Mike Buchanan has applied to go on a UK Feminista course. Wish him luck!

[Note added 21.6.14: This piece has just been published by AVfM.]

UK Feminista is the creation of Kat Banyard, a radical feminist whine merchant and the inaugural winner of our ‘Lying Woman of the Month’ award for an absurd claim she made on Channel 4 News about the frequency with which schoolgirls in the UK suffer sexual harassment. Needless to say, she’s never retracted the claim – lying feminists never retract false claims, even when they’re demonstrably false. Our blog piece on the matter, which contains links to the Channel 4 News piece and Ms Banyard’s award certificate, is here.

We’ve just learned UK Feminista is running free courses in Birmingham, details here. In the introduction they say:

Are you an individual with a vision to organise for gender equality but need confidence to get started? Then UK Feminista’s FAM course is for you!

I’m clearly just the sort of person they’re looking for, so I’ve applied to go on the course. I feel quietly confident I’ll be accepted, given my responses to the questions on the application form:

What campaign or project are you working on or planning to get started?

Justice for men & boys (and the women who love them) http://j4mb.org.uk

Anti-Feminism League http://fightingfeminism.wordpress.com

The Alternative Sexism Project http://thealternativesexismproject.wordpress.com

Campaign for Merit in Business http://c4mb.wordpress.com

Men Shouldn’t Marry http://menshouldntmarry.wordpress.com

Why do you want to take part in this course and what do you hope to gain from it?

I want to learn from the course how I might persuade more men and women to care about men and boys, the way they currently care about women and girls. The impact of sexism on men and boys is appalling, as you know, leading to very poor life outcomes for men and boys compared with outcomes for women and girls – just a few examples below:

– suicide (#1 cause of death of young men) – male/female suicide rate differential has almost doubled in the past 30 years, it’s currently 3.5:1

– denial of paternal access to children

– lack of support for male victims of DV

– education – only 40% of university students are men, while female postgraduate engineering students at Brunel University are being offered additional sponsorships of £20,000+ p.a. on the basis of gender alone

– MGM is commonplace, FGM illegal

– employment (most unemployed people are men)

– political representation (all-women PPC shortlists)

– homelessness (90% men)

– justice system (far harsher towards men than women)

– paternity fraud (commonplace, yet not one British woman has ever been convicted of it)

– threats of legislated gender quotas driving poorly-qualified women onto corporate boards, despite evidence showing one consequence will be declines in corporate financial performance

– resources devoted to male-specific diseases (e.g. prostate cancer) much lower than resources devoted to female-specific diseases (e.g. breast cancer) although almost as many men die from prostate cancer as women die from breast cancer

I look forward to the course.

Where in the UK are you organising for change?

Everywhere.

Are you working on your own on this campaign or with others / as part of a group?

With others (men and women).

Participants are stronly (sic) encouraged to attend all 4 days (both weekends) of the course and carry out an assignment between sessions. Do you expect to be able to participate in the full course?

Yes.

Would you need any financial assistance for childcare costs, other care costs or travel expenses to enable you to attend the course? Please estimate how much this would cost per 8-hour day of training.

Travel expenses at cost, payable in advance. Happy to buy drinks for the ladies on the course, so long as this wouldn’t be construed by them as benevolent sexism. If it would be, then they can buy me drinks, because benevolent sexism is fine with me – it’s the malevolent form I’m not keen on!

We are looking for free/affordable venues to host the course. Please let us know if you have access to a space we could use.

The Sahara desert.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Please answer the following questions if you feel comfortable doing so as it helps us to monitor and improve our practices. Your answers will not affect your application.

Age

107.

How would you describe your sex/gender?

Infrequent / male.

How would you describe your sexuality?

Heterosexual.

How would you describe your ethnicity?

North Korean.

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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  • LOL, That was brilliant. I don’t suppose you’ve started packing yet?

    • Thanks. Haven’t started packing yet, but I’d say acceptance on the course is a cast-iron certainty. I’ll book the train tickets to Birmingham this evening, to save a little money. The course will be something to look forward to after Detroit.

      • I watched the video and the course looks very exciting.

        I was especially impressed with the scene at 0:28 where they were doing some colouring-in , that’s always the sign of a quality course.

        Do you think that they do finger-painting too?

  • bubblyian

    Hi Mike

    I thought you were serious until I saw that you were only planning to buy drinks for the women on the course! They would view that as sexist and clearly wouldn’t allow someone who was prejudiced in favour of women to attend!!!!!

    Ian

  • vadark

    That was funny. You could do with delivering a bit of humour like that into the Detroit conference speech.