Eva Wiseman, ‘Observer’ columnist – our new ‘Gormless Woman of the Month’ award winner

About three weeks ago a supporter pointed us to a nasty article by Eva Wiseman, an Observer columnist. From her photograph, she appears to be one of those feminists who chew on thick slices of lemon first thing every morning, to set their facial expressions for the day.

The article was titled, ‘How not to be a dick’, and this should give you an idea of the quality (or otherwise) of her arguments:

Don’t eat all the food. Don’t drink all the wine. Replace the milk, and the toilet paper, and the light bulbs. Remember birthdays, anniversaries, and that people close to you have relatives dying. Have difficult conversations, even when you don’t want to – offer help and food to friends who are having bad times, talk about things they want to talk about.

Don’t smoke with the windows shut. Be considerate on public transport – don’t stretch your legs as wide as a canal so the person next to you gets less than a third of the seat. Don’t tell people what you think of them, unless they specifically ask.

I left the following comment:

Eva, good morning. A supporter has pointed me to this article and nominated you for our next ‘Whiny Woman of the Month’ award.

The comment received 15 ‘upvotes’. Since I wrote it, we’ve launched our ‘Gormless Woman of the Month’ awards. The women working at the Fawcett Society, and their supporters, were the inaugural winners of the award. Somehow this new award seems more appropriate for Ms Wiseman, apart from which we have a long list of ‘Whiny Woman of the Month’ candidates for June, as we have every month. Ms Wiseman’s award certificate is here.

There were some interesting comments left in response to the piece, here’s a selection:

Boniface Ruckus • Radio Presenter at Tudno fm
Interesting perspective coming from a movement (or organisation?) whose whole premise is based on: ‘boo hoo! It’s not fair on our poor emasculated gender. But never mind, there is a solution – Don’t be a Dick, Mick

Peter Gregory Kelly • Top commenter • Works at Retired
Boniface Ruckus Have you stopped beating your wife yet?

Matt Adams
Don’t tell me what to do. Don’t be a c***.

James Goddard
Mike Buchanan is right, if a man wrote an article telling women how to behave all hell would break loose.

Peter Nolan • Mount Austin High School
Eva, western women are deeply evil people now. 99.9%+ of western women are liars and hypocrites on the issue of equality before the law. Maybe you should read my book called “How to be a good wife” http://www.wo-man-zon.com/Categories/Books/A0001/B0001.aspx

Diane Murphy
I agree with a lot of the men on here, who is this person to tell men how to behave and think. I’ve met and dated some amazing men throughout my life, who have never treated me badly or in her words “been a dick”! I think this is called a sweeping generalisation of the opposite sex and they should be upset by this crap article!

Rick Hill
She sounds like a dick.

Oliver Bingham • Top commenter • Los Angeles, California
Most of these things could also be said to a woman, oh…I see. You’re a very stupid person! Got it.

Keith Lodge
Nag nag nag.

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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