesting evening.
As always I’ll be taking a video camera along, in the hope of recording gender feminist demonstrators (and their male poodles). I live in hope of one day recording someone like the famous Canadian gender feminist ‘Big Red’, a heroine to men’s human rights advocates globally. It’s the video file between the files dated 29 October and 21 November in our YouTube library. Enjoy: