Laura Bates, ‘Lying Feminist of the Month’, lies on live television

[Note added 4.10.14: A link to the government statistics which prove that Laura Bates’s claim was a lie is here.]

Laura Bates recently won our ‘Lying Feminist of the Month’ award, due to a lie she uttered in a presentation in December 2013 about the number of women killed by partners and ex-partners. She declined to retract the lie when publicly challenged by J4MB on the matter.

When challenged on the BBC3 programme Free Speech Live about the matter earlier this evening, she repeated the lie. We will publish a blog post on the matter tomorrow, along with a link to the video footage.

Ms Bates was a particularly deserving winner of the award, and her certificate is here.

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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  • Mike, thanks for flagging this programme ahead of broadcast.
    I’m so pleased that that young man managed to get his point over from the front row early in that section of the programme and mentioned you and J4MB and your challenge to Laura Bates without being interrupted. I’m also exceedingly pleased that Laura Bates suggested people Google your name and have a look at the “very many and very detailed rebuttals that have been made” of your work. (If Laura Bates would like to show us how this figure of two women a week being killed by a former or current partner is calculated from official figures I would be most grateful). In view of the dramatic increase in hits on the J4MB website since the broadcast, can I suggest that you email Laura Bates and thank her for her contribution towards advancing the knowledge of MHRA issues in the United Kingdom.

    Some points of note:
    Number of female panelists: 3. Number of male panelists: 1. Not equality
    (The only man on the panel – a comedian – declared himself to be a feminist at 28:40.)
    Number of contributors on film: Female: >25 (?) Male: Nil. Not equality
    Predominant gender of audience: female. Not equality
    Predominant gender of audience vocal contributions by number and time span: female. Not equality
    Compare this with Rick Edwards’ pronouncement on ‘equality’ at 0:37.

    Last night was another step forward for MHRAs in the U.K and I hope it takes us all forward towards the goal of men and women living together better.

  • The young man at the beginning who drew attention to J4MB was a victim of the typical left-wing/social justice warrior reaction whenever their views are challenged (did anyone see the hand gesture?). The silence in the hall was palpable when that other guy mentioned male genital mutilation, too. This programme was just so illogical from start to finish, it hurt my head.