The Everyday Sexism Project is a key element in the ‘fourth wave’ of feminism. No, seriously, it is – a book written by a feminist says so!

[Note added 5.4.14: ‘A Voice for Men’ has published this piece, and the comments are well worth reading: ]

My eternal thanks to a longstanding supporter and donor to the party, Cathy, for alerting me to a book which was published on 8 December 2013, my 56th birthday – Kira Cochrane’s All the Rebel Women: The rise of the fourth wave of feminism (Guardian shorts). A link to the book on Amazon:

The Kindle edition is just 71 pages long – it was clearly judged prudent not to exhaust the brains of fledgling feminists – and very reasonably priced at £1.99, about a third of the price of my own Feminism: the ugly truth. Its sales put it at #2 in the ‘Feminist Criticism’ category, well ahead of my book, it has to be said. The book’s full Product Description on Amazon:

On a bright day at the Epsom Derby, 4 June 1913, Emily Wilding Davison was hit by the king’s horse in one of the defining moments of the fight for women’s suffrage – what became known as feminism’s first wave.

The second wave arose in the late-1960s, activists campaigning tirelessly for women’s liberation, organising around a wildly ambitious slate of issues – a struggle their daughters continued in the third wave that blossomed in the early-1990s.

Now, a hundred years on from the campaign for the vote, fifty years since the very first murmurs of the second wave movement, a new tide of feminist voices is rising. Scattered across the world, campaigning online as well as marching in the streets, women are making themselves heard in irresistible fashion.

They’re demonstrating against media sexism, domestic violence and sexual assault, fighting for equal pay, affordable childcare and abortion rights. Thousands are sharing their experiences through the Everyday Sexism project, marching in Slutwalk protests, joining demonstrations in the wake of the Delhi gang rape, challenging misogynist behaviour and language, online crusaders and ordinary people organising for the freedom of women everywhere.

Kira Cochrane’s ‘All the Rebel Women’ is an irrepressible exploration of today’s feminist landscape, asking how far we have come over the past century – and how far there still is to go. Whether engaging with leading feminists, describing the fight against rape culture or bringing immediate, powerful life to vital theories such as intersectionality, ‘All the Rebel Women’ binds everything together into one unstoppable idea. This is modern feminism. This is the fourth wave.

So Laura Bates’s Everyday Sexism Project is a key element in the fourth wave of feminism. Wow. That’s why this book was the best birthday present I ever received, even if I only found about it some months after my birthday. We usually refer to Ms Bates’s mission in life as The Everyday Whining Project. It inspired us to launch The Alternative Sexism Project where men have left stories explaining how sexism affects men a damned site more than it does women, often leading to men’s early deaths. What is the state’s relentless disadvantaging of men and boys, and relentless advantaging of women and girls, if not sexism in action? The male/female suicide rate differential in the UK rose steadily from 1.9:1 (in 1981) to 3.5:1 in 2011. I can’t think of a better litmus test for how society treats men and women.

Laura Bates’s project also inspired us to launch The Whine Club:

She deservingly won the inaugural Whiny Woman of the Month award, which gave her membership of the club. Her award certificate:

131126 Laura Bates’s ‘Whiny Woman of the Month’ award certificate

There are now quite a number of women in the club, and they can only leave if they make a public commitment to stop whining. Surprisingly none have, to date. A list of the current members:

At J4MB we fondly think of Laura Bates as the gift that keeps on giving.

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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  • And the lies start right in the first sentence:
    “Emily Wilding Davison was hit by the king’s horse”
    My understanding was that she was not “hit by” the king’s horse – she threw herself in front of it. A very different thing.

    • Just had a look on wikipedia: “She is best known for stepping in front of King George V’s horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913”
      Jesus – she stepped out in front of a galloping racehorse? And this becomes “the mean ole horse hit her!”. Damn – delusional doesn’t begin to cover it.

      • Thanks Paul. It’s perfectly well-documented (we did a piece based upon a ‘Guardian’ article!) that she had no intention of risking suicide. She was looking forward to going on a holiday a week or two afterwards, and had even bought a return train ticket for the day. It seems she was so delusional as to think she could attach a Suffragette banner to a horse (or its jockey) travelling at 30 mph. I believe this was one of the first horse races captured on film for the news, so the idea was to get footage of the king’s horse – or its jockey – with the banner to an international audience. The jockey who was knocked off the horse was severely traumatised by the event, and later committed suicide. Of course feminists never talk about HIM. But the lying Suffragettes presented Davison as a heroine to the cause, and the rest is history. ALL feminist narratives are based upon nothing more than conspiracy theories, fantasies, lies, delusions and myths.

      • I was reading some of the agent orange material – one radfem suggested that all the radfems should get jobs in McDonalds and systematically poison the men.

        The thing that most struck me about the plan (after the murderousness of it) was the silly ineffectuality of it. As if something like that could possibly work! Have these people no clue how the adult world functions?

        (the third thing to strike me was the innumeracy of the plan: how many radfems? Working what hours? How much poison? How long is this going to take? What about all the men who don’t eat McDonalds?)

        We see it here in this suffragette – so outraged about how society views her, and managing in her outrage to confirm every single patriarchal stereotype of silly, weak, ineffectual women who need to be protected from their own silliness.

  • tamerlame

    Hopefully this is the last wave of feminism.

    • There will be no fourth wave. You can’t build a movement out of whining alone, however hard Laura Bates might be trying.