[Note updated March 8, 2014: this blog piece continues to attract a large number of ‘hits’, but no response to our challenge yet from Dickie James, which doesn’t surprise us. We’ve never had a substantive response to any of our public challenges of prominent feminists (or their male collaborators). These people are utterly shameless. Our list of challenges has become a lengthy one:
[Note added 7.3.14: in the light of our challenge not having received a response from Ms James, the content of this blog piece has just been published by ‘A Voice for Men’:
Our thanks to a supporter, Tim Brown, for alerting us to this matter. It concerns Dickie James, who has the following profile on her Twitter account @DickieCJames:
CEO of @StaffsWomensAid. Board member of @WomensAid. Tweeting own views. Mother. Feminist animal lover. Writer. Hate injustice. Partial to G&T.
Ms James ‘favorited’ a tweet posted by ‘Radical Feminist’, whose Twitter account is @RadicalFeminist.
[Note added 21:35, March 2, 2014: a supporter has just informed us that Ms James’s ‘favoriting’ of the tweet has been retracted, following the publication of our public challenge. Perhaps a response to the challenge is forthcoming? Don’t hold your breath. Our experience tells us these people are utterly shameless.]
[Note added 17:20, March 3, 2014: I posted some perfectly polite comments in response to the tweet on the @RadicalFeminist Twitter account, and I’ve just learned, ‘You have been blocked from following this account at the request of the user’. Quelle surprise. As Corporal Jones used to say in Dad’s Army with respect to the ‘cold steel’ of Army bayonets, “They don’t like it up ’em. They do NOT like it up ’em!”]
[Note added 17:36, March 3, 2014: I clicked the button to ‘follow’ Dickie James’s Twitter account @DickieCJames some hours ago, and just logged onto her account to see what’s being written by her and her followers, in the light of the very high number of ‘hits’ this piece is continuing to attract, hour after hour. I’ve just learned, ‘You have been blocked from following this account at the request of the user’. Encore, quelle surprise! As Corporal Jones used to say in Dad’s Army…]
‘Radical Feminist’ tweeted a link to an interesting blog piece (published in June 2013) about fathers and mothers bonding with their babies. The blog piece referred to a study which reported that fathers’ oxytocin levels were raised by playing with their babies. Oxytocin has been describes as the ‘feel good’ hormone. Both men and women – and those they interact with – benefit from its impact on mood. ‘Radical Feminist’ linked to the blog piece with this line:
Abusing children raises fathers’ oxytocin levels
‘Playing’ has been twisted by her man-hating mind into ‘abusing’.
[Note added 17:40, 7 March 2014: the author of the piece which is being misrepresented by that line, John Hoffman, a leading Canadian expert on parenting, has just tweeted the following comment, as you can see on the original @Radical feminist tweet:
@UncommonJohn 17s @RadicalFeminist Slanderous! This completely misrepresents the message of my blog. Behaviour of dads in that study was in no way abusive! ]
Tim Brown emailed us the following:
Just wanted to share with you an exceptionally offensive and misleading tweet by a typically hateful radfem. I know that’s not exactly news, and attention seeking by provocation is probably deliberate from a radfem. But I think sometimes what is notable is who favourites or retweets this sort of content, it can be revealing.
If you read the blog entry she has linked to, you will see her tweet is a remarkably sick, twisted and wilfully false interpretation of the research mentioned on the blog. Anyway, the tweet was favorited by Dickie James, a Board member of Women’s Aid, and to my mind it’s worth calling out and drawing attention to someone in her position that’s supporting such an obscene level of dishonesty and open hatred towards men. Here’s her profile: https://twitter.com/DickieCJames. Might be small potatoes in the grand scheme of things but it really disturbed me as a father so I thought I’d share.
Also, I think groups like Women’s Aid do have a platform of power and influence which is often wielded in a way that is rarely questioned, mainly because the surface of their cause like most charities seems sympathetic.
I’m thinking particularly of whenever shared custody policy is talked about, followed by the usual scaremongering thrown around by feminists suggesting it would pose a risk to women and children. The source of that type of excuse used for obstruction seems to be cited from groups like Women’s Aid. So in that sense I’d regard them as worthy of challenging when they’re expressing alignment with the sort of extremely malicious statement found in this tweet.
We agree with our supporter. Women’s Aid do need challenging, and far more than they’re accustomed to with the mainstream media. For the time being, though, we’re about to email a link to this piece to Staffordshire Women’s Aid, with the following message to Dickie James:
Ms James, we publicly challenge you (1) to apologise for having favorited the hate-driven tweet which is the subject of this blog piece, and (2) to condemn ‘Radical Feminist’ for having misrepresented fathers playing with their children, as abusing them. You can email me at email@example.com. Thank you.
We’ll also email a link to the piece to Polly Neate, CEO of Women’s Aid.