Hold the front page. Ally Fogg admits to being a feminist (well, almost) then attacks Philip Davies MP

Ally Fogg is a mangina and a hack at The Guardian, and should need no further introduction to followers of this blog. From time to time (since the launch of the public consultation exercise for the J4MB 2015 manifesto) he’s criticised J4MB and myself, I’ve criticise his blog pieces, life goes on. His bio on his blog Heteronormative Patriarchy:

Ally Fogg is a UK-based freelance writer and journalist, whose day job includes a weekly column on Comment is Free at www.guardian.co.uk [where ‘thoughtcrime’ comments are routinely deleted by the paper, including comments on MGM] and miscellaneous scribbles elsewhere, mostly on issues of UK politics and social justice. This blog is dedicated to exploring gender issues from a male perspective, unshackled from any dogmatic ideology. [OK, righto!]

Ally is often accused of being a feminist lapdog and an anti-feminist quisling; a misogynist and a misandrist; a mangina and a closet MRA, and concludes that the only thing found in pigeonholes is pigeon shit. He can be contacted most easily through www.allyfogg.co.uk or @allyfogg on Twitter.

Anyone who accuses Fogg of being an anti-feminist, a misogynist, or an MRA, must surely be without the power of critical thinking, so is (ironically) probably a feminist too.

Time and again Fogg – in common with Glen Poole, another mangina – has denied being a feminist, yet his output leaves nobody in any doubt that he is. Fogg and Poole hold in common the ridiculous feminist position that male disadvantaging isn’t the natural and inevitable consequence of female privileging, claiming “it’s not a zero-sum game” or some such equally ridiculous guff.

I was interested to read at the start of one of Fogg’s recent blog pieces On the psychology of domestic violence the following:

Just before Christmas, Dr Ben Hine gave a public lecture in London entitled ‘Challenging the Gendered Discourse on domestic violence.’

The lecture is now online in two parts, totalling about 90 minutes, and if you are interested in the social psychology around domestic violence it is absolutely essential viewing. I’m a big fan of Ben & his work, we’ve collaborated in bringing together the Men and Boys Coalition and generally I think we couldn’t be much closer together on the same page, politically.

Dr Ben Hine is a psychologist, a publicly self-identifying feminist, and a fellow founding member of the Men & Boys Coalition, along with other manginas (including Poole). Hopefully one day Fogg and Poole will have the courage of their convictions and ‘out’ themselves as feminists, publicly. I don’t think anyone will be the least bit surprised, if and when they do. But in the meantime Fogg’s comment about Dr Ben Hine, that, ‘we couldn’t be much closer together on the same page, politically’, will have to suffice.

This morning Fogg published a new piece, Being Philip Davies. He refers to a debate in which Philip Davies spoke yesterday, and sneers at the heroic man in a similar manner to that used recently by Poole. The following caught my eye:

Despite Davies’s intervention, the motion passed. The nature of backbench legislation is that it is unlikely to become law, but in any case, here’s a very brief plan of action. Between now and the bill’s second reading on 24th of March, I’ll get together with colleagues at the Men and Boys Coalition and suggest we write to Nusrat Ghani, offer our thanks and full support for this important measure, and ask her to ensure that the wording of the bill is explicitly inclusive of male victims. I would very much hope this is something on which we could trust to the support of LGBT charities and campaigns, and also the support of organisations working with victims of family and relationship violence, particularly in South Asian communities. If Ghani and other MPs do wish to explicitly exclude male victims from these measures, let’s put them in a position where they have to spell that out and justify it.

What we have here is a fairly clear example of where lobbying for male victims can be straightforward, winnable and the right thing to do.

I wish Fogg’s initiative well, but you have to wonder why he’s proposing to write to the MP on this particular matter, after saying himself that ‘The nature of backbench legislation is that it is unlikely to become law’. Is this just a token gesture, then, so the MP can go along with what he suggests, giving the impression of engagement, but having precisely no real-world impact? Writing to MPs on the deeply sexist nature of The Istanbul Convention would make far more sense, as others have done.

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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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  • Nick Langford

    It’s all in the name: the Men and Boys Coalition is rather like the Consortium for Shared Parenting which flourished briefly in 2014 – merely to oppose the presumption of involvement introduced under the Children and Families Bill – and of course was fiercely opposed to shared parenting. I’ve given up on Glen Poole, which is a shame, because I like him; I think he genuinely believes that he isn’t a pro-feminist and that there really is a middle way he can safely navigate – I have compared this with pacifism. Unfortunately, his articles are so opaquely and clumsily written it is very difficult to tease out from them what he does believe.

    • Groan

      Warren Farrell began very much in feminism and I suspect many will start their journey through “red pills” with what is the conventional orthodoxy for anyone looking at “gender” . So its not surprising many will have a feminist set of goggles. I was hugely disappointed in Ally Fogg, not because of his disagreements with MB for instance, but because he resorted to ad hominem attacks and assertions based on no actual research.

  • Groan

    To be honest I suspect that any success Ally may have on this issue will be precisely because the brave Mr. Davies bothers to shout sexism when he sees it and causes a ripple in the “business as usual” casual sexism of our political elite.

  • Lawrence Newman

    I’ve been banned 3 times by the Guardian for speaking facts about MGM below articles decrying FGM. Progressives are impervious to facts.