Finally, an article about Philip Davies’s appointment to the Women and Equalities Committee in the feminist-compliant Telegraph – here. Predictably it’s by Glen Poole, a feminist key player (along with Ally Fogg, Guardian journalist) in the recently-launched Men and Boys Coalition. You may need to register to view the piece, but it’s free and easy to do so. Extracts:
It’s hard not to laugh at the pantomime nature of this bizarre news, as the Eddie the Eagle of men’s issues proves himself, once again, to be the only MP willing and capable of going for gold and putting the problems facing British men and boys on the political agenda… [The only MP…? Has Poole not heard of Karl McCartney (C, Lincoln)?]
Can an MP who describes those concerned with women’s equality as “militant feminists and politically correct males”, seriously make a constructive contribution to this global agenda? It doesn’t seem likely…
I don’t wish to do Davies a disservice. In winning an historic International Men’s Day debate in parliament last month, he took a statesmanlike and politically astute approach, gaining the support of both male and female MPs from the Government and Opposition benches. So he is clearly a man who can play the game of politics to get what we wants.
Yet when it comes to gender politics, what he wants is confused. Davies is best described as an anti-feminist, a form of gender politics so lacking in independence, innovation and originality, that its primary raison d’être is not to advocate for men or gender equality for all, but to dogmatically oppose feminism…
When your starting point for engaging in gender issues is “I don’t know what I want, but I do know what I don’t want and what I don’t want is anything feminist”, well that’s just anti-political-correctness gone mad. [No, Glen, it’s your idiotic mis-representations of both feminism and anti-feminism which are mad.]
That’s not to say that feminism has all the answers and should be free from criticism… [Can anyone still doubt Poole is a feminist?]
Putting Davies on the committee to scrutinize the GEO is unlikely to change this approach and will probably cause the type of conflict and confusion that fuels the gender wars. The only sensible way around this absurd state of affairs is to ban Davies from the Committee – but not before a Minister for Men and Boys has been appointed with responsibility for leading on the Government’s work to tackle the “problems men and boys have”.
To ensure this work is carried out effectively, a new Committee for Men and Boys could be established and MPs of all parties, whether they are feminist, non-feminist or anti-feminist, invited to join Davies and work together to address the male half of the gender equality problem.
Poole surely knows that at this time there’s a snowflake’s chance in hell that the government will appoint a Minister for Men and Boys, or establish a Committee for Men and Boys. He is seeking to mock, downplay, and derail Philip Davies’s important and courageous achievements in the long struggle for men’s and boys’ human rights.
Predictably, Poole plugged his Men and Boys Coalition in the piece. I’m just surprised he didn’t plug his ill-fated Brighton conferences. Nobody mourns their passing, from what I can tell. I don’t think Poole has ever referred in his articles to the far more successful and important second International Conference on Men’s Issues held five months ago in London – attendees came from 20 countries – let alone the equally successful and important first one in Detroit (2014).
Poole is not only a blithering idiot, he’s a dangerous blithering idiot.
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