We’re approaching the third feminist-compliant Being a Man festival in London’s Royal Festival Hall, details here. I challenge followers of this blog to find any events in which feminism will be challenged, and let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). All the events are listed here.
This is a festival presenting a mythical world in which men’s and boys’ problems are not the result of the state’s actions and inactions, initiated or at least worsened by feminists. At one of the previous festivals the keynote speaker was the transvestite artist Grayson Perry, who gave his speech whilst wearing a pink party frock. His recently-published book is titled The Descent of Man, the basic thesis of which is that men need to ‘evolve’ to become more like women.
An extract from the festival website:
The Paternity Debate
Despite recent changes to UK law which make it possible for men to take shared parental leave in addition to two weeks paternity leave, why do only 4% of new fathers opt to take any extra time off work?
To coincide with a specially commissioned study, BAM invites a panel of experts and fathers with firsthand experience to debate what’s going on with paternity leave. Including Maria Miller MP, a Conservative Party politician and Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee. [my emphasis]
The doleful Maria Miller recently appeared on The Daily Politics with the equally doleful Angela Eagle MP, debating the question with the estimable Laura Perrins, ‘Is the work of the Women & Equalities Committee already done?’ Enjoy.
Another extract from the festival website:
Mandown: How To Reduce The Male Suicide Rate
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, with over 76% of all suicides in 2014 being men and three times higher than among women. A panel of speakers with firsthand experience of male suicide debate this important issue, including British mental health campaigner, author and vlogger Jonny Benjamin, who in January 2014 launched a social media campaign called ‘Find Mike’ to search for the stranger who talked him out of taking his own life in 2008. He is joined by Aaron Gillies, a comedian and author also known as @TechnicallyRon; actor Tim Grayburn, author of Boys Don’t Cry: A Story of Love, Depression and Men; and Jane Powell, founder of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
In partnership with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Jane Powell is the most odious feminist I’ve ever met, and I’ve met Julie Bindel and Laura Bates. When I asked Powell how her organization could help fathers denied access to their children because of the state’s failure to ensure access, or help male victims of domestic violence denied support by the feminist-run refuge industry, she glared angrily at the table between us, and said nothing.
Suicide has long been the leading cause of death among males in the UK between the ages of 15 and 49, in all age groups. My International Business Times article on male suicide is here.
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