Being a Mangina

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 ( 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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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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  • Dear God.
    BIS expected the take up for additional paternity leave and shared parental leave to be less than 4% so they would not have been disappointed. Their forecast was on the basis of the type of leave men took upon the birth of a child, and they found that of those who DID take time off the overwhelming majority took annual leave, which is on full pay, rather than the two weeks ordinary paternity leave paid at a fairly pitiful rate – £139.58 per week, I believe.
    They also anticipated that a man would only take up these “rights” if the woman was the significantly higher earner, and again, that has come to pass. The female dominated CIPD attributes the low take up to the low rate of pay, see above, and certainly when Network Rail were taken to Tribunal by a man alleging sex discrimination on the basis that while he only received this pitiful sum, a woman would receive more generous contractual maternity pay. He won, but as one would expect, Network Rail’s response has been to equalise downwards.
    Readers of this blog will agree with me that women are biologically programmed to look after children in the first year of life, not men, and those who are not and who do not have children have a career pattern similar to that of a work oriented man. I would expect a man taking SPL to suffer the same consequences of that choice as women do, and as I have said so often, women should NOT be protected from the consequences of that choice. Nor should the beta males who make it.

  • epistemol

    Always your enemy will come at you in disguise – for that is part of the attack.

    And what better disguise than to represent that you are the opposite of that which you really are?

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