Our public challenge of Roz Hardie, Chief Executive Officer of OBJECT, a feminist campaigning organisation

Yesterday I was in the studios of London Live TV, being interviewed along with feminists in response to a pre-recorded piece from Laura Bates, the inaugural member of The Whine Club. There were four recorded discussions in total, we’ll be posting links to the videos shortly.

Not a ‘morning person’ at the best of times, I had to set my alarm clock at 02:30 in order to get to the studios in Kensington before 06:00. The studios are in Northcliffe House, the plush headquarters of the Mail, Independent, and Evening Standard newspapers. All the people I saw working in the building at that time were of the male persuasion. A security guard was ‘manning’ Reception, later in the day the sole preserve of women, needless to say.

I digress. The first three short interviews on the topic of sexism were at around 06:15, 07:15 and 08:15, and Roz Hardie was the feminist with whom I had the unadulterated joy of debating.

Ms Hardie is the Chief Executive Officer of the campaign group OBJECT. The ladies have been wittering away for over 10 years now – surely generating enough hot air to raise a fleet of hot-air balloons – and the following extract from their website should give you a flavour of their ‘thinking’:

OBJECT is a human rights organisation which challenges ‘sex object culture’ – a culture in which women are increasingly objectified as sex objects in our media and everyday lives. It is long established that the overwhelming portrayal of women as sex objects in society plays a role in maintaining inequality between women and men.

The organisation campaigns against lapdancing clubs, prostitution – they want the Nordic model which criminalises men and decriminalises prostitutes – Lads’ Mags, page 3 of the Sun… you get the woeful picture. Now the website doesn’t contain any images of Ms Hardie, so far as we can see, so here’s one I found online – it was taken last month – with Ms Hardie wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo, ‘OBJECT: Women Not Sex Objects’. Hopefully, by showing this image, I’m not sexually objectifying her in any way. I’m fairly confident I’m not.

We had plenty of time between the interviews for informal discussions, and at times they became heated. One example was when I learned from Ms Hardie that she felt the £23,000 sponsorships available only to female engineering MSc students at Brunel University are perfectly reasonable, given that it costs more to educate autistic children, and most autistic children are boys. When I related this to a supporter later in the day, he responded:

Dear God, these blithering idiots have an answer to everything!

A good point, well made, I thought.

On a number of occasions during my discussions with Ms Hardie, I pointed to the fact that decade after decade feminists have lied shamelessly to pursue their agendas, they continue to do so, and the mainstream media never (or virtually never) call them out on those lies. I gave as an example the case of Caroline Criado-Perez, to whom we presented a ‘Lying Feminist of the Month’ award – the story is here. We’ll shortly be presenting her with the same award for a second time. Along with her ‘Whiny Feminist of the Month’ award, I think that makes her our most celebrated feminist. In the case of CC-P, as with others I cited, Ms Hardie had the same pat answer, ‘They’re only lying in your opinion.’

I explained it wasn’t a matter of opinion, in each case the feminists were DEMONSTRABLY lying, and in each case we’d published the proof. All of this made no impact on Ms Hardie, of course – a woman I branded a liar in at least one of our three recorded discussions – so it’s time for another public challenge. I’ll be emailing her a link to this blog piece shortly, and the challenge is this:

Roz, yesterday we discussed the issue of feminists lying to advance their agendas, and I cited some examples of feminists – including Caroline Criado-Perez – to whom we’ve presented ‘Lying Feminist of the Month’ awards. In each case you said the women were only lying ‘in your opinion’. I publicly challenge you to email me explaining why, in YOUR opinion, each of these feminists wasn’t lying. Our list of award-winning lying feminists is here. We look forward to hearing from you in due course. Take your time, no rush. Will 12 months be sufficient?

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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  • vadark

    “Hopefully, by showing her image, I’m not sexually objectifying her in any way. I’m fairly confident I’m not.”

    Very carefully chosen words that made my day! I can’t stop smiling at that one! 🙂

  • What have the special needs of an autistic child got to do with a £23,000 sponsorship for especially privileged supposedly competent women who should be able to compete in the open marketplace of talent. Only a truly disgusting mind could come up with that one.

  • It is revealing in terms of both the sense of entitlement and the disregard for those with real disabling problems (rather than imagined slights). Is this woman really saying that women are disabled by their sex to the same extent as an autistic boy? I suppose it is also telling that the only example she can come up with where boys get extra help are where they have disabling conditions. Compassion rather than patriarchy at work.