Two days ago I had an email from a woman working in relation to the forthcoming Being a Man Festival (BAM) in London (27-29 November). She asked if I might be interested in promoting the event, to which I responded:
I should sooner gnaw off my hands and feet without the benefit of anaesthetic, than promote your festival.
Thank you. Would you like me to remove me from our mailing list?
BAM is a grotesque anti-male event, launched last year by a feminist. Last year’s keynote speaker was Grayson Perry, a transvestite potter – a talented transvestite potter, admittedly – who gave the talk in his trademark heavy make-up, and wearing one of his trademark pink party dresses.
From the website for the forthcoming event:
Being A Man addresses the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century.
This major new festival – now in its second year – is taking over Southbank Centre for three days in November 2015. Join us for conversations and the sharing of stories – serious, challenging and light-hearted – plus the mandate to discuss anything and everything about being a man today.
‘… anything and everything about being a man today’? So long as it’s through a gynocentric / feminist lens, anyway. Among the speakers will be Jane Powell, the odious radical feminist who’s been the CEO of The Calm Initiative, a male suicide charity, for almost ten years. I am told her charity’s staff consists of women and one gay man. Gender balance is a fine thing.
Another speaker will be Tim Samuels, the feminist who’s been presenting Men’s Hour, a BBC Radio 5 Live programme – ‘The men’s magazine for the modern man’ – for several years, and has never invited anyone from J4MB onto his programme. He’s an admirer of feminism, and is predictably admired in turn by Jenni Murray – here.
Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, denied in a letter to me in September 2013 that Men’s Hour follows feminist agendas – here.
Six weeks before the last general election Samuels wrote a piece for the Telegraph titled, with no apparent irony, Why is nobody in politics standing up for men?
Another speaker will be Jeremy Hardy, an insufferably smug BBC left-wing luvvie.