Mike Buchanan to be interviewed by the BBC on the historic vote in Scotland tomorrow

Well, they left it rather late in the day, but the BBC finally recognised that they couldn’t exclude the leader of J4MB from commenting on the historic vote in Scotland tomorrow. An hour ago I had a call from them, and I’ll be interviewed on a morning programme tomorrow. The researcher wanted to know if I had any strong views on the matter, and it didn’t take her long to realise I had. I’ll be debating the issues with a lady whose identity I cannot reveal – but we hope to have the discussion on our YouTube channel within a day or two.

The vote will certainly be a historic one. I need hardly mentioned the passions this matter has aroused, over many years. The 2,500 members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (the ‘R & A’) have voted on whether or not to admit members of the female persuasion, and we understand that the result will be made known around 18:30 tomorrow. The club secretary, Peter Dawson, is on record as making this traitorous statement:

I think it’s the right thing, and I hope that R&A members do what’s right for golf.

Appalling. Simply appalling. Why is it that women must always leech off the august institutions founded, developed, and run by men, rather than founding, developing, and running their own? They clearly couldn’t organise a drinks party (ahem) in a brewery. Why is this traffic always one-way? Why do the Scouts admit girls, while the Guides don’t admit boys? Why do the women who win Wimbledon finals get the same prize money as the men, when they play on average half the time? We don’t hear women whining on about those matters, do we? As always, equality means special treatment for women.

Onto a lighter note. Researching for this piece, I googled a few terms, and stumbled across the website ‘Crown Golf’, and their gem of a piece, 8 Reasons for Women to Play Golf. We shouldn’t be surprised that competition ranked a lowly #7, but here’s the full list, with a few selected lines that explain why we hope the members of the R&A voted unanimously against allowing women to become members:

1. Exercise – ‘The average golfer will burn around 1,500 calories per round of golf!’ (Excellent. Golf as an element in a weight loss regime.)

2. Socialising – ‘You have time to talk about pretty much anything with your friends and partners during a round of golf!’ (No, that won’t hold up the players behind you.)

3. Relationships

4. Fresh air – ‘Each time you breathe out, you let out toxins.’ (Seriously, I’m not making this stuff up.)

5. Sunshine

6. Clothing – ‘Lady golfers are not required to wear short skirts or tight clothing, like many other sports require.’ (What would be the IQ of a woman who had imagined short skirts or tight clothing WERE required? Give me strength.)

7. Learning and competing.

8. Travel.

Wish me luck. This could prove to be a particularly tough interview.

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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  • excellent piece. The reasons for women to play golf,like everything else they do,is not about competition. That’s why having more women in business can not be good for business. The only thing I noticed women getting competitive about is the ability to attract men and in this department they will compete tooth and nail with other women. But in every other category,I’m afraid competition is on the back burner.Interestingly,in the last 20-30 years,with record numbers of women in the workforce and management,the west is in an economic downhill slalom,not the other way round. So much for women and competition.

  • vadark

    Good luck! Just a bit frustrating that you weren’t asked earlier such that your comments could have been aired before the vote. I heard a question on radio 4 the other day asking about how parties should appeal to women. not a hint of how they should appeal to ‘people’ !!

  • If feminists want the right to join a club for sacking a small ball around a field with a club then fair enough.

    However, it’s somewhat strange that the largest (and largely taxpayer funded) organisation for tackling the rather more significant issue of domestic violence, refuses to allow male members, even at local level. In fact if a local Women’s Aid branch allows a male to join their board then they’re immediately booted out of the wider Women’s Aid Federation!