I recently started subscribing to The Spectator, a weekly publication, and always enjoy reading it, even if its grasp of gender politics is utterly woeful. Julie Burchill and Germaine Greer are among its occasional contributors, maybe there’s a connection. But I was shocked recently by a recent piece in the column penned by Charles Moore (59), a highly respected journalist and former editor of The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Spectator. He’s also the official biographer of Margaret Thatcher, and the first two volumes of a projected three-volume biography have been published to well-deserved critical acclaim.
Charles Moore must surely be an exceptionally well-informed man, yet in a recent column he speculated that male circumcision might one day be refered to as ‘Male Genital Mutilation’. Along with the head of a British charity concerned with the subject, I wrote a letter to the paper. Needless to say, neither was published.
All of which brings me to The Oldie, a monthly publication. I’m not a subscriber, but I receive second-hand copies from a person living near me. The editor is Alexander Chancellor, a 76-year-old journalist. I assume he must be the person who pens the introductory “The Old Un’s Notes”. In the May edition (yes, I know, it’s still April) he has some mind-numbingly ignorant things to say about the Women’s Equality Party – here. Start at the third large red star.
I’m increasingly convinced that the paucity of mainstream media coverage of men’s issues has less to do with feminist influence in the media, and more to do with the utter lack of interest in men’s issues among men in senior positions, who are utterly blind to (and therefore disinterested in) the suffering of men and boys.
It gets worse in The Oldie. On the final page Irish journalist Mary Kenny (72) refers to the crime of paternity fraud as ‘affirmative action’ in her response to the third question, remarking that ‘the male can like it or lump it’.