24 January: Mike Buchanan and Swayne O’Pie to speak in a debate at Durham University. Opposing the motion – Julie Bindel and Cindy Gallop.

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:


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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  • I greatly look forward to seeing the recording of this debate. I tend to binge on stuff like this, refining my own arguments and counter-arguments.
    It’s lucky for us that feminists never really seem to change their argumentation, so we effectively get astounding amounts of time to prepare for each of their points.
    Preparation time we hardly even need to tear their arguments to pieces.

    • Christian, thank you. We’ll see if video recording is permissible.

  • Excellent news, I may be wrong but I’m not aware of Durham having a particular problem with the excesses of feminism. I think you’d only experience a Big Red type were you to be debating at a completely feminist dominated institution or in a city where feminist extremists hold a lot of power.

    I’d guess somewhere like the University of Bristol might be such a place and a few London universities too. Leeds would have been the Toronto of Britain back in the early 80s when it comes to feminist extremists, though it probably doesn’t hold that title today.

    Please stay safe Mike and be recoding at all times if possible, particular before and after the event when less people are around. Its not just about getting good footage but also for your own safety and protection from false allegations and smears, something significantly more likely to happen if you two were to put in a good performance. I’d also encourage Swayne do the same and also try to stay together or with an ally at all times.

  • vadark

    Mike, good luck for this one, I’m really confident that you have more than enough experience and factual evidence up your sleeve to trounce even the hardiest of feminists – as long as they give you enough time to respond to each of their points, that is. And please remind anyone spouting the hardships of yesteryear that they really ought to concentrate on the welfare of our future generations. Because things like the voting issue is bound to come up (the disparity was only for a few years, you know, and they still regurgitate the story like it was last week!). Be prepared, and enjoy yourself – you’re getting good at this now. Glad I’m on the winning side 😉

    • Thanks Vadark. It’s comforting that for decades men’s human rights advocates have based their arguments on rock-solid evidence bases, while for decades feminists have based their arguments on conspiracy theories, fantasies, lies, delusions and myths… in the areas of rape and domestic abuse/violence in particular. We’re looking forward to next week’s debate with relish, as you can imagine!

  • The very best of luck to you and Mr. Opie. I do find Girlwriteswhat ( thank you for the links to her stuff) really good at condensing complex stuff into short pointed stories or examples using straightforward language. The written versions of her broadcasts are full of gems of paras. Of pithy observation of the contradictions and sexism inherent in much of modern feminism. Just a thought.

  • http://equality4men.com/ I find Glen’s book a usefull compendium of the key data in bitesize format.

  • Thanks for doing this Mike. I need to ask one serious question. CAN EVERYONE PLEASE ENSURE THEY STICK TO THE TITLE OF THE DEBATE? No doubt they’ll try to go on about the evil of the patriarchy in 1880, so stay in with the Chair and flag up the digressions!